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Hayles resigns as Hydel's coach ...cites 'strong personality' for refusal to work with technical director Maxwell

Published:Tuesday | August 4, 2015 | 8:00 AMMarc Stamp

Donovan 'DV' Hayles has resigned as head coach of Hydel High School's Manning Cup football team, following the re-hiring of Geoffrey Maxwell in late June.

"Yeah, man. I resigned from early July because, with no disrespect, but Mr Maxwell was brought in as technical director," Hayles told The Gleaner yesterday morning.

"I have my own philosophy, just like Mr Maxwell. He (Maxwell) is a coach who loves to be in control, and I am also a strong coach," Hayles reasoned.

Hayles also disclosed that after the hiring of Maxwell, there was a meeting, and he told the Hydel authorities that it could not work.

"They believe that with both of us being coaching for many years, we could work together. But that is not reality. We are two head coaches. Both of us will want to ensure our own style. Authorities want us to work together, but I don't foresee that happening. Hence, I sent in a resignation letter to the school board," Hayles revealed.

Looking ahead, Hayles says he is open to work with a school or club.

"I am up for any reasonable offer as I plan to continue coaching football," he concluded.

Meanwhile, Corey Bennett, Hydel Group of Schools vice-president and sports director, confirmed Hayles' resignation, also yesterday.

"That's true," Bennett told The Gleaner. "He (Hayles) resigned at the beginning of the summer. Now, Mr Maxwell will assume roles as technical director and head coach."

Maxwell was re-employed at the Ferry-based institution in late June. At the time, he was employed as technical director.

Hayles served as coach of the Manning Cup team in 2014, following the resignation of Maxwell in 2013. Maxwell had previously spent two years and guided Hydel to the Manning Cup final, where they lost to St George's College in 2012 at the National Stadium. That was Maxwell's first year in charge.