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Bascome eyes Cougars return

Andrew Bascome is interested in returning as coach of Premier Division side Devonshire Cougars, The Royal Gazette can confirm.

The Bermuda coach is interested in the post vacated by Dennis Brown who stood down as Cougars coach at the end of last season. Bascome, a former Robin Hood and Boulevard Blazers coach, is one of two applicants for the role.

“Yes, he was one of them,” Vance Brown, the Cougars vice-president and sports committee chairman, revealed yesterday.

“Two people have applied and the management committee is meeting now and we're looking to finalise it in short order, but no date has been set.”

Bascome was rumoured to be interested in entering his own team in the Bermuda Football Association next season.

He was in charge of Cougars when they won maiden Premier Division and Friendship Trophy titles in 2004-05.

Despite winning the triple crown two seasons ago, Cougars were not able to build on that success last season when Brown voiced his displeasure at the lack of commitment shown by his players in the wake of the club's most successful season.

He opted not to renew his rolling one-year contract at the end of last season. The decision was announced soon after Cougars were thrashed 5-2 by Dandy Town in the final match of the campaign, which enabled Hornets to clinch the league title.

“No circumstance or anyone was a determining factor to making this decision,” said Brown, soon after he stepped down.

“This was solely to spend more time with the Bermuda Brazilian Football School, plus I'm coach of the under-20 national team, getting them prepared for World Cup qualifying matches in June so there is still a lot on my plate. I'm just emptying my plate a little bit.”

Brown's under-20 side experienced a disappointing World Cup campaign in the Dominican Republic, failing to reach the final round of the Caribbean qualifiers.

Bascome, who played in the same youth and senior Bermuda teams as Brown, last coached at club level in 2012 at Hood.

His son, Drewonde, an attacking midfielder, plays for Cougars.

Mutual respect: Andrew Bascome (right) has shown interest in returning as Devonshire Cougars coach following Dennis Brown's decision not to renew his one-year contract at the club.

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Published July 03, 2014 at 9:00 am (Updated July 02, 2014 at 11:47 pm)

Bascome eyes Cougars return

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