Duckie replacement coming soon

July 06, 2018
Donovan Duckie (centre) shouts instructions to his Mount Pleasant Football Academy players during their Magnum/Charley's JB/JFF Premier League play-off series match against hosts Barbican FC on Sunday, July 1.
File Former Waterhouse head coach Donovan Duckie (left) and chairman Bruce Bicknell in dialogue.

Waterhouse Football Club chairman, Bruce Bicknell, said that he has accepted his former coach Donovan Duckie's decision to opt out of a three-year verbal agreement and join Mount Pleasant Football Academy as head coach in the upcoming Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) season.

Duckie signed a deal with the St Ann-based club on Tuesday, following their qualification to the RSPL from the Magnum/Charley's JB/JFF Premier League play-off series that ended on Sunday.

Now, since Duckie, who returned to Waterhouse early last November and guided them from the relegation zone into the RSPL final, where they lost to Portmore United, exited the Drewsland Club, a new coach is set to be named in two weeks.

"He (Duckie) had a verbal three-year contract with the club. And we gave him a salary and bonus. I have never spoken to him about Mount Pleasant," an obviously disappointed Bicknell told STAR Sports yesterday.

"Duckie has been good to Waterhouse and Waterhouse has been good to him. I hope he appreciates that. I just want to wish him all the best in the future. I don't want any bad blood or anything. According to him, that is his decision to leave Waterhouse," Bicknell disclosed.


"We began to look already for a new coach. We have three prospects, but I don't want to reveal any names right now. The Premier League is coming up in about two months, so I think within the next two weeks, a coach for Waterhouse will be known," he said in regards to a replacement for Duckie.

Duckie officially penned a contract with Mount Pleasant after he had earlier denied been the coach there. However, Duckie was on the bench issuing instructions during Mount Pleasant must-win game against Barbican on Sunday at the Barbican Complex.

Mount Pleasant won 2-1 to finish the promotional series on 11 points, behind Dunbeholden who ended on 12 points. Both clubs gained historic berths to the nation's top flight, which is set to start in late August.

Duckie, who is the national Under-23 head coach, in preparation for the Olympic Games qualifiers, also had coaching stints at Highgate United, Portmore United, Humble Lion FC and Montego Bay United in the Premier League.

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