No UWI gag order - Gayle
Marcel Gayle, coach of University of the West Indies Premier League team, has flatly denied allegations that he has been muzzled by the club's administrators because of his 'delivery', or lack thereof, during television interviews, resulting in his more articulate assistant, Andrew Peart, now being preferred for interviews.
The former Waterhouse assistant coach laughed at the allegations when put to him by STAR Sports, explaining that having Peart take charge of interviews is just one way of encouraging and highlighting his second in command, who, he said, has made significant contribution to the progress of the team.
"No, no, nothing like that," Gayle insisted. "It's just something that we normally do because sometimes you are working very hard and people outside don't see your work that you are doing. This is a family thing and I am not better than the coach, so we are just sharing the work," he explained.
Gayle, who has been at the club since 2010, led them from the Super League through the Premier League play-offs to being semi-finalists and, this season, among the title favourites.
However, sources claim that despite Gayle's impressive work on the field with the university team, which has made him one of the most respected local coaches, it is rumoured that the authorities at the university prefer the fluent-speaking Peart to conduct interviews.
Gayle, however, insisted that this could not be further from the truth.
"Most times after a game, if the team loses, I talk, but if we win, he (Peart) talks. I am the coach, overall, so when we lose I have to take responsibility for what happens, but when we win it doesn't matter much because we normally say the same thing.
"We mainly win so he tends to do most interviews but we are just sharing responsibilities. There is no issue there," he said.