The New Saints are currently one point away from lifting a third Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League title. A point against Airbus UK on Saturday will seal the club’s eighth WPL title which will be a new record and confirm The Saints as the most successful Welsh Premier League club of all time.
Craig Harrison, who has guided the Oswestry based side to the last two titles will almost certainly be able to celebrate his third Championship in a row on Saturday, but it all could have been very different for the former Premier League defender who has already admitted that he never even considered coaching as a career after retiring from professional football.
The 36 year old has also recently been accepted on the UEFA Pro licence coaching course and explained how challenging the course is set to be, ‘First of all I was very pleased to be accepted on the course as it is the pinnacle of coaching. It is a personal achievement for me to get on the course because I only started coaching six years ago. It is something I never though I would have done but after meeting Carl Darlington, I have been converted and now really enjoy coaching. I used to be very sceptical about coaching and if it actually works, but I have now bought into it and I really enjoy it.’
The former Middlesbrough defender added that, ‘It was great to spend time with some former players on the course including Sol Campbell, Les Ferdinand, Tim Sherwood, Patrick Viera and Gary Monk amongst others. It is great to bounce ideas off people like that who are very knowledgeable and have achieved an awful lot in the game.’
The Gateshead-born Harrison admitted that the course will be difficult but is looking forward to it, ‘It is going to be very hard work and we have already been given tasks to complete for when we next meet which is in August. I expected it to be challenging because it is the best coaching badge in Europe but I am really looking forward to doing it.’