The Star (Jamaica)

Williams appointed Portmore technical coordinato­r

- - L.S.

Philip Williams is Portmore United FC’s (PUFC) new technical coordinato­r. Portmore announced the appointmen­t yesterday, weeks after Williams left his role as head coach of fellow Jamaica Premier League side Tivoli Gardens. Williams cited the need for recalibrat­ing and looking something that was more to what he wanted to be doing as the reason for that departure.

Williams, who is also St Andrew Technical High School’s coach, will take charge of Portmore’s senior team and serve as technical coordinato­r for the youth and grassroots programmes.

“I’m elated with this opportunit­y to join the Portmore United FC family and be given the tasks of leading holistical­ly, the club’s technical developmen­t,” Williams said.

“This was a very easy decision for me as the vision and philosophy of Portmore United FC aligns well with my own beliefs and aspiration­s. I’m looking forward to achieving great things during my stint at this organisati­on.”

William’s replaces Lenworth Hyde, who resigned on Monday. Hyde was brought in at the start of the season to rebuild a young team after the majority of their senior players departed the club in search of greener pastures locally.

However, he has had a tough campaign with the St Catherine club slipping from sixth to ninth in recent weeks, after losing four of their last five matches.

“Mr Hyde resigned for personal reasons,” a club statement said. “PUFC wishes to thank Mr Hyde for his contributi­on to the club’s football developmen­t and wishes him all the best in his future endeavours.”

“Mr Williams will lead the PUFC technical department in furtheranc­e of the club’s strategic objectives.”

Portmore United Director Steve Brown said that the club expects Williams to continue the rebuilding work started by Hyde.

“Portmore United FC looks forward to the technical leadership of Philip Williams as we continue our mission of rebuilding our various football programmes. Indeed, we are very excited by the possibilit­ies ahead,” he said.


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