Leon Bai­ley right about too many re­cruits

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION -


I TEND to agree with what Reg­gae Boy Leon Bai­ley has said about Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whit­more’s man­age­ment style. With­out tak­ing any­thing from this leg­end’s coach­ing suc­cesses, Leon made a salient point that if the team con­tin­ues to in­tro­duce more neo­phytes con­stantly to strengthen the team, he is only weak­en­ing it for disas­ter. As a strong critic of Leon Bai­ley and Craig But­ler, for the first time I am see­ing eye to eye with them. The Bi­ble did say “take in­struc­tions and be wise and refuse it not”. I don’t think any­body is try­ing to over­rule Tappa’s lead­er­ship skills but just try­ing to open his eyes to what he seems not to dis­cern. We need core play­ers go­ing for­ward.

If the team is to achieve op­ti­mum suc­cess, the team must develop team chem­istry, which will be crit­i­cal for us to win games and able to fight off chal­lengers. I know we have the req­ui­site prow­ess and cru­cial el­e­ments in our skill sets to eas­ily en­gage and de­mand one of these im­por­tant spa­ces in the next World Cup. But we will have to plan prop­erly for this grand show­down if we are to once more gain a spot in the World Cup fi­nals.


I im­plore the Ja­maica Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion (JFF) to lis­ten to the young man, as Job of Bi­ble fame lis­tened to Elihu. Though younger, he can make a mean­ing­ful con­tri­bu­tion to the pro­gramme with his phys­i­cal pres­ence and his wise coun­sel.

We need to plan ef­fec­tively while the time is avail­able. With this COVID-19 fall­out in the sport­ing arena, we can make amends to be a more com­pelling force in the re­gion and come out as win­ners, by even top­ping the zone/group with the qual­ity play­ers we have at our dis­posal.

Why is the JFF try­ing to sanc­tion this young man for mak­ing such an in­valu­able con­tri­bu­tion to the pro­gramme? I wait with bated breath to see if they are go­ing utilise this in­for­ma­tion?

Al­bert Ein­stein is widely cred­ited with say­ing, “The def­i­ni­tion of in­san­ity is do­ing the same thing over and over again, but ex­pect­ing dif­fer­ent re­sults.”


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