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Goater’s the man for top job - Best

Bermuda legend Clyde Best has called for Shaun Goater to be appointed as the national team's next coach. The Bermuda Football Association are currently sifting through potential candidates for the vacant position they hope to fill by the end of next month and Best believes Goater is ready for the job. Goater, who requested to be considered for the post in 2010, has been the most successful domestic coach in recent seasons, winning six trophies since taking the reins at North Village three years ago. Although it's not known whether he is interested in the post, Best reckons the former Manchester City striker should be handed the opportunity to lead his country. 'Of course Shaun can do the job, he has played at the highest level. Why shouldn't he be given the chance to coach his country?' said Best, who scored 47 goals during his West Ham heyday. 'If I had my way I would give it to Shaun because he's been there and knows more about the game than most coaches on the Island. I hope someone at the BFA has the courage to give him the job.' Best struggles to understand why former top professionals such as Goater and Kyle Lightbourne are not involved in the national programme in some capacity. Between them, Goater and Lightbourne have accumulated decades of pro experience in English football, and Best believes it's criminal neither are currently contributing to the national programme. 'I think it's pathetic when I see guys like Shaun, Kyle Lightbourne and myself on the outside and not contributing at all,' he said. 'Both Shaun and Kyle have been at the top, particularly Shaun. 'I don't have a problem with either of them being the next national team coach because they both have something to offer. 'There's been too much pettiness in Bermudian football for too long. 'I just hope one day we wake up and stop holding grudges against one another.' Best, who coached the national team from 1997 to 1999 is adamant the next coach of the national team should be Bermudian. 'If you're going to hire someone at this level you have to have someone who has played at the highest level,' he said. 'It would be nice if we could get someone from Bermuda. 'There's always been talent on the Island but we need to raise the local standard together.' Goater and the BFA haven't always seen eye-to-eye, with the 41-year-old believing to have been snubbed for a number of positions in the past. In April 2010, Goater told The Royal Gazette: 'I've applied for a number of positions at the BFA and have either been turned down or told there is no position.' Bermuda are scheduled to play a friendly match against yet to be determined opposition on February 29 a fixed date for FIFA international games. The national team haven't had a permanent coach since Kenny Thompson, now football director at BAA Wanderers, stepped down after the Caribbean Digicel Cup in 2008.

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