Halliman to roll up sleeves at Hydel
Highly rated schoolboy football coach Leebert Halliman, strongly believes he is the man to lead Hydel High School to their first ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup title, and he gives himself three years to achieve it.
Halliman, was confirmed this week as technical director of the school's football programme, in his second stint with the Ferry school. The school has been a strong competitor in the tournament since making its debut more than a decade ago.
However, Halliman, who helped Hydel reach the Manning Cup semi-final for the first time in their history in 2010, is convinced he can take the St Catherine school to the promise land in three seasons.
"I am a part of the (Hydel) family and Mr (Corey) Bennett (the team's head coach) is like a son, because we go way back from under-13 days, Manning Cup, Minor League, and even at university, but he has a lot on his hands," he said.
"I helped to set up his programme in 2011, but I had to leave because it was beyond my control and I went back to Excelsior. But now they really need me, and I think it is the best time to return," he said.
Halliman said that based on the school's present football structure and the culture of young Jamaican players, the programme is going to take a while to be rebuild. "The programme is in a bit of shambles and it is going to take time to rebuild. We have to put the right ideas and culture in place, because it is not as good as when I went there the first time. So we are in a rebuilding mode and we have to take it one step at a time,' he said.
"It's a bit too early and we might get back about four players from last year. But in another two to three years, we will be looking to win the competition. There is a lot of attitude and the culture in Jamaica makes it difficult. At Hydel, it is more than football and in another three years we will see if we are good enough to win it," he said.