Paul Dalglish, the former manager of Austin Aztex of the Premier Development League and Ottawa Fury FC, has been named as the second manager of The Miami FC.
“I am delighted to join the Miami FC family,” Dalglish said in a statement released by the club. “It is an organization I have admired from afar and to now to be working within in it is an honor. The time spent with Riccardo Silva and Sean Flynn has left me convinced that this is the perfect team for me to continue my coaching journey with and I am confident I can continue to build on the wonderful job that Alessandro, his staff and the players have done so far.”
Dalglish, the Scottish-born son of Liverpool FC’s legendary player and manager Kenny Dalglish, made his biggest impact as a player in England. He totaled more than 25 appearances in stints with Norwich City, Wigan Athletic and Blackpool each.
A Scot in America
His greatest team success came near the end of his playing career, however, when he moved across the Atlantic Ocean to Houston Dynamo. There, he scored two goals in the MLS Western Conference final to help lead the Dynamo to its first MLS Cup.
Dalglish began his coaching career with the Houston Dynamo Academy, and spent one year with FC Tampa Bay (the predecessor to the current Tampa Bay Rowdies), but found his greatest success with the Aztex in 2013. That year, the Aztex claimed the USL PDL title.
In 2015, Dalglish signed on to become Ottawa’s coach and general manager. During that time, he oversaw the team transition from NASL to USL. He amassed a record of 19-16-25 before leaving during the 2017 season.
“Paul brings an extraordinary pedigree and knowledge of the game to Miami FC,” Miami FC CEO Sean Flynn said in a statement. “His playing and coaching experience from Europe and North America at multiple levels will have an immediate impact on our club. Paul shares the vision of what we want to accomplish as a club and I’m excited for the brand of football we will see on the pitch this season.”