Jomar Wilkinson sacked as head coach of Boulevard Blazers
Jomar Wilkinson was sacked as head coach of Boulevard Blazers yesterday after just seven months in the job.
Wilkinson was told of the news in a phone call after the decision to relieve him from his duties was made at an executive meeting of the club on Tuesday night.
The decision comes after Boulevard were beaten 4-2 by Corona League side Young Gunz in the FA Cup first round last weekend and with the team in the relegation zone and fighting for their Premier Division survival.
Blazers president DeAz Chambers is satisfied that the right decision has been made and is adamant that it was only matters on the pitch that led to the removal of Wilkinson, who joined the club in June after he was let go by Somerset Trojans.
“We haven’t physically met with the coach but we have talked to him about it and made him aware of it,” Chambers said
“After an executive meeting last night, we decided to go this route. I don’t know how he’s taken it. He was relieved of his duties as we just felt that we would act now rather than later with there still being a chance of us saving the season.
“Everyone can see that things haven’t gone as planned but it’s because of what’s been happening on the pitch, not because of any personal reasons.”
With 7-0 and 9-0 defeats against PHC Zebras and Devonshire Cougars in two of their past three league matches, Wilkinson was under pressure and rumours of dressing room disharmony have been rife, with captain Ian Coke making himself unavailable for selection and forward Kamali Davis refusing to play on after an argument with a team-mate in the first half of a match against St George’s in October.
“Ian Coke has not been playing due to personal reasons; that’s all I’m going to say on that matter,” said Chambers.
“I wouldn’t say there is anything going on behind the scenes. The coach has been committed, he’s been trying, but things unfortunately haven’t worked out, so that’s the reason we decided to act.
“As a collective, we know we can do better in a lot of ways. Results haven’t been going our way and that’s how things go. We are always united. We will always dress up as a team and go out there as one. There has always got to be some type of unity in it, but can it be better? Yes.”
Chambers has been president of Blazers since 2020 and he describes the decision to sack Wilkinson as being the toughest he has had to make in his three years at the helm.
“It’s definitely one of the most difficult things I’ve had to do and it’s never nice to tell somebody they are relieved of their duties, but sometimes you have to make that call.”
Chambers is now on the lookout for a new head coach but as yet there are no big names in the frame. Primary focus is now on this weekend’s match, which is a tough trip to title-chasing St George’s on Sunday afternoon.
“As of right now, someone from inside the club will probably step up into the position and coach the team for that,” said Chambers.
“We are now looking to hire a new coach. We do not know how soon, but it’s definitely in the plan.”