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Dill stands by criticism of father’s presidency

Maceo Dill insists he doesn't have an axe to grind with his father, Shervin Dill, but stands by his criticism of the latter's tenure as president of North Village Community Club (NVCC).

The outspoken youth football coach came under fire from family and colleagues for publicly sharing his personal views on his father's 13-year stint in the top post at Village in a blog posted on The Royal Gazette's website.

In the blog Dill said his father's failure to deliver on a mandate to build a clubhouse led to a “huge disconnect between the old members of NVCC and new members of NVCC”.

He also held his father culpable for the loss of some of the club's “most positive, progressive players, members and fans” and for allowing what he termed as a “serious drinking culture” to take root at the Pembroke club. When approached over his criticism of his father, Dill stuck to his guns.

“I don't have any regrets and I think more of the truth needs to come out,” he said. “The truth makes people uncomfortable and I understand that. But it's only the truth that's going to help us grow and we have to speak the truth so we can protect the future from some of the bad habits we have developed.”

Former Village president Shervin Dill declined an invitation to respond to the claims made by his son.

“I offer no comment at this time,” he said.

Dill, who currently coaches youth footballers at Bermuda Football Association's (BFA) National Academy, said his criticism of his father has been met with mixed reaction.

“It's (response) has been both positive and negative and that's just part of life — some people are going to like and some are not,” he said. “But the main thing for me is having the courage to speak up about things — I don't sweep things under the carpet.”

Asked did he think the timing of his criticism was appropriate, Dill replied: “I don't think the timing of it was bad because time for me is always now. Now is always the time and this is what happens when forums are not created to discuss these things.”

Dill severed ties with North Village in 2010 under controversial circumstances after he was relieved of his duties as the club's youth technical director.

To this day he maintains he was stripped of the job for expressing his personal views on matters affecting the club.

“Because I was outspoken it led to me being shown the exit door,” he said. “I was technical director and loudly spoke about our culture of drinking and spoke out about a lot of other things that needed to be addressed.

“I also spoke up about us evolving as an organisation. We have the complaints about the likes of BAA and Valencia but the truth of the matter is these organisations are evolving and growing and they are becoming more attractive than some of our more long term established clubs. When you speak up about those things to the people responsible for certain roles it ruffles feathers.”

Dill denies having an axe to grind with his father over his controversial departure from the club.

“I think people have the right to look at it in that perspective,” he said. “But the truth of the matter is that I am very much interested in the development of football in this country and very much interested in the development of North Village. And this is why I keep a watchful eye on the happenings in local football as well as North Village.”

Shervin Dill (Photo by Mark Tatem)

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Published September 12, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated September 11, 2013 at 7:57 pm)

Dill stands by criticism of father’s presidency

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