Meet Mikey Harris, the youngest manager in English football.
The youngest manager in the top five flights of English football says he is “honoured” to be at the helm of Skrill Premier side Salisbury City.
A baby in managerial terms at the tender age of 29, Mikey Harris has guided the Hampshire side to sixth place in the table following the club’s promotion from the Skrill South last year.
And Harris, who is in his first season as a fully-fledged manager in his own right, has spoken of his pride at being given the opportunity to take charge of a club which he holds very close to his heart.
“I’m enjoying every minute of it and it’s a nice opportunity for me at my age,” said Harris “I took over in the summer after five years as assistant manager prior to that and I’m over the moon that I’ve been given this opportunity.
“They don’t tend to come along till a lot further down the line and I am doing my level best to grab it with both hands and take this club forward, because it’s a great club with a great squad of players and great staff.
“It’s an honour and a very proud thing for me to manage this club.”
With just one member of his squad older than him, Harris says he is immensely proud of the manner in which his young side have responded after a difficult start to life in the Skrill Premier.
“It’s only Chris McPhee our most experienced player at 30 that is older than me,” Harris said. “We’ve got a young squad and I’m very very proud at how they have performed, particularly off the back of a three game losing streak at the start of the season. They’ve been fantastic ever since.”
Harris believes continuity has been an important factor in Salisbury’s recent upturn in form and he paid tribute to his players for making his own transition from an assistant to a manager an easy one.
“For clubs at this level continuity is very important,” he said. “A lot of things were already in place and I’ve continued those and added things that I thought would improve the situation.
“But the transition has been pretty straightforward and I think that’s down to the lads. We’ve got a fantastic squad of players and they’ve gotten on board with everything ‘ve tried to do since I’ve come into the job.
“Certain things we’ve made a bit different and certain things we’ve changed. It’s been working for us up till now but we won’t get carried away.”
Harris will have done his long-term employment prospects no harm at all given his side’s early season performances, but he insisted his priority is to remain with the club who have given him his managerial break.
“I love the club and I’ve been here the best part of a decade,” he said. “I’ve got a great group of lads, I’m enjoying every minute of it and of course I would love to take the club forward.
“But honestly, I’m just very pleased and feel very fortunate the chairman has given me opportunity to manage the club when probably 99% of people would have thought I was too young and not ready for it.
“I will be doing my level best to make sure he is proved right in his decision to make me manager.”
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