ST. GEORGE’S, March 15, 2018 – The Grenada Football Association is hopeful that football will make a big rebound in the upcoming months as former national footballer Shalrie Joseph begins his stint as head coach of Grenada’s Senior National Men’s Team.
Joseph who has played 13 professional seasons in Major League Soccer (MLS) 11 with the New England Revolution signed a two (2) year contract during a press conference at the GFA Headquarters on Monday, March 12.
“I’m beyond excited and grateful for this opportunity” says Joseph to SISR. “It’s something as a kid you dream of playing for a country; but to become the head coach of a senior men’s national team it’s beyond my wildest dreams.”
“This is just a great opportunity for me in terms of where I want to be in my career and it gives me an opportunity to work with young men to try and mold them into good soccer players, cultivate their talents and help them develop and become something they dream about whether it be a professional soccer player or being a better individual. It’s things i look forward to trying to help them and understand what it takes.”
Joseph believes that there are a lot of changes that are needed to take football forward and the number one area will be the professionalism of players on and off the field.
“With me, my work rate was one of the biggest thing that made me into the player I am. The days that I showed up for practice there was no one that was gonna be better than me in the days of practice. So some of those things as a player I would definitely try to bring to the table as a coach and making sure they’re understanding and it’s a learning environment.”
Despite a player’s skill set, the head coach believes that you have to be able to develop a player and bring out the best in them despite their talents.
Shalrie Joseph will have his first test as head coach when he leads the Senior National Men’s Team in a friendly against Belize in the upcoming weeks.
“It’s a challenge I’m looking forward it’s a huge opportunity for me and I am definitely excited about wherever I can go forward as a player or person and what I can bring to the table.”
In his professional career Joseph has earned four MLS Best XI honors along with winning the 2007 U.S Open Cup and 2008 North American Super Liga with the Revolution.