Gardner’s plight continues as Portmore suffer third straight loss

September 16, 2019
Dunbeholden’s Dean-Andre Thomas celebrates after scoring a penalty against Portmore United yesterday. Dunbeholden won the match 1-0.
Dunbeholden’s Dean-Andre Thomas celebrates after scoring a penalty against Portmore United yesterday. Dunbeholden won the match 1-0.

A t this early stage of the 2019-20 Red Stripe Premier League season, it may seem like an overreaction to say that temperature in Ricardo Gardner's seat, the head coach of Portmore United, is increasing.

But Sunday's 1-0 defeat at the hands of their St Catherine rivals Dunbeholden has done little to build the confidence of the defending champions.

The one thing that cannot be ignored is Portmore's current results and their position in the table. They have lost all three of their matches, conceded six goals and is 11th in the 12 team table.

It has been a struggle for Gardner since he began his RSPL head coaching career back in September 2017.

Gardner has stood on the sidelines for 51 games as manager in the nation's top flight. Starting from his first season at Harbour View, he has registered 16 wins, 14 draws and suffered 21 losses, including yesterday afternoon's defeat. Fourteen of those wins came in his first season at Compound, but only managed to win two games last season and was forced to abdicate his head coaching position at his boyhood club half way through the season.

Unnecessary risk

Despite this, Gardner still believes in his team's ability and states that there is enough time for he and Portmore United to change course.

"We want to put as many points on the board as possible but can you tell me in three games into the season who is going to win the league?" he asked after the game on Sunday. "It's still a long season to go for me. We have 30 games to play. It's not the start that we would have wanted, but we will continue to work on what we need to work on and we will continue to believe in the players that we have."

There are still opportunities for Gardner to steady the ship and put points on the board but the longer the winless run continues, his coaching seat will only get hotter.

Yesterday's Results

Portmore United 0 Dunbeholden 1

Vere United 0 Molynes United 1

Mount Pleasant 1 Tivoli Gardens 0

Cavalier SC 1 Humble Lion 1

Waterhouse 7 Harbour View 0

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