Carl Brown relishes new role in football

Sunday, August 10, 2014

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WEST BAY, Grand Cayman — Having been under the spotlight for all his footballing career, first as a player then as a coach, Carl Brown is now enjoying football as a member of CONCACAF's Technical Committee at the CONCACAF Under-15 Championship here in the Cayman Islands.

Brown, a former national team captain who represented Jamaica from 1970 to 1980 and a 25-year coaching veteran, told the Sunday Observer he is enjoying every moment of his stress-free job.

"It's a whole different part of the game itself. It doesn't come with any stress. It is a bit tiring because after each game, especially when you have late games, you have to prepare a report for the following morning that you have to present at a meeting," Brown pointed out.

"But the rest of the day is usually very relaxed and it's all about the game itself. It doesn't have the same amount as stress as coaching," he noted.

Brown, who led Jamaica to victory in the Caribbean Cup in 1991 and who also guided the Reggae Boyz to a creditable third-place finish in the CONCACAF Gold Cup of 1993, expands on his new role.

"We have what is called a technical study group. We go to tournaments and we look at what is happening and out of our observations, we present a document to the respective territories," said Brown.

"Just outlining what you see: some of the downs and some of the ups. You will have better teams here in the tournament who are going to do little things better than some," he noted.

"How can we help these lesser teams to grow because of what we observe? Normally, a booklet is done to outline all of our observations and we issue it back to the respective territories," he added.

Brown was watching the Costa Rica versus Anguilla match and pointed out several observations for both teams. Costa Rica won 5-0.

"The Costa Rican team that is out there now are more exposed to international football than the Anguilla team and you will definitely see that big discrepancy between them.

"It continues, going all the way up to teams like Canada and the US, and when you see them play, will see the big difference in the technical areas of a Canada and [a] team like Anguilla," he noted.

"You look at some of the teams; how is it that they prepare before a game, what they do leading up to a game and what kind of warm-up [they do]," said Brown, who did five stints as Jamaica's head coach and was deputy to Brazilians Rene Simoes, Clovis de Oliveira and Sebastiao Lazaroni, starting back in 1994.

"We also look at the teams. Some will come here with a full quota of staff: goalkeeper coach, trainer, doctor, some just (a) coach. What effects it has on these teams as compared to teams that are properly prepared," said Brown, who was also technical director of Cayman Islands for a number of years.

— Howard Walker

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