Patrick to remain at Molynes

September 27, 2021
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Anthony Patrick.
 Molynes United’s Ackeem Stewart (right) clears the ball off the line after goalkeeper Leon Taylor was beaten during their preliminary round Jamaica  Premier League football match against Tivoli Gardens on September 11. The game ended 1-1.
Molynes United’s Ackeem Stewart (right) clears the ball off the line after goalkeeper Leon Taylor was beaten during their preliminary round Jamaica Premier League football match against Tivoli Gardens on September 11. The game ended 1-1.
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Anthony Patrick will remain as coach of Molynes United until at least December, says club president Herman Cruickshank.

Molynes finished 10th, with seven points from 10 games, in the Jamaica Premier League (JPL) after the preliminary stage and there has been much speculation about the future role of Patrick who replaced Calvert Fitzgerald two matches into the season.

However, Cruickshank, when contacted, revealed that the former Waterhouse coach's contract runs up to December and that they expect him to continue in the role at least until the arrangement expires.

However, a lot will depend on how well he will be able to implement the club's philosophy, Cruickshank said.

"We have made no decision regarding Patrick," he declared. "Patrick's contract runs up until December. It is his call if he decides to move," he said.

However, he noted that the club is turning to a youth policy, and even though sometimes coaches are instructed to go in one direction, they end up going in another.

He said Patrick will be given time to implement a programme to suit the club's demands, as well as to find players to fit into the system.

"We will not mark him down like we would usually mark other coaches. We will give him our philosophy and see how best he can design a programme for that and then we take it from there.

"But you might tell a coach that you are going youth, but each coach has his reputation (to protect) and they all want to win, so most coaches do not want to take that chance (with a youth policy) because their job will be on the line," Cruickshank said.

He added: "This is not Patrick's team, as the bulk of the players were here under Fitzgerald and he (Patrick) was not allowed any transfers.

"He has not started marking out his youth programme as yet because we had to finish the season with what we have. But in the next two months we will give him the policy and he will show what he can do with our philosophy. We will try with the youths. They have quality, it is just to improve their skills."

Cruickshank made it clear that they had no issue with Patrick's coaching arrangement with St Catherine Major League team, Racing.

"He is a pro and we do not mind Racing because maybe we can get some talent from there. So it can work out to be an advantage to us," he stated while adding that when they hired him they knew he was the Racing coach.

livingston.scott@gleanerjm.com

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