Former National Reggae Boyz assistant coach, Miguel Coley, has broken his silence on his recent departure from the coaching staff of the national senior men’s team. While disappointed with his axing from the Reggae Boyz coaching staff, the Jamaica College Manning Cup coach believes his “work is not yet done,” and remains “committed to producing players for the national team. The 34-year-old, whose playing career was cut short because of injury in 2005, was drafted as assistant national head coach by German Winfried Schaefer. “The sky is definitely the limit, I back myself and push myself every single time and keep on putting in the work. At the same time you have to be producing players again for the National team so the work is never done,” he said in an interview with The Gleaner following JC’s 3-1 win over Eltham High on Wednesday. “I have to support whoever is in charge at this point in time and wish them all the best,” the outgoing assistant coach added. At JC, Coley’s charges have consistently peaked and played their best football at the business end of the season, winning trophy after trophy each year. The highlight of his career came last year when Jamaica finished CONCACAF Gold Cup runners-up to Mexico. This was, however, followed by a failed 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign. According to Coley he is not sure about what, if any, future role he will play in the national programme at this point in time, adding: “What I know is I am no longer the assistant coach of the Reggae Boyz.” SKY’S THE LIMIT
Louis van Gaal 1 Louis van Gaal says the Champions League play-off with Club Brugge is the most important test of his Manchester United career so far.Brugge visit Old Trafford on Tuesday night before the tie concludes at the Jan Breydel Stadium next Wednesday.United are big favourites to see off the Belgians over two legs but Van Gaal is not taking them lightly and knows failure to reach the competition proper will be a disaster for himself and the club.“Of course,” Van Gaal said when asked if this was his most significant fixture since taking charge at Old Trafford.“I have already explained, the players want to participate (in the Champions League) and the board wants to participate, but especially the fans want to participate so the pressure is high.”History suggests United should have an easy ride. The aggregate score of their last three home games against Belgian opponents is 18-1.Brugge’s squad has been decimated by injury in the build-up to the match, and they needed a stoppage-time winner to beat KV Kortrijk on Friday.Van Gaal could have been draw against Lazio or Monaco in the play-off, but is still wary of the threat the Belgians will pose.“I think it is a difficult draw,” he said.“Brugge can defend very well and they can attack also, so it shall be a difficult match and that is why the pressure is high.”Brugge playmaker Victor Vazquez is hoping to deal a blow to his old coach on Tuesday.Most of the players in the Brugge team will be unfamiliar to United fans, but Van Gaal knows all about Vazquez.The Spaniard was coming through Barcelona’s famous youth academy, La Masia, during Van Gaal’s two spells as head coach of the Catalan giants.Vazquez has brief but positive memories of the Dutchman, who highlighted the 28-year-old as one of Brugge’s main threats at his pre-match press conference on Monday.”It’s always nice to hear about the big ones,” said Vazquez when asked about Van Gaal’s positive comments about him.”I met him in Barcelona. I was young, maybe 11 or 12 years old but my impression was that he was a really hard coach with a lot of character and personality, just like he is now.”I didn’t meet him a lot of times but I think he is one of the biggest coaches in football, for sure.”Brugge, who are managed by former Belgium goalkeeper Michel Preud’homme, are without eight players through injury.United’s only absentee is Phil Jones, who is out with mild thrombosis.