• Thursday Jun 13, 2013

    Whitmore steps down as Jamaica head coach

    KINGSTON, Jamaica -- After his team dropped three World Cup qualifiers during an eight-day span, Theodore Whitmore has resigned Wednesday as Jamaica head coach.

    Jamaica Football Federation President Horace Burrell said that a new coach would be hired within a few days.

    The Reggae Boyz are in last place in the CONCACAF hexagonal, failing to win a game in six encounters with a 0-2-4 record (2 points). They had lost two games at home -- to Mexico (1-0) on June 4, and to the United States (2-1) on June 7, before dropping a 2-0 decision at Honduras on Tuesday night. 

    After opening the final qualifying round with a pair of ties, including an impressive 0-0 result against Mexico at the Estadio Azteca, Jamaica has lost four consecutive matches. 

    Burrell said that a "coach's tenure depends on the results" and the team's performance under Whitmore has "not been good."

    Jamaica failed to qualify for the Gold Cup for the first time since 2007, falling in the Caribbean Cup last year after winning it in 2010 

    "Following a string of poor performances by our national team, where we've played six matches so far - we have two points, we have two goals - and stemming from the last performance ... another result which could've been considered poor," Burrell shared at a press conference held in Honduras prior to the contingent's departure. "I requested a meeting with coach Whitmore. The meeting was called at 0100 hours and following that meeting, coach Whitmore took the decision to tender his resignation. Having tendered that resignation, I accepted."

    Whitmore, 40, a former Jamaican international who starred for the Reggae Boyz in their sole World Cup appearance at France 1998, became the second Jamaica coach to lose his job in Honduras. Brazilian Rene Simoes was sacked by Burrell after a loss virtually eliminated the side from World Cup contention in 2008.

    He scored two goals in Jamaica's lone win of the 1998 World Cup in a 2-1 win over Japan, talling 24 times in 104 international appearances 

    The Jamaicans, who reached the hexagonal for the first time since 2001, won't play another qualifier until a Sept. 6 encounter at Panama. They will host Costa Rica four days later.

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