Salary cut hurting Arnett players
The decision to cut the salaries of Arnett Gardens players is affecting the performance of the team, says team coach Jerome Waite.
The effect was such that the team was only able to earn one point from a possible 12 of their last four games in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL).
Arnett's last victory came on November 16 when they edged Trench Town neighbours Boys' Town 1-0 in a derby game at Barbican Complex.
The South West St Andrew-based club went down 3-2 to bitter-rivals Tivoli Gardens last Sunday at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex. Before that, Arnett were held to a 1-1 draw by FC Reno on November 27 at the Anthony Spaulding Complex.
Three days earlier, the 'Junglists' lost 2-0 to reigning champions Montego Bay United away and also beaten by the same team 2-0 on November 20.
Arnett are currently in sixth position on 19 points from 14 games with five wins, four draws and five losses.
"It (salary cuts) is affecting the team. As the coach I am trying my best to get the players back in the right frame of mind," Waite told STAR Sports on Thursday.
After the cut in salaries of players and members of the technical team, club president Patrick Roberts explained the reason for the move.
"Our budget was between $1.7 million to $2 million previously on a monthly basis. We looked at our situation, which is not unique because of the economical crisis. What happened is that the chairman met with the other executive members to look at downsizing. We still tried to come up with the additional funds, but that did not happen," he said.
"Some players were given the opportunity to leave or take a salary cut. We have a squad of 40 players with about 75 per cent of the squad on contract," he added.
"Now, we are looking at a budget of between $1.3 to $1.4 million in salaries. The PLCA gives each club $300,000 monthly, but we have to find creative ways to meet our budget."
Things seem to be on the up however as Waite said the players have looked better during this week's training sessions in preparation for the next encounter against Harbour View tomorrow at Harbour View Stadium.
"I am seeing improvement this week, so we are looking forward to a positive result," the veteran coach who guided Arnett to three national titles added.
He also divulged that the management had promised to get the salaries back to where they were in January.
"The management team related in meetings with the team that hopefully they can bring back the salaries to normal next month," Waite disclosed.