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'I thought I was being undermined' - Graham gives up coaching job at Savannah

Published:Tuesday | November 20, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer


Different coach, same result for the backsliding Savannah Sports Club, which haven't won a Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) game since beating Cavalier 2-1 on the road in the third round.

Since then, they have accumulated a meagre one point courtesy of a 1-1 draw at Waterhouse, but even worse, are winless in five matches at home, including Sunday's 0-5 loss to defending champions Portmore United, as the slide continues for the Westmoreland club.

With just 11 points from 12 games, such returns would mean that changes are afoot and so it was, as Patrick 'Gummy Ninja' Graham, who started the season in charge of the Premier League first-timers, has tendered his resignation.

His place has been taken by Delroy 'Pencil' Dellisser, who presided over Sunday's loss.

Following the game on Sunday, assistant coach Audley Thomas hinted at a lack of commitment as the fulcrum of the club's issues, stating that they need players who are committed to the club.

But Graham believes he was undermined in his duties as a coach and it was manifested by events on the field.

"I resigned about two weeks ago because of the happenings inside the club, where I found it increasingly difficult to operate.

"There were some issues that I could not handle, so I thought it best to resign because I thought I was being undermined," said Graham.

Disappointing season

Of the 11 points they have mined so far, only three are accountable at home: a 1-0 win over Harbour View, which took them into the surprise lead after three matches of the season. Since then, they have hit a snag and been defeated in all but one match, against Waterhouse.

"When you recall how well we started the season, it showed we have some good players in the squad and I had no problem with them. But the programme I set out was being tampered with and I cannot stand for that," he offered.

Graham, who also coaches at former daCosta Cup champions Godfrey Stewart High, said there was an issue with the club's executive in regards to what direction the club should take.

"That was one of the reasons I left. I care a lot about Savannah and I wish the new coach success, but it makes no sense I stay where there is no clear vision and that's what I started to see and this was why on the field we began to suffer," Graham said.

Savannah are now in 11th position in the 12-team table, scoring eight goals while conceding a league-worst 22. They are just one place above fellow promoted club Highgate FC.