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I was not pressured to leave, says Price

Published:Friday | July 1, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Former general manager of the Premier League Clubs' Association (PLCA) Andrew Price says he was not pressured to quit the post after almost three years.

Price resigned as PLCA general manager on Monday to take up a job elsewhere.

President of Montego Bay United Orville Powell was highly critical recently of Price's role in the local football hierarchy. He said it was a conflict of interest for Price to be PLCA general manager and remain an executive member of Boys' Town FC.

Price has, however, dismissed any suggestion that he was forced out of his job.

"I was not pressured to leave the PLCA as general manager. I am taking up some new opportunities here. I have a confidential agreement not to disclose where I am heading. I won't say right now," Price told The Gleaner yesterday.

"It (the new job) is something fully Jamaican as my heart is in Jamaica," he added. However, Price also said he would remain as a director of the PLCA and also technical director and vice-president at Boys' Town FC.

"I will be as vocal as ever," he warned.




He says since taking the post in 2013, things were accomplished.

"To be quite honest, in my tenure as GM, a lot of things were accomplished. We got more exposure through title sponsor Red Stripe. People are talking about the Red Stripe Premier League throughout the Caribbean and in other countries in the region. A lot of players are getting contracts in other countries. I believe the league is making strides. We have better monthly subvention for the clubs," he shared.

"We need to have proper surfaces and infrastructure at the clubs. We definitely need assistance moving forward," Price, who has served Boys' Town FC as player and coach, said.

A PLCA release to the media last Friday stated that Andrew Price would depart office effective June 27 to take up a new position elsewhere.

Experienced administrator Patricia Garel has replaced Price since June 28. She has served for many years in the position of assistant company secretary and has extensive experience in local and international sports administration.

- M.S.