Price says board he sits on will decide his fate
After being in charge at Boys' Town for 20 years, flirting with relegation for the last two seasons, before the inevitable happened on Sunday, Andrew Price appears determined to hang on to the reins of the troubled club, hoping for what he described as "a straight recovery back to the Premier League".
Having the distinction of being the longest-serving coach in the Premier League without a title to show, Price danced his way around STAR Sports' query of him staying with his only silverware since promotion in 2004 being back-to-back wins, 2009 and 2010, in the all-island Jamaica Football Federation Champions Cup knockout competition.
"Other clubs, like Cavalier, Portmore United, Rivoli and Reno, got relegated and returned to the Premier League in one season, so we aim to do the same. I don't see any reason why we can't do that. Anything is possible. Sometimes you have to regroup, re-evaluate and assess," said Price, who represented Boys' Town for 10 years before moving into the coaching role.
Boys' Town were relegated on Sunday after a 0-2 loss away to Portmore. The Red Brigade's fate was known after Humble Lion edged Harbour View 1-0.
With five games remaining in the preliminary stage, Boys' Town, last on 17 points, cannot surpass 10th-place Humble Lion (33).
"My position is that the season has not ended. We have five more games to play. At the end of the season, I will introspect, as I normally do, and make an assessment. Like the professional that I am, I will stay and fight until the remaining games are played," Price told STAR Sports yesterday.
TEAM SPIRIT STILL THERE
"We intend to continue to be competitive and win as many games as possible. The spirit of the team is still there. The players are already thinking about next season for the Super League and a straight recovery back to the Premier League," he said, avoiding to say what role, if any, he would play in a Super League campaign.
Price said Boys' Town's board, of which he is a member, will decide his fate.
"No commitment at this point in time, but like I said, at the end of the season I will do introspection and make an assessment. I am part of the board. The fact of the matter is that I have always been a part of the board. The previous coach Carl Brown was also part of the board. Mr Speid is also part of the board at Cavalier and coach. That is not unique," he added.
Boys' Town's woes extend from the field. They have been forced to play home games miles away in Barbican because they have lost light and water to adequately service their Collie Smith Drive home ground, which also presents a massive challenge to collect gate receipts.
In their heydays, Boys' Town won the national league title three times - 1984, 1986 and 1988.