Seaga steps in at shambolic Tivoli... Lines up meeting with under-fire coach Bailey
André Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter
"This is not Tivoli Gardens, this is not how we play football, and something has to be done!"
Edward Seaga was a grim figure on Sunday night as he sat in disbelief, following his team's embarrassing 0-3 Red Stripe Premier League loss to Cavalier on the ground that was named in his honour; the Edward Seaga Sports Complex.
The club president fumed at his team's performance, refusing to confirm the future of head coach Glendon 'Admiral' Bailey, stating that he will be meeting with the coach and his players this week to address the situation.
Tivoli Gardens, one of three teams to win five national league titles - two of these coming in the last four years - have looked a shadow of themselves this season.
Sunday's result was the team's third consecutive loss and they have only won twice in their last six matches, a form that has left them stuck in eighth place on 26 points, 12 behind leaders Harbour View.
Seaga, like a number of specators who hurled abuse at Bailey and his squad after the final whistle in the game against promoted Cavalier, is clearly not satisfied with what he has seen and told The Gleaner he is ready to step in before it's too late.
"There is not any forward movement, it's a retrograde step," said Seaga. "I am going to have some meetings this week, but it cannot continue like this, in the way that they are operating; you don't come to Tivoli and beat us 3-0 - a first-year team."
Turning his attention to Bailey, Seaga said that any decision surrounding his future will be made after the meeting, before addressing questions around his players' level of motivation.
"I cannot tell you one way or another what will happen to the coach, we'll have the meeting first of all and discuss the matter with everybody," Seaga said. "It's not only just one instance; the team is not playing football, they are simply not playing any football and I don't know what they are doing. Motivation has to be a part of the coach's duty, not mine.
"I don't know if they (players) are responding to the coaching staff, that's why we will have the meeting," Seaga added.
With seasoned players such as Jameel Thompson, Roland Dean, Nackwayne Parchment and Keithy Simpson among those changing clubs this season, Seaga, however, admitted that ambitions were considerably lower this season, given the available resources.
"We didn't start the campaign looking to win the league, because we realised that we would be short some players from last year," Seaga said. "We figured that that would set us back. The instructions I gave the coach were to finish in the top six and do your best within that area. Well we are not in the top six and, if we don't, look at the matter properly, we won't be in the bottom six either."
Tivoli Gardens will travel to Drewsland to play fifth-placed Waterhouse in their next match on Sunday, hoping to avoid a fourth straight loss. The last time Tivoli Gardens suffered four consecutive losses was in October last year, when they went down to Boys' Town, Portmore, Cavalier and Waterhouse.