NCEL: Ex-Leeds United and Leicester City defender Matt Heath named Tadcaster Albion assistant

Right-hand man: Matt Heath talks to Tadcaster Albion boss Billy Miller on the touchline (Photo: Ian Parker)
Right-hand man: Matt Heath talks to Tadcaster Albion boss Billy Miller on the touchline (Photo: Ian Parker)

Former Leeds United and Leicester City defender Matt Heath has replaced Mike Morton assistant manager at Tadcaster Albion.

Heath will deputise from the dugout under new Albion boss Billy Miller, who brought the ex-Premier League player to Ings Lane with him when leaving Harrogate Railway at the end of last season.

Morton had been Paul Marshall’s assistant at Tad and was retained in the role when Miller arrived at the club.

But he has told Miller growing work commitments would make it a struggle to continue in the role.

First team coach Si Collins will move to the United States later this month, meaning Morton’s schedule with Albion’s Under 21 side and youth teams as part of Albion’s parent company i2i Sports will intensify.

The decision to pull Heathinto the dugout could spell the end of the 33-year-old’s playing career, with Miller saying the defender, who played one season at Leeds United, will only play “if we need him.”

Miller said: “Si is going to disappear soon over the pond and is going to be away for a number of weeks.

“That is going to mean it’s very difficult for Mike to commit so it was felt that, although they are not stepping away from it, it’s probably the right time to get another brain in the dugout.

“Matt’s primary role will be to be part of the management team. If there’s a time we need him to play, he can.

“But I always feel it’s very difficult to play as well as manage because you see the game differently.”