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Mick Harford praised for double relegation with Luton

Released manager made the club “stronger”

Mick Harford

Mick Harford terrified defences when he played for Luton in the eighties and nineties, but he will no longer be terrifying anyone at Kenilworth Road, as he was released of managerial duties this morning. Club managing director Gary Sweet offered the following:

“This club is far stronger now than it was when Mick joined.”

It’s a charming sentiment, but hardly one we agree with: Luton were in League One when he joined in January 2008, and have since suffered two consecutive relegations and now sit in eighth place in The Conference.

Admittedly, Luton’s plight and Harford’s workload were not helped by their financial troubles, but we find it difficult to agree that they are now “stronger”.

10 responses so far
  • hatter10 // October 1, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    What rubbish. We are much stronger. You fail to note in your article that we were in administration with a woeful team when Mick took over. You also fail to mention our 30 point deduction. It is not Mick’s fault we are in the Conference.

  • Town // October 1, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Your piece is ill informed and miss spelt. Well done, a jornalistic triumph!

  • Boffin // October 1, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    Luton Town are infinitly stronger than they were when Mick took over. This article displays an astonishing ignorance of the subject matter.

  • Matt // October 1, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Rubbish. Don’t comment on something if you have no understanding of the context. When Mick joined we had about 6 players contracted beyond the end of the season and not a single centre-back on the books. We were in administration and the club was a mess. The ‘two relegations’ you talk of were largely due to a combined 40 point deduction during his tenure. Mick and the board have steadied the ship and laid the foundations for a brighter future and we all wish him the very best for the future.

  • Kent Hatter // October 1, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    You wouldn’t tried to have sounded so “clever” if you had actually bothered to check all of the facts before committing your finger to keyboard.

    A truly ignorant and lazy pieve of “writing”.

    Next time, you should check your facts prior to hitting the “publish” button.

  • Upminster Iron // October 1, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Pardon my ignorance but if Harford has done such a wonderful job, why have you got rid of him?

  • Kent Hatter // October 1, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    I’m sure that many Luton supporters could write volumes on this, especially as you are guilty of putting words into peoples mouths. I haven’t read anywhere that Harford did a “wonderful job”, but I do know that he is one of the most loyal servants our club has ever had, both on the playing and non-playing side. He took on a job which I would venture to suggest that no-one else would of and at a time when we were being faced with not having a club at all, he assembled a squad against all the odds and was Manager at the most difficult time in our history. Tactically naive he may be, lacking experience certainly, but steering us through unprecendented points deductions and delivering a fantastic day out at Wembley for 40,000 Hatters last season will be positives on Mick’s CV and we wish him every success in teh future, as he is and always will be a legend at Kenilworth Road.

  • Covhat // October 1, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    I partially agree – certainly no other manager would have come to Luton and stuck at it like Mick did, and we owed him the chance to see what he could do with a clean slate.

    However, tactically naive he was, and I believe any other manager with 2020′s backing would a) have us higher up in BSP and b) would’ve made more fight of the 30 point deduction.

    Stronger off the pitch, but shambles on the pitch largely thanks to Mick, despite the backing given by the board…

  • dollop // October 1, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    good riddance to him……players in the wrong slots, drinking on the way home from games they had just got thrased in 8th in the BSP 13 points adrift…we ARE GOING NOWHERE FAST under Mick…great player bad manager….we should have known sack fron Rotherham Notts Forest…dont we ever learn…you get whatyou pay for

  • hmhatter // October 1, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Mick is a true gentleman, was a great footballer, but never ever has he been management material and the tactics or lack of on tuesday night against Stevenage just was the last straw, having Tyler take all the free kicks, even from the half way line, HOOF? why was it not changed at half time?.

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