Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) president Rudolph Speid has survived a no confidence motion brought against him by factions within the confederation that have become dissuaded with his leadership.
Speid, a former JFF treasurer during the Crenston Boxhill administration, survived the ambush motion 29-25 on Saturday, but his job is still not safe according to those who are out to get him to conform.
Those wanting Speid out have threatened to regroup and come again unless he addresses some major concerns they have.
Speid, who took over from Stewart Stephenson in 2008 and turned back the challenge of Leon Mitchell in August 2012 as head of the country most powerful confederation, said the motion was unconstitutional, but he facilitated it to satisfy his detractors.
"This was not a no confidence vote, it was an ambush," Speid told the Jamaica Observer yesterday.
"The constitution does not provide for the motion, I could have refused the motion. But I believe in democracy and if it reaches a point in the year where the majority of the affiliates don't want me, whether or not I have two years to run, if they don't want me, they don't want me," he argued.
But Andrew Price, who moved the no confidence motion, pointed out that despite the defeat, unless things change, there will be relentless pressure to ensure that Speid and company adhere to their requests.
"Mr Speid needs to wake up and smell the coffee. There are a lot of concerns that the clubs have and he needs to shape up," said Price.
Among the concerns of the clubs as put forward by Speid's detractors were the lack of transparency involving registration, transfer of youth players and the scheduling of youth competitions that result in chaotic overlapping.
Speid, the president of Cavalier FC, said he would have appreciated it more if the disgruntled affiliates met with him and set a date for an election.
"It would be a face-to-face thing and both sides prepare. It's out in the open and we come and move the motion and see what turns out," said Speid yesterday.
The KSAFA president said it was not about him surviving but a strong message of rejection to his detractors despite the narrow win.
"I don't call it survive. The people reject them after they ambush me. It was against the rules, but I allowed it to happen.
"I took the motion and I knew it was illegal and I told them, but I took it anyway. It was not provided for under our constitution no time at all. Our constitution doesn't speak to recall or no confidence," said Speid.
"I am at a better position, the election is supposed to be called every two years and we call it every year. It must be that they are power hungry and I gave them an opportunity to get me out and the people reject them and their behaviour," Speid argued.
"This should be a lesson to them, but I will continue to do what the affiliates elected me to do until the term comes to an end in 2014 and I will see what happens then," he added.
Meanwhile, despite the motion being rejected, Price said Speid got the message loud and clear.
"If it was unconstitutional and illegal why did he have it anyways. What did he prove. To win by four votes, is that to prove a point?" Price asked.
Both parties argued that they didn't have the full complement of their delegates after only 55 voted out of a possible 80.
"I believe the message has been sent and they know they will have to get their acts together, but the clubs weren't happy with a lot of things. The clubs had some legitimate concerns and that's the reason why we had the special meeting," said Price.
"He will have to do what the clubs vote him in to do and that is to ensure that the clubs are treated properly, that's all and we will continue to ensure that that takes place.
"If that doesn't happen, we will continue to voice our opinions. If things continue not to improve they will be more no confidence motions. We will not sit down idly and allow things to run the way they are running. There are some basic tenets that need to be followed and they are not being followed," Price pointed out.