Coventry City costcutting continues with Steve Harrison exit
I DOUBT THERE was anything mutual about Steve Harrison's exit. The timing of it also suggests the motivations are financial rather than footballing.
This is backed up by Tim Fisher's comments, reminding us what he said at the end of last season: "We will have to look at all aspects of the club."
In other words, we need to save every penny we can.
I'm sad to say that I don't think 'Harry' will be missed by the majority of City fans. Many thought he should have gone instead of Chris Coleman, and then Aidy Boothroyd, and a lot blame him for Coventry's lack of goals in recent times.
A lot of the criticism of Harrison, though, has been unfair. Yes, he was a defender in his playings days, and his coaching may centre on the defensive side of things, but he doesn't set the team up to play that way.
That's the manager's job, and Harrison's role has been to support the manager to enable the players to adopt the manager's tactics and style, not his own.
There's no doubt the players loved him, and that he helped create a togetherness and spirit in the squad. The players would without doubt have been upset to hear of his exit.
But being likable doesn't win football matches, and whether it's his fault or not, there seems to be a general malaise around the football club at the moment, and somehow that needs to be lifted.
Whether one change in the coaching staff is enough to do this, only time will tell. It will at least reduce the wage bill, as Harrison, with his England credentials, would not have come cheap.
So, will there be a replacement, or just a coaching reshuffle? I wouldn't be surprised if Lee Carsley gets his second promotion in as many months.