Hungry for the title - Thomas
Portmore United head coach, Shavar Thomas, said his plan was always to return to the final and do better than the two previous seasons, after the team suffered back-to-back losses in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL).
Thomas, in only his first season as coach of the five-time champions, guided the team to the RSPL final, where they will face Waterhouse tonight at the National Stadium at 8:35.
"It is not important to match what the previous coaches had done in the past two seasons. It is not about any comparison as from the onset of the season, my plan was to dominate and get back in the final to prove that we can do this, year in and year out and to win. The vision is to go one better," Thomas told STAR Sports in the build- up to the final.
"There is no pressure, as these players are professionals. They have been here before. The situation now is that they have learnt from their lessons and they are very hungry to make it the right situation," Thomas added.
The former Reggae Boyz defender popinted to his own growth as a coach and says he is expecting a tough contest when he lines up to oppose his counterpart, Donovan Duckie.
"I have grown a lot in terms; it is about man-management being at this level. From you have the support of the team and staff you will get success. You have to get the guys to work for you and with God's blessing, it is working out," said Thomas.
"It is simple you come every day and train as if it is a game situation. We practise intensity at Portmore, so it is better in matches," the former Excelsior High Manning Cup coach said.
"We have to go out there ready. Since Duckie came in, Waterhouse have done a good job, so we expect a good game," he pointed out.