Maverley-Hughenden sack Coach Simms
Maverley-Hughenden FC have sacked coach Lijyasu Simms following a series of poor results in the 2016-17 Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL). Former Waterhouse FC coach Anthony Patrick took over yesterday morning, following an agreement with the club's executive on Monday afternoon.
Simms became the RSPL's second coaching casualty after Waterhouse FC parted ways with Marvin Tate two weeks ago and replaced him with veteran Glendon 'Admiral' Bailey.
Maverley-Hughenden fired Simms after 14 games in the season during which the team won two games, drew seven and lost five. They are currently in 10th position on 13 points in the 12-team elite league.
Simms arrived at Maverley-Hughenden a year ago and guided them to the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA)/JB Rum Super League title and second place in the Jamaica Football Federation play-off for qualification to the RSPL. The KSAFA outfit returned to the nation's top league after an absence of 24 years.
"We are not satisfied with the team's current position in the league. We believe that there are good players in the team. The previous coach (Lijyasu Simms) was given 14 games. He was fired on Monday afternoon, and Anthony Patrick is the new head coach," Maverley-Hughenden's president, Craig Walters, told The Gleaner during the team's training session yesterday morning.
Top six target
"He (Patrick) is brought in to ensure that we stay in the League then qualify for the top six position in order to challenge for the title," he added.
The president thanked Simms for taking the club to the Premier League.
"Simms, did a good job in helping the team to win the KSAFA Super League and qualification to the RSPL this season. We thank him for that, but it is time to move on," Walters noted.
Patrick says the team has a good crop of players but he wants to get rid of the bad attitude.
"The camaraderie and energy shown this morning (yesterday) during my first session was amazing. I spoke to them about the importance of discipline in the team and having the right attitude in order to move forward," Patrick said.
"There are challenges, but we will work on that as the team possesses a lot of quality players. We are not far behind, so it is a work in progress starting against Reno next Sunday," he added.
Former Waterhouse and national midfield star Hugh 'Bingy' Blair has been retained as assistant coach.