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Gardener appointed U-20 head coach

Published:Sunday | December 20, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Ricardo Gardner
Altimont Butler
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Former Reggae Boyz captain Ricardo Gardner has replaced his 1998 World Cup teammate, Theodore Whitmore, as the national Under-20 head coach.

Altimont Butler, also a former Reggae Boy, will be his assistant.

Whitmore will be in charge of the national Futsal team that will be involved in a tournament in Cuba next January. Fabian Taylor will be his assistant.

President of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Captain Horace Burrell in announcing the change at the Sherwin Williams Women's League awards ceremony held at the JFF's offices last Thursday expressed dissatisfaction with the transition of local talent from the schoolboy level to national representation.

"There has been a lot of talk about youth development in Jamaica. I am very happy to announce that JFF will be making some changes in this regard," the JFF boss said.

"The transition between the Manning Cup and daCosta Cup and the senior national team is not what it should be. After extensive discussions with the director of football (Vinimore Blaine), a decision was made to put the two former Reggae Boyz players in charge of the Under-20 team," Burrell said.

Butler told The Sunday Gleaner that although he has more experience as a coach than Gardner, he (Butler) is willing to play any role in a coaching position.

"I am a Jamaican and will to do duties for the country in any role as a coach," Butler said following the announcement.

Butler, who has coached in Europe and the United States has a 'B' licence in football coaching, while Gardner is currently pursuing his licence. Gardner is also a member of Harbour View FC coaching staff.

Jamaica will participate in the Under-20 World Cup qualifiers, starting next year.