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MBU’s Spanish coach thinks Ja’s football is poised for growth

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer reidp@jamaicaobserver.com

Wednesday, August 20, 2014    

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TUCKER, St James — Montego Bay United's (MBU) new coach, Spaniard Carlos Aitor Garcia Sanz, thinks Jamaica's football is poised for growth, both locally and internationally.

Despite being in the country for less than a month to take over the reins at the Red Stripe Premier League champions, Garcia Sanz says he is no stranger to Jamaican club football as he had been keeping himself abreast of happenings.

"Jamaica's football is full of potential and the players are going to start growing quickly," he told the Jamaica Observer in an interview at Wespow Park, the headquarters of MBU, on Monday.

His appointment was only announced last month but the former DAV Santa Ana club in the Madrid League said he had been in communication with the management at Montego Bay United from as early as February.

After "falling in love" with the ideas and dreams of the club, which he said had not changed despite the change at the top after Orville Powell turned over control to a group led by Sandra Christie, Garcia Sanz said he has soaked up everything he can about Jamaican football, watching videos of the Red Stripe Premier League and watching the national team when they were on tour in Europe prior to the FIFA World Cup.

While he said he had spotted lots of talent in his own squad, he said that he had also seen that talent spread across the length and breadth of the Premier League.

Garcia Sanz, who will be the fifth head coach to take charge at MBU in three years, added that "the players are physically very good and technically very good, as well as tactically aware and with a good understanding of the game".

He said he had watched a number of games in the latter stages of the Red Stripe Premier League, had seen Harbour View and Waterhouse several times, the latter also in their recent CONCACAF Club competition in Panama, and Tivoli Gardens as well.

"The league will develop and lots of players are going to go overseas and the national team will improve," Garcia Sanz promised.

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