Maverley 'shottas' threaten coach Patrick
Anthony Patrick, Maverley-Hughenden's Premier League coach, said he was locked out from training yesterday morning and his life threatened on the eve of the club's away Jackie Bell knockout match against Bull Bay.
Patrick said when he turned up for the usual morning-training session at the Maverley playing field, located at the corner of Molynes Road and West Main Drive, his motor vehicle was barred from entering the ground.
"I arrived at training this morning and was told by some young men, 'Yuh fi get gunshot, yuh fi dead,' Patrick told STAR Sports in relating his ordeal, adding that he was later allowed to enter the ground but had to watch from the sidelines as the team trained.
"I saw the manager having a discussion with a group of supporters. There were also discussions among executive members. I was then told by 'Chucky', the assistant coach, that he and 'Bingy' (Hugh Blair) would conduct the training session and would be in charge of the Jackie Bell game tomorrow (today)," Patrick added.
Patrick had also come under fire from irate spectators following a 0-1 loss to Boys' Town in a battle between teams in the relegation zone last Sunday at Barbican.
He remains upset with the way he was treated yesterday morning and said expressed doubts about attending a meeting scheduled for yesterday following the incident.
"I spoke to the president, Craig Walters, and he asked me to attend a meeting at 2 p.m. (yesterday). I'm not sure to attend. I was not officially told I would not conduct the training. I feel disappointed and don't think that I will remain at the club," Patrick pointed out.
He also believes some senior players did not want him to continue.
"I know that the players were not playing for me, so I told them to play for the club," he said.
The former Waterhouse coach took over as head coach following the dismissal of Lijyasu Simms early last December. Under Simms' guidance, Maverley-Hughenden won promotion to the Premier League and accumulating 13 points from 14 games.
Patrick was afterwards brought in and helped the club to gain an additional 15 points from as many matches, which obviously hasn't sat well with fans.
Sitting in ninth position on 28 points in the 12-team Premier League, Maverley are locked in an intense relegation battle with cellar-dwellers Boys' Town (26), Jamalco (26) and Waterhouse (28).