Did Vere make the right choice? - Clarendon-based team’s struggles continue despite coaching change

November 19, 2019
Vere United’s Devroy Grey challenges Portmore United’s Lamar Walker for the ball during their RSPL match on September 8, 2019.
Vere United’s Devroy Grey challenges Portmore United’s Lamar Walker for the ball during their RSPL match on September 8, 2019.

Vere United struggles in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) continued with the start of the second round over the weekend, but president, Lothian Cousins, said the clubs strongly believe that the decision to replace former coach Micheal Bennett with Vassell Reynolds was the right one, and he has "no doubt" that they will avoid relegation this season.

Bennett was instrumental in the Clarendon-based return to top-flight football, but he was shown the door after he lost three of his first four games. But the appointment of Reynolds has done very little for Vere, who are still in search of their second win of the season.

In fact, it was under the tutelage of Bennett, where Vere registered their only victory of the season, a 2-0 win over defending Champions Portmore United, in week two.

Since taking over, Reynolds has drawn five of the eight matches he has been in charge of, but Cousins is still convinced that they made the right choice.

"We have no doubt whatsoever that the decision to change the coaching staff was the best one for the club. We are extremely comfortable with the coaches on board, and our technical director Vassell Reynolds, has been doing a great job along with Dwight Smith," he said.

"The team has not been outplayed since the coaching change, and I can say that without fear of contradiction, that it was the right decision," he said.

Steadfast

Vere lost their opening game of the round 2-1 against Dunbeholden on Sunday, but the club president is steadfast in his belief that they will avoid the drop despite sitting at the foot of the table with eight points after 12 games.

"The team is in high spirits. The players are highly motivated and their confidence is at an all-time high based on results over the last five games. We have lost, but under all those circumstances, we could have won, so we are looking for positive results in the second round, and we expect to have a better second round than first round and we should climb out of the relegation.

"The stats is not really a true indication of the run of play, and most of the teams will tell you we are very tough to play against. But at some point in time we expect to see the improvement. We just need to start winning, and when the team starts to win that will be it," he said.

He noted that the current set of players are doing very well to hold their own in the league and he is optimistic that the additions they intend tol make at the end of the schoolboy football season and during the January window it will help to turn things around.

"We also have players from the DaCosta Cup and Manning Cup, so we have no doubt when they are available to play, we will make the push up. Plus, we are looking towards the January window to make a few minor adjustment and thereafter we should be OK. We know a few points can put us up there and then we can work on it and start building. It's work in progress and I am not worried," he reassured.

"We drew as many games and the games we lost, we lost under circumstances where we were leading up to the last 10 minutes. So based on the last set of results in the first round, we believe we are poised for better results in the second round," he added.

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