Island football manager will not walk away

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Vincenti lost out in his bid to become a vice-president of the JFA, but he says that does not mean he will leave his post as manager.

He said yesterday afternoon: ‘I am not thinking about my position.

I am thinking about leading my team next season.

‘Just because I stood unsuccessfully for vice-president it does not mean I should stand down as Island coach.

It has nothing to do with my position as Jersey manager.

Iain Mackenzie and Charlie Browne were elected as JFA vice presidents, with Ricky Weir being voted as president after raking in three times as many votes as football stalwart Norman Parslow.

Vincenti says he stood to make a contest out of the election and says he has no problem with new president Weir.

‘I was the first person Ricky phoned up for advice when he was thinking about standing as president,’ said Vincenti.

‘The reason I stood for vice-president was to make a contest out of the election.

I was standing as an individual, but the others were standing as a team.’ Retiring JFA president Charlie Tostevin yesterday called for Vincenti to stay on as Jersey coach, saying he would be a ‘great loss’ to the side if he moved on.

After being given the job as Island manager for the second time last season, Vincenti regained both the senior and under-21 Murattis.

He has been the scourge of Guernsey island teams at those levels and has a tremendous record in the Island Games, having won gold twice, in 1993 and 1997, and bronze in 1995.

He says if he had been elected as vice-president there would then have been a conflict of interest with his role as Island manager and he would have continued as caretaker boss for one season before standing down.

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