JFF boss long ago because the sad truth is that his performance as president has now disintegrated beyond poor.
When Burrell was ousted by Crenston Boxhill in the 2003 JFF Congress at the then StarFish Hotel in Trelawny, I was fully supportive of that move. At that time, I believed that the former army man had become so consumed by his own power that he forgot that he was answer- able to the affiliates.
In 2007, when Burrell returned from exile to defeat Boxhill and returned to the helm of the JFF, I also supported that move. At the time, I felt that Boxhill was not assertive enough, and in addition to being overwhelmed by the magnitude of the job, he was also not getting the requisite support locally and from CONCACAF.
Having created and fortified the base he established while he was out of power, Burrell returned with what appeared to be an impregnable defence. So, while his stocks have again fallen, possibly lower than they were in 2003, it would appear that he cannot be moved because of the loyalty of the parishes who feel indebted to him.
Some may argue that there are no suitable persons around to replace Burrell. This could be blamed on the nonchalant attitude of some of the major personalities in local football, even in the much-respected KSAFA. Maybe we need to start looking outside of football at a person like Chris Dehring, who has proven himself to be a rather gifted leader within local and regional sporting circles.
In the meantime, I believe the affiliates of the various parish associations need to start questioning the stewardship of some of their parish presidents who are, seemingly, more concerned with getting trips at the JFF’s expense than properly representing the interests of their respective parishes. Their intransigence must not be allowed to continue, or it will ultimately become the death of our football.
It is against the background of the above that I wish to congratulate and laud Danny Beckford for his courageous stance.