Win Champs or leave? - KC head coach denies rumours of title ultimatum
Kingston College head coach Neil Harrison has come out swinging against rumours claiming he could lose his job at the 31-time ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletic Champions if he fails to deliver the Mortimer Geddes trophy this year.
Bitter rivals Calabar have won the title consecutively since 2012, and with some speculation surrounding Harrison's future, the coach is pushing back, noting that he harbours no such concerns going into the championships which start next Tuesday at the National Stadium.
"I am gonna be frank, and very honest, I am under no pressure whatsoever. I don't know why people feel that way, it is always said that Kingston College have the tendency to fire coaches because of not winning a championships but I don't feel any pressure; win lose or draw. I think I am quite comfortable, quite capable and quite competent," Harrison said.
In this, Harrison's third season in charge of the North Street-based giants, he is optimistic of breaking the Calabar dominance, and hopefully win the 'Purples' their first Mortimer Geddes trophy since 2009.
"I am not only the head coach of KC, I am head of the Sports Department and I am a teacher, unlike most of the coaches. I am a qualified senior teacher of physical education and sports, so I am quite comfortable and happy at Kingston College," he added.
Harrison was clear that he has the full backing of the institution's principal, Dave Myrie, who he says remain happy with his job in his three years in charge so far.
"My principal Dave Myrie, who is very supportive, gives me every opportunity to do what I need to do as a member of the coaching staff. He has pressured me under no circumstances, and I have been called to KC by him and he has never ever put me under any pressure whatsoever, he has never said to me, 'Neil, you must win Champs," reiterated Harrison.
Though admitting KC does have a winning culture and zealous supporters, Harrison was clear that it will not be looking to win the March 28 - April 1 championships at all cost.