New Newcastle Jets gaffer Scott Miller may be the youngest coach in A-League history, but former Fulham colleague Adam Taggart says he has the maturity and man management skills to succeed.
The Jets confirmed the appointment of the former Fulham assistant coach on Thursday, with John-Paul de Marigny to be his right hand man.
The duo arrives after a nightmare 2014-15 campaign under Phil Stubbins where they finished last and had man management issues throughout.
Taggart previously worked with Miller at Craven Cottage, where the new Jets coach spent nine years learning his craft under the likes of Roy Hodgson, Martin Jol and Felix Magath.
The pair was closely linked during the 2014-15 season, with Miller coaching the under-21s team as Taggart returned from long-term injury.
The 22-year-old Socceroos striker backed Miller, 33, to succeed at his former club, brushing off any concerns around his age and lack of head coaching experience.
“He’s at a young age, but he’s mature as a coach, he’s had a lot of experience already,” Taggart told FourFourTwo.
“From my experience, he’s really good. I was able to get along with him really well. He was able to get his point across really well.
“I think at Newcastle he’ll have the respect of the players and that’s the most important thing to be able to get his messages and an understanding of what he wants across.”
Taggart said Miller’s strengths were not only his experiences at a Premier League club which reached a UEFA Europa League final, but also his football knowledge and motivation to succeed.
“He’s been able to work under some good coaches and he’s extremely motivated,” Taggart said.
“Put those two together, I don’t see why he can’t be successful at Newcastle.
“It’s a good club and he’s someone the fans and community will appreciate for his drive to be successful.
“Newcastle will be a good fit for him. He’s got a lot to do in this off-season in terms of player recruitment, but with his understanding of the game, I wouldn’t question him.”
He added that despite Miller never having played football professionally, he’d have the respect of the playing group as he did at Craven Cottage.
“He’s worked already under the best coaches, he’s had great experiences and there’s an opportunity at Newcastle, so I think in my eyes he’ll do well and I think the players will respect that,” Taggart said.