Newly hired Mighty Mukuru Wanderers Technical Director Mark Harrison has been given a free hand and a blank cheque to sign players and backroom staff of his choice.
Wanderers Legal Adviser and Company Secretary Chancy Gondwe made the disclosure after welcoming Harrison at Chileka Airport in Blantyre as he arrived from the United Kingdom.
“He will have a blank cheque to recruit players or backroom staff of his choice. This includes beyond our borders should he feel like doing so. What matters most is value addition to the team.
“We are at his disposal as a company. We will offer our support whenever he wants it, as long as he brings the results we want,” Gondwe said.
The former Gor Mahia manager, who was welcomed by several Nomads supporters, has signed a two-year deal which Gondwe feels is enough for him to turn around the team’s fortunes.
“Probably, two years will be enough for him to turn around the team’s fortunes but we don’t expect results overnight. We need to give him a bit of time to know the team, players, culture and philosophy of Mighty Mukuru Wanderers.
“That will take a bit of time but it is a learning process. We have a few matches to go before winding up the season. We expect him to take advantage of those games to familiarise himself with the team,” Gondwe said.
Harrison said revamping Wanderers will not be a stroll in the park.
“I know that Wanderers are the oldest club in the country and one of the two biggest, lacking a bit of success recently. We want to get the club success and maybe the championship next year and trophies.
“Being technical director is not just about the first team. It is about the under 20s, youth teams and longevity of the football. Obviously, I need to look at the squad, the reserve squad and also the under-23.
“I have got to have time to assess everything and then help and support the coaches.
“Firstly, I have to try to improve the situation around but it is a process and it is not going to happen overnight,” he said.
Harrison, who has had coaching stints in South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe, said he likes an attacking game.
“I like my players to express themselves without fear,” he said.
Wanderers directors Christopher Gondwe and Limbani Magomero were among the officials who welcomed the Briton, who is following in the footsteps of fellow countryman Eddie May.
The Lali Lubani Road side hired May some years ago.