‘Rick­etts is the right man to build on Bur­rell’s legacy’

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Liv­ingston Scott Sun­day Gleaner Writer

THE MA­JOR­ITY of Mike Rick­etts’ sup­port at yes­ter­day’s Ja­maica Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion (JFF) pres­i­den­tial elec­tions came from west­ern Ja­maica par­ish as­so­ci­a­tions, and the gen­eral con­sen­sus from the pres­i­dents of the Hanover, West­more­land and St James Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tions is that he is the right man to con­tinue build­ing on the legacy left be­hind by the late Cap­tain Ho­race Bur­rell.

Ac­cord­ing to them, Rick­etts knows the is­sues and chal­lenges af­fect­ing the fed­er­a­tion and is aware of what needs to be done.

West­more­land FA pres­i­dent Ever­ton Tom­lin­son noted that he is close to both can­di­dates but be­lieved Rick­etts is the man to im­prove on what Bur­rell left be­hind.


“The for­mer pres­i­dent (Bur­rell) and us had a good work­ing re­la­tion as a fam­ily net­work, and we see it fit to con­tinue on that trend. We feel Mike is the right per­son and we are go­ing to give him 100 per cent sup­port on all that we have been plan­ning.

“We have no in­ten­tion of chang­ing, the plans (started un­der Bur­rell) they are good plans, they are work­able and can have a big im­pact on the fu­ture of Ja­maica’s foot­ball, so on that ba­sis we had to give Mike the nod,” he in­sisted.

Gre­gory Da­ley, the St James FA pres­i­dent, had sim­i­lar views.

“In the view of St James, Michael Rick­etts was the right per­son. We knew what he was about and there are a lot of

things on the ta­ble that we need to put for­ward, and we didn’t want to change from that, as then we would have to be chart­ing a com­pletely new path.

“So even though Am­bas­sador’s ideas are good ... we had to make a con­scious de­ci­sion as to who is the best per­son ... and in the near fu­ture, ev­ery­one will see why the

ma­jor­ity voted that way,” Da­ley said.

Rick­etts’ cam­paign man­ager and Hanover FA pres­i­dent, Sheri­dan Sa­muels, said the tran­si­tion process was very im­por­tant

and that it was cru­cial to have some­one from the in­side who un­der­stood the dif­fi­cul­ties and what needs to be done.

“Cap­tain set the bar at a level ... and as direc­tors, we were un­der­study­ing his whole move­ment... So to get some­one from out­side to come in was go­ing to be dif­fi­cult be­cause we know ex­actly what we want to do.

“We know the prob­lems and we have per­sons who have con­tacts with CONCACAF and FIFA and we need all of that to move the fed­er­a­tion and to con­tinue mov­ing it for­ward. We want to con­tinue the whole process that is in place now, and Mike is the best per­son to do it. He is one of us, he knows what is hap­pen­ing, he’s some­body from within,” he noted.


New Ja­maica Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion (JFF) pres­i­dent Michael Rick­etts (cen­tre) speak­ing with his cam­paign man­ager, Hanover Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent and mayor of Lucea, Sheri­dan Sa­muels, be­fore yes­ter­day’s vote at the JFF head­quar­ters. Look­ing on at right is Gre­gory Da­ley, pres­i­dent of the St James FA.

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