Clarendon-based outfit Humble Lion will have a new coach at the helm when the 2018/19 Red Stripe Premier League season gets underway on September 16. Merron Gordon who took up the coaching reins last December, informed Humble Lion officials earlier this week of his unavailability for the upcoming RSPL season, citing a conflict of interest with his duties as assistant national Under 23 coach, a position he assumed on August 1.
“Part of my job description as assistant coach for the Under-23 team is to scout players in the Premier League and even abroad if possible. After looking at the schedule and what we have to do, I informed the president that it would not be fair for the club to have me as the head coach now because I could be going away at any given point. The scouting will take place on game days for Humble Lion,” said Gordon who will also be the head coach of Garvey Maceo for the upcoming schoolboy football season.
Meanwhile, Humble Lion chairman Mike Henry confirmed with RJR Sports on Thursday afternoon that former Tivoli, Arnett Gardens and Waterhouse coach Glendon ‘Admiral’ Bailey has already taken over as head coach for the upcoming season and also explained why the club chose Bailey.
“There’s the need to have full attention to the club. I can’t mix a number of things between schoolboy coaching and real coaching, I’m a professional league,” noted Henry. Humble Lion will open their campaign in the new Red Stripe Premier League season away to former champions Arnett Gardens at the Tony Spaulding Sports Complex. Humble Lion finished 8th in last season's RSPL campaign.