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Hawthorne under pressure at St Jago

Published:Saturday | April 16, 2016 | 4:00 AM
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Hawthorne under pressure at St Jago

... Axe looms for veteran as Wolmer's also parts company with entire staff

Following the recent restructuring of the Wolmer's Boys School track and field programme, another high profile high school coaching job is reportedly on the line.

Christopher Harley is the first major casualty following last month's ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championships, with the team's uninspiring performances said to have upset several influential members of the school's support.

As a result, Harley, who took over as head coach in 2012, along with his entire coaching staff, was shown the door at the Heroes Circle - based school earlier this week.

The Wolmer's programme will reportedly be overseen by past student and patron Stephen Francis, who runs the powerful MVP Track Club.

Harley may have some company soon, with sources telling The Gleaner that long-time St Jago High school boys team coach Danny Hawthorne may also soon find himself on the sidelines, with a large section of the Monk Street-based school's past student body pushing for a new direction.

Hawthorne, a veteran, who has guided the likes of Yohan Blake and Nickeal Ashmeade over the years is under immense pressure as he is, according to several sources, seen by some of the programme's backers to be incapable of guiding the school to a championship.

St Jago's boys finished in fourth position at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championships, 112.5 points behind winners Calabar, with Wolmer's - winners in 2010 under David Riley's leadership, finished 10th this time around after managing 50 points.

St Jago's last boys' title came in 1993.

The Gleaner tried to get in contact with both coaches but was unsuccessful.