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Brian (Bulla) Anderson will be the man pulling all the strings at PHC this season, The Royal Gazette can reveal.

PHC sports director Mark Wade has confirmed that the former Zebras’ midfielder has been appointed as head coach of the Premier Division side.

Anderson comes in to replace former team-mate Kyle Lightbourne who resigned at the end of last season after guiding Zebras to multiple titles during a highly successful four-year coaching stint.

Wade believes Anderson is the right man for the job and is confident the former midfielder can build on the solid foundation his predecessor leaves behind.

“Brian brings experience and some of the old school values that I think are lost in some areas - certainly on the discipiline side and some of the values of hard work,” said Wade. “He definitely brings that to the table.”

Anderson, who could not be reached for comment yesterday, has coached at PHC in the past and has also had coaching stints at Southampton Rangers and Paget Lions.

He will be assisted on the sidelines next season by former PHC youth coach Wendell Furbert.

“Wendell has been promoted from our junior program and so we definitely view him as a coach for the future,” said Wade, “and I think Brian and Wendell will form a good team and certainly help to build the team.”

Zebras finished runners up in the Premier Division last season and they will bid to go one better with a more youthful nucleus this time around.

“A number of our senior players’ time will be limited this year,” said Wade. “We have quite a few youngsters coming through that you would have seen last year, and we are trying to continue that trend this year as well.

“We have some old campaigners that will be there to help guide the youngsters and provide some of that stability, and so we are quite excited about this year.”

Wade said the players have so far responded well to Anderson’s appointment as head coach of the famed club.

“The players’ reaction has been positive and the blend of young and old is always a help,” he said. “The youth bring the energy and exhuberence while the old bring the wisdom and so there’s been an overall positive reaction.”

As for Lightbourne’s departure, Wade said: “Obviously it’s sad to see him move on. But Kyle is always going to be a PHC man.”

Blast from the past: Brian (Bulla) Anderson (centre) gets a shot away for Boulevard Blazers under the challenge of North Village?s Wayne Augustus during a game at Lords. Also in the picture are David Bascome (left) and Haile Melakot (right).
Brian Anderson (centre), left David Bascome playing for.....Haile Malaki (North Village). Lords.

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Published August 18, 2011 at 2:00 am (Updated August 18, 2011 at 9:18 am)

Anderson new man in charge at Zebras

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