Miller to continue helping coach Dons but will not return to club

Tony Miller, former Dons coach. Photo: Malcolm Billingham
Tony Miller, former Dons coach. Photo: Malcolm Billingham
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Former Dons’ boss Tony Miller answered an SOS call from the club in midweek following the departure of Paul Cooke.

Miller worked alongside chief executive Carl Hall, Pete Bell and Andy Vincent in the build-up to yesterday’s Championship clash against Hunslet Hawks at Blackpool.

But their combined efforts, along with a spirited showing by the players, failed to prevent a 14th successive league defeat as Hunslet claimed a hard-earned 25-12 win.

“It’s been tough for the players following the departure of (coach) Paul Cooke but they showed that they are still wanting to do well for the club.” said Hall.

“I’ve just been into the dressing room to thank them for their efforts.

“The players thought it was a game that they could win in the build up and when we got it back to 16-12 I thought that we could do it, but, as I say, we just came up a bit short.”

The Dons, who have used ten Hull FC players as part of their dual-registration link-up with the Super League club this season, didn’t include one in yesterday’s game.

“We wanted to have a look at the (signed) players to see what they could do,” said Hall. “It might be a different story at Dewsbury on Sunday.”

Miller will again help train the squad tomorrow but will not be returning to the club due to business commitments.

Interviews for a new head coach are expected to begin later this week.