H View sigh after tough season

March 20, 2019
Fabian Taylor
Harbour View’s Shemar Nairne (third from left) celebrates with his teammates after he scored in a Red Stripe Premier League match against UWI FC at the UWI Bowl in St Andrew on Wednesday, January 9, 2019.

Fabian Taylor, head coach of Harbour View FC, says he is breathing a sigh of relief as his club has steered clear of relegation in a challenging Red Stripe Premier League season.

The East Kingston-based club has seen the most challenging season in 20 years of top-flight football which saw former coach Ricardo ‘Bibi’ Gardner resigning his duties as a result of the poor performance of the club.

“We managed to do so under tough circumstances,” Taylor said. “We as a football club… I mean this is the first time in the history of the club that we are going to finish this far from the top. This is not a nice feeling as a coach.”

Gardener resigned in December following a string of poor performances, which saw the ‘Stars of the East’ only managing two wins in the opening half of the season.

full coaching duties

Taylor picked up his first win, a 3-0 away to Montego Bay FC the week after assuming full coaching duties at the club. He has since managed to guide his players to a record of four wins and eight draws, halving the goals conceded from 30 in the first half of the season to 15, and a ninth-place finish.

“Taking over from ‘Bibi’ Gardner, at the forefront of my mind was the thought of not being relegated. I also wanted to make the top six but after the first couple of games I realised it was not going to happen so we just concentrated on keeping the club in the Premier League,” Taylor continued.

While Taylor expressed that there were difficulties that the club was facing that affected the players’ performance, he was still optimistic for the future of the club. He expressed his belief that a holistic change was necessary for the club to regain its former glory.

“We were at the forefront of Jamaican football and we need to get back to that,” he said. “It is difficult because we have been exporting a lot of players for the past couple of years. We need to get a core base of players who will be consistently here so we can build a team. As a football club, I think we need to revamp and restructure in order to get back to where we were.”

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