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Mount Pleasant dismiss Duckie

Published:Monday | September 2, 2019 | 9:05 PM

Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) team Mount Pleasant have reportedly terminated the contract of head coach Donovan Duckie, with immediate effect. 

Duckie, who officially joined the team ahead of last season's debut campaign in the top flight, led them to the semi-finals in the last campaign.

They, however, suffered a 2-1 loss at home to Harbour View in their opening game of the season on Monday, in the latest hiccup in a summer of disappointments for the experienced coach. 

The 43 year-old was reportedly informed of the decision by club owner Peter Gould, through a message that read: "The Board and Management of Mount Pleasant Football Academy in a meeting led by myself, took the decision to terminate your contract with us with immediate effect."

"We wish to take this opportunity to thank you for your service to us and wish you well in your future endeavors," the message continued. 

Team manager David Galloway confirmed the development, but could not provide any additional details or updates when contacted Monday evening. 

When contacted, Duckie, also declined to comment on the reports. 

It is not clear whether or not he had received any official word from the club, up to late Monday evening.

Duckie, a St Mary native, rose to national attention at Star Cosmos before taking control at St George's FC. He has also sat on the bench at Sporting Central Academy, Montego Bay United, Humble Lion and Waterhouse during two separate spells and has also served as national Under-20 coach. 

Duckie, who was appointed head coach for Jamaica's national Under-23 team in May 2018, came under heavy criticism for the Young Reggae Boyz's dismal showing in their Olympic Qualifying campaign, after the team got eliminated following a failure to beat Dominica and St Kitts and Nevis at home. 

The team also disappointed at the PanAm Games, where they finished sixth from eight teams, after loses to Honduras and Uruguay in the Group Stage, and Panama in the 5th-6th place decider. They had beaten Peru 2-0 in their final group game. 

It is not clear who will now take over at the St Ann-based club.