Thomas ready to lift Excelsior
Former Reggae Boyz captain Shavar Thomas has expressed his 'readiness' to start a new project as head coach of former Manning Cup champions Excelsior High School.
Thomas who served as an assistant Manning Cup coach at St Jago High last season has welcomed the new challenge at Excelsior. The Mountain View-based school did not make it beyond the quarter-final stage last year, and Thomas who has replaced Baris Johnson, wants to improve on that.
"It is a challenge, that's how I see it," he told STAR Sports. "The whole programme is in my hand and I am preparing the youngsters for the next level, arming them with everything for themselves, their school, and the community," he added.
Thomas declined to comment on his contract but said he was fully in charge of the football programme.
"I can't talk much about contract, but I am the head coach, and I am in charge to put the programme on the right track," he underlined.
Thomas says preseason preparations are going according to plan, and remains happy with the talent pool within the school.
"We have the talent, quality and it's just coaching now to show it and getting to our goals as a team. I have seen progress," noted the coach.
Thomas is looking forward to locking horns with many-time champions St George's College in Group A. Greater Portmore, Tarrant and Tivoli High School are the other teams in the group.
"We want to play against the best teams so the challenge matters not, we have the talent and Excelsior are a school that has achieved success in Manning Cup before," he stressed.
Thomas, who is the holder of a United States B coaching licence, wants to play attractive football.
"The ultimate goal is to win but we want to always play good football and improve," he concluded.