Smith quits as X-Roads coach
Larry Smith has resigned as the coach of X-Roads.
The former Devonshire Colts defender stood down on December 1 after a dispute with colleagues over team selection on the eve of X-Road’s Friendship Trophy preliminary match away to North Village the same day.
Smith strongly objected to changes that were made without his consent to the original squad he had chosen for the match, which he opted not attend before advising the club of is decision to resign later that day.
“I notified them [X-Roads] that if this is the way you want to be, I would not attend and later that day I said, ‘Please accept this as my resignation,’” Smith said.
“I have been around football for a very long time and you get your ups and down and people with differences of opinion. But as a result of administrative interference with selection of the team against North Village, it was the opinion of myself that it was disrespectful and I resigned from X-Roads.”
Saleem Talbot, the club founder and former team manager, was unable to respond to questions when contacted because of other commitments at the time but did say he would address the matter at the earliest opportunity.
Smith’s resignation comes just months after replacing Farid El Karfa, the club’s former coach, who left the island last summer.
He leaves the Harris Bay club sixth in the Premier Division table after eight games this season.
“The timing of if the [resignation] was not good and I had lots of plans for X-Roads in the second half of the season,” Smith added.
“Being a really analytical coach, I came to the conclusion that now I know how to win against the teams that gave us a difficult time during the first half. I thought X-Roads would have a very successful second half. We only had one more league game to play against a team that I have never seen before and that was Devonshire Cougars. I know how to train the guys to compete even more so in the second half of the season, and I thought that there would be good hopes.
“The league is very important and I thought that in order to be able to win the league or come high in the league you have to win all your games in the second period, and I thought that X-Roads had the ability to do so.
“It’s unfortunate, but I have no regrets for this decision. The only regrets that I have is the fact that I did not have the opportunity to tell the players.”
Smith has already attracted the interests of other clubs.
“There has been two offers and I’m just weighing up the options,” he said.
“I’m not in a hurry to run back. I will consider those offers and make a decision at the beginning of the second half of the season.”
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