Ferguson deserves new deal: Miller

JONATHAN COOK, The West Australian February 14, 2012, 5:30 pm

Star midfielder Liam Miller wants Perth Glory coach Ian Ferguson to be given a new contract.

Miller, who has worked under Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United and Martin O'Neill at Celtic, was lured to Perth by the Glory boss and hopes to be working closely with him again next season.

"For sure, he's done great," Miller said when asked whether Ferguson deserved an extension to the contract that expires at the end of the season.

"I think managers are judged on winning games and we've been great so far but at the end of the day the players aren't going to get carried away. We know there's still a long way to go."

Former Republic of Ireland midfielder Miller signed a two-year deal with Glory at the start of the season on the strength of Ferguson's pitch. However, the coach's continued tenure relies on a strong finish to the season.

Fourth-placed Glory lost some ground in their pursuit of a top-two finish when Sydney inflicted a first loss in nine games on the WA side on the weekend.

Owner Tony Sage will wait until the end of the home-and-away season - there are six games left - before making a decision on Ferguson's position.

Miller, who has been outstanding in Glory's resurgence, described as "massive" Ferguson's influence on his decision to join Glory and praised the former Rangers midfielder for turning around the club's season.

"We went through a sticky patch and he turned it round," Miller said.

"There's still a few games to go but we're certainly on the right road."

But Miller would not be drawn on the issue of how soon Glory should act to retain the coach.

"That's one for the club to handle and I'm sure they'll do it when both parties are happy about it," he said.

Glory will attempt to return to winning ways at nib Stadium on Saturday when they take on in-form Newcastle Jets, who are unbeaten in their past four games.

"It's important that we bounce back straight away," Miller said. "We've set the bar high for ourselves and I think we could even probably set it higher again and play the football we've been playing over the past few months."