Fate of Boyz coaching staff to be known soon

Thursday, January 03, 2013

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The long-awaited report to determine the future of the technical staff of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) is still not on the desk of its president, Captain Horace Burrell.

But by all indications and with the 72-hour timeline for its completion long past, the report could be forthcoming very soon as the Howard McIntosh-chaired Technical and Development Committee takes its time to produce what is hoped to be a detailed and well thought-out plan of action going forward.

Meantime, word making the rounds via at least one media outlet yesterday suggests that two of the Brazilian coaches — technical director Walter Gama and goalkeeper coach Armando Bracali — have indicated their intention of leaving the programme.

When reached yesterday, Burrell, who said "it was premature" to comment on the matter still under review, claimed he had no official correspondence regarding resignations of any member of the coaching staff.

"The technical committee is dealing with the matter and I await their report, plus any decision coming out of that, the (JFF) board (of directors) and all involved will have to be notified before more can be said," was all Burrell ventured to say yesterday.

What was clear is that an announcement regarding the recommendations of the technical review was expected soon.

Following Jamaica's poor rendition at the recent CFU Caribbean Championship in Antigua, Burrell had immediately ordered a probe into the disastrous performance of the team.

What was clear from the tone of the JFF boss from day one is that the technical programme in its existing form needed urgent examination and it couldn't be "business as usual" going forward into the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualification and beyond.

All four Brazilian coaches, including Gama's son Luciano, and senior head coach Theodore 'Tappa' Whitmore's assistant Alfredo Montesso, are said to be in their homeland for the holidays.

Burrell had said recently that the job of Whitmore was safe, but couldn't guarantee the future of the other members of the coaching staff, as their fate will rest with the outcome of the JFF Technical and Development Committee review.

All four Brazilians were employed for a package of US$50,000 (J$4.6 million) per month, which a cash-strapped JFF has found great pains in honouring on a timely basis.

The focus on the technical set-up was triggered when the Reggae Boyz, the back-to-back defending champions and favourites to repeat, played wretched football in their preliminary games in the regional tournament.

They lost their opening match of Group B 1-2 to French Guiana, before sharing points in a 0-0 slug-fest with Martinique, then crashing in their final game 0-1 to eventual champions Cuba.

Jamaica were the only team to have ended the tournament without a win.




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