Harrison hits back at Leopards, lays into SA clubs

HARARE - New CAPS United coach Mark Harrison says he is unmoved by legal action threats emanating from his old club Black Leopards, also launching a scathing attack against South African clubs for hiring and firing coaches willy-nilly.

The well-travelled Harrison, 54, was unveiled United coach on Wednesday, barely 24 hours after announcing his resignation from South African second tier club Leopards.

Following the resignation, Leopards issued a lawsuit warning against Harrison over unlawful termination of contract.

Leopards’ warning was posted on the club’s website immediately after Harrison tendered his resignation.

The statement read: "Mark Harrison has today tendered his resignation as Black Leopards FC coach with immediate effect.

"The club is considering its legal options as Harrison was contracted to Leopards until the end of the season.

"Black Leopards FC will not be issuing any further statements on the matter."

Harrison, however, dismissed Leopards’ claims yesterday, saying it was instead Leopards who had a case to answer.

“They can do whatever they want but the truth of the matter is they breached the contract and made it easy for me to leave,” Harrison told the Daily News yesterday.

“I don’t want to go into detail about the whole thing but I know the truth and they know the truth and there is nothing for me to stress about.”

If Leopards insist on the suit, CAPS will find themselves in a spot of bother.

For instance, English Premiership side Crystal Palace had to pay Newcastle compensation for coach Alan Pardew, who left with six years still left on his contract.

Newcastle and Palace thrashed out a £2million compensation deal paving way for Pardew to sign a four-year contract deal, worth in the region of £2million-per-season, after agreeing to return to the club he joined as a player in 1987.

Harrison becomes the second British coach at the Green Machine after Northern Irishman Sean Connor, who was fired in 2012 following a string of poor results.

The English-born gaffer, who has in the past developed a reputation of moving from one club to the other, also defended himself.

In the previous four years he has been in South Africa, he coached Mpumalanga Black Aces, African Warriors, Chippa United, Bay Stars and Golden Arrows raising questions if he would stay at Makepekepe.

Harrison, however, blamed his journeyman reputation on South African clubs, who place unreasonable targets on coaches.

“Clubs want instant result results in three, six months period. Not many clubs there have a long term vision. Kaizer Chiefs for me are getting their rewards at the moment. There have been with (Stuart) Baxter for the past three years.

“I think that’s due to the fact that there is continuity on their technical bench and their players. That’s my goal and everyone at CAPS United, we want to create stability and make the club that everybody can be proud of.

“My desire is to get to a club, get a long term deal where I can work with a long term vision and at the end of that period we can stand and look back what we have achieved.

“The problem in South African football is there is a lot of money but they spend it in the wrong way, they hire and fire coaches. Nobody is allowed to bring a philosophy in South Africa.

“The club owners want to be the chairman, the coach, the bus driver, but it shouldn’t work that way. If you hire people to do the job let them do the job. I cannot clean the toilet!”

Harriso said he was “excited” to be at CAPS, praising club director Twine Phiri for his vision.

“I am excited to be here. We always want to have a good start but there is nothing in my contract that says I should win the league at the end of the year. This is a long term adventure from my point of view and hopefully from CAPS’ point of view, that’s why we signed a three-year deal,” he said.

“And I am hoping within those three years we can turn CAP United back into a power house probably it was 10, 15 years ago. My long term goal is to make CAPS United the biggest team in Zimbabwe and dominate then league.”

“Short term goal, we gonna stabilize and regroup. What attracted me most is the vision of Mr (Twine) Phiri. It actually tally with what I want achieve as a coach.”

Comments (6)

Aaah wataurisa murungu uyu,Twine haachina mari ye bhora zviri pachena zvega nekutadza kubhara maplayers kwake,vision inoda mari,pasina mari it will just be a dream

sinyoro - 9 January 2015

anenge anoturisawo futy murungu uyu.hanzi i cannot clean the toilet kkkkkkk. zvichapedzerana naGishon Ntini.

fide - 9 January 2015

ita low low , handioni achipedza 2 years murungu uyu kana DeMbare yatanga kuita mabasa ayo

muDhiMbare - 9 January 2015

De-Mbare yapinda papi? makatadza kubhadhara kalisto pasuwa.

zvapera - 10 January 2015

Chinoshamisira padembare chii nhai mudhimbare iyo ichihwinha nekumirira result yeimwe team?

Hatso - 12 January 2015

@Zvapera and @Hatso hamuna kunatsonzwa nyaya yeMuDhimbare. Ari kuti murungu uyu chafamba-famba manje manje kana Dynamos yatanga kurova Kepekepe kuseri nekuseri, chete chete!

Kunda Kinde - 12 January 2015

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