Friday, December 15, 2017

Thrilling finish

Fenwick wants Pro League to cash in on....

 Pro League football is getting hot, with five or so teams chasing hard behind front-runners W Connection.

It is turning out to be the most competitive professional football league season in years, with some seven sides in contention for most of the season. Even the bottom two teams, San Juan Jabloteh and St Ann’s Rangers have been competitive. 

Voted February’s Coach of the Month, former England international and Central FC head coach Terry Fenwick is calling on the Pro League and its clubs to take advantage of the final round climax. He believes the current situation in the League presents a great opportunity for the general public to get involved. 

With three clubs chasing a top-two finish this season—tied eight points behind long-standing leaders Connection in the final stretch—the Central coach predicts hot-blooded affairs in the remaining matches. 

“We’ve got such a fabulous end of season run-in,” said Fenwick, a three-time league-winning coach with San Juan Jabloteh. “It’s possible to get good crowds. Something like this is good for the game. It’s great for our football. It’s an opportunity we shouldn’t miss.”

The 54-year-old former England international said he understands that there have been major setbacks faced by the league due to the unavailability of stadia—such as the Manny Ramjohn Stadium (still under repairs), and to a lesser extent, the Larry Gomes Stadium (without lighting) and the Hasely Crawford Stadium (due to other commitments). But the Central coach believes that better structuring of fixtures would help clubs generate more public interest. 

“When we get a game fitted in (suddenly), it doesn’t give us the time frame to generate enough interest to make such a big difference,” added the former Queens Park Rangers and Tottenham Hotspurs defender. “Not just trying to get the season over and done with.

“As we’ve seen from Point (Fortin Civic), they started the season with a great following, about 5,000 people following them everywhere. It hasn’t gone as well as they would have anticipated (at this stage) although they are completely in the hunt (for the title).”

Fenwick said that clubs, such as Central “are doing” but admitted that more must be done in building better relationships with respective communities to help attendances.