Liam Manning was part of the Norwich City academy setup until
the age of 14/15 when he played alongside the like of Lee
Catchpole. The versatile defender / midfielder had also played
youth football for Bungay Town and captained Suffolk. He was spotted
by Ipswich scout Adrian Hunt at the age of 14 and eventually switched
to the Portman Road academy, where he has progressed through the
youth teams and has played for Ipswich's reserves.
Released by Ipswich in the spring of 2005, he trialled for Dagenham
& Redbridge in July 2005, playing against Brentford. Instead,
he signed for Conference South side Bishops Stortford. He later
joined Ridgeons League side Long Melford but was soon released
and joined their rivals Leiston. In November 2005, he switched
again, joining Woodbridge.
Liam moved to Wroxham in October 2008
Having decided to turn his hand to coaching following the end of his playing career, Manning returned to Ipswich, where he spent nine years honing his craft before making the move to east London in 2015 to join West Ham as Assistant Academy Manager. He was later West Ham's Head of Coaching and Under-23s overseeing the development of Grady Diangana and Declan Rice during his four years in the capital.
In April 2019, Manning joined the City Football Group and was named Director of Coaching for the New York City Academy although he was quickly promoted to Academy Director. During his short time in the US, Manning led NYCFC to a second consecutive U.S. Soccer Development Academy Under-19 National Championship. In 2020 Manning was appointed Head Coach of Belgian second division side Lommel SK, where he was tasked with rebuilding a team who had won just six games during the 2019/20 season. As well as implementing a new style of play, he also guided them to a third-place finish, one spot shy of a promotion play-off place.
On 13th August 2021 he was appointed as Head Coach of MK Dons replacing Russell Martin.