FRIDAY, JAN. 4: Shaun Goater said his family comes first as they begin preparations to return to England.
The former Manchester City great added that it is likely he will be back in England sometime in 2014 as there are personal matters he needs to take care of here in Bermuda before returning to the land where he made a name of himself as a first class footballer.
Goater told the Bermuda Sun his contract as head coach of the North Village Rams ended on December 31 and both parties “mutually agreed to call it a day.
“This allows me to work on some personal things like my family. Right now my whole focus is geared to my family really. My family is looking at returning to England in just over a year.
“I’m going to focus on the business and what the future is with that.”
Goater is a major shareholder in the East End Group of Companies which East End Telecommunications, East End Asphalt and Renaissance Aviation.
Goater said: “Do I continue being a partner while I am overseas or remove myself as a shareholder?”
Even though Goater won seven trophies as coach at North Village — something he definitely is proud of — he said the highlight was beating PHC at Somerset Cricket Club with a squad that was missing several key players.
“Always winning trophies is good, but a particular game, which I take a great bit of pride in was when we played PHC up at Somerset and we really didn’t have the senior players.
“On the night we had Sammy DeGraff and I think one other senior player. But I had some youngsters who just hadn’t had the experience. We played very well and out-performed PHC who had a much stronger team who had their recognized senior players and youth players. I take a lot of pride in that performance. That was a great achievement for us on that particular occasion.
“Obviously though, each time you win a trophy is a good occasion.”
He feels that even though Village is on fifth as the Digicel Premier division comes out of the break, the club is in solid shape to challenge the leaders for the title.
“We’re in good position. A lot of teams seem to be having a mixed season in terms of winning and losing. There doesn’t seem to be any real forefront runner. There hasn’t been any consistency in winning games.
“To my surprise, Dandy Town has dropped some points I didn’t expect them to drop. That has allowed teams to be around with some sort of chance.
“Devonshire Cougars will have some momentum for the second half of the season.”
Goater said four teams have a shot to win the league title: Cougars, Dandy Town, Somerset Trojans and Village.
He added his old club will have Sean Fubler and Kofu Dill bolstering their ranks shortly, which should aid in a title run.
if those two centrebacks come in, then they could very much go on a good run because from an attacking point Village has really good options.”
Goater said Dill has been coaxed out of retirement to help the Rams.
“It’s the two central defence positions that Village has been short of.”
Goater added that Fubler has been in training and will swing back into action sooner than Dill.
“He’ll be back sooner rather than later and that will help with the defensive structure.”
Goater said Bean has the “knowledge and will do well” in leading Village.