PICTURE by Chester Standard.
IT’S OFFICIAL – following weeks of speculation about who will be the new Bangor City boss, the club has today confirmed that Craig Harrison will be the one to take over.
The former TNS manager was officially unveiled to the media and fans at a press conference at Nantporth Stadium this afternoon.
Harrison led TNS to six Welsh Premier League titles in as many seasons between 2011 and 2017, before departing for Hartlepool.
He had also led The Saints to four Welsh Cup and three Welsh League Cup successes during that period.
PICTURE: Harrison during the TNS days. Shropshire Star.
The 40-year-old has also managed Airbus UK Broughton in the past and as a player, he turned out for Middlesbrough, Preston North End and Crystal Palace, playing as a defender until an injury cut his career short.
At today’s press conference Harrison spoke of his excitement of being appointed Bangor City boss and said that he looked forward to taking the club back to where it belongs, following its controversial relegation from the top flight last season.
The majority of fans on social media seemed to be optimistic and delighted with the appointment, with many looking forward to what could be “a new era” for the club.
Supporters were even more excited when Harrison confirmed that legendary striker Les Davies was going to be his first signing as Bangor boss.
PICTURE: Davies will be back in blue next season. Daily Post.
The strong forward was very much a fans favourite during his first spell at the club, scoring WPL 76 goals between 2009 and 2015 before departing for Connah’s Quay.
That news certainly seemed to be a statement of intent from City’s new manager who will no doubt be looking to follow up that signing with a few others to help them compete in the second tier next season.
Harrison’s appointment is a promising one in my opinion and it’s going to have to be if The Citizens are to bounce back from their surprise relegation after failing to retain a domestic licence to remain in the WPL.
Playing in second tier Huws Gray Alliance will not be easy-going next season and it will be interesting to see how Harrison handles the pressure of a true challenge like the one he faces now.
He certainly has the experience of winning titles, but will he be able to turn Bangor’s fortunes around when they do desperately need it? Time will tell …