February 23, 2019

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Eric Harrison: Former Manchester United youth coach and Class of 92 mentor dies aged 81


Eric Harrison (high left) with the Manchester United youth workforce

Sir Alex Ferguson says Eric Harrison was “one of the greatest coaches of our time” following the demise of the previous Manchester United youth coach, credited with creating their ‘Class of 92’.

Harrison, 81, who was recognized with dementia 4 years in the past, handed away peacefully along with his household by his facet.

After enjoying at Halifax, Hartlepool, Barrow and Southport, Harrison grew to become youth workforce supervisor in 1981.

He led United to FA Youth Cup victories in 1992 and 1995.

Harrison was awarded an MBE for providers to soccer in 2017 and Ferguson praised his potential to “make good human beings” out of younger gamers.

Ferguson, who revamped United’s scouting community following his appointment as supervisor in 1986, added: “On a private degree Eric had a depraved dry sense of humour and was straight speaking and I admired that in him.

“When I got here as supervisor I used to be fortunate sufficient to have Eric on the workers as head of youth growth, so I bought to see the work he did and not simply with the Class of 92 however with all of the younger gamers.

“He constructed character and willpower in these younger gamers and ready them for the long run. He was a trainer, he gave these gamers a path, a selection and he solely did that by his personal laborious work and sacrifice.

“He was capable of impart that schooling to the younger which made him one of the best coaches of our time.”

Manchester United stated it was “deeply saddened” by Harrison’s passing.

“Our ideas and prayers exit to Eric’s household and associates at this unhappy and troublesome time,” it added.

‘The man who made us’

In 1992, his United facet received the FA Youth Cup with what’s considered one of the perfect crop of younger gamers within the English recreation.

Gary Neville, David Beckham and Nicky Butt all went on to have lengthy careers with England. Ryan Giggs and Robbie Savage did the identical with Wales.

“We’ve misplaced our mentor, our coach and the person who made us,” Gary Neville said.