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Fairclough to begin coaching duties at Arnett this morning

Published:Saturday | January 16, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Ryon Jones, Gleaner Writer

The coaching job at two-time Premier League champions Arnett Gardens has been filled by Wayne Fairclough, with immediate effect.

Arnett have been having a tumultuous Digicel Premier League campaign and have not registered a win in their last nine games, which sees them sitting just a point off the bottom of the 12-team table in 11th place.

Fairclough, who is returning for his third stint at the club, will be looking to build unity in the side.

"There is unity but it is to get them close-knit so everyone can be his brother's keeper, so we can go on to win games. I need to get them close-knit so we can achieve the desired objected," the former Kingston College coach said.

Patrick Roberts, president of the Arnett Gardens Football Club, believes that all the speculation about coaches at Arnett has been misleading, after former national under-20 coach Don-ovan Duckie had been linked with the job earlier this week.

"There was only one coach for the season, and that was Fabian Davis, and now there is Wayne Fairclough," Roberts said. "There was never ever any other coach."

Roberts is hoping Fairclough will be able to steer them out of the dreaded drop zone and then take it from there.

short-term plans

"We are looking at the short term. Right now, our goal is to get us out of the dreaded zone, and that is the object right now, and after that we will take it to the next level. His first coaching session will be tomorrow (today) morning at 8:00. He has full control over the team and Byron Earle will be his assistant.

"He (Fairclough) possesses the ability to motivate players, to get in their head," said Roberts. "He is a coach that makes players believe in themselves, a coach that will make Stevie Wonder score a goal."