While the case between Chippa United and their unhappy goalkeeper, Ryan Harrison, is due to be heard today, Chilli Boys’ CEO, Peter Koutroulis, says the player has acted unprofessionally and has not followed the correct channels.
In addition, the veteran administrator has come out guns blazing questioning why Harrison went to the PSL in the first place, when there’s an agreement with players that salary cheques can be paid up to the fourth day of each month.
Soccer-Laduma had learnt that Harrison’s problem began after he was dropped for the club’s recent game against Black Leopards, a match in which club goalkeeper coach, Stavros Tsichlas, described his replacement, Mbongeni Mzimela - as “phenomenal!”
“Harrison criticised coach Ian Palmer’s decision not to play him,” said an angry Koutroulis. “He put a nasty photo of the club on twitter and everybody saw his comment, so the coach kicked him out of training the same day during a night session.
“At that point he called me to discuss the matter, and I told him, ‘You’re still a young man and have lots to offer so please try to fix up your relationship with Ian Palmer’ which he did. Everything seemed okay but the next day (Friday) after training when he was again left out of the squad, he complained.”
That’s when Koutroulis confronted Harrison, requesting that he send a report of his grievances in writing to the club but instead the 27-year-old ‘keeper went directly to the PSL.
“He’s a cry baby,” the CEO continued. “If any player has a problem they are welcome to come to us, the door is always open but we don’t like the way Harrison did things. He didn’t respect the coach nor the owner of the club, Siviwe ‘Chippa’ Mpengesi, who gave him a job because of his father, Mark Harrison, the former head coach.
“Why did Ryan Harrison send a letter to the PSL? I’m sorry, this is unprofessional. I can tell you he has an amateurish attitude. We’d have tried to sort his problems last Monday but to run away from our office by going straight to the PSL was the wrong way, the incorrect channel.
“When his father was coaching here he never asked for a free clearance? Why only now when he loses his position in the team?”
Regarding claims of unpaid monies, Koutroulis argued, “Chippa United pays everybody. We have an agreement with the players that the latest they receive money is on the fourth because club owner Siviwe Mpengesi owns a business, and sometimes the money only comes in on the 1st or 2nd of the month.”