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Brangman considering staying on at Rangers

Ricky Brangman is reconsidering his plans to step down as coach of Southampton Rangers.

Brangman was named as Coach of the Year at the Bermuda Cricket Board's annual awards ceremony on Saturday night after leading his team to the Premier Division Open League title and to a successful defence of the Western Counties title.

He then revealed that he had planned to step aside to allow Janeiro Tucker to take over as coach.

“That was my plan, to leave the scene and let Janeiro take over, but after talking to some of the players I'm rethinking and told the skipper [Dion Stovell] I would let him know,” Brangman said.

Tucker, the team's most senior player, stepped down from the captaincy last season to allow the returning Dion Stovell to lead the team. Coaching the team could be Tucker's next step when Brangman eventually walks away.

“A couple of people have talked to me saying they want to come on board and help out with sponsors, so I may reconsider,” Brangman said.

“I wanted Janeiro to take over and he probably will just concentrate on coaching. I'm going to talk to him when I make my final decision and then we'll go from there.”

Brangman's success with Rangers enabled him to win the top coach's award ahead of George Cannonier, of St David's, who lost their league crown but added the One Communications Premier Cup, the Twenty 20 league and the Eastern Counties Cup after beating holders Cleveland County in the final.

Cannonier revealed after that victory that he is also planning to step down as St David's coach.

“When you win the league you go down as the best team on the island and it's a good feeling for the club, the president and the committee,” Brangman said.

“It was pleasing to see players and myself get rewarded, we often sacrifice a lot with our families.”

Rangers and Cleveland were the two most successful clubs during the awards at CedarBridge Academy last weekend, with Cleveland winning the First Division Open title and the their player Makai Young, winning the MVP, and Curtis Jackson, the Coach of the Year. Q'Shai Darrell was named the Emerging Player of the Year.

Jackson returned from Rangers to take over the coaching and led Cleveland back to the Premier Division at the first attempt.

“There's no reason why we can't compete in the Premier Division, we beat Bailey's Bay [Eastern Counties] and gave St David's a good game,” he said.

Cleveland have a new president with Carlton Smith stepping down at last month's AGM after 6½ years in the position. Jason Simons, the team's assistant coach, is the new president after beating out Najee Musson in the voting.

Musson is the vice-president after Brent Paynter did not seek re-election, while Courtney Trott stood down as secretary and was replaced by Charles Richardson. Gina Gibbons is the new treasurer, after beating Diallo Rabain, who held the position.

Coaches of the Year: Ricky Brangman, left, of Southampton Rangers, and Cleveland County's Curtis Jackson (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)

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Published October 24, 2018 at 9:00 am (Updated October 23, 2018 at 10:59 pm)

Brangman considering staying on at Rangers

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