Eric Harrison has died aged 81
Iconic former Manchester United coach Eric Harrison has died aged 81.
Harrison was diagnosed with dementia in 2014 and spent his final few months in a nursing home.
During his 27 years as youth-team manager at
United, he nurtured the likes of David Beckham,
Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville and Paul Scholes into first-team players.
Harrison was awarded an MBE for his services to football in the 2018 New Year Honours.
Gary Neville paid tribute to Harrison in a heartfelt post on Twitter on Thursday morning.
“We’ve lost our mentor,” Neville wrote. “Our coach and the man who made us. He taught us how to play, how to never give up, how important it was to win your individual battles and what we needed to do to play for Manchester United Football Club.
“Eric we owe you everything.”
Manchester United tweeted: “We are extremely saddened to report that our former youth coach Eric Harrison passed away last night. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Eric’s family and friends at this sad and difficult time.”
Beckham and the Nevilles pay tribute
‘It was funny, the lads said they still almost felt on edge when they were around him’
These pictures were taken when Beckham, Scholes and Gary Neville visited Eric Harrison in his nursing home in 2017.
Eric’s daughter Vicky revealed how the visit – organised by his grandson Joe – came about.
“My dad still has all the players’ numbers in his phone and, unbeknown to me, Joe contacted a few of them. Within a week, they had all come round.’ she said.
Source: Manchester Evening News