Wor­ry­ing times for H’View

The Star (Jamaica) - - SPORTS - AKINO MING Staff Re­porter

Chair­man of Har­bour View foot­ball Club Carvel Ste­wart ad­mits that there is an eerie sense of worry hov­er­ing over the club as the Stars of the East have got off to their worst start in the over 20 years they have been play­ing topflight foot­ball.

The Ri­cardo ‘Bibi’ Gard­ner-coached team has only reg­is­tered one point out of the four games they have played.

It is the first time since the club re­turned to top-flight foot­ball in the mid-1990s that it is fail­ing to reg­is­ter a vic­tory in their first four games and as a re­sult, sit last in the point stand­ings.

“It is more than a lit­tle bit wor­ry­ing. There is sig­nif­i­cant con­cern, but the coaches are work­ing over­time with the play­ers to get their men­tal ap­proach bet­ter set­tled. They think their con­cen­tra­tion lev­els need to be im­proved, so they are work­ing on those as­pects,” Ste­wart said.

“We had a fairly lengthy meet­ing on Wednesday night to dis­cuss a va­ri­ety of things, and I am pleased with the at­ti­tude of the coach­ing staff and the ef­forts they are putting in. So, hope­fully, they can con­vince the play­ers of their ca­pa­bil­i­ties and the need for them to per­form at a higher level.”

RIGHT COACH­ING

Har­bour View is one of four clubs that have been play­ing in the na­tion’s top flight for the last 20 sea­sons, the other three be­ing Water­house, Tivoli Gar­dens and Ar­nett Gar­dens, which have been in the league since 1977.

But Ste­wart be­lieves that his side will main­tain its sta­tus among the big four as he is confident that he has the right coach­ing staff in place to turn it around.

When asked if he would con­sider a coach­ing change if they are to be rel­e­gated, Ste­wart urged pa­tience.

“This is Ri­cardo’s sec­ond year in charge, and we need to see an­other cou­ple of years. It is just for him and his team to pull us out of this thing. We are not think­ing of chang­ing our peo­ple at all,” Ste­wart said.

Har­bour View is sched­uled to play Dun­be­holden to­mor­row at the Span­ish Town Pri­son Oval.

Har­bour View’s Jo­hann Weatherly (left) bat­tles UWI FC’s Rochane Smith for pos­ses­sion of the ball dur­ing their Red Stripe Premier League clash at the UWI Mona Bowl, which ended in a 2-2 draw.

Gard­ner

Ste­wart

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