Tivoli coach unmoved by calls to step down
Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
Coach of Tivoli Gardens FC senior football team, Alvin Shaw, is under pressure from his own spectators following back-to-back losses in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL).
Tivoli went down 3-0 to leaders Waterhouse in a rescheduled game at Waterhouse Stadium in Drewsland last Wednesday. Then four days later, the West Kingston team suffered a 1-0 defeat to Sporting Central Academy at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex.
During and after the loss on Sunday, despite the low turnout of home supporters, there have been calls for Shaw to be relieved of the job.
Some supporters, who have followed the club for over three decades, are upset that their beloved Tivoli are struggling in the nation's top football league this season.
Despite the loss to Sporting Central, Tivoli Gardens remained in seventh position on 11 points from nine games, having won three times, drawn two and four losses.
Tivoli are nine points behind leaders Waterhouse FC in the 12-team standings.
Shaw says he is not concerned about the spectators' views.
"I did not hear the spectators and don't care," Shaw told The Gleaner. "I would be worried if the president (Edward Seaga) had called me about that.
"I am in contact with Mr Seaga daily and that has not come up. He is aware of the situation affecting the team," Shaw noted.
"The club is in a very difficult financial constraint and those spectators are not helping," he said.
He pointed out that Tivoli Gardens FC started slowly, earning only two points in the first four games, then went on a three-game winning streak. After that came the two consecutive losses.
"The forward line needs to improve. We are looking to improve in that area. We need at least one experienced striker during the transfer window in January.
"However, that won't be easy as the club doesn't have the money that those players want," Shaw said.
"We will have back young Junior Flemmings of Jamaica College after the schoolboy season ends in December, but we need an experienced striker," he insisted.
Shaw has been with Tivoli Gardens for the past five years and served as assistant coach to Glendon 'Admiral' Bailey for four years. Following the resignation of Bailey during the summer, Shaw was elevated to head coach.
In August, Seaga had threatened to withdraw the club from the league because they fallen short of the amount of funds to finance the team. Seaga had cited a "fall out of major sponsorships due to the economic crisis".