Maxwell, Selassie High part ways
VETERAN FOOTBALL coach Geoffrey Maxwell is no longer in charge of Haile Selassie High School’s Manning Cup team.
Maxwell parted ways with Haile Selassie after he met with the school’s principal, Lorenzo Ellis, yesterday morning.
“I don’t want to say anything. I don’t want to comment on the situation, but I am no longer with Haile Selassie. I met with the principal and a decision was taken,” Maxwell, who was hired as Haile Selassie’s coach during the summer, told The Gleaner.
However, efforts to contact Haile Selassie principal’s Ellis, on several occasions, proved futile as his mobile number went unanswered.
Maxwell dismissed reports that he had been working with Dinthill Technical High in the daCosta Cup competition.
“I am not at Dinthill. I went to a football game that Dinthill was playing last weekend and was standing near the bench. They (Dinthill) had about three coaches there giving instructions,” Maxwell said.
Maxwell started well at Haile Selassie as the team won nine of 10 Group D preliminary-round matches and lost the other to finish on 27 points in first position. That allowed them passage to the ISSAFLOW Manning Cup second round, the prestigious FLOW Super Cup competition for the first time, and the Walker Cup knockout competition.
However, things went sour when Maxwell accused persons of interfering with the team following a 2-0 loss to
Jamaica College in the Walker Cup semifinal match on October 18. Haile Selassie were also eliminated from the FLOW Super Cup when they went down 3-0 to Rusea’s High last Saturday at the Montego Bay Sports Complex in Catherine Hall.
Maxwell also spent time at Hydel, and during that period, he guided the St Catherine school to a historic appearance in the Manning Cup final in 2013, where they lost to St George’s College.
He guided Excelsior High to one Manning Cup title and two Walker Cup titles in the 1980s and also coached Waterhouse to the National League trophy in 1998.