New Savannah coach is hopeful

... but makes no promises

BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer

Thursday, November 29, 2012

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FROME, Westmoreland — Everton Tomlinson who last coached at the club level six years ago, has taken over as the head coach of struggling Red Stripe Premier League club Savannah SC in a bid to turn around their woeful form.

Tomlinson who coached Seba United in the 2005-06 season and also guided Galaxy and Reno at the Premier League level is the third coach to take over at Savannah in its first season in the Premier League.

Patrick Graham stepped down at the end of the first round citing lack of support from the technical staff and the club's executive while his replacement Delroy Delliser last two games before walking away last week.

Audley Thomas who was in charge of the club when they won the Western Confederation Super League and was second in the Premier League play-offs last season, joined the conveyor line out of the club when he threw in the towel as well, saying he was tired of being overlooked for the head coaching job.

Tomlinson, who is also the president of the Westmoreland Football Association, was on the line in Sunday's 3-0 loss to Cavalier at Frome, Savannah's 11th consecutive game without a win but said he had not given up hope that the club can avoid relegation at the end of the season.

"Savannah started better than we expected when they won their first three games," Tomlinson said, "but the executives stopped listening to advice from the FA and we are seeing the results now".

"From a technical stand point we saw the problems and we were always prepared to assist," he told Observer West earlier this week.

"I should have taken the job after they qualified for the Premier League but I was busy with other things such as running the FA and coordinating the youth leagues here," Tomlinson also said.

Savannah has plummeted to the bottom of the points tables, earning just two points since their winning streak was snapped and has conceded 20 goals in their last four games while failing to score. It's been 438 minutes of playing time since their last goal against Boys Town at Frome in late October.

Tomlinson who is putting together his staff, said he had been approached by Marvin Quarrie, the head coach of daCosta Cup semi-finalists Frome Technical while he was also talking to some others in a position to help the club.

One plus he said was that "close to 30 players turned up for training on Monday, including some that had stopped training so this is a good sign that al is not lost".

He was not prepared to make any promises however, saying "It is to early to say what will happen but we are trying to bring a more professional approach to the club and get the players to express themselves".

Tomlinson told Observer West he was trying to organise a practice match before the next game, which will be a televised Monday night game agains Tivoli Gardens at the Edward Seaga Stadium next week.




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