Ed­wards up­set at JFF treat­ment

Jamaica Gleaner - - TUESDAY SPORTS - Gleaner Writer Liv­ingston Scott

FORMER NA­TIONAL Un­der17 coach An­drew Ed­wards said that he is dis­ap­pointed at not be­ing given what he de­scribes as ad­e­quate no­ti­fi­ca­tion that his con­tract with the Ja­maica Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion (JFF) would not be re­newed or ex­tended. Ed­wards, who re­signed from teach­ing at Munro Col­lege to fully com­mit to the na­tional Un­der-17 pro­gramme, said that he would have ap­pre­ci­ated if the JFF had given him time to seek other em­ploy­ment, since it had de­cided against him con­tin­u­ing as head coach of the Young Reg­gae Boyz. “I was dis­ap­pointed. They waited un­til the very last minute to com­mu­ni­cate that [the con­tract would not be ex­tended], when I could have been given the op­por­tu­nity to sort my­self out, given that I had re­signed my teach­ing job to take up that ap­point­ment,” Ed­wards told The Gleaner.

“But at the end of the day, I can’t blame the JFF. I should have seen the signs com­ing. I just have to put the pieces to­gether and get back on my feet,” he added.

STAN­DARD PROCEDURE

Mean­while, JFF Pres­i­dent Michael Rick­etts said that it is stan­dard procedure for youth team coaches’ con­tracts to end when­ever the tour­na­ment they are par­tic­i­pat­ing in is com­pleted, but he did not rule out Ed­wards re­turn­ing to the po­si­tion in the fu­ture.

“His con­tract ex­pired about two months ago,” Rick­etts told The Gleaner. “We don’t have an Un­der-17 pro­gramme right now, as at the end of the Un­der-17 pro­gramme, the con­tract ex­pired.

“If and when the Un­der-17 com­pe­ti­tion comes up, we will re­as­sign an­other coach or ap­point An­drew, but it will be a new ap­point­ment, whether it is An­drew or some­one else,” he stated.

Ed­wards ad­mit­ted that he would love to con­tinue as a coach with the na­tional pro­gramme, but he would do so with cer­tain reser­va­tion, based on this ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I am a patriot. I love foot­ball,” he said. “That is my pas­sion, and that (in­ter­na­tional foot­ball) is the high­est level. So if ever I am called to ser­vice and the con­di­tions are right, then I’ll def­i­nitely go, but based on the ex­pe­ri­ence, I would not be able to go back with the same en­thu­si­asm, be­cause I cer­tainly did not ex­pect a sud­den end to the whole thing. Even if there was con­sid­er­a­tion of me not to con­tinue, I would have ex­pected that would have been com­mu­ni­cated to me in a timely man­ner,” he said.

Ed­wards coached the Un­der-17 Boyz to the CONCACAF fi­nal round of World Cup Qual­i­fy­ing, where they fin­ished third in Group C ahead of Hon­duras, who they de­feated 3-1, but be­hind even­tual fi­nal­ists, Mex­ico and the USA.

RICK­ETTS

ED­WARDS

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