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Robinson hails 'tactician extraordinaire' Coley

Published:Tuesday | December 12, 2017 | 12:00 AMRobert Bailey
Outgoing Jamaica College coach Miguel Coley (center) holding the ISSA/FLOW Manning cup trophy and his daughter after the team’s win over St Andrew Technical High School at the National Stadium on December 1.

Principal of Jamaica College (JC) Wayne Robinson says that outgoing coach Miguel Coley will certainly be missed but that there are systems in place to continue the team's success going forward in schoolboy football competitions.

Coley, who is one of the most successful schoolboy coaches in Jamaica's history, confirmed that he would be joining Iranian side Esteghlal FC as an assistant coach later this month on a six-month contract.

He will be joining former Reggae Boyz head coach Winfried Schafer, with whom he worked as an assistant with the national team between February 2014 and September 2016.

Robinson said that it is going to be very difficult to replace Coley, but that he wished him all the best, as he embarks on his dream to coach at a higher level.

"He will certainly be missed because Coley is a tactician extraordinaire," said Robinson. "We are going to be fine because we have a whole system in place going forward," he said.

"It is his dream to coach internationally, and if that dream comes through, then I will be the first one to say 'Miguel, do it,'" Robinson said.

Coley led JC to 12 schoolboy titles since taking charge at the Old Hop Road-based institution in 2013. He also led the Dark Blues to the Manning Cup, Walker Cup, and Olivier Shield titles this season.

Robinson added that Coley would be welcomed back to the institution whenever he decided to return from his coaching stint overseas.

"I haven't seen anybody like him because what Coley has more than everybody else, apart from vision, tactics, and strategy, is that he is very humble," said Robinson. "He is the epitome of humility, so I would work with anybody like Coley forever and ever," he said.

Continuing, Robinson said: "If Coley goes and coaches (overseas) for one, two weeks, or five years, and when he decides to come back to Jamaica, Jamaica College is still his. He has blue blood, so anywhere he goes, he is representing us."