Co­ley com­mit­ted to pro­duc­ing play­ers for na­tional team

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Shayne Fair­man Gleaner Writer

FOR­MER NA­TIONAL Reg­gae Boyz as­sis­tant coach Miguel Co­ley has broken his si­lence on his re­cent de­par­ture from the coach­ing staff of the na­tional se­nior men’s team.

While dis­ap­pointed with his ax­ing from the Reg­gae Boyz coach­ing staff, the Ja­maica Col­lege Man­ning Cup coach be­lieves his “work is not yet done”, and re­mains “com­mit­ted to pro­duc­ing play­ers for the na­tional team.

The 34-year-old, whose play­ing ca­reer was cut short be­cause of in­jury in 2005, was drafted as as­sis­tant na­tional head coach by Ger­man Win­fried Schäe­fer.

“The sky is def­i­nitely the limit. I back my­self and push my­self ev­ery sin­gle time and keep on putting in the work. At the same time, you have to be pro­duc­ing play­ers again for the na­tional team, so the work is never done,” he said in an in­ter­view with The Gleaner fol­low­ing JC’s 3-1 win over Eltham High on Wed­nes­day.

“I have to sup­port who­ever is in charge at this point in time Miguel Co­ley

and wish them all the best,” the out­go­ing as­sis­tant coach added.

At JC, Co­ley’s charges have con­sis­tently peaked and played their best foot­ball at the business end of the sea­son, win­ning tro­phy af­ter tro­phy each year.

The high­light of his ca­reer came last year when Ja­maica fin­ished CONCACAF Gold Cup run­ners-up to Mex­ico.

This was, how­ever, fol­lowed by a failed 2018 FIFA World Cup qual­i­fy­ing cam­paign.

Ac­cord­ing to Co­ley, he is not sure about what, if any, fu­ture role he will play in the na­tional pro­gramme at this point in time, adding: “What I know is I am no longer the as­sis­tant coach of the Reg­gae Boyz.”

Christo­pher Thorpe (left) of Ex­cel­sior High. SKY’S THE LIMIT

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