Exclusive: Former Wales striker Steve Morison interested in Neil Harris reunion at Cardiff City

Former striker Morison interested in reunion with ex-boss Harris

Morison won 20 caps for Wales [Image: FAW]

by Callum Ellis

FORMER Wales striker Steve Morison would be interested in a reunion with ex Millwall manager Neil Harris at Cardiff City.

Andy Legg’s recent departure as Cardiff’s Under-23s manager has opened up an opportunity with the Bluebirds.

Morison, who worked alongside Harris at Millwall, is working towards his UEFA pro license qualification. After hanging up his boots in October, he took a role with Northampton Town‘s academy as a professional development phase assistant coach.

The 36-year-old is still in touch with Harris, who has encouraged his professional development into coaching.

When asked about the vacant position at Cardiff, Morison said: “What a great opportunity for someone.

“I don’t know who makes those decisions at the club, but if that opportunity came about, I would definitely be interested.

“Cardiff is a massive club. I’ve played for Wales and I’ve done all my coaching badges in Wales.

“When I spoke to him [Harris] last, he asked if I was enjoying coaching, and I said ‘yeah’. He said ‘that means you made the right decision’, so there are things that I take from him and other managers.

Morison won 20 caps for Wales [Image: FAW]
“His work ethic is second to none. He was like that as a player and now as a manager. If I can take that away with me and add that to my work, I think it will take me a long way.”

Harris guided Millwall to the Championship during the 2016/17 campaign, courtesy of Morison’s late winner in the League One play-off final against Bradford.

But he stepped down as manager in October after more than four years in charge at the Den, and the Cardiff hierarchy were quick to name him as Neil Warnock’s successor.

Morison, however, was surprised with his former team-mate’s instant return to management.

“I wasn’t surprised that he was chosen to replace Neil Warnock,” adds Morison.

“I think the only surprising thing is that he had only just stopped [managing] and needed a bit of a break.

“The club said they wanted a young manager and he fits the bill perfectly. I’m really pleased for him.

“At half-time against Charlton, I was thinking ‘oh no’. But two games later, he’s doing really well.”

Morison has carried out his coaching badges with the Football Association of Wales [Image: FAW]
Cardiff, who endured a difficult start to the season under Warnock, have seen an upturn in fortunes in recent weeks since Harris’ appointment.

They sealed back-to-back wins – against Stoke City and Nottingham Forest respectively – for the first time since February.

And Morison believes Harris has the capabilities to get the Bluebirds firing again this term.

“Every single player that plays for him wants to run through brick walls for him,” says Morison.

“He’s got a fantastic group of players there and I think the players have bought into what he wants.

“He wants them to be more disciplined and for their shape to be better. He’ll build on creating chances at a later date when they’ve got the rest of it nailed down.

“It seems like they’re going in the right direction.”