I am ready to walk away from Boys' Town - Price
Andrew Price, coach of Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) last-place team, Boys' Town, said that he is prepared to walk away from his position in order to suit the club.
Price, who also represented Boys' Town as a player, has been at the club for almost 30 years.
The Red Brigade have found themselves in deep relegation woes after picking up just 14 points from 24 games in the preliminary stage. With nine games remaining before the top six play-off battle, Boys' Town have a hard task of avoiding the drop. They are 13 points below their immediate target - Montego Bay United, who are in 10th position in the 12-team league.
"At the end of the season, I plan to do a team assessment and a personal assessment and make a decision on my future at the club. It is not dependent on me, because I have been given a job to do and that is what I'm doing," Price told STAR Sports yesterday.
It is dependent on the executive body of the club and the players. The fact of the matter is that at this point in time, our club is not in any position to pay coaches and players what they are worth," he added.
"I have given years to the club, so if I see it in the best interest of the club, I am willing to walk away at the end of the season, despite what happens to the club. I will grind out the nine games and see what happens," Price also said.
"Maybe, somebody else can come in and do it free. I have been at the club as a player from 1987 and coaching the club for almost 20 years. I never got paid as a player or as a coach, so if I was to step down, I would not regret," he further said.
"Boys' Town will always be in my heart because of Father Sherlock, who founded the institution, and people like the late former president Locksley Comrie, Carl Brown and others. Boys' Town is about the holistic development and not only about sports. A lot of people think that Boys' Town is just about football. No, it is not," Price explained.
"The fact is that we still have nine games to get 27 points, so we have a mathematical chance of survival, although our fate is not in our hands at this time," he concluded.
After going down 3-0 to Montego Bay United last Sunday, Boys' Town's woes deepened. The Collie Smith Drive-based outfit will play the University of the West Indies today at Barbican, starting at 3 p.m.
• 3 p.m. - Boys' Town vs UWI at Barbican Complex
• 3 p.m. - Humble Lion vs FC Reno at Effortville Community Centre, Clarendon
• 3 p.m. - Tivoli Gardens vs Portmore United at Edward Seaga Stadium
Teams P W D L GF GA GD Pts
Portmore 24 15 5 4 50 16 34 50
Arnett 23 11 11 1 42 22 20 44
Cavalier 24 10 8 6 28 19 9 38
Tivoli 23 10 7 6 25 16 9 37
Waterhouse 24 7 12 5 20 23 -3 33
H View 23 8 6 9 15 16 -1 30
UWI 24 7 8 9 26 28 -2 29
FC Reno 24 6 11 7 18 22 -4 29
H Lion 24 6 10 8 19 24 -5 28
MBU 23 6 9 8 21 27 -6 27
Sandals 24 3 7 14 14 41 -27 16
Boys' Town 24 2 8 14 17 43 -26 14