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Ferguson leaves St Jago

Published:Monday | March 4, 2019 | 12:00 AMLivingston Scott/Gleaner Writer

St Jago High School will be seeking a new coach for next season’s schoolboy football campaign after Davian Ferguson announced that he will not be returning to the Spanish Town-based school.

Ferguson carried St Jago to the second round of the Manning Cup competition, where they were eliminated by Holy Trinity, who came from 2-0 down in their first-leg meeting to win the tie 3-2 on aggregate.

Ferguson stated that after much ­consideration, he has decided that he needs a break from the game and will not return to the Monk Street school in September.

NOT EASY

“It wasn’t an easy decision; it was one of the hardest decisions I had to make. I have some good relationships with the people at St Jago, but it’s a decision I had to make. I had discussions with the principal regarding my situation, so she was somewhat aware of the direction I would go, but when I officially signalled my intention, it was a shock to everyone because they were expecting me for the season ahead.

“So initially, they had some reluctance in accepting my decision, but eventually, they understood my position and accepted it. I want the best for St Jago, so whoever is in charge, I hope they have a good time there. It’s a great place to work. I left a lot of marks at St Jago, which was commended by many people, like the structure and how the football programme was organised. I brought a different mindset in how they think and work, so automatically, me moving on is not readily accepted, as everyone tried to convince me to ­reconsider, but I didn’t change my decision. I had made up my mind already,” he said.

Ferguson, a former national women’s Under-20 assistant coach, reasoned that he needs to recharge his batteries but insisted that if he sees a project he believes to be exciting enough, he would consider it.

“I didn’t have an issue with St Jago or the administrative side; it’s personal. It’s more to do with me and where I actually want to go. I want [to] recharge and recover. But if there is an exciting project that can convince me to be a part of it, I would, but now, my mind is not on moving to another club or school,” he added.

Ferguson, one of the coaches who Jamaica College were considering to replace Miguel Coley, admitted that the interest from the Old Hope Road school has gone cold and that he is likely to remain outside the game for a while.

“I have offers, but I have not agreed ­anything with anybody. I am not thinking about Jamaica College, or any other team, for that matter. I am just thinking about me and how best I can move forward,” he said.