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Grayson, Sarjeant and Cyrus speak out on shock dismissals at St Augustine and St Benedict’s

The former St Augustine Secondary coaching duo of Michael Grayson and Desiree Sarjeant and ex-St Benedict’s College coach Dexter Cyrus have spoken out on their controversial dismissals, as the upcoming Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) season looks set to kick off with some drastic changes in the technical areas.

Photo: St Augustine Secondary captain Joshua Marshall (left) tries to nick possession away from Naparima College attacker Akinola Gregory (second from left) while Isaiah Hudson (centre) and Ainsworth Grant look on during 2015 National Intercol semifinals. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: St Augustine Secondary captain Joshua Marshall (left) tries to nick possession away from Naparima College attacker Akinola Gregory (second from left) while Isaiah Hudson (centre) and Ainsworth Grant look on during 2015 National Intercol semifinals.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

In January 2016, Grayson and Sarjeant were named among the top coaches in the SSFL’s history—only five coaches managed more than Grayson’s five national titles while Sarjeant’s six titles are bettered by just two coaches.

Yet, three months after receiving their coaching accolades, St Augustine principal Linda Francis fired them both.

In Cyrus’ case, he led St Benedict’s College to a second place finish behind the all-conquering Naparima College last year, while the southern school were beaten finalists in the 2014 National Intercol competition when they also scooped up the South Zone Intercol title.

“I was called in at the end of last season (and) complimented by the principal,” Cyrus told Wired868. “She told me she liked the work and she hoped to see an improvement next season. And an improvement on second place would mean that we had to come first.”

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So what went wrong thereafter?

Cyrus claimed an extraordinary bust-up during last year’s Premier Division campaign and the scheming of his managerial staff led to his dismissal, some months later in mid-March.

Photo: Petrotrin Palo Seco coach Dexter Cyrus makes a point during halftime in CNG National Super League Premiership Division action against Matura ReUnited at the Matura Recreation Ground on 14 January 2016. (Courtesy Nicholas Bhajan/Wired868)
Photo: Petrotrin Palo Seco coach Dexter Cyrus makes a point during halftime in CNG National Super League Premiership Division action against Matura ReUnited at the Matura Recreation Ground on 14 January 2016.
(Courtesy Nicholas Bhajan/Wired868)

On October 17, a St Benedict’s substitute refused to fetch a ball during a fixture against Presentation College (San Fernando) at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium in Marabella. And pandemonium was not far behind.

“Our manager Mr Ravi Ramgoolam asked a player to go for a ball but the player refused,” said Cyrus. “About three weeks before that, we went through this issue with a student going for a ball where I told them that players cannot leave the bench and be walking and running out the stadium going for balls in their kit… We had a meeting with the boys and we told them that nobody will have to ball boy again.

“So when I’m ready to send the player on now, I told him to warm up. The manager then turns and tells me that the player is not going to be involved in the game because he refused to go for a ball. I told the kid I’m the coach, go and warm up.

“Unknown to me, when the player is getting himself organised, Mr Ramgoolam tells him before you go on that field you have to apologise.”

The player, Mickel Holder, issued an apology and went on to the field. But the forward, who suffers from asthma, quickly returned to the sideline for some water.

Photo: St Benedict's College attacker Marlon Phillip (right) tries to find a way through the Fatima College defence during 2015 SSFL action. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: St Benedict’s College attacker Marlon Phillip (right) tries to find a way through the Fatima College defence during 2015 SSFL action.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

Holder’s teammates, who were supposedly acting on instructions given by another manger, Nolan Bernard, refused to give it to him. Cyrus was further incensed.

“I said Mr Bernard how could you refuse to give water to the player with an asthmatic condition, yuh know he have to keep that throat wet,” said Cyrus. “I say suppose he drop down and dead. The manager then says ‘boy Cyrus let him f**king dead’.”

The game finished in a goalless draw and, in the dressing room, Holder let loose as he accused the team management of leaving him for dead.

“The player came out of the bathroom and said that’s why fellahs from Benedict’s does leave and go ‘Pres’ and ‘Naps’ because how allyuh does treat them,” said Cyrus. “Mr Bernard leave from by the sink and went across to the lockers and hit the player a right flushers, knock him down, and then turned him around to hit (him) again.”

The players and remaining staff allegedly subdued Bernard before he could cause any further harm. At least two other Benedict’s members, including former assistant coach Brian Jordan, corroborated the chain of events to Wired868.

Photo: Mucurapo East Secondary goalkeeper Aaron Enill (left) loses possession to St Benedict's College forward Meriba Des Cartes (right) in the 2014 National Intercol final. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Mucurapo East Secondary goalkeeper Aaron Enill (left) loses possession to St Benedict’s College forward Meriba Des Cartes (right) in the 2014 National Intercol final.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

“Presentation’s assistant coach Dunstan Williams and I commiserated at the end of the game, and he said ‘Brian, I could not believe what I was hearing’ (with regards to the player being refused water),” Jordan told Wired868. “The game is done eh. Dunstan and I are in the tunnel talking as friends would do. Then this boy comes out in a towel crying… so I immediately cut the conversation.

“I head into the dressing room and I see Cyrus being held back. He then tells me that Bernard slapped (Holder).”

With three Premier Division games to go and the Intercol campaign yet to come, Cyrus and his staff opted against taking the matter to principal Anne Gomes-Phillips.

“The general consensus was that we would let the kids finish off the season because we were in third place,” Cyrus said. “We were thinking that it had a big four, and we didn’t want to disrupt what was going on because we wanted to make top four. We said we will deal with it afterwards…

“Yeah I regret (not going to the principal earlier) because I was thinking that these men would have done the honourable thing. But these men do not have an honourable bone in their bodies.”

Photo: St Benedict's College supporters cheer their team on in the 2014 National Intercol final at the Hasely Crawford Stadium. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: St Benedict’s College supporters cheer their team on in the 2014 National Intercol final at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Days after Cyrus’ end of season meeting with Gomes-Phillips, his assistant Jordan and physio Adaryll John, said they would not work with the football team’s management again and quit

“Me now, caught between a rock and a hard place, I had to make an advance to the principal and tell her that my coaching staff decided that they didn’t want to work with this management anymore,” said Cyrus. “I went to a Benedict’s Old Boys meeting and expressed to them what I was about to do. That would have been the Thursday.”

Some six days after meeting with the Past Students’ body, Cyrus was summoned by principal Gomes-Phillips. He believes that the team managers got wind of his plan and took pre-emptive measures.

“The manager, assistant manager and coordinator, the three of them, they said they find I does come training late,” Cyrus told Wired868. “I said you all agreed for me to come 4.30 because I finish work 4 o’clock. The training session starts 3.30, my assistant coach is never absent and he’s always on time.

“I come in and I do the main part of the session, and it works like clockwork. So I don’t know how that could have been a problem.”

Photo: St Benedict's College midfielder Tyrik Eastman (left) tussles for possession with Fatima College midfielder Kyon Williams during 2015 SSFL action. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: St Benedict’s College midfielder Tyrik Eastman (left) tussles for possession with Fatima College midfielder Kyon Williams during 2015 SSFL action.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

Cyrus was fired mere months after Gomes-Phillips’s congratulations. The former striker maintains that he was wrongfully dismissed on the back of false accusations by the management staff.

“It holds no water because that is what they told me to do,” he said. “It’s five years now I’ve been doing it. That’s what we agreed on in front.”

Wired868 was reliably informed that the issue surrounding Holder and Bernard was resolved following a meeting with both parties along with principal Gomes-Phillips and Holder’s father. It is uncertain whether Bernard was punished for his alleged behaviour on October 17.

When contacted for a comment, principal Gomes-Phillips said the matter was closed and she would like to leave it as is.

Bernard and Ramgoolam were also tight-lipped. Bernard said that the incident had been resolved while Ramgoolam said he did not have the authority to comment.

Photo: St Benedict's College goalkeeper Jabari Gray dives in vain after an effort from Fatima College attacker Sebastien Camacho, during a 2015 SSFL contest. The shot crept just wide. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: St Benedict’s College goalkeeper Jabari Gray dives in vain after an effort from Fatima College attacker Sebastien Camacho, during a 2015 SSFL contest.
The shot crept just wide.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

“At the end of the day I have nothing against the school,” said Cyrus. “I think what the St Benedict’s management did was one of the most underhanded and deceitful things I have faced. But then again these things make you stronger and you get to learn.

“The blind was leading the blind-folded in the staff.”

Elsewhere in east Trinidad, St Augustine Secondary footballers lost not one, not two, but a total of four coaches, as the axe fell at the “Green Machine” last month.

Grayson was summarily fired after a season in which he copped the East Zone Intercol title and led the Green Machine to the semifinals of the National Intercol tournament—they were ousted by eventual winners, Naparima, after being asked to play twice in the space of three days.

St Augustine also managed a credible fifth place finish in the 15-team Premier Division table.

The last of Grayson’s five national titles at St Augustine was the 2013 National Intercol competition when his team included a quarter of the subsequent Trinidad and Tobago National Under-20 Team: Aikim Andrews, Akeem Garcia, Maurice Ford, Ricardo John and Shannon Gomez.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago right back Shannon Gomez (right) battles for possession against Cuba during the 2014 Under-20 Caribbean Cup. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago right back Shannon Gomez (right) battles for possession against Cuba during the 2014 Under-20 Caribbean Cup.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Andrews, Garcia and Gomez all represented the “Soca Warriors” in friendly action last year while Gomez, the former Under-20 captain, is currently on loan at United States MLS club New York City FC.

But the grooming of national players and a healthy trophy room was not enough to save Grayson’s job at Augustine. The veteran coach, who previously led Arima Senior Comprehensive during its own era of dominance, said he remains dumb-founded by the events.

Even before he was formally dismissed, Grayson was told that former Trinity East College coach Adrian Romain already announced the job as his.

“People who are rationale thinking still can’t understand what happened, it eh adding up at all,”  said Grayson.

Romain denied suggestions that he undermined Grayson to take his post.

Last season, Romain endured a winless spell in the 2015 SSFL Premier Division season before being axed as head coach there, in the first half of the season. Trinity East were eventually relegated after one win from 14 games.

Photo: St Mary's College attacker Ethan Shim (right) tries to hold off Trinity College East defender Christian Ransome during 2015 SSFL Premier Division action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: St Mary’s College attacker Ethan Shim (right) tries to hold off Trinity College East defender Christian Ransome during 2015 SSFL Premier Division action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

At the same time, St Augustine Secondary won the East Zone Intercol title.

Yet, Romain insisted that St Augustine contacted him to offer him the job; and not the other way around. He said he had just returned home from a successful stint in an India youth competition—the Badhani Premier League—and was committed to heading back to India.

“When I returned home I saw an e-mail from St Augustine stating that they will like to meet with me on the job,” said Romain. “I was hired around April the 20th as the Technical Director in charge of all football duties at the institution.

“Lemme just clear up the air a bit. I have a lot of respect for Michael Grayson and Desiree Sarjeant. I actually look up to both individuals because I’m still a young coach, I’m only 27 years.

“I have never gone behind anyone’s back to take his job. Actually, I was settled on returning to India to continue my contract. I have no control over this situation when it comes to the firing of the former coaching regime.

“My first question was: Will they be re-hired? And it all came down to qualifications in terms of CXC passes.”

Photo: St Augustine Secondary coach Michael Grayson (standing) tries to console defensive midfielder Ainsworth Grant, after their 2-1 loss to Naparima College in the 2015 National Intercol final at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium. Grayson has been replaced by Adrian Romain for the 2016 season. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: St Augustine Secondary coach Michael Grayson (standing) tries to console defensive midfielder Ainsworth Grant, after their 2-1 loss to Naparima College in the 2015 National Intercol final at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium.
Grayson has been replaced by Adrian Romain for the 2016 season.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

Grayson, who has a university degree, easily met the Ministry of Education’s academic requirement stipulation, which insists that all school staff must have three passes. But he was fired anyway without an explanation. Sarjeant didn’t meet the criteria and it was used to explain her dismissal.

“For whatever discipline you’d like to coach, you must have three CXC passes, and one must be English,” said the Ministry of Education’s Curriculum Officer for Physical Education, Veronica Dolan-Samuel. “The principal must write to us requesting the services. Also he/se must send photocopies of your certificates, endorsing and certifying that he/she has seen the original.”

And according to Dolan-Samuel, the academic criterion was first established in 2005, but endured a five year grace period. Now, it appears to be firing on all cylinders.

Schools can still pay their coaches via various fund-raising mechanisms. But, unfortunately for Sergeant and company, that possibility was overlooked in this scenario.

Francis declined comment on the firing of her two coaches.

Sarjeant, a former Trinidad and Tobago international player and ex-St Augustine student, said she was disillusioned by the entire ordeal.

Photo: Point Fortin East Secondary student Denicia Prince (left) takes on two St Augustine Secondary defenders in the 2014 Coca Cola Girls' National Intercol final. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Point Fortin East Secondary student Denicia Prince (left) takes on two St Augustine Secondary defenders in the 2014 Coca Cola Girls’ National Intercol final.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

“There was no real prior consultation, we did not see this coming at all,” Sergeant said. “I know I can say openly that I am very gutted by this all. It really did put its toll on me for a little while but it is what it is.

“I think it’s a principal’s choice to keep a coach on. I could have three passes and she (can still) say I’m not going to renew your contract.”

Sarjeant is proud of her time with the Green Machine, although hurt at the way it was ended.

“I have been at St Augustine since 1998,” said Sarjeant. “I’m also the first and only female to have won six national titles (as only Stephen Smart from Malick and Arnold Murphy from Debe managed more).

“In 2013, I won every title that was up for grabs and I repeated the same feat again in 2014. So today it still bothers me, I felt as though my entire inside was taken out of me and thrown in front of a bus.

“Coaching at school football is what I am known for, it is my passion, it is what I live, it is what I breathe… It is good to see that you can develop young ladies, not only as footballers, but as young women.”

Photo: St Augustine Secondary footballers celebrate with the BGTT 2014 Girls' National Intercol trophy. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: St Augustine Secondary footballers celebrate with the BGTT 2014 Girls’ National Intercol trophy.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Sarjeant, who is also the coach of 2015 TT WoLF champions St Augustine FC, hopes another opportunity becomes available soon.

“I don’t know how many schools are aware that ‘coach Des’ is no longer at St Augustine Secondary,” she said. “I hope something comes around because coaching at this level is really my passion. I am gutted yes, but at the end of the day when one door closes, another one opens.

“And I can only hope that door opens sooner rather than later.”

The St Augustine and St Benedict’s benches may look strange this season without Cyrus, Grayson and Sarjeant.

Former “Strike Squad” star Leonson Lewis has taken over the reigns at St Benedict’s while Romain is in charge of the entire football programme at St Augustine.

Romain refused to name Sergeant’s successor just yet. But he said he was excited by the challenge of replacing Grayson and hoped to leave his own legacy at St Augustine.

Photo: SSFL president Anthony Creed (right) poses with 2015 East Zone Intercol champions, St Augustine Secondary. (Courtesy Amigo Garraway/Wired868)
Photo: SSFL president Anthony Creed (right) poses with 2015 East Zone Intercol champions, St Augustine Secondary.
(Courtesy Amigo Garraway/Wired868)

“This is school football, and I think in Trinidad we focus on what is in it for the coaches and we forget the kids,” said Romain, who said he admired the school protests for the fired coaches. “My plan at St Augustine is to continue the program that Grayson left and to get more kids on academic scholarships as well as football scholarships…

“I can’t wait to start. I’m replacing Grayson or Sir Alex as I call him, so I’m excited. It’s going to be a challenge but nothing in life comes easy.”

 

Editor’s Note: New St Augustine Secondary coach Adrian Romain insisted that was only offered the post after the dismissal of former veteran coach Michael Grayson, who was released on 14 April 2016. The following Facebook post appeared to contradict that.

Photo: Facebook post from one of Adrian Romain's account.
Photo: Facebook post from one of Adrian Romain’s account.
Photo: Post from another of Adrian Romain's Facebook account.
Photo: Post from another of Adrian Romain’s Facebook account.

About Roneil Walcott

Roneil Walcott
Roneil Walcott is an avid sports fan and freelance reporter with a BA in Mass Communication from COSTAATT. Roneil is a former Harvard and St Mary's College cricketer who once had lofty aspirations of bringing joy to sport fans with the West Indies team. Now, his mission is to keep them on the edge of their seats with sharp commentary from off the playing field.

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496 comments

  1. PLENTY TALK. THIS COACH TAKING OVER FROM SOME OF THE BEST COACHES AND HE BETTER HAVE HIS GAME PLAN READY LOCKED AND LOADED TO ADD VALUE TO THE PLAYERS.

  2. I think the story can only be completed with St.Augustine principal I won’t want to talk on any ones behalf so get her involve Lasana Liburd

  3. Monty I don’t doubt what you are saying because I have no idea what the truth is. But one thing I’d agree with Dexter Cyrus is that he should not have been treated in the manner in which his termination went down. At the end of the day Coach Grayson is is a humble man with a big heart and he’ll succeed in whichever job presents itself. That I am confident of… the man is a legend in the SSFL….

  4. My reason for saying this is that I was at a St Augustine game last season and one of his staff members was saying negative things about him with some parents, and I was the one to stand and say that Mr Grayson has method to his madness and it was all for the team’s benefit and not for any single player. He always have a big picture

  5. Brent as I said last night Grayson brought out a scholarship in my son, I would be asking the principal the question regarding his firing, but I do suspect there were underlying factors that haven’t been brought to light as yet, it’s possible that other members of his staff were misrepresenting him.

  6. Grayson has never been a controversial figure. In fact he has done so much for so many young people is probably one of the reasons for the uproar in this case. I am not here to point fingers but clearly there is more to his firing. Having spoken to him personally, he was quite perplexed at what happened. Sadly he may have to move on to greener pastures. Quite frankly it’s St Augustine’s loss in my opinion. Just like when Arima got rid of him we have been in the down in the pecking order ever since.

  7. Raoul we cannot take these tings boy, in Grayson case, 26yrs as Gustine Head Coach and a Principal comes in and treats him like that,and everybody jus honky dorry and move on. Bullcrapppppppppp

  8. There’s not enough space or time to respond to this royal screw-up. I prefer to focus on the character of coach Grayson. We first met as 16 year old footballers on the highly successful 1974 youth team. Since, our lives have interfaced to the sum experiences of 8 decades. I dare say he’s of fine moral fiber; his reputation transcends T&T borders through the players he has effected. The next program to get him will benefit tremendously. Grayson will be inducted, this week, into the Davis & Elkins College Hall of Fame, sadly St. Augustine doesn’t realize they’re throwing out the baby with bath water.

  9. Gally Cummings was fired from UTT, was any reason justified

  10. Dexter my friend this is the politics of Trinidad and Tobago

  11. Did i miss 60mins or something

  12. My point in question is how cud 3 subjects be more important than a Cocacaf licence, when it
    Comes to qualifications as a Coach

  13. Grayson is well qualified he could share certificates….he has so many, maybe the Princi would be happy with a manufactured at home certificate you think?
    Certificated don’t necessarily mean you have initiative, solve problems, motivate people, lead young people to do their best etc

  14. This situation with Grayson is the highest level of hipcrosy i hav heard in my life, the main stand is supposed to be named after Grayson, a statue unveiled in his honour, and be given a raise in salary, that is how Grayson should have been treated, and you Romain should have been leading that charge, 3 subjects and getting old my asssssssssssssssssssssssss

  15. Dexter the man must be his “Communications Advisor”

    • Boy he talking more than Adrian, and Adrian actually in the chat, well yesssssssss

    • It’s been said that the Principal has not been able to distinguish herself otherwise so she gets to make the news by this bold move and is the talk of the circuit. Is there something positive that could be said about her contribution to the “Green Machine” what has been her contribution thus far to the school?

  16. He is doing way too much talking for you, and also he is speaking as though he is your conjoined twin

  17. ‘m not part of St Augustine staff

  18. Yea Dexter Cyrus that’s my uncle

  19. Courtney and Raoul Romain are u 2 the new Coaches at St Augustine

  20. I’m am concerned that students/ children can be met with such treatment by ‘coaches’ ..ministry of sport rules for children seems to differ quite drastically from those at the ministry of education..seeing these are school teams any move to align coaches with a teacher’s guidelines and responsibilities for a child in their care is a step in the right direction in my opinion

  21. And I agree strongly, so we move on

  22. Things would be a lot clearer if we had heard from the principal. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen.

  23. Who confirmed that I was fired Lasana Liburd from Trinity college East please call names because I can’t understand if I was fired why will I receive a pay out ,this isn’t the first time this was written in your article mentioning I was fired as Trinity College East Head coach .I await clarification to this ,can Aaron Pollard confirm? It would appear that journalism and integrity come with convenience. I implore u to research well and state the found facts ACCURATELY.

    When this is answered then I will go further into what transpired at Trinity College East; how
    many kids where blacklisted because they affiliated themselves with me/ staff. All of this coupled with the most amazing fraudulent activity in school history where birth papers were transformed ,cxc slips tampered with and finally the principal’s reaction to these activities which caused the massive fall out at the institution …so Mr wired it’s your duty not to be bias but to deal with the facts and not go by the GOSSIP MASTERS.

  24. Lasana, I would like to ask, what is the real issue at this time? The principal did not answer, should the world stop or should the show go on?

  25. I do not follow school football, but unless you have been severly biased in your report, this makes absolutely no sense

  26. Men with huge egos spoiling the football. I remember we used to have teachers around the football that just wanted to facilitate the team’s success. Now, these men on ego trips.

  27. So Dexter Cyrus that’s it there? The PSA not doing anything?

  28. I have a hard time believing Dexter Cyrus. I went to the past student association meeting as stated in this article. Mr. Cyrus was out of control ranting and raving…At one point they almost had to ask him to leave the room. It wasn’t a pretty site and his story was all over the place. Sad to see my old school being dragged in the mud like this. He is no longer the coach get over it and move on.

  29. I did not know Adrian had a stint in India

  30. I must say that media is very very persuasive and can get a story to swing in any direction. Kudos to Mr.Walcott who omitted a safe 80% of the interview he conducted.

  31. With the not to long ago reported sexual offenses perpetrated by a High School coach against a player, all incidence of serious and minor allegations against coaches and technical staff against players should be reported to authority forthwith! Kids must be protected even if it means loss of your position in the league or job. Safety and wellbeing of school children before results.

  32. Yeah. Roneil couldn’t get a comment from the principal, which isn’t surprising. If the school didn’t tell the coach why he was fired, then it is very unlikely they will tell us.

  33. I understand your position Lasana, you are reporting as it comes to you. But as I said…if that is not nepotism then I don’t know what is

  34. Hmm as a parent of a son on St. Benedict’s team this is alarming.

  35. Both teams being SSFL teams or the national teams?
    But the article doesn’t refer to Ramgoolam or Bernard as an assistant manager so I thought they were both full managers.

    • Yeah. I wasn’t sure either. I know it is normal for school teams and club teams to have two managers. Same for national teams. Although the men’s team got bloated when they had William Wallace, David Muhammad and Peter Rampersad all operating at one point. Muhammad has since been relieved I understand.

  36. Still no reason given Brent. And that is the only explanation we have so far Aaron.

  37. Most teams would have a manager and assist manager actually.

  38. Lasana so a principal (without the apparent assistance of the sitting team manager) calls an unknown title-less coach to take over an entire school program (boys and girls) and I should just believe that? Ok right

  39. So we still have no reason why Grayson was fired? Didn’t see any reasoning in the article….

  40. The Cyrus info is very complete so I’d give this story as a whole a passing grade. But, to tell the whole truth, I find that there is one necessary element missing. It is this: if Grayson has a university degree and the putative reason for his dismissal is a lack of academic qualifications, what is the real story?

    The story does not tell us and I, for one, want to know…

  41. This team needs two managers btw? How many managers do the women’s and men’s senior teams have?

  42. Sigh…where to start with this one boi?

  43. Overlook an official slapping a player because you’re focused on a top four finish? Smfh!
    Then we wonder how athletes ended up getting mistreated in the name of greater glory?