‘Bigga’ plans at Humble Lion - Thompson takes over from ‘Admiral’ Bailey at Clarendon-based club

February 18, 2019
Oniel ‘Bigga’ Thompson (left), interim head coach at Humble Lion, gestures at the fourth official after he was asked to leave the technical area by the referee during a Red Stripe Premier League match between Humble Lion and Montego Bay United at Effortville Stadium in May Pen, Clarendon, yesterday. The game ended 1-1.

Humble Lion chairman Mike Henry has confirmed that Glendon ‘Admiral’ Bailey is no longer the coach at the club and that O’Neil ‘Bigga’ Thompson will see out the rest of the season as coach of the team.

This followed the team’s 1-1 draw with Montego Bay United at Effortville in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) yesterday.

Humble Lion, who struggled to find consistent form under Bailey, went into their last game against Waterhouse with Thompson overseeing things from the sidelines, causing questions about the coaching situation at the Clarendon club.

But though he remained coy about the situation, Henry did confirm that the coaching change had been made.

“Mr [O’Neil] Thompson is the acting [coach] at the moment as the person in charge of the team, as of right now, and the rest of the season is important for us getting into the top six. Humble Lion is restructuring and looking at the future and trying to correct all of the issues that are incorrect in the world of soccer as it affects Jamaica’s development.

“We are looking at the academy structure as we restructure the whole club. In that context, I don’t focus on the coaches, I focus on the club and the international development which must follow,” he said.

The club’s chairman said that he has also written to the Premier League Club Association (PLCA) about a number of injustices he believes his team has faced this season.

“We could have won today, but I don’t want to blame the issues, but I think we could have looked at the refereeing that took place on TV the other night (last Monday). Look at the goal and tell me if it looks like a goal. I don’t want to go into that because I made my protest letters.

“You must remember, I had a match against Tivoli in which the lights went out for 15 minutes, and at one time, we had 12 people on the field, and at one point, we had two balls on the field, so I have written to the PLCA about that issue, just as I have written about and questioned some of the professional positions that are very important to make soccer go along, but I leave that to my letters at the PLCA,” he said.

On the field, Montego Bay took the lead through a Keneil Kirlew third-minute penalty, but Jermaine Christian equalised from Renae Lloyd’s cross for the hosts two minutes after the break.

The result left Humble Lion in eighth place with 31 points, while Montego Bay remained at the bottom of the standings with 21 points.

With second-placed Waterhouse (48 points) and third-placed Cavalier (45) meeting tonight, leaders Portmore extended their lead atop the table to five points (53) after their 4-2 win away to Reno, with Javon East bagging a brace for the winners and Renorio Downswell matching that performance in a losing effort for Reno.

Mount Pleasant extended their unbeaten run to five games after their 2-1 win over Tivoli Gardens, who have now failed to win in three games.

 

SCORES:

Reno 2-4 Portmore

Mt Pleasant 2-1 Tivoli Gardens

Humble Lion 1-1 Montego Bay

Harbour View 1-1 Dunbeholden

Arnett Gardens 2-2 UWI

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