Too much interference at Waterhouse, says Young

February 20, 2016
Paul Young Sr

Former Waterhouse coach, Paul Young, has revealed that there was a constant tug-of-war with regards to team selection during his two-month stay at the club.

After just one win in nine matches, the former national striker, and Waterhouse, parted ways by mutual consent on Wednesday.

Young defended his time in charge at the Drewsland-based outfit saying he walked away following a proposal from the president, Fitzroy Vidal, to take on Donovan Duckie, a former coach at Waterhouse, as his assistant for the rest of the season.

Young also accused players of not being professional enough and club administrators of trying to influence team selection.

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"At the first staff meeting I told them we needed to be united on and off the field and that was the only way. But we had members trying to influence who plays, when they play and why they play. But the only person I listen to when it comes to team selection is my assistant Shavar (Thomas)," he explained

"You have some people in their office pushing to start a (certain) team and asking why is a player playing or not playing. They don't know if the player attended training or if he was late. I came into a situation where players are not coming to training, players coming to training late, coming to training drunk, players having injuries and not going to the physio, all these things I tried to fix.

"I tried to teach them how to be a professional as this is the closest some will come to professionalism and that is what I was trying to bring to Waterhouse. For them to respect the game and treat it as if their lives depended on it. But people criticised me saying that if a player misses one training he should not be excluded from the side (on match day). But I told them I don't work like that, if you don't train, you don't play, so the players were not professional enough and I tried to instill that in them," he stated.

Although disappointed Young said he always knew it was going to be a tough job and wished the Drewsland team the best in their fight to avoid the drop.

"The main problem was the execution and the composure by the strikers. The commitment and the killer instinct just wasn't there," he said.

"I hope they don't get relegated, they have a good chance but you have to wait and see," he said.

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