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I won’t quit Cougars, says Brown

Dennis Brown, the Devonshire Cougars coach, has insisted he will not walk away from the Premier Division side despite his team's lacklustre displays this season.

Brown's side have failed to replicate the success of the previous campaign when they claimed a memorable triple crown, winning the league title, FA Cup and Friendship Trophy.

While Cougars remain in the FA Cup competition, with a semi-final against North Village at Goose Gosling Field on Sunday, March 23, they were defeated in the final of Dudley Eve Trophy against Dandy Town, lost to Hamilton Parish in the Friendship Trophy semi-final, and are no longer in the race for the title. However, Brown has made it clear he has no intention of stepping down as the club's coach and remains fully committed to his role.

“I'm not a quitter in that if my team isn't doing well then I don't throw in the towel,” said Brown, whose side take on Wolves tomorrow night at Devonshire Recreation Club.

“Next season it will be up to the club [whether I stay in charge] and also what I want to do as well.

“I have a heavy load with the Bermuda Under-20 team plus my Bermuda Brazilian Football School as well as having a two-year-old daughter.

“I'm busy, but with all that being said, no one can every question my commitment to the team. I don't miss training sessions.”

Brown believes that Cougars' season can be saved by winning the FA Cup for a second successive season.

“To hoist the FA would be great, but to do that we will have to overcome two major hurdles,” Brown said. “After Friday night's game against Wolves in the league, we will have two weeks to get it right against Village in the semi-final.

“We will have to be ready because otherwise the result will not be in our favour.”

Brown also defended his comments criticising his players after last weekend's 2-1 defeat against Hamilton Parish, which eliminated Cougars from the title race.

“The reason why we haven't had the same kind of season is because the work hasn't been put in,” he said. “Last season the team was very hungry for success, but they have forgotten that what got them there last season should have increased this season.

“We were doing well right up until we lost in the Friendship semi-final against Parish over the Christmas period. If you look at our league record we have drawn eight games and lost three. The draws have definitely hurt us in the end. To be honest, if I were to rate the season, I would say it's been a major disappointment because I was expecting a lot more from the team.”

Robin Hood play Dandy Town in the other FA Cup semi-final on March 23, also at Goose Gosling Field.

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Published March 06, 2014 at 8:00 am (Updated March 05, 2014 at 11:27 pm)

I won’t quit Cougars, says Brown

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