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Jureidini wants fresh faces in football

Published:Friday | September 9, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivingston Scott

Harbour View Football Club's general manager, Clyde Jureidini, has called for new blood in the nation's football administration.

Speaking against the background of the Reggae Boyz's recent failure to qualify for the CONCACAF World Cup-qualifying final round, Jureidini said the performance of everyone attached to the Reggae Boyz should be thoroughly assessed.

"Like everybody, I am disappointed ... our focus was more on the international tournaments ... rather than the main objective, the World Cup qualifiers. The performance levels, concentration and commitment to play intense, defensive football came in those tournament, but not the World Cup campaign," he reasoned.


"In any credible analysis, you have to look at everybody, everything and all aspects from start to finish. If we don't do that, we are unlikely to correct the real errors and likely to repeat them. So everybody needs to look at themselves, the performance, the structure, the commitment and look individually what we didn't do to get the desired result," he continued.

"But I think we need a change of everything overall, we need to refresh, rethink and reinvent the programme, with a longer term view and not necessarily to qualify for the World Cup in four years," he added.

Although the veteran football administrator says experience is an important factor, he thinks it's time for a new generation of thinkers to govern local football.

"We need younger blood with a mix of good, experienced and committed leadership. We know how good-quality leadership can be," he stated.

He also wants a change in the current selection policy.

"Each time (during World Cup qualification), we start locally, and as soon as it comes to the real thing, we disband that and go for a whole new overseas team. We need a paradigm shift from that module," Jureidini said.