Price to channel Lion aggression
Andrew Price has moved on from Trench Town- based Boys Town FC after he decided to accept the job to coach Humble Lion for the upcoming Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) season.
Price, who also represented Boys' Town as a player, was in charge of Boys' Town since the early 2000s, overseeing the club's return and participation in the top-flight until they were relegated last season. However, he told STAR Sports that Humble Lion is a club he has long admired, and when club president Mike Henry approached him about the move, it did not take much convincing.
"I have been at training (the team) for the last three weeks. I had a conversation with the president, Mike Henry, and based on that discussion we came together," Price said. "It's a club that I have long admired, and I believe I can bring some amount of assistance. So I'm going there to assist and see if we can get them back into the upper parts of the table so they can compete for a title because based on where they finished in the table and the players they have, I believe they should be much more up there.
"The ambition is to be competitive and, ultimately, win the RSPL title. We don't know if it is going to happen this year, but we want to go in the direction where we can be competitive and challenge for the title."
But Price is aware that if his team is to be consistent this upcoming season, he will need his full complement of players, and this means fewer suspensions.
"One of the things is that we have to work on our discipline," he shared. "But I'm a no-nonsense coach, and that is part of my mantra to this team, but we hope to play some competitive football."
Although it's still early days, Price said fans have taken to him, and there is a general feeling of optimism around the club since his arrival.
"The coming of mine will be a good thing for the Effortville club. It has been very optimistic. The training is visited by a lot of spectators; he level of optimism is good. They made us feel very welcome, and I hope this continues around the team," he said.
Price is still assessing the squad and does not intend to make drastic changes but will look to make improvements nonetheless.
"We are in early days of preparation," he said. "Players are contracted and they have been coming to training. We will look to improve the squad or get players who can improve the team. When you look at the quality players they have, I am surprised where they ended in the table the last two seasons, so we need to bring in some discipline and consistency.
"The only place we can go after fighting relegation for the last two seasons is up. The first target is to get to the top six and then take it from there," he stated.
However, Price said he would remain of part of his beloved Boys' Town as long as it does not interfere with his duties at the Clarendon club.
"I will always be a Boys' Town member, but I like challenges, and the challenge and opportunity came so I could coach the Humble Lion team," Price explained. "I will be assisted by O'Neil 'Bigga' Thompson. We have started on a good note, and we hope to have a fruitful and competitive season. But whatever role I can play for Boys' Town, I will continue to do it. Mr Henry knows the relationship I have with Boys' Town, but my primary concern is to assist Humble Lion and resurrect the fortunes up there. But whatever assistance I can give Boys' Town, I will always give them."