Coaching quality hurting Tivoli - Seaga

May 02, 2017
Akeem Henry (right) from Jamalco tugs on the shirt of Junior McGregor (centre) Tivoli Gardens FC during their Premier League football match at the Edward Seaga Stadium on March 9. Tivoli won the match 2-0.

Chairman Edward Seaga yesterday said a lack of quality coaches has caused Tivoli Gardens not to win the Premier League title since 2011.

Tivoli were booted from the Red Stripe Premier League quarter-finals by Portmore United on Sunday, losing the two-way tie 2-3 on aggregate.

Tivoli last won the Premier League in 2010-11, after four previous titles - 1982-83, 1998-99, 2003-04 and 2008-09.

"We had lots of problems with coaches. We have not found anybody yet," Seaga said of his team's drought.

Omar Edwards took over as head coach, following the resignation of Glendon Admiral Bailey at the end of last season.




After a slow start to the 2016-17 season, Edwards guided Tivoli to a 14-game unbeaten run to lead the league at one point. However, Edwards left over a month ago for a coaching programme in Hungary and with him went Tivoli's form.

"I did not want him to leave the team at that stage, but he was not on a contract, so we could not stop him," Seaga pointed out.

Former player Damion Gordon was elevated from assistant to head coach and the team finished fifth during the regular season.

Gordon also guided Tivoli to a fourth hold on the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association Jackie Bell trophy last month, Tivoli's first hold on the premier Corporate Area knockout title since 2010.

"Omar Edwards would have improved the team, but Damion Gordon has done his best. We lost the game on Sunday because of lack of focus from the players," Seaga said.

"We did not start the season well, but had a 14-match unbeaten run at one stage and probably the team missed Edwards," he added, pointing out that the team was young and worth working on for the future.

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