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Waite still in charge at Arnett – Golding

Published:Thursday | April 25, 2019 | 12:20 AMRobert Bailey/Gleaner Writer

Chairman of Arnett Gardens Football Club, Mark Golding, has dismissed reports that head coach Jerome Waite has been fired from the club.

Golding told The Gleaner yesterday that Waite, who led the club to four of their five Premier League titles, remains in charge at the west Kingston-based outfit.

“I gathered that there was a report on a radio station concerning some decision to change the coaching staff at Arnett Gardens Football Club, and that is not true,” said Golding.

“There has been no such decision and I do not know where that came from, but it isn’t correct.

“Jerome (Waite) is someone who has been with the club for many years and he has won the competition more than one time, and so we have confidence in him,” Golding added.

Arnett Gardens made it to the quarter-finals of this season’s Red Stripe Premier League competition, where they were knocked out by Cavalier.

Improvement target

Golding is looking to put in the necessary plans to help the club improve on this year’s results, and stated that the management intends to work with the coaching staff to ensure that the club improves its fortunes next season.

“We intend to try and work with him (Waite) to address some of the issues which may have led to the performance (this) season not being where we would have liked it to have been,” Golding said. “Although, we did make it to the quarter-finals, but for Arnett that is not sufficient and so whenever you have a season, when you haven’t achieved what you would like to achieve, there must be a process of review and adjustment, and this is what we are working through at this time, but it doesn’t involve changing personnel and no such decision has been taken at this point,” he said.

Golding also confirmed that two players received dismissal letters at the end of the season, but he would not be announcing their names.

“Two players received letters at the end of the season and we wish them well in the future,” said Golding.

“This decision was taken by management based on some things that have arisen during the season, and I don’t want to discuss that publicly.”

However, The Gleaner understands that Ranike Anderson and long-standing club servant, Jabuer Johnson, are two senior players who were asked to leave the club.