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FOR THE LONG HAUL - Downswell, Whitmore for permanent roles

...Wint to be recommended to fill vacancy of JFF general secretary

BY IAN BURNETT
Sport editor

Sunday, October 08, 2017



JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia — Dalton Wint, Theodore Whitmore and Wendell Downswell appear all set to be confirmed to various posts within the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) by the end of the month.

That's the view of the new JFF President Mike Ricketts, who will chair a board of directors meeting at the end of the month.

In an interview with the Jamaica Observer ahead of yesterday's tier-two friendly game against the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which the Boyz lost 2-5 in a game that will have no bearing on FIFA's Coca-Cola World Rankings, Ricketts said that he would recommend Wint, the Manchester Football Association president, to the powerful post of general secretary.

He would also recommend Whitmore to be the head coach, while Downswell, who has been acting in the capacity of director of football, would be employed on a permanent basis.

“My recommendation to the board would be to give “Tappa” (Whitmore) a run because so far I think he has done well. I would recommend that we look at a contract and certainly we have a board meeting, I think which is set for October 28, and at that meeting we will be ratifying some of my suggestions.

“We will of course, at the board meeting, look at the general secretary. There is presently a transition period and it is always going to be a challenge to a new president and a new general secretary, so Raymond (Grant, the outgoing general secretary) is going through that transition period along with my recommendation for that position, which is Dalton Wint.

“At the board meeting we will also look at the position of director of football, because it is a position that will have to be filled in short order. Downswell (Wendell) is actually acting in that position as we speak and I will again recommend him for a permanent contract.”

The JFF boss also spoke of the standing committees, from which he's hoping the respective chairpersons tender their resignations, if they haven't yet done so, thereby allowing him the privilege of selecting his own participants.

“The standing committees, we will make some changes, but each chairperson, we will ask for those who have not yet done so to tender his or her resignation. Then, if there are changes, and I suppose there will be, that will also be taken to the board, so we still have some administrative work to be done. But hopefully, by the board meeting all the recommendations will be in place to be submitted to the board of directors for ratification.”

Ricketts defeated former Kingston and St Andrew Football Association President A B Stewart Stephenson 8-5 to win the JFF presidency last month, following the death of serving President Captain Horace Burrell in June. He will serve the remaining two years of Burrell's tenure.

Asked when he expected Wint to assume responsibility of managing the day to day operations of the JFF, Ricketts said it all depends on how quickly and smoothly the transition takes place.

“Depends on how quickly the new general secretary learns his new role, but I'm sure that Raymond (Grant) will make himself available for consultation, for having discussion with the new gen-sec, so it will go on for a while, unofficially. But like I said, it is always going to be a challenge when you have a new gen sec and a new president.”

Ricketts also identified long-time Vice-president Bruce Gaynor, who was interim president between Burrell's death and the special JFF voting congress in September.

“But we have Bruce (Gaynor), who is the greatest consultant on earth, and Raymond, who actually demitted office but who is still, as expected, supporting the programme,” Ricketts said.

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