Fairclough throws in towel at Arnett

BY HOWARD WALKER Observer staff reporter walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, October 22, 2010    

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WAYNE Fairclough, the head coach of Arnett Gardens Football Club, resigned yesterday morning with immediate effect and could be replaced by Geoffrey Maxwell, the Observer has understood.

Fairclough, who assumed the post from player/coach Fabian Davis last season, submitted his resignation, saying he "can't go any more", impeccable sources confirmed to the Observer last night.

Efforts to contact Fairclough proved futile as calls to his mobile phone went unanswered at press time.

The veteran coach led Arnett to safety last season after flirting with relegation, but finished eighth with 47 points — just five above the relegation zone.

However, things were not going to plan this season and following Arnett's 0-2 loss to Waterhouse on Wednesday, Fairclough called it quits.

Arnett Gardens are currently lying in eighth spot with nine points in this season's Digicel Premier League — seven off the leaders and just five above the drop zone.

From eight games, the team has won only twice — against Harbour View and Boys' Town — but lost three times while drawing twice.

After winning back-to-back titles in 2001 and 2002, Arnett have struggled to challenge for the title and have seen a host of coaches come and go.

The start of the 2007/2008 season proved to be one of their worst ever and forced coach Max Straw to resign on January 14, 2008, to be replaced by former coach Jerome Waite, who led the club to their celebrated back-to-back titles.

Waite himself was axed after only four games into the 2008/2009 season after losing all matches played and managing to score one goal. He was replaced by Davis.

Fairclough was then summoned for his third stint at Arnett, and according to Observer sources, he was just "fed up".

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