Coach of the year Gayle delighted

Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) 2015-16 football Coach of the Year Marcel ‘Fuzzy’ Gayle sees the award as a big stepping stone in his rise in the sport.

Gayle copped the award during the Professional Football Association of Jamaica (PFAJ)-RSPL presentation ceremony at the Courtleigh Auditorium in Kingston last Thursday.

He was rewarded for leading the University of the West Indies (UWI) FC to a fifth-place finish during their debut season in Jamaica’s top -light league.

UWI narrowly missed a place in the championship round by ending on 49 points, one below fourth-placed Humble Lion.

“It was a total surprise to me. I just did not expect to be rewarded with this title. Over the year, the league has produced some great coaches, so it is, indeed, an honour,” an elated Gayle told STAR Sports.

He is now looking forward to greater heights in his development as a football coach.

“This could be the start of great things in my career, as it could lead to being selected as a coach in the national programme,” the young coach said.

Looking back at his team’s season, Gayle pointed out that the aim was to stay up in the league for next season.

“So we have overachieved with a close fifth-place finish in the 12-team league. After losing the first three games, we worked harder and it made us a stronger team,” he said.

Gayle says that next season will be a tougher challenge for his team.

“The other teams will be coming harder at us. We will look to improve, but we are not going for superstars to boost the squad,” Gayle said.

“In all things, I put God first,” he added.

Gayle also said that coach and broadcaster Neville ‘Bertis’ Bell has paid a tremendous role in his development over the past nine years.

“I can always call on him for advice. He is my mentor,” the former Waterhouse assistant coach said.

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