Former Jamaica College head coach and Reggae Boyz assistant coach Miguel Coley believes the standard of football in Iran is better than Jamaica's. Coley who moved to Iran in January to be assisant manager of Esteghlal FC, says several factors including fan support gives the Iranian League the edge over the Red Stripe Premier League.
“When you look at the team, it’s higher than what we have in Jamaica and one of the reasons is the field of play as well as motivation from the fans and the Persian culture,” said Coley. He also believes local coaches need to improve on their training methods if Jamaican teams are to improve their fortunes.
“Everybody trains but we need to improve on our methodology, how we impart the knowledge. You have to improve on your perception which is the most important thing and how we train our footballers is something we have to improve on,” noted Coley.
Meanwhile, Coley and former national head coach Winfried Schafer were rewarded with two year deals following their success with Esteghlal. The club finished 3rd in the Iranian Pro League, won the domestic cup and qualified for the quarterfinals of the Asian Champions League.
But Coley who won his 5th straight Manning Cup last December, admitted he had to go through a rigorous process before accepting the job in the Middle East.