'Admiral' Bailey embarks on another rescue act


'Admiral' Bailey embarks on another rescue act

Senior staff reporter

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

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It seems like the umpteenth time that Glendon “Admiral” Bailey has been asked to rescue a club in dire straits as he makes a return to struggling Tivoli Gardens FC in the role of technical director.

Tivoli Gardens, under Head Coach Phillips Williams, sit just above the relegation zone in 10th spot on nine points. They have lost more than half of their games, succumbing to six defeats, while managing only two victories from 11 matches.

They are just one point above The University of the West Indies (UWI) and promoted Vere United, both mired in the relegation zone.

Bailey, who led Tivoli Gardens to two premier league titles in 2004 and 2009, made a return in February 2016 to help them stave off demotion after Christopher Bender was fired.

He was contracted by Waterhouse FC in November of the new season after Coach Marvin Tate was dismissed after losing eight of their 13 games.

Bailey, a well-known dancehall entertainer, has been given the task of lifting Tivoli Gardens to safety — his third stint at the club.

“Coach Williams remains the head coach and I am the technical director to just oversee the programme and [to] make sure it runs right. And [to] look at things that [are] not happening and why the club is struggling and try [to] fix it,” he told the Jamaica Observer.

“This is my second day — first game and there are a lot of things I identify on those two days in which I will try and use the coming weeks to fix,” he pointed out.

“They said Rome was never built in a day, but we don't have much time as you know the second round starts Sunday. So we just have to get the thing going right away,” he added.

Bailey, who also coached at Olympic Gardens, Duhaney Park, Rivoli United, Arnett Gardens and Humble Lion, said there is hope for Tivoli based on what he has seen.

“It's not a bad squad. There are talents here but [they] just need some more work. I think they're not working hard enough as a unit and based on that, there are lapses and breakdowns in the concentration part of it,” he pointed out.

“The middle of the park [has] to be more productive, so that's another area we have to look on. But potential is here in which we get can get ourselves out of this hole,” Bailey added.

He continued: “I think I command a lot of respect based on the things that I have achieved as a coach, especially here because my two premier leagues [titles were achieved] here. So far the players [have started to] listen, so I expect better from now on.”

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