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Swan backs Bascome for national coach

Andrew Bascome is the perfect fit for Bermuda Football Association’s (BFA) vacant national coaching job.

That’s the opinion of former PHC and Bermuda striker Sammy Swan who is among those that hold the coaching guru in high esteem.

“Andrew has always been the guy and I think it’s a good thing that he is being considered for the job,” Swan said. “Not to take anything away from any of the other coaches, but I think something like this is long overdue because everyone knows that Andrew is a diamond as far as coaching is concerned.”

Bascome, who holds UEFA and Brazilian coaching certification, is the latest high-profile coach to be linked with the vacant national coaching job.

According to reliable sources the ex-North Village and Bermuda midfielder has been approached by the BFA who he is expected to meet with in the near future to discuss the terms of a potential coaching deal.

The national coaching position became available after Devarr Boyles had fulfilled the role on an interim basis following Bermuda’s exit from 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers last November.

Since then the BFA have been sifting through potential candidates to fill the void on a more permanent basis.

When approached by this newspaper BFA Player Development Committee chairman Mark Wade and Bascome declined an invitation to comment.

However, Bascome did acknowledge that he still has the desire to coach his country, something he has done in the past at the national youth level.

Having accumulated multiple league and cup honours at various top flight clubs over the years, Bascome’s coaching record virtually speaks for itself.

“Everywhere he goes he makes the team better,” added Swan. “Andrew is a guy who knows his players and always seems to bring the best out of them and that’s all you can ask for really.”

Bascome is currently in charge of Premier Division newcomers Robin Hood who have been no pushovers during their debut season in the top flight.

“He definitely has the passion and is still doing it,” added Swan.

Another high-profile coach who has been approached by the BFA is North Village Rams’ Shaun Goater who is a childhood friend of Bascome while former Coventry City striker Kyle Lightbourne and ex-Nigerian International Sam Okpodu have shown interest towards the vacant national coaching job.

Like Bascome, Okpodu is a UEFA certified coach.

Sammy Swan (on the ball) believes it is long overdue for Andrew Bascome to coach Bermuda at the senior level.

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Published February 11, 2012 at 7:53 am (Updated February 11, 2012 at 7:52 am)

Swan backs Bascome for national coach

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