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ANGUS EVE has been given the task of coaching CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh for the remainder of the 2004 season.


The Jabloteh captain began his new role on Sunday when the team scored a 4-0 win over Starworld Strikers in a crucial match of the T&T Professional Football League at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium in Marabella.

Eve takes over from Englishman Stephen Rutter, who had asked to be relieved of his duties in order to return home to deal with family matters.

Chairman of Jabloteh, Jerry Hospedales, confirmed yesterday that Rutter will be working with Jabloteh until the end of this month or early in December, tying up ends.

“Rutter indicated to us that he wanted to go back home because things weren’t working out as planned with his wife and two young children being away in England,” said Hospedales.

The Jabloteh boss said that Rutter will stay on for the next couple of weeks putting things in place with regards to the development programme he (Rutter) started.

He also noted that the Englishman recommended two other coaches to Jabloteh, following his return from a one-week visit to England last week.

Since Rutter took over from Jamaica-born Ricky Hill at the beginning of the season, the Jabloteh footballers lost their stranglehold on the league crown (to North-East Stars) and also lost the Pro Bowl and First Citizens Bank Cup knockout trophies.

Eve, who is nursing a knee injury, has to coach the team in two important matches this week—against Tivoli Gardens of Jamaica in a CONCACAF Club Championship (Caribbean Zone) semi-final tomorrow at the Hasely Crawford Stadium (from 7 pm) and against arch-rival team W Connection on Sunday in a decider for second place in the Pro League and a place in next year’s CONCACAF Club Championships.