Newly appointed head coach of the Jamaica Premier League (JPL) outfit Chapelton Maroons, Brazilian Clovis de Oliveira, says there is no quick fix to the current problems at the club.
De Oliveira, along with his assistant Gabriel Barros, arrived on the island on Monday to take on the task of turning around the fortunes of the Clarendon-based club. This after the club recently parted ways with former Head Coach Lenworth "Teacher" Hyde.
The Maroons, who were promoted to the JPL at the end of last season, are second from last in the 14-team standings with three points from 12 matches. They had been docked six points for failing to field a team for a recent match.
"I am a professional football coach and I am not a magician and so we need time to work with them," said de Oliveira, a former Jamaica Reggae Boyz head coach, following his arrival at the Norman Manley International Airport.
"We are going to need a little bit of time for them to understand my philosophy. I know the culture of Jamaican football, but this group from Chapleton, they don't know me, in terms of how my philosophy works and what I like," he stated.
"I watched the team playing last month and I think things have changed. Mr Michael [Scott, the club owner] has hired some experienced players, some good players. I cannot promise titles and things like this, but I promise that I am going to give more than the best.
"I know the culture of Jamaica and I know the potential of the players because they are young and they have good potential and no doubt the team is going to improve. It is going to get better and, hopefully, they will be getting better results," he said.
The 68-year-old de Oliveira came to Jamaica in 1999 as an assistant to Rene Simoes and coach of the national Under-17, which he qualified for the World Cup in New Zealand.
He later became coach of the senior Reggae Boyz after Simoes' departure in 2000. However, he was relieved of his duties when the national senior team failed to qualify for the 2002 World Cup.
The Brazilian previously worked with a Jamaican club team when he took an advisory role at Trelawny-based Village United nearly two decades ago.
De Oliveira insisted that once the Chapelton Maroons players apply themselves and maintain their discipline, the results on the field will improve.
"The team is going to get better performance and they will improve with discipline, with the Brazilian style of work, but I cannot tell you when this will happen, but the fans will see in two or three weeks something different on the Chapleton team.
"But they need to be [disciplined] first of all because without discipline, you are not going to reach anywhere and that is what I am going to ask from the group of players," he said.
De Oliveira said he will be adding his own philosophy to the team, which will see them playing a much more attacking style of football, which Brazilians are renowned for.
"I didn't come here to change the Jamaican players' style of play, I came here to add the Brazilian style. No doubt that with the Brazilian way to play the game and with the potential of the Jamaican players, with their skills, dribbling, there is no doubt that they are going to improve," he said.
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