Maxwell on the move again after Haile Selassie firing

October 28, 2016
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Veteran football coach Geoffrey Maxwell is no longer in charge of Haile Selassie High School's Manning Cup team.

Maxwell parted ways with Haile Selassie after a meeting with the school's principal, Lorenzo Ellis, yesterday morning.

"I don't want to say anything. I don't want to comment on the situation, but I am no longer with Haile Selassie. I met with the principal and a decision was taken," Maxwell, who was hired as Haile Selassie's coach during the summer, told STAR Sports yesterday.

However, efforts to contact Haile Selassie principal Lorenzo Ellis on the matter proved futile as his mobile number went unanswered on several occasions.

Maxwell also dismissed news that he was working with Dinthill High in the daCosta Cup competition.

"I am not at Dinthill. I went to a football game that Dinthill was playing last weekend and was standing near the bench. They (Dinthill) had about three coaches there giving instructions," Maxwell said.

 

Great start

 

Maxwell started well at Haile Selassie as the team won nine of 10 Group D preliminary-round matches and lost the other to finish on 27 points in first position. That allowed them passage to the ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup second round, the prestigious FLOW Super Cup competition for the first time and the Walker Cup knockout competition.

However, things went sour when Maxwell accused persons of interfering with the team following a 2-0 loss to Jamaica College in the Walker Cup semi-final match on October 18.

Haile Selassie was also eliminated from the FLOW Super Cup when they went down 3-0 to Rusea's High last Saturday at the Montego Bay Complex.

Maxwell also spent time at Hydel and during that period, he guided the St Catherine school to a historic appearance in the Manning Cup final in 2013, where they lost to St George's College.

He guided Excelsior High to one Manning Cup title and two Walker Cup titles in the 1980s and also coached Waterhouse to the National League trophy in 1998.

Schoolboy football apart, Maxwell coached at the club level with Santos, Waterhouse, Harbour View, Tivoli Gardens, Arnett Gardens, St George's SC, the JDF, and Maverley/Hughenden, among others.

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