©️ HAVING developed a nomadic reputation in the past, English coach Mark Harrison has moved quickly to assure Highlanders fans that he will return to lead the Bulawayo giants once the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic is over.
And with Harrison sitting on a foreign currency-based contract it became unbearable for the club’s benefactors to continue bankrolling the coach’s salary.
“I want to come back that’s for sure, one hundred percent. I’m desperate to return, I was enjoying working with Highlanders, the people there were great, I had a fantastic relationship with the executive, players and everybody,” Harrison told the Daily News shortly before his departure.
“I feel I have an unfinished job there. We had big plans, we had exciting times ahead of us. You know, when I first came here, I spoke about winning the championship with Highlanders and that’s the way it is, I want to win the championship with Highlanders.
“So, the sponsors, myself and the football club sat down in April and agreed I would take a 30 percent pay cut and we would review the situation again in May but obviously the lockdown has continued and it means we are inactive.”
Harrison continued: “Everybody is inactive, business is inactive, money generation is not happening. And they found it difficult to justify being able keep paying me to be sitting here doing nothing and at the same time not knowing when we will go back to training, not knowing when the league will start.
“We made a deal for me to leave and go back to the UK and wait to see if things improve for the better and if it’s possible, for me to return and that’s the situation. I have a two-year contract…”
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