Who is Willie Miller?
In the wake of Scotland's announcement of a new manager, football fans elsewhere in the world are scratching their heads and asking "who the f**k is Willie Miller?"
Of course, many of them will have heard of Gordon Strachan, Alex McLeish and Sir Alex Ferguson, who were also part of the successful Aberdeen side of the 1980's.
William Ferguson Miller, MBE was born on May 2nd, 1995 in Glasgow. He is a former professional football player who made a club record 558 league appearances for Aberdeen, and has been described by Sir Alex Ferguson "the best penalty box defender in the world".
Miller signed for Aberdeen FC as a 17-year old, and was made club captain four years later. He played for Aberdeen from 1972 until 1990, forming a defensive partnership with Alex McLeish which was integral to Aberdeen's success in the 80s, as they won every domestic honour, and two European trophies. In 2003, Miller was voted the greatest Aberdeen player ever in a poll marking the club's Centenary year.
Miller won 65 international caps for Scotland and scored one goal. He was an inaugural inductee to the Scottish Football Hall of Fame, in 2004.
In 2010, Miller was chosen as one of the eleven members of Scotland's Greatest Team, by viewers of the Scottish Television documentary series, which sought the fans' opinion on the greatest ever Scotland players. Viewers also chose Alex McLeish as his central defence partner.
After hanging up his boots, Miller moved into football management. In February 1992, he was appointed Aberdeen manager, replacing the sacked Alex Smith. Despite two second-place finishes in the league and two losing cup finals, Miller was sacked in February 1995.
In May 2004, Miller was appointed to the Aberdeen board and given executive responsibility for football. He played a large role in the appointment of Jimmy Calderwood as manager.
In June 2011, he was appointed as Aberdeen's Director of Football Development, with the responsibility of finding new playing talent for the club.
Fans seem to be behind the new man, expressing a hope that, under his guidance, the team could move forward, and qualify for major tournaments for the first time since 1998.