Schäfer ignores calls for resignation ... says local-based players aren't good enough
German coach Winfried Schäfer is ignoring suggestions that he should resign in the aftermath of the Reggae Boyz's uninspiring performance and early exit from the ongoing Copa America Centenario competition.
Schäfer also gave the local-based players in the squad a failing grade, saying that he believed that they were not ready for international-level competition and had not done enough to warrant a place in the team, even for the Uruguay encounter, which game after elimination, was already guaranteed.
"Binns played two matches and Vanzie (one), but we can't just play four local players. We want local players to play in matches they can play good (in)," argued Schäfer. "Chevonne Marsh - in the training he not give me signal that he is ready for Uruguay. He play match before against small team from Miami and none of them showed us 100 per cent they can play against Uruguay, so what we need is more (international) matches for local team outside Jamaica."
Strikers Clayton Donaldson and Giles Barnes also came in for harsh criticism for their wastefulness in front of goal, and although Schäfer admitted that they were bad throughout the tournament, he believes they just need to put in some work on the training ground.
"We cannot say Donaldson is a bad striker. He scored very important goal in Haiti and he scored in Chile. He had very good chances. Goal or no goal, it is difficult to tell Barnes you have four shots and no goal. But he has to show us. Now they have to go back to training and work on shooting," he said.
The Jamaicans had 23 shots in the entire tournament but failed to score a goal in the competition, losing 0-1 to Venezuela in their opening game before suffering 0-2 and 0-3 losses at the hands of Mexico and Uruguay, respectively.
Schäfer dismissed calls for his resignation, pointing to sports media personality Oral Tracey, who he described as the main instigator.
"It is not important what Oral Tracey says. I (will) not answer a comic on the TV. He needs publicity. I take my job 100 percent (serious). I don't want to talk about this," he said.
"Jamaica public is not only five people and Oral Tracey. These people are not important. What is important is to work to win matches. This man only talks for himself. He needs for his show a critic. He makes comic on football," Schäfer added.