Portmore United, last year’s Red Stripe Premier League’s beaten finalists, could have undermined their chances of going one better this year with their untimely separation from technical director Lenworth Hyde.Hyde, according to sources, was informed on Thursday last by Mrs Donna Ming, wife of Herman Ming, who founded the club under its original name, Hazard. Mrs Ming, the Sunday Gleaner was informed, brought Hyde on board in October to assist Coach Linval Dixon as two other members of last season’s coaching staff, Andre Waugh and Geoffrey Hewitt, were not re-engaged.In an attempt to get confirmation, Hyde was contacted, but he declined to shed any light on the matter. While not denying that there was a separation between himself and the club, Hyde said he had no comments to make.”I am neither in a position to comment on the situation nor do I wish to. You will have to speak with Mrs Ming or someone in the leadership of the club,” Hyde said tersely.Pressed further, Hyde again referred the Sunday Gleaner to Mrs Ming, expressed thanks for the call and said he had to go.The Sunday Gleaner called the phone of Mrs Ming no fewer than five times, but on each occasion, it rang and eventually went to voicemail.Hyde, one of the more successful coaches in the league, having led Tivoli Gardens, Portmore United and Harbour View to the title, was said to be very popular with the players and his departure has caused a division in the squad, the source also said.- N.W.
Andriy Yarmolenko believes he is ready for a crack at the big time and has been linked with several Premier League clubs, including Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur. Here, talkSPORT’s Transfer Spotlight takes a closer look at the winger…Name: Andriy YarmolenkoDate of birth: 23 October, 1989Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, RussiaPosition: WingerClub: Dynamo KievWhat’s the latest?Yarmolenko is adamant the time is right to leave Ukraine. Having pledged his loyalty to Kiev until domestic success was secured, their recent title triumph could now prove to be his final contribution to their cause, with him explaining now is “perfect time to change clubs”. Last year his club rejected offers from abroad for Yarmolenko, but they may struggle to retain his services and Tottenham and Liverpool have both been linked to the midfiedler. However, it is reported he could be available for as much as £19m.Did you know?1) Yarmolenko scored on his Ukrainian Premier League debut for Dynamo Kiev in a 2-1 victory over Vorskla Poltava in May 2008.2) He was labelled as the future of Ukrainian football by legendary striker Andriy Shevchenko during the build up to Euro 2012.3) Blessed with pace, power, technique and flair, Yarmolenko’s strengths suggest he is equipped to succeed in the Premier League. The 25-year-old is extremely versatile and is capable on either flank, in an attacking midfield role and was even used as a left-back earlier in his career.4) At 15 seconds, Yarmolenko scored the fastest goal in Ukraine’s history during a 1-0 friendly victory over Uruguay in September 2011 (see video evidence).5) The midfielder scored 14 goals in 26 appearances in the Ukrainian Premier League this season, as Kiev halted Shakhtar’s five-year domination to claimed their 27th crown.What is being said?He said:I feel the strength and confidence to be able to play in one of the top championships. If I want to play enough in Europe, now is the time to moveVideo evidence:Yarmolenko left Everton midfielder Gareth Barry in his wake before unleashing an unstoppable long-range effort past Tim Howard to send Kiev on their way to the Europa League quarter finals earlier in the season. 1 Andriy Yarmolenko