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Lawrence quits Rusea's ... points to outside influences

Published:Tuesday | December 13, 2016 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke
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Rusea's midfielder Nazime Motarhie (Right) moves away from Andre Cunningham of Frome Technical (left) during a ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup match in October. The game ended in a scoreless draw.
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Western Bureau:

Rusea's High School will be searching for a new football coach for next season as Aaron Lawrence has confirmed his decision to call it quits, after guiding the many-time daCosta Cup winners to a third straight quarter-final finish in the showpiece schoolboy football competition in the just concluded season.

Lawrence said that his decision to leave the Lucea-based school was in part to what he calls "overbearing outside influences" that conflicted with his role as the school's head coach.

"Among other things and having brought the school to the quarter-final stage in the last three years, I don't feel I have done enough. However, my decision to leave was mostly due to the level of outside influence brought to bear on me this season," said Lawrence.

"I have had talks with the school and I have decided the time has come for this change," he said.

"There were too many coaches. Everyone wants to be the coach - teachers, groundsmen, even the chef. It was too much," Lawrence added.

Lawrence took over coaching duties in 2013, after longtime coach Anthony 'Follis' Williams left to fill the head coaching post at Irwin High.

He has taken Rusea's to three successive quarter-final berths, but with expectations of a grand return to the glory days high coming into the just concluded daCosta Cup season, the job was always going to be strenuous.

 

VICTIM OF UNDUE PRESSURE

 

Lawrence said he is one of the victims of undue and intense pressure from outside influences, but is not bitter, as he understands the huge task leading a team in schoolboy football.

At the time, Lawrence said that he was up the task and was willing to work alongside the legendary figure of Emerson 'Diggy' Henry, who is regarded as the architect of Rusea's dominance over the years.

Rusea's last lifted the daCosta Cup in 2011 when they defeated STETHS 1-0. The last time they won the Ben Francis KO title was back in 1996.

Lawrence said he is grateful for the opportunity to coach at Rusea's and that he wished them long-lasting success in the year to come.

"I did my best while there. Some of the objectives were met, others not, but I am appreciative of the effort we made. I wish them success in the future and thank them for allowing me such an opportunity," he said.

paul.clarke@gleanerjm.com