Survival is key for Tivoli

January 29, 2016

Having sealed his return to Tivoli Gardens with an inspired come-from-behind win, veteran coach Glendon 'Admiral' Bailey says he is relishing the challenge of lifting the team he led to two national league titles from relegation struggles.

Tivoli Gardens have won five national league titles and were Caribbean Football Union (CFU) runners-up in 2004.

However, the west Kingston-based team has struggled since its last title in 2011, and has has found itself mostly in the lower half of the table.

This season, things have worsened, with Tivoli battling to avoid relegation.

"There is a lot of work to be done, but I wouldn't say I have a basket to carry water," said Bailey.

"I am not promising anybody anything, but I am just going to do my best and try to ensure that we are in the league," he said.

"It's a cause that I am passionate about. That's why I am back. Because music me a deal with right now, but me just come back to see if I can stop relegation," Bailey told STAR Sports following Tivoli's 2-1 win over Rivoli in a Red Stripe Premier League rescheduled fixture on Wednesday.

With that all-important win, Bailey's team moved out of the relegation zone to 10th place on 23 points and leap-fogged Rivoli (22) and Waterhouse FC (21).

"I believe in creeping before you walk, so first and foremost we are thinking survival first and see how it goes, and we take it one game at a time," said Bailey.

He stressed that his focus is on surviving relegation.

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