Claudious Blackburn’s switch from Cavalier to Harbour View and Rafique Bryan’s move to University of the West Indies (UWI) were the two major late Red Stripe Premier League transfers just before the deadline at midnight last Friday.A former Arnett Gardens youth player, Bryan represented his home town club, sparingly, in the league last season and has decided to join the University of the West Indies for their inaugural top-flight football season.The 19 year-old is the fifth signing by the UWI, which also added Anthony Greenland, Stephen Lowe, Jamie Robinson, Daniel Gilzene along with Bryan, to their roster for this season.The transfer of Blackburn from Cavalier to Harbour View is the other major signing in the window. The ex-Cavalier man did not have the best season last year but will be a good addition to the east-Kingston club.Harbour View also made two late signings. Now at the east Kingston club are former Cavalier goalkeeper Devon Haughton and Akeen Smith, who has moved from Bull Bay.PROMISING PLAYERAlthough defending champions Arnett Gardens will be without Bryan, one of their most promising youth prospects, they have added an adequate replacement in Rivoli and national Under-20 player Davion Garrison. They have also acquired Javasca Taylor and Roger Bucknor from Wanderers, Travellers’ Lamard Neil, and Tajar Phillips from Royal Lakes.Tivoli also made a move in the window before it closed, picking up a valuable buy in former Waterhouse and national under-20 midfielder Theo Brown from Newlands, and former Portmore and national Under-17 player Adrian Christian, and Dwayne Smith from Dunbeholden.
Oxford United have announced the appointment of former Leeds assistant head coach Pep Clotet as their new manager.The 40-year-old Spaniard, also Garry Monk’s number two at Swansea, replaces Michael Appleton at the Kassam Stadium. Appleton, after leading Oxford into Sky Bet League One during the 2015-16 campaign, opted to leave the club last month to become assistant to Craig Shakespeare at Leicester. Clotet has previous managerial experience at Cornella, Figueres, Espanyol B and Malaga B in Spain as well as Swedish side Halmstad. “I am delighted that Pep has chosen to launch his managerial career at Oxford United,” chairman Darryl Eales told the club’s official website.“It is an appointment that demonstrates our growing reputation within football as a forward-looking and ambitious club.“Pep is a proven coach, progressive and hugely knowledgeable, and I believe we are fortunate to have attracted such a highly-regarded individual who is destined for an outstanding managerial career.“Pep was the unanimous choice of the board and we believe he will build on the significant progress we have made over the past three years and accelerate our collective objective of sustainable Championship status.”Clotet announced on Twitter last month that he would not be linking up again with Monk at Middlesbrough. He said: “I’m really thrilled to be embarking on this new challenge at a club as ambitious as Oxford United.“It’s an exciting prospect and I’ll be giving my all to ensure that as a team, and with the fans’ support, we go on and achieve the targets we set ourselves.“I wish to thank the chairman, Darryl Eales, and his board of directors for placing their faith in me.” 1