'It's a short-term job'
Interim coach of Montego Bay United FC Dr Dean Weatherly is unable to take full charge at the club because of his primary job as a dentist. Hence, like last year, he has been handed the responsibility to lead them to the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) title.
Dr Weatherly was brought in during the latter part of the preliminary stage because then coach Pastor Hugh Solomon migrated. He guided MBU to victory over Waterhouse in the final. He returned to focus on his regular job and also as coach at Cornwall College in the daCosta Cup schoolboy football competition.
Now, almost a year later, the western Jamaica club sacked Spanish coach Carlos Garcia, who started the season and Dr Weatherly was again favoured by the club's executive body to lead them to the title.
Garcia was sacked on Monday and Dr Weatherly took charge as interim coach two days later.
"Well, it is an interim arrangement until season end," Dr Weatherly told The Gleaner yesterday.
"Over the years, I have dedicated a lot of time to football and ignoring my job as a dentist. Football is fickle, so I have to focus on my primary job," he added.
"I am close to the club's management, so I have no problem in coming in. However, other coaches need to get better qualified and enjoy what they do. You have to love what you to in order to pass it on to the players," Dr Weatherly said.
MBU are set to depart the island tomorrow to participate in the Caribbean Football Union Club Championship Group Three in Haiti. They will open against CS Moulien on April 15. The group winners will advance to the semi-finals, where the top three Caribbean teams qualify for the 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions League.
"The first goal is to qualify the team to the CONCACAF League. After that we will return to focus on qualifying for the semi-finals in order to retain the RSPL title," the veteran coach said.
"Western Jamaica football is in a sleep mode, so we need to win again to spark back life there. That would serve as motivation to the youths, especially the boys," he added.
MBU's owner Orville Powell had earlier said that Garcia did not focus on fitness of the players, and Dr Weatherly also identified that problem at the club.
"The fitness was a little sub-standard, but has picked up since. We want to win the remaining two games in the preliminary stage and enter the semi-finals on a winning run," Dr Weatherly noted.