Liam Sean Daish is an Irish former football player, he is the Head Coach of Nationwide Conference team Ebbsfleet United (formerly Gravesend & Northfleet).
Despite being born in England, Daish, like many others, played internationally for the Republic of Ireland due to his Irish ancestry. In all he earned a total of five caps for his adopted country.
The early years
Daish, a centre-half, began his career with his hometown club: Portsmouth. However, he only made one appearance for the club before he was released in 1988. He went in search of first team football, which he found at Cambridge United. Whilst at Cambridge, Daish helped the club to successive promotions from the Fourth to the Second Division. He also made his international debut, on February 19, 1992 at home to Wales.
At Birmingham City
The quality of his performances for the club inspired Barry Fry to sign him for Birmingham City for a fee of £50,000 in January 1994.
Daish spent just over two years at St. Andrews, making nearly 100 appearances in all competitions. He captained the side to the Second Division championship in 1994–95 and to victory in the Auto Windscreens Shield final at Wembley.
Fry, who managed him throughout his spell at Birmingham, once said of Daish that if a squadron of F-111s attacked the Birmingham penalty area he would attempt to head them away. This comment accurately sums up Daish's reputation as a defender: very tough and good in the air, but lacking somewhat in subtlety.
To Coventry City
In February 1996, Daish joined Coventry City for a fee of £1.5m. In the four seasons that he spent at Coventry, Daish was never a regular in the first team (he played in only 34 games for the Sky Blues). This was the result of a severe knee ligament injury which eventually forced his retirement from the professional game.
As a manager
He joined non-league Havant & Waterlooville in 1999, serving as both a player and joint-manager alongside Mick Jenkins. He spent three and a half years in this role, during which time he took the club to the semi-final of the FA Trophy in 2003, but only played once (in an FA cup match) before being sacked in January 2004 following a string of bad results. Following this, he joined Welling United F.C. as a coach. For a time, following the dismissal of Paul Parker, Daish served as caretaker-manager of Welling but did not get the job full time, despite leading the side to three wins and a draw in his four games in charge.
Daish left Welling in February 2005 to become manager of Gravesend & Northfleet F.C., which in May 2007 was renamed Ebbsfleet United F.C. Daish's title will imminently be changed to 'head coach' as part of Ebbsfleet's takeover by the MyFootballClub website.