Pressure, what pressure? - Peart feels no pressure at UWI, JC
Andrew Peart says he does not feel pressured after his summer appointments as head coach of Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) outfit the University of the West Indies (UWI), and many-time Manning Cup champions Jamaica College (JC).
"First and foremost, I am grateful for the appointment as head coach of the University of the West Indies football team. We want to build on what we have done over the years at UWI. We will continue to build as the objective is to be champions. We are taking the league very seriously, and in three years, we want to be champions," said Peart, who replaced Marcel 'Fuzzy' Gayle in the position. Gayle has moved to Waterhouse.
"Gayle has guided me at UWI, where I was assistant coach since 2014, and that experience is valuable. I wish him all the best at Waterhouse," he shared.
"The expectation is great at UWI. I would not say that it is pressure, but it is always UWI's ambition to win, and that vision remains the same," Peart added.
With regard to the JC job, Peart says it is about development in order to continue dominating local schoolboy football.
He is aware of the high expectations for the Old Hope Road-based institution this season after Miguel Coley guided them to five straight Manning Cup titles. Coley has moved on as assistant coach of Esteghlal FC in Iran, where he has again teamed up with former Reggae Boyz coach Winfried Schaefer.
"Again, the word 'pressure', you must be careful how it is measured. For Jamaica College, the aim is to retain our Manning Cup title, and that is what we are sticking to," he explained.
"The team is preparing well right now, and we are expecting them to develop over time. The season has not begun as yet, so we can't say what will happen, but we will focus on getting the team ready for the upcoming Manning Cup season," Peart stated.
"The objective is to be champions. First, we have to focus on the group stage, where we will meet Hydel, Vauxhall and Kingston Technical. Every team will be competing for the top two spots. There is no easy game in the Manning Cup, so we have to work hard and don't take any team for granted," shared the former JC student.