Following brief speculations, national goalkeeping coach Janiel “Board” Simon is the new Head Coach at Sea View Farm.
And he is looking for a striker.
No, wait, his brother and national striker Peter “Big Pete” Byers is not headed to Farm, and the main reason for that is ‘small purse.’
“Oh, I would love to have Peter come to Farm but unfortunately, he is out of our league in terms of monies,” a chuckling Simon exclaimed.
Fans and opponents alike can expect a fresh, young and exuberant Farm team when they take the field at the ARG in their next fixture in the ABFA Imobile Premier Division.
That’s the way Simon explained the look of a team under his guidance.
One of the main reasons, Simon gave for taking the job was the vision he had of what he claims is a very young team with a lot of talent.
“This is a fresh team and it will give me the opportunity to express my ideas through these young minds that I see are willing to learn,” Simon said.
But can Simon mould these young minds into a team that can compete in the premiership, and even win a title?
The former national keeper does believe that he has the tools to do the job.
Well, let’s just say he had a lot of training working alongside, national coach Tom Curtis as well as two coaches in the premiership in George “Cajawawa” Warner and Derrick “Prettyboy” Edwards.
While Curtis has the national team in the semis of the FIFA World Cup 2014, it’s the experience Simon gained working with Warner and Edwards that will be the reservoir that Simon he will draw from most.
Warner and Edwards guided Sugar Ridge Sap to national titles on two separate occasions with Simon as their understudy.
“I learned so much from these guys (Warner and Edwards) when we were at Sap, and it’s because of those lessons why I believe I am ready to take this job,” Simon stated.
“They both had different styles but they both had a passion for coaching.”
Warner is more animated while Edwards demonstrates a cooler and extremely competitive demeanor.
A Warner/Edwards combination may be just what the doctor order for a farm team blessed with talent but unable to find a personality and lift to its true potential.
Presently, Farms sits in the middle of the point standings of the ten-team competition, giving Simon room to work with for the rest of the season.
Hopefully, he will be able to move up or face the wrath of a fierce ‘must win’ Sea View Farm fan base.
Speacial Feature by Ian Magic Hughes