Ex Imp Turns Down Newcastle Job
Ex Imp, Luton, QPR and current Millwall FC assistant manager Mick Harford has snubbed a Newcastle United approach for his services . Big mate and Magpies’ director of football Joe Kinnear was keen to renew their relationship but Mick is wants to continue in a coaching role. Mick bagged 41 in 115 appearances for the Imps before moving to Newcastle for £180,000 in the 1980-81 season after a particularly hot-streak had seen 10 goals in 21 games.
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Harford said: “After meeting with Mike Ashley and Joe Kinnear, I made the hard decision that it is not the right time for me to take up this role. It was an honour to be asked to work at a fantastic club and I have the utmost respect for the Newcastle United and its fans. I’ve been in talks with Millwall over a period of time and just felt it better suited me at the moment. I didn’t feel that at Newcastle.”
Steve Thompson and Mick had been favourites to forge a dream team at Lincoln back in October 2011, but David Holdsworth somehow got the deal during the evening. Allegedly the two had been offered the job, with Tommo calling in the morning to confirm he could sort out digs for Mick. Holdsworth would go on to operate a revolving door personnel policy, before being fired last term. Tommo would go on to run a pub, whilst Mick has continued in day to day coaching working for MK Dons before Millwall came calling on 28th June this year.
Mick is the assistant manager at Millwall, but is foremost a great coach, particularly with offensive players, preferring to develop players through day to day involvement. He has managed at Rotherham and Luton, as well as operating in a caretaker role at QPR (twice) and Nottingham Forest. He has fantastic contacts within the game and it would have been interesting to see what he could have done at the cash-strapped Imps particularly with the likes of the Youth team, given his stints at QPR, Forest, Rotherham and Luton were during times of financial turmoil.
|Full name||Michael Gordon Harford|
|Date of birth||12 February 1959 (age 54)|
|Place of birth||Sunderland|
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Current club||Millwall (Assistant Manager)|
|Nottingham Forest (caretaker)||Level 2||16 December 2004||1 January 2005||6||2||1||3||33.33|
|Rotherham United||Level 2||7 April 2005||10 December 2005||30||5||9||16||16.66|
|Queens Park Rangers (caretaker)||Level 2||1 October 2007||29 October 2007||5||2||2||1||40.00|
|Luton Town||Level 4||16 January 2008||1 October 2009||91||25||29||37||27.47|
|Queens Park Rangers (caretaker)||Level 2||14 January 2010||1 March 2010||8||1||1||6||12.50|