Schäfer exit near, Brown tipped to take over

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - An­dré Lowe Spe­cial Projects Ed­i­tor - Sports

WITH VET­ERAN Ja­maican coach Carl Brown in the wings, un­der­fire Win­fried Schäfer seems closer to the door, with gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Ja­maica Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion (JFF) Ray­mond Grant con­firm­ing to The Gleaner that dis­cus­sions around a sep­a­ra­tion are cur­rently un­der­way with the Ger­man and his le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

Schäfer is be­ing rep­re­sented by Queen’s Coun­sel K.D. Knight, and though no in­for­ma­tion was pro­vided re­gard­ing the value of the cus­tom­ary sev­er­ance pack­age, it is widely be­lieved that Schäfer’s con­tract with the JFF saw him tak­ing home US$5,000 on a monthly ba­sis.

“What I can con­firm is that the Ja­maica Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion is in dis­cus­sion with Mr Schäfer and his le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tive, QC K.D. Knight, as it re­lates to a sep­a­ra­tion,” Grant told The Gleaner yes­ter­day.

Grant pointed to the failed World Cup qual­i­fy­ing cam­paign, which saw the Reg­gae Boyz fin­ish­ing last in their fourteam group at the semi-fi­nal stage, in an em­bar­rass­ing show that saw the team win­ning just once, while scor­ing the least (two goals) and con­ced­ing the most (10) in their six games.

“Af­ter a failed cam­paign or pro­gramme, it is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the JFF to re­view ev­ery­thing and see where we fell short, where we could have been bet­ter, what we need to do go­ing for­ward, and things of this na­ture,” added Grant.

“The board of di­rec­tors met yes­ter­day (Wed­nes­day) and dis­cussed the sit­u­a­tion and de­ter­mined that it was best to move in an­other direc­tion,” said Grant.

The ad­min­is­tra­tor added that he does not

BROWN

ex­pect the ne­go­ti­a­tions with Schäfer to drag on for much longer.

“The spirit of the dis­cus­sions have been good. There has been a clear un­der­stand­ing be­tween both sides and based on this, we ex­pect that the fi­nal­i­sa­tion of the agree­ment should be near,” said Grant.

Schäfer’s ten­ure on Ja­maica’s bench did have a few bright mo­ments – par­tic­u­larly the team’s cap­ture of the Caribbean Cup in 2014 and its run to the fi­nal of the Gold Cup in 2015, where they 3-1 Mex­ico.

Schäfer, lost to who has also coached African pow­er­house Cameroon, took over from Theodore Whit­more in the mid­dle of 2013 to­wards the back end of a failed 2014 World Cup qual­i­fy­ing cam­paign. Mean­while, Brown, who is said to be con­sid­er­ing the prospect, is no stranger to the Ja­maican head coach­ing job hav­ing led the na­tional se­nior pro­gramme in three sep­a­rate stints from 1990-1994, 2001-2004 and in 2006.

BRIGHT MO­MENTS Win­fried Schäfer

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