HARRY GREGG, the former Manchester United and Northern Ireland goalkeeper, almost became manager of Finn Harps in the 1970s.
Gregg, who survived the Munich Air Disaster in 1958, has spoken about his ‘regret’ at letting the chance to take charge at Finn Park pass up.
“Big Frank Fields and I had a discussion and I agreed to come to a meeting with Finn Harps,” Gregg said.
Picture caption: Chris McNulty with former Manchester United and Northern Ireland goalkeeper Harry Gregg.
“The plan was not just for me to manage Finn Harps. It would be a more expansive job.
“I was also to oversee coaching in schools around Donegal at the time and look after putting structures in place for soccer in Donegal. That would have really helped Finn Harps.
“I came and I had a meeting with Fran, who was the Chairman and with Fr Michael Sweeney, but nothing came of it in the end up.
“It is a regret that I have that I didn’t get the chance to take the job when it came up.”
Gregg wasn’t the only high profile figure to have approaches from Harps with regard to managing at Finn Park.
In March 1986, it was revealed that Fields, the Chairman, and club secretary Alex Harkin, had offered former Republic of Ireland manager Liam Tuohy the manager’s position.
Tuohy – Ireland senior team manager from 1971-73 – had just stepped down as Republic of Ireland Under-19 manager, but opted to take a break from the game and rebuffed Harps’ advances.