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Coley disappointed with Reggae Boyz axe

Published:Monday | February 6, 2017 | 12:00 AMMarc Stamp

Former national senior men's team football coach Miguel Coley says he was disappointed after being removed from the Reggae Boyz coaching set-up.

Coley spent three years as the deputy to former head coach Winfried Schaefer, but was replaced by the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) following the failed World Cup 2018 qualifying campaign.

"I felt disappointed. I believe I have proven myself. It is a job and those in charge decided that I am no longer needed," said the 34-year-old Coley during an interview with The Gleaner yesterday.

Coley, a multiple title-winning coach with Jamaica College, also underlined that young, local talent needs proper nurturing in order to create better players, which, he notes, will help move the Reggae Boyz programme forward.


Nurture young talent


Speaking in relation to Jamaica's recent 1-0 loss to the United States in a friendly international last Friday, Coley lauded the handing of debuts to 20 year-old Shamar Nicholson and Cornwall College schoolboy Jourdain Fletcher.

"We have to create a system of play. We have to nurture our better young talent, then get the synergy between local talent and overseas-based professionals," said Coley.

"The local coaches need to be qualified in order to understand how to create better players. We have to take a business approach to football from the club level locally," he added.

With regards to the local youngsters in the senior programme, Coley underlined that they need time to develop, and implored those in charge to believe in the talent.

"We can't have a programme that is World Cup based. We need a structure for better players. It has to be player driven," Coley concluded.