'Bibi' under pressure at Harbour View
Harbour View coach, Ricardo 'Bibi' Gardner, admits he is feeling the heat following his team's 2-0 Red Stripe Premier League defeat to 10-man Tivoli Gardens at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex yesterday.
The Stars of the East have now lost eight of their last 12 matches, with two wins and two draws in that run, and the former Reggae Boyz captain said a lack of positive results means there will be pressure.
"If we don't win games there is always going to be pressure, and you will always put pressure on yourself despite (pressure from) the fans and the board," said Gardner.
"Football is about winning games, so if you don't win games it is going to mount pressure on you. But we are all in this together and we will continue to fight together and work hard for each other," he said after the game.
Andre Moulton fired the home team ahead after just four minutes, and a Kareem Manning own goal on the hour sealed the fate of Gardner's team.
Tivoli had the better chances for most of the game, however, Harbour View had a few good opportunities of their own, which they failed to take advantage of.
The former Bolton Wanders star wants to play a possession game, but apart from Sheldon McKoy, Andrew Allen, the experienced Evan Taylor and Peter Lee Vassell, who was unavailable, the present team lacks the quality to really contribute in attack and Gardner is hoping to make a few additions in the transfer window.
"We have shown we can play that type of football, but we have to be more consistent, believe in ourselves and execute come game time. We have struggled upfront but we just have work on the players we have before, we can do anything," Gardner said.
"I would love to (get some players) but I cannot speak on that, we just have to wait patiently and see what happens. We have to keep working and be positive despite the negative results. We have to work in the week and play every game like a final," he said.
'Bibi', as he is commonly called, holds a United States Soccer Federation coaching certificate and a European Football Federation coaching certificate. He is the national under-20 and has coached in Norway, and the USA. He spent last season as Ludlow Bernard's assistant before taking over as the head coach this season.