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'Admiral' Bailey lifting Tivoli Gardens FC with ‘basics’ in RSPL

Published:Thursday | February 4, 2016 | 2:00 AMShayne Fairman
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Two-title winning Tivoli Gardens Football Club coach Glendon 'Admiral' Bailey has admitted that he found his former team in a less than ideal state and has been having to teach football tactics from the very basics.

Bailey replaced Christopher Bender late this season and got his team off to a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Rivoli United at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex.

"There is a lot of work to be done. First and foremost, I have to get them more tactically aware so they understand the role and understand where they are supposed to play on the football field and what time, and then the playing conditions," Bailey outlined.

When asked if his team could rebound to finish among the top four and make it into the semi-final round, Bailey said that he was not looking that far.

"There is still a lot of work to be done; there is nothing to celebrate. In terms of the fitness level and the whole understanding role for the football field, there is still a long journey, still a long way to go, but it is always good to start out positive and winning," stressed Bailey, who admits to taking time away from his musical career to deliver Tivoli from a relegation struggle.

Tivoli then rallied to a similar 2-1 come-from-behind win over Harbour View on Sunday, taking them to four points ahead of the relegation zone and one point behind ninth-place Cavalier SC.

"It was very important for us. I think it gets us out of the red temporarily. One step, one day at a time, but there is still a lot of work to be done," Bailey said.