• 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.

  • Champions League

    Related News



RELATED NEWS YOU'LL LIKE

Colindres replaces injured Wallace for Costa Rica WCQs

Rodney Wallace was ruled out of Costa Rica’s World Cup qualifiers next month with an injury and was replaced by Saprissa’s attacker Daniel Colindres, the Federación Costarricense de Fútbol announced Friday.

Monterrey signs Honduras int’l Elis

Liga MX side Monterrey announced via a press release on Thursday that it has signed Honduras international Alberth Elis.

Comunicaciones stars highlight Guatemala WCQ roster

Guatemala head coach Walter Claveri announced Thursday a 23-player roster to contest a pair of key fourth round qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Uncapped trio tabbed for Mexico WCQ roster

With his team having already clinched advancement, Mexico head coach Juan Carlos Osorio named Thursday a 24-player roster for the last matches in the fourth round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Canada roster for WCQs announced

Four years after its World Cup Qualifying campaign came to an end in Honduras, Canada will be making a return there with plenty of newer faces looking to banish those memories.