Boss Harrison leaves Fax after three seasons

Karl Harrison
Karl Harrison

Halifax have parted company with head coach Karl Harrison and his assistant Lee Greenwood.

The club issued a statement on Thursday lunchtime, announcing the departure of the former Great Britain prop, who captained the club for almost a decade during the 1990s, after three seasons in charge.

Harrison’s departure follows back to back losses against Featherstone and Doncaster, which saw Fax fall off the pace in the race for second place in the Championship and the £450,000 prize pot that goes with it.

Captain Scott Murrell, the former Leeds and Hull KR playmaker, will take temporary charge of the team for Sunday’s final league fixture against Barrow.

In their statement, Fax’s directors say unspecified behind the scenes problems have dogged them during Harrison’s tenure and say they mutually agreed not to renew his current contract when it expires in November.

“We have also agreed that he should have the immediate opportunity to pursue other opportunities, within the game,” they said.

Chairman Michael Steele added: “Karl Harrison is an outstanding man, who has served this club with distinction on the field, as a member of its Hall of Fame, and as coach.

“His period in charge will particularly be remembered for the Northern Rail Cup win in 2011.

“His achievements with the limited resources at his disposal have been exceptional.”

Courier Sport understands the club have already fielded calls from potential applicants for Harrison’s job.

Former Test coach Brian Noble, who worked for Fax during 2011 on a consultancy basis, will inevitably be linked with the job.