Manager of National League club Wrexham and former professional footballer Gary Mills has an estimated net of in the millions.
Born 11 November 1961, Mills, started his career with First Division club Nottingham Forest. He played as a defender and as a midfielder. Mills became the club’s youngest league player after making his first-team debut at the age of 16 in 1978.
How did Mills make his millions?
Mills played in the triumphant 1980 European Cup Final, which made him the youngest finalist in European Cup history. He joined North American Soccer League group the Seattle Sounders in 1982 and played for them as they were beaten by the New York Cosmos in Soccer Bowl ’82.
While with them Mills had a loan at Derby County, making 23 appearances for the Second Division club. He came back to Forest in 1983, and made 168 appearances over two spells at the club. He left for their rivals, Notts County of the Third Division, in 1987. Mills then joined Leicester City in 1989, and after two unsuccessful invasions into the First Division play-offs he helped them win advancement to the Premier League in 1994.
He soon came back to County, at this point playing in the First Division, after 232 appearances for Leicester. Here, he earned the last honour of his playing vocation, winning the Anglo-Italian Cup in 1995. He retired from professional football in 1996 because of n injury, having made 159 appearances for County over two spells.
He started his managerial career as player-manager with Grantham Town in 1996. He exited the club subsequent to driving them toward the Southern League Midland Division title in his second season. He then served as player-supervisor at Southern League Premier Division club King’s Lynn from 1998 to 2000, which was conveyed to an end after he resigned.
He was selected player-administrator of Southern League Premier Division group Tamworth in 2001, preceding leaving to join the training staff at Coventry City in 2002. Mills was given his first managerial job in the Football League with Notts County in 2004, however was sacked a while after the club was consigned to League Two.
He managed Alfreton Town of the Conference North from 2005 to 2007 when he returned to Tamworth. The club was relegated from the Conference National before Mills led them to the Conference North title in 2009. He left Tamworth in 2010 to become manager of their Conference Premier rivals York City. Mills managed York’s triumphs in the FA Trophy and Conference Premier play-offs in 2012, the last bringing about advancement to League Two.
He sacked by York in 2013 before taking over at Gateshead, and subsequent to driving them to the Conference Premier play-offs in 2014 he was named the Non-League Manager of the Year. Mills took over as manager of their National League rivals Wrexham in 2015.