Harris quits FAW role in fury

Reporter:

Gavin Grosvenor

 

MIKE Harris fired a parting shot at the Welsh FA after officially stepping down as a Welsh Premier representative.


The TNS managing director resigned last week and will now throw all his energies into club affairs.


“It was time for a change,” said Harris. “I feel that I have gone as far as I can in representing the interests of the league and its clubs.


“I have been unable to obtain satisfactory answers to some of the issues that I have raised and feel there could now be a conflict of interests between the Welsh Premier and and my own club.”


Harris will now involve himself in the day to day running of the Oswestry club.
“I feel TNS will be best served by me working outside the shackles of being an FAW councillor.


“I also want to concentrate my efforts and expertise on further developing TNS at a crucial time for the league.”


Just last month the Welsh FA fanned the fury of the Welsh Premier when controversial former secretary general David Collins moved to abolish league representation to the Welsh FA council.


Unsurprisingly huge public criticism of the move ensured the position and Harris’ role was retained.


Harris added: “It is a breath of fresh air that the Welsh FA will now be run by Jonathan Ford, who I am confident will do the best for the game.


Welsh Premier chairman Phil Woosnam was disappointed at Harris’ decision but insisted the news had not been a surprise to him.


“Mike had indicated that he would step down at the end of the current season but obviously circumstances have dictated this decision to resign with immediate effect.


“Mike did a good job representing the 18 member clubs but he has also found the role frustrating.”


Port Talbot Town chairman Andrew Edwards and Aberystwyth Town managing director Tony Bates are among the front-runners to take up the vacancy.

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