John­son aims to bring Har­bour View back on top

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Shayne Fair­man Gleaner Writer

BUOYED BY what he de­scribed as Har­bour View’s rich his­tory, newly ap­pointed man­ager Oneal John­son in­tends to hit the track run­ning, and help move the former cham­pi­ons from their re­cent mid-ta­ble sta­tus and back on top of the league.

The East Kingston­based club is one of the win­ningest teams in lo­cal top-flight football, with four Pre­mier League ti­tles – 2013, 2010, 2007 and 2000. They also have two Caribbean Football Union (CFU) ti­tles (2007 and 2005), along with a host of other lo­cal knock­out ti­tles.

How­ever, Har­bour View have not won a na­tional ti­tle since 2013, and given that fact, John­son comes in with one goal in mind.

“[We are] con­cen­trat­ing on win­ning this Pre­mier League,” he noted.

“We are only fo­cus­ing on win­ning the league, noth­ing else. Short term, it’s to see the team win. Har­bour View has a rich his­tory, and we are try­ing to bring back the club to where it used to be, on top of the league,” he out­lined at last week’s Red Stripe Pre­mier League press con­fer­ence.

He will work along­side Gen­eral Man­ager Clyde Jurei­dini, head coach Lud­low Bernard, and as­sis­tants Ri­cardo ‘Bibi’ Gardner, Don­ald Ste­wart and Fabian Taylor. John­son

“Well; my role was cre­ated be­cause the club thinks it needs to fo­cus more on the Pre­mier League, and Mr Jurei­dini is a very busy guy, so cer­tain at­ten­tion to de­tail and tak­ing the pres­sure off him is my role,” John­son ex­plained. In an at­tempt to change/ im­prove the midtable sta­tus of Har­bour View, John­son said the team signed two over­seas play­ers that will be avail­able to the coaches soon, while putting to­gether a strong young squad.

“It’s a tal­ented bunch. I’ve watched them in train­ing, and they are work­ing very hard. I’ve seen them putting in dou­ble shifts, and we mo­ti­vate them and tell them they have the abil­ity and tal­ent, so they just need to go out there and ex­e­cute,” he noted.

When asked by The Gleaner, if Har­bour View, known as one of the Pre­mier League out­fits to ro­tate coaches within the club’s walls, will stick with that model, John­son said that’s a man­age­ment de­ci­sion.

“I don’t think I can com­ment on that,” he stressed, while back­ing player-turned-as­sis­tant coach Gardner to come big in the fu­ture.

“Well, he is de­vel­op­ing as a coach day by day, and build­ing a good rap­port with the squad, and Coach Lud­low is there to help him.”

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