Whit­more’s Boyz

Jerome Waite hired as as­sis­tant coach, as JFF re­sponds to Brown

Jamaica Gleaner - - TUESDAY SPORTS - Se­nior Gleaner Writer

THEODORE WHIT­MORE has been hired to coach Ja­maica’s Reg­gae Boyz with Jerome Waite his as­sis­tant, for the na­tional team’s cam­paign at the up­com­ing Caribbean Foot­ball Union (CFU) Men’s Caribbean Cup qual­i­fiers from Oc­to­ber 5-11. Whit­more and Waite were named not long af­ter for­mer na­tional coach Carl Brown turned down what he de­scribed as an “in­sult­ing and dis­re­spect­ful” of­fer from the Ja­maica Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion to re­turn to coach the se­nior men’s team for what would have been a sixth time. In an email – a copy of which has been ob­tained by The Gleaner – Brown was of­fered US $100 per day to coach the Reg­gae Boyz for the du­ra­tion of the tour­na­ment.

“This let­ter serves to con­firm your dis­cus­sion with the pres­i­dent of the Ja­maica Foot­ball fed­er­a­tion, Cap­tain Ho­race Bur­rell, to en­gage your ser­vices as head coach for the na­tional se­nior men’s team, for the im­mi­nent two games...” the email said.

It made no ref­er­ence to ac­com­mo­da­tion or trans­port for Brown, who is based in the United States.

How­ever, in an emailed cor­re­spon­dence yes­ter­day, the JFF said it wished to “clar­ify” and “cor­rect” re­ports be­ing cir­cu­lated in the me­dia in re­gards to its of­fer to Brown.

The JFF said Bur­rell had made ini­tial con­tact with Brown “first of all to get an in­di­ca­tion of his avail­abil­ity”.

The email noted that Brown stated his need to dis­cuss his plans with his present em­ploy­ers be­fore mak­ing a re­sponse to Bur­rell.

“Al­though Coach Brown has in­di­cated he made three at­tempts to call the pres­i­dent, there is no record of those calls com­ing through,” the email said.


“In the interim, the JFF thought it ap­pro­pri­ate to for­malise its ap­proach to Coach Brown and did so in an email sent by the gen­eral sec­re­tary. Coach Brown re­sponded to the email de­clin­ing the JFF’s of­fer, which he found in­sult­ing. On hear­ing this, the pres­i­dent called Coach Brown. In a con­ver­sa­tion last­ing 45 min­utes, the pres­i­dent apol­o­gised for the mis­un­der­stand­ing emerg­ing from the email. He ex­plained that in the ab­sence of the dis­cus­sion on first his avail­abil­ity and his over­all pack­age, the email listed one area of cer­tainty, the per diem al­lowance.”

It should be noted that the US$100 fig­ure was never iden­ti­fied as a per diem in the JFF’s email to Brown.

The JFF said it was al­ways the in­ten­tion of Bur­rell, upon hear­ing of Brown’s avail­abil­ity to dis­cuss and fi­nalise terms.

It also added that all head coaches of Ja­maica’s na­tional se­nior team are of­fered


“ac­com­mo­da­tion dur­ing match en­gage­ment; ground trans­porta­tion; a salary, and per diem al­lowance”.

“All these ar­eas would have been the sub­ject of dis­cus­sion with Coach Brown,” the email con­cluded.

Brown, for his part, in­di­cated to The Gleaner that while he had al­ways in the past made him­self avail­able when called upon to work with the na­tional team, the lat­est shenani­gans of the JFF had pushed him to his break­ing point.

“This is it for me and them. That email has taken ev­ery­thing out of me. I want to have noth­ing to do with them again.”


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