Re-appointment of Ekow Quainoo for 2018

Coastal Spirit are excited to announce the re-appointment of Ekow Quainoo as Head Coach of our MPL for 2018 season.

Ekow’s statement follows…

I am delighted to have the opportunity to be the head coach at Coastal Spirit for a third year running in the 2018 season. I have thoroughly enjoyed being at the helm of my boyhood club and am still as motivated to do my very best since first taking on this enormous but rewarding commitment.

The past two years we have certainly had our ups and downs but I think it’s clear over this time we have moved from a mid-table team to a side that is generally challenging for trophies. The last two years have seen us make cup finals, title contenders and continuously showing we can beat the top teams. However, we have not won anything.

It was nice to be holding the Hurley Shield over the summer and we will look to defend as long as possible but there’s no hiding the fact that we want real silverware this year. The year looks to be very exciting with the south island league coming in and other clubs getting stronger. Competing against the resources of Ferrymead Bays and Cashmere Tech is always going to be a challenge for us but with a fresh new draw, away games down south and a new league structure this is a great opportunity to grab success whilst the pot is stirred.

I would like to think we will be very prepared for this coming season. Retaining Matt Jansen as assistant coach we absolutely cannot take for granted, Paul Hughes behind me barking orders and two technical analysts from Canterbury University. Furthermore, we have managed to secure Grant Hughes and Chris Smith Co-coaching the reserves with Ben Leith retained as a prominent figure. Grant and Chris are old Rangers and New Brighton players that have years of experience in coaching. Information on them can be found on the Coastal website. Knowing the reserves are in such good hands with a huge amount of experience in and around them pleases me. Also, I think the consistency that comes from having the same coach for a third year should bring us added benefits too. 85% of players from last year will be here again. All of which are now familiar with both of our playing models, and we look to strengthen through bringing in 3 players.

Jordan Ball will be leaving us to go back to the UK. We thank Jordan for being our talisman last season. However, he will be replaced by Ash Wellbourn whom will be joining us after his season in England finishes. Some trivia, Ash has played 111 games for Coastal Spirit and scored 86 goals. He is just 7 goals away from beating Gareth Turnbull’s record for the clubs highest goal scorer. I also look to bring in two quality local young players and another of national league quality.

So again, very excited for next year and am grateful to have the chance to work with this talented group and do something special. I really do have a soft spot for this club and all the people in it, but most of all, I love the support that we get to our games. It’s a real point of difference. And I want to ask everybody to invite their friends and family down and get vocal for Coastal Spirit. Couple chants on the agenda.

We have preseason friendlies booked every Saturday from the 4th of February, so make sure you check our website for the information for these games.

See you soon,