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Premier League Football

Published:Saturday | September 14, 2013 | 12:00 AM
  • Club: Harbour View

Coach: Harold Thomas

Home venue: Harbour View Stadium

Position last season: 1st

Players out: Jaron Richards (Arnett) and Kimorlee Brissett (Arnett)

Players in: Davion Thorpe (Savannah), Damarley Oliver (Waterhouse), James Durrant (Arnett)

Coach's main objective for the season: "Our first objective is to try and repeat. There is also the Caribbean Club Championships, so we will have to rotate the players properly to have fresh legs at all times. We also want to play attractive football for our fans."

Coach's view on change from league format to a play-off system: "I think the change in format goes against the most consistent team, so my personal view is that we should have retained the league format."

  • Club: Tivoli Gardens

Coach: Glendon 'Admiral' Bailey

Home venue: Edward Seaga Complex

Position last season: 6th

Player out: Raymond Williamson (Rivoli United)

Players in: Rohan Reid (Charlotte Eagles-USL), Richard Allison (Highgate), Jahmeal Thompson (Waterhouse) and Dawayne Smith (Seattle Sounders - MLS)

Coach's main objective for the season (Alvin Shaw, assistant coach): "We haven't collected any trophies recently, so this season winning the competition is a must for us."

Coach's view on change from league format to a play-off system (Shaw): "It has its negatives and it has its positives. I think the positive thing is it might generate more excitement for the fans, and I am hoping the final will be played in the stadium. But the negative now is that the season will end much quicker, for some of the players they won't have a salary, as most clubs don't pay when the season is out."

  • Club: Montego Bay United

Coach: Donovan Duckie

Home venue: Wespow Park

Position last season: 7th

Players out: None

Player in: Lacon Brissett (Rivoli United)

Coach's main objective for the season: "It was huge when they (MBU) reached the end-of-round final, but outside of that they have not made the top six, so now we are trying to improve on that. Then if we can do it all over again by winning another end-of-round final and go on to win the prestigious title this season it would be a big bonus."

Coach's view on change from league format to a play-off system: "I think it was an excellent idea to change the format, you need to have money to maintain a league format. In our culture, the semi-final and final format brings more fun and more excitement."

  • Club: Cavalier

Coach: David Laylor

Home venue: Stadium East

Position last season: 8th

Players out: None

Players in: Girvan Brown (St Georges), Norman Bailey (Allman Town), Peter Keyes (Waterhouse), Shaun Fogah (Jamalco FC) and Severo Murphy (Highgate)

Coach's main objective for the season: "The main objective is to give a good account of ourselves in this year's Premier League. Of course, all the teams are challenging for the title and we want to do that also while playing some good football."

Coach's view on change from league format to a play-off system: "I think the change lends itself to some excitement, so I don't have an issue with it really. And our sponsors get some promotion out of it and if they can make some money from it then that's good for them and it can be good for football also."

  • Club: Sporting Central Academy

Coach: Merron Gordon (took over at the club for the last two games of 2012/2013 season)

Home venue: Juici Patties Park

Position last season: 10th

Player out: Levaughn Williams (now at Portmore United) - Sporting's leading goalscorer last season

Player in: Cornelius Henry (from Humble Lion)

Coach's main objective for the season: "The main objective is not to finish in the bottom six again. But the team has been in the league for about eight years now, so it is time for us to compete and be a contender for the title:

Coach's view on change from league format to a play-off system: "It is going to be exciting for the fans, but the only drawback I have is that the number of games a player gets to play will depend on how far his team progresses. I think they should have also had a play-off in the bottom four to decide the two teams that are eliminated."

  • Club: August Town

Coach: Max Straw

Home venue: UWI Bowl

Position last season: Promoted

Players out: None

Players in: Kevin Graham (Sporting), Rupert Murray (Sporting), Ricardo Harriott (Portmore)

Coach's main objective for the season: "Our objective is to do our best to stay in the league, so we basically have to try and finish outside of the bottom two."

Coach's view on change from league format to a play-off system: "I prefer the straight league system; I don't even like the top six and bottom six. But if it is a situation where we are trying to appease and seek more sponsorship I can't stand in the way of that."

  • Club: Waterhouse FC

Coach: Junior Francis

Home venue: Drewsland Stadium

Position last season: 2nd

Players out: André Clennon (Arnett Gardens), Theo Brown (Arnett Gardens) and Jameel Thompson (Tivoli Gardens)

Players in: Marvin Morgan, Romario Campbell, Lamar Nelson, Kemar Brown and Linval Wilson Jnr.

Coach's main objective for season: "Most definitely, our objective is to win the Premier League. We will be stronger with the inclusion of some talented young players. The combination in training is working well."

Coach's view on change in format to a play-off system: "To be honest, it doesn't really matter. You still have to be consistent in order to win the league. However, it should add more excitement to the league during the play-off stage."

  • Club: Rivoli United FC

Coach: Calvert Fitzgerald

Home venue: Spanish Town Prison Oval

Position last season: Promoted

Players out: Lacon Brissett (Montego Bay United FC)

Players in: Raymond Williamson, Davian Garrison and Michael Blygen

Coach's main objective for season: "We have a squad that should be fighting for the championship, not in a relegation battle."

  • Club: Boys' Town FC

Coach: Andrew Price

Home venue: Collie Smith Drive Complex

Position last season: 5th

Players out: Marvin Morgan, Romeo Parkes

Players in: Six players from the Under-20 programme

Coach's main objective for season: "Our objective is to win the league and that has not changed. We have a balanced squad with some good young players as well as experienced players. They should do well."

Coach's view on change in format to a play-off system: "This format will add some more excitement to the league. We have always been in the top four, with the exception of last season."

  • Club: Arnett Gardens FC

Coach: Calvin Lewis

Home venue: Anthony Spaulding Complex

Position last season: 4th

Players out: Lamar Nelson, Kemar Brown

Players in: Kimarley Brissett, Jarron Richards, Jama Jackson, Andre Clennon, Andre Dyce and Carlos Barrett

Coach's main objective for season: "I think we have a good chance to win the championship. History has shown that Arnett Gardens favour the semi-finals system. Once we reach the top four, our chance is as good as the other teams."

Coach's view on change in format to a play-off system: "Well, I think every change is good. It gives the teams more chance of winning the title. People will come out, especially for the semi-finals and final."

  • Club: Portmore United FC

Coach: Linval Dixon

Home venue: Ferdie Neita Park

Position last season: 3rd

Players out: Ricardo Harriott

Players in: Romeo Parkes, Aston Bennett

Coach's main objective for season: "We will be fighting for the top position. It is always our objective to win the Premier League."

Coach's view on change in format to a play-off system: "Whatever we do in running the league has to be in the best interest of the football development. We should always look for ways of improving."

  • Club: Humble Lion FC

Coach: Geoffrey Maxwell

Home venue: Effortville Community Centre

Position last season: 9th

Players out: Shantelle Mundell

Players in: Romaine Barnes, Keneil Wolfe, Jermaine Fletcher

Coach's main objective for season: "Like every other team, our intention is to win the league. It would not make any sense to just participate, I go into every competition to win. Humble Lion have a good chance."

Coach's view on change in format to a play-off system: "I would like to see the open league as played all over the world. However, it doesn't matter as we have to play despite the format."