Schäfer’s sev­er­ance deal agreed with JFF

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GEN­ERAL SEC­RE­TARY of the Ja­maica Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion (JFF) Ray­mond Grant con­firmed to The Gleaner yes­ter­day that an agree­ment has been reached with out­go­ing na­tional se­nior team coach Win­fried Schäfer and his le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tives on his sev­er­ance pack­age af­ter he was re­moved from his po­si­tion fol­low­ing a mis­er­able World Cup-qual­i­fy­ing cam­paign.

The Ger­man tac­ti­cian, who is be­ing rep­re­sented by Queen’s Coun­sel K.D. Knight in the sep­a­ra­tion ne­go­ti­a­tions, failed in his bid to lead the Reg­gae Boyz to a se­cond World Cup fi­nal fol­low­ing the na­tion’s ap­pear­ance at the 1998 fi­nals in France. The Ja­maicans strug­gled to a last-place fin­ish in the semi-fi­nal stage of CONCACAF qual­i­fy­ing with a sin­gle win, while scor­ing the least (two) and con­ced­ing the most (10) goals in their six games.

YET TO BE PAID

Grant, as ex­pected, was not able to di­vulge too much de­tail on the deal, but shared that both par­ties had agreed on a fee to be paid to the coach, who still had two years re­main­ing on his con­tract with the JFF, while adding that this fig­ure was yet to be paid by the JFF.

“We are still dis­cussing with a view to fi­nalise,” said Grant. “We have not yet paid the fee. We are at a point where we un­der­stand what is to be paid. We have agreed on the amount; we have just not paid it as yet.” Win­fried Schäfer

“I can­not say much more than that as part of the set­tle­ment agree­ment, there are things that we can­not dis­close,” Grant added.

“What I can tell you is that both par­ties came to an am­i­ca­ble so­lu­tion. Mr Schäfer and his le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tive, along with the JFF team, we dis­cussed the sep­a­ra­tion agree­ment and it’s just for the JFF to han­dle the pay­ment. I can only con­firm at this time that we have not yet paid the set­tle­ment,” Grant noted.

As re­ported ear­lier, Theodore Whit­more will take charge of the team for up­com­ing Caribbean Cup qual­i­fiers against Suri­name on Oc­to­ber 5 and Guyana on Oc­to­ber 11, with Jerome Waite named as his as­sis­tant.

Grant con­firmed the interim ap­point­ments and stated that the JFF will make a de­ci­sion on a longer-term coach­ing so­lu­tion af­ter the Caribbean Cup qual­i­fiers.

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