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.