‘I turned down national team post’ says Goater
Shaun Goater turned down the post he coveted most when the Bermuda Football Association offered him the national team coach’s job on a temporary basis last summer prior to Andrew Bascome’s appointment.
Goater, who is contemplating a move back to England in search of other coaching opportunities, made no secret he was interested in coaching at the national level.
But yesterday he revealed that, when the BFA made an approach ahead of last September’s Digicel Caribbean Cup, the terms and conditions were not suitable.
The former professional player, who returned home six years ago when his career ended, spoke to
The Royal Gazette a day after his club, North Village, confirmed that Goater had not renewed his contract which expired on December 31. He led Village to seven trophies in four seasons as coach, but always felt he had something more to offer within the national set-up.
“That was disappointing to see that I wasn’t involved in some way because I really wanted to come back and give to football and would have loved to have been involved with the national set-up,” said Goater.
“About three or four months ago, before they played in the last tournament, they did approach me and I have to say that what they approached me with I had to respectfully decline. For me, what I did at North Village is give back and I’ve always said to the club ‘you’ll never have to worry about me looking to earn more or want more’. I’m not bothered by what other coaches have earned, this is me giving back.
“When I was offered the national post and it was less than North Village were giving me, that’s when I said ‘no thank you’. It was for the tournament itself and it could have been up to four months depending on how far we went. They also wanted me to give input on the blueprint of the development of football, but the agreement they wanted me to sign was just for the tournament.
“If I’m only in a tournament, then my contract is about results. They wanted my opinion about the development of football but they only wanted me to be there for that tournament. It’s a disappointment because I really wanted to have the opportunity to coach the national team. There are quality players there for the country to do well. In saying that I think Andrew (Bascome) will do a really good job and I wish him well as I have told him personally.”
Goater is preparing to do the final assessment for his UEFA ‘A’ Licence within the next six months and then plans to seek coaching opportunities, saying the timing is right to pursue something new.
“It’s always been a future thing of mine to go away and coach,” Goater said.
“My contract ended in December and I wanted to take some time for my business and my girls and you can actually learn a lot by taking time away from the game. I basically need a greater challenge. Everyone gave me their hard work and support and not only did I achieve the trophies that I won but there were four or five other occasions when we got to finals but didn’t win.
“I feel I had a really successful time at Village and the players have said to me they appreciate some of the information and I’m sure they’ll use it in their future. I was able to experiment with some things and learn some things and got to learn about the players and some things I didn’t know about coaching.”
Goater admitted coming back to an amateur environment took some adjusting to as things are done quite differently compared to the professional set-up.
“I figured out how they operate but didn’t allow my own standards to drop,” he said. “When you do it for a living, footballers are training and playing on holidays. Here the absenteeism kicks in at training around those times.
”But I have nothing but good things to say about the club and the players, they gave me everything. As a coach I was obviously striving for more but I can’t complain about what I got. Clyde Best called me this morning and wished me the best.”