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Arnett can rule for a long time, says Waite

Published:Wednesday | June 3, 2015 | 12:00 AMMarc Stamp
Arnett's coach, Jerome Waite
Members of the Arnett Gardens Football Club celebrate their Red Stripe Premier League title win at the National Stadium on Monday night.

Arnett Gardens FC's coach, Jerome Waite, says a dynasty is in the making following the team's victory against Montego Bay United in the Red Stripe Premier League final at the National Stadium on Monday.

Arnett Gardens outscored the 2013-14 champions 2-0 to lift the title for the fourth time in the Trench Town-based club's history.

It was also the third time that Waite has coached Arnett to the national title in 14 years.

Andre Clennon's header in the 60th minute gave Arnett the lead, then Leon Strickland sealed the deal in the 69th with a powerful shot that flew past Montego Bay's goalkeeper, Jacomena Barrett.

Waite, who was in charge when Arnett captured back-to-back titles in 2000 to 2002 seasons, returned after the resignation of Calvin Lewis in 2013.

"This one is really more special than the others. At the beginning, the team lacked self-belief. Winners are born, but champions are made," Waite said.

"When I returned, Arnett were struggling. I took up a team that many pundits wrote off. They said I must get better players. I decided to teach them a system and we reached the semi-final and were defeated by Waterhouse," Waite told The Gleaner.

"That was motivation and I was confident that with a few addition players the team could do much better."

Waite lauded team captain Oneil 'Bigga' Thompson.

"He has international experience having played professional football in Norway and England before coming home. That experience made him a monster. He is a quality leader on and off the field," the veteran coach said.

He said moving forward, the objective is to build a football dynasty at the club.

"We have experienced players as well as youngsters coming through in the club," he disclosed.