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Mar 7, 2013

Adios to Costa Rican Coach Sherrier

Leroy Sherrier-Lewis

The Football Federation of Belize held what it called an emergency press conference this morning to confirm what we reported on Wednesday. Leroy Sherrier-Lewis, the Costa Rican coach of the Belize Jaguars which placed fourth in the Copa Centro Americana 2013, has left the building…again…and this time for good. Sherrier-Lewis first left in late January without warning, and didn’t come back to Belize when the team did. The F.F.B. blamed miscommunication and a bogus letter, but that was cleared up in a hurry and the coach returned in mid-February. And three weeks later, he is gone again, and again without any warning. F.F.B. President, Ruperto Vicente, says he was caught completely by surprise on Wednesday when he was informed that Coach Lewis was packed and heading home to Costa Rica. Freelance reporter Mike Rudon has the story.

 

Ruperto Vicente, President, F.F.B.

“I called the general secretary, Mister Blease, and it was then that he informed me that the coach is in Belize City and so I asked the question, is he heading back to Belmopan because I can give him a ride. And he said no, the coach is on his way to Costa Rica. And that shook me up because it was a surprise to me and since he had informed me that the coach was at the bus station, I proceeded to the bus station and there I met the coach. I spoke with him and I asked him what was his intention and he said Mister Vicente, I am going back home.”

 

Ruperto Vicente

And just like that, Coach Lewis was gone, giving two reasons for his hasty departure – one, a fire at an apartment building in which he was residing which scared him and two, that he missed his wife. Vicente says they parted on good terms, and while money is usually considered the root of all evil, that wasn’t true of this instance and it had nothing to do with salary or contract discussions.

 

Ruperto Vicente

“Certainly not, we had come to an agreement to the content of the coach’s contract—we had agreed to his salary and the condition he accepted that was to be included in his contract. We had agreed that the coach be paid three thousand U.S. dollars per month and we would also pay his rent and also pay his food bills. Also money was not the problem; there was no problem there. In fact up to Tuesday, the coach was a very happy man.”

 

Obviously not as happy as everyone thought…but Vicente insists that it also had nothing to do with any disagreements with members of the National Team Committee which operates alongside the F.F.B. – though he admits there were problems there.

 

Ruperto Vicente

“There were some serious issues with the national team committee and I am not going to shy away from that. There were some serious issues, but those were interpersonal relationship issues and understanding each other’s role as committee members. I know he had issues with the national team manager, Mister Dean Flowers and Mister Onan McLean; he had serious issues with them. But the coach had indicated that he was ready to move on in spite of all of that.”

 

So is this really the last we’ll see of Coach Lewis?

 

Ruperto Vicente

“If Leroy gets a job elsewhere and he needs a recommendation from the federation, I will be the first to give him a recommendation because he is an excellent coach, he’s a good man. If he should return to Belize, yes we would use him as a trainer for our coaches, but I don’t think we will give him the job of training or taking on the national team.”

 

And although some would call the behavior of the coach erratic and unpredictable, and even irresponsible, Vicente says he will always be recognized for what he did for football, and he is worthy of being called a Belizean hero. Mike Rudon for News Five.

 

In texts sent to members of the F.F.B. Executive, Lewis makes reference to an incident which occurred at an apartment building in Belmopan in which he resided. He says that after that incident he could not sleep or get it off his mind. News Five understands that three days after he arrived back in Belize there was an arson attempt at his building, though investigators are certain it was not directed at Lewis. On his facebook today, the coach says that he was back in Costa Rica and that the decision to quit was difficult. He also thanks the football community and a number of families who he said made him feel at home. He also thanked Charlie Slusher, his unconditional friend, saying that he hoped that Slusher knows well the idiosyncrasy of the country. 

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5 Responses for “Adios to Costa Rican Coach Sherrier”

  1. Simone says:

    Please don’t come back- you left I when we needed you most . I think you know what happened was a fluke and know you can’t do better but it’s not your fault- just don’t come back.

  2. blessed says:

    Good riddance to bad company. Be gone for good Sherrier!

  3. RG Belizean says:

    I think after all the publicity…Costa Rica wants him as their coach, and they are willing to pay him more.

  4. Louisville,Ky says:

    Okay then…. if that’s the lame reasons why he left, then he should not have returned in the first place,when he did.
    He definately has some issues.

  5. witness says:

    neva come back again….

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