Edwards surprised by positive response
Newly-appointed Tivoli Gardens FC head coach, Omar Edwards says he is surprised by the positive response from the players in preseason for the upcoming Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) that kicks-off on September 10.
Edwards was selected for the tough task of putting Tivoli in a challenging position this season, something that the former national league champions have not done for the past three seasons.
He was pushed into the position a month ago, after Glendon 'Admiral' Bailey quit after saving the club from relegation last season.
"It is really a privilege and honour to be at Tivoli Gardens. I have worked over at neighbouring Boys' Town FC as assistant coach for over ten years. Now, this is my first job as head coach in the national league," Edwards told STAR Sports yesterday.
"It has been a positive response. The players know that the club set a high standard. The reception is great from the players, so it is not challenging. They trying to do the best. We have a positive set of players," he continued.
"We have a good crop of players, so we can take it all the way," he confidently said.
Tivoli will be missing some regular players, but Edwards said that is how football is going for many years.
"Well, a few players have left the club. They have decided to move on," he said.
Edwards is fully aware of the high expectation, especially from the club's supporters.
"I understand that pressure will be a part of the job. I want to get the players to understand the system of play and do their best, that is done, what spectators say will not be a big problem," Edwards, who is the assistant coach of the national Under-17 team, noted.
With regards to the addition of two more clubs for the championship play-offs, Edwards say it is positive development.
"I believe it will help to add some more excitement. It is not a bad idea for the league," he said.
Tivoli will play their opening game in the RSPL against Harbour View at Harbour View Stadium, starting at 7 p.m.