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How Manchester United youth coach Eric Harrison developed at Everton

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In the summer that Everton appointed their most successful ever manager, they lost a man who would become the most influential youth development coach in English history.

Eric Harrison, the man responsible for Manchester United's celebrated 'Class of '92' - which included David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Gary and Phil Neville - has died aged 81.

Ferguson called youth team manager Eric Harrison into his office to discuss the club's development of young players and made it plain he was not satisfied.

They'd had a lot of young players there and he said that was the way forward.

That team included future first-teamers like Kevin Ratcliffe, Steve McMahon, Mark Higgins and Joe McBride But a Halifax-born son of a Mancunian father, Harrison was recruited by then United boss Ron Atkinson in the summer of 1981.

But while the hugely admired and respected coach became indelibly linked to Old Trafford, he spent nine years at Everton Football Club before then, the last three of them as assistant manager to Gordon Lee.

He joined Everton in 1972, after hanging up his boots following a 550 match playing career with Barrow, Southport and Scarborough, and in 1977 guided the Toffees to their first FA Youth Cup final for 12 years.
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