Former senior national player Kent Hall wants to serve Barbados football in the best way possible and says he is willing to work with whoever gets the nudge to be Barbados’ next technical director for football.
Despite not being sure whether he will apply for the position which is currently vacant, Hall said that Barbados’ football needed all the support it could get from all stakeholders.
“I wouldn’t say I’m disinterested. It is just the question of whether that is the right move not so much for me but Barbados football. I know a little bit but I am sure I have plenty of things to learn. I would not refuse it but I am not sure I’m a genuine candidate for the position.
“I think that some with a real in-depth knowledge of the local environment can probably bridge a few gaps that have existed for a while. But I don’t know that you fundamentally need a technical director to do that either if we all agree to collaborate a little better.
“I’m just trying to serve Barbados football as best as I can. I don’t think the title (technical director) really matters. So, whether I apply for the job or not, my intentions going forward are going to be the same. That is trying to get the major stakeholders to work together,” Hall told Barbados TODAY.
The former Paradise midfielder stressed the importance of collaboration if football in Barbados is to move forward.
“The most important thing is greater collaboration. I think in the sport right now we have kind of been undermining ourselves for years now. There are three major groups within the sport which are clubs, schools and national programs.
“We have never collaborated towards the overall objective, so more than anything that is what I hope. We have a lot of really good resources here but we are still learning. It is a constant process but I think we will get more out of ourselves as a nation if we work harmoniously with each other,” Hall explained.
Coach education is a vital part of the game and for Hall spending time with national head coach Russell Latapy and taking in a much as he can have been an interesting experience.
“As a result of my current training in coach education, wherever I go I try to bring that side of me into the environment but it takes time also because you have to build relationships to get a deeper understanding of individual philosophy to try and help turn things around.
“Russell has shown me some things different to what I would have done but he has been able to explain why he does what he does and I have been able to understand that. Whether or not it changes my belief on how things should be done is different because I can always explain my perspective as well.
“I think the most important thing is that he is able to explain, it makes sense and you are able to relate to the players and they are able to execute it. So, I have learned a few things and I hope I have added a bit of value to the environment,” he stated.
Hall resigned in January this year from KickStart Club where he spent time coaching and developing young talent in Barbados. Now that he has more time on his hands, he wants to make a difference at a national level.
“I am keeping options open. Ideally, I will serve in whatever and as many capacities as I reasonably can without spreading myself too thin or without crossing any boundaries that shouldn’t be crossed.
“I would like to lend more support to various clubs as I could to help fund and improve their programs. There are a couple of players that I have been coaching privately on a side and I still think that is an area for elite players that we don’t quite have a good structure for right now.
“If I could get back into coaching at the elite level here, just to try to help keep the standard at a certain level and raise it if possible, [I would]. I think all of our B licensed coaches should be able to coach at the premier league level,” Hall added.