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Trinity's Anderson a wanted man

Published:Wednesday | January 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMMarc Stamp/Gleaner Writer
Holy Trinity's football coach Devon Anderson.

Holy Trinity High's Manning Cup coach, Devon 'Pablo' Anderson, could be on his way out of the central Kingston-based institution after attracting interest from several schools.

Anderson has drawn attention because of the work he has been doing at Holy Trinity High on a shoestring budget. He has been at the institution as head coach since 2012 and guided them to the ISSA/FLOW Super Cup final in 2014 and ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup semi-finals in 2016 and 2017.

"I was approached about three weeks ago by at least three schools, including a 'big name' one. A few old boys from a prominent high school called me. They expressed an interest in me coming to that particular school. They have not yet set up a date for the meeting, but said they would contact me again," Anderson told The Gleaner yesterday while declining to name any of the schools that have contacted him.

"Two D-Cup (daCosta Cup) schools from Clarendon also made contact with me about a coaching job. I got a few calls in one month, but nothing official as yet," he added. "I am still at Holy Trinity High pending further contact. My boss (Holy Trinity High principal, Margaret Bolt) has heard about the interest from other schools and has indicated that she will meet with the board and decide what to do."

Anderson, who is also assistant dean of discipline at Holy Trinity High, is keeping his options open.

"I am really going to throw my line out there ... and see where it takes me. I have not made up my mind as yet but ... it would not be easy to leave Holy Trinity. This is my foundation, but I want a better compensation package. I have a good programme going on there, and if I get what I want at Holy Trinity, I will stay," Anderson concluded.

He expects to make a decision on his future after the school's board members meet and discuss the matter.

Meanwhile, defending Mann-ing Cup champions Jamaica College have not yet replaced the very successful Miguel Coley, who has left for a job in Iran as assistant coach to former national boss Winfried Schafer.

"We are getting applications for the vacant job. We will make a statement as soon as it is settled. It would come from the principal (Wayne Robinson) because he is the person authorised to speak," manager of JC's football team Ian Forbes told The Gleaner yesterday.