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Gaynor aims to build on Burrell legacy

Published:Monday | July 3, 2017 | 7:00 AMLivingston Scott
The headquarters of the Jamaica Football Federation located on St Lucia Avenue in New Kingston.
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New Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) interim president Bruce Gaynor wants to make a big impact in his two months in the role. The former St James Football Association president says he intend to use his time in office to build on what former president Captain Horace Burrell left behind.

Gaynor was elected interim boss of the JFF after beating fellow vice-president, Raymond Anderson, 12-4, in the by-elections on Saturday at the JFF's headquarters in New Kingston.

"At the end of the day, I am the president of the JFF and I must leave a legacy for myself, even though I am going to try and build on the legacy of Captain Burrell," he said.

"I want to add on what he left. If I can make it more magnanimous, that would be great, because, in two months, there is not much to talk about me. So whatever Captain had, we must move it up a notch and it would have left the JFF a better place," he reasoned.

Since Burrell became ill, the vice-presidents and the secretariat have worked closely together to carry out the responsibilities of the federation, Gaynor noted, but with his experience in managing and as an administrator, he hopes to make some positive improvements.

"Since Captain's illness, the vice-presidents and the secretariat make all decisions. This is just a continuation of that process, but I am a very inclusive leader. I am not autocratic, so the vice-president will work with the secretariat and myself and report to the board. But in the two months I am there, I need to see the changes I can make to enhance the federation," he said.

FULL SUPPORT

Gaynor is also confident that he has the full support of the federation and will meet with the various departments to chart his way forward for the next two months..

"I know I have the full support of the board and we all have a good relationship and there is no animosity. I will meet the heads of the department to find out individually what they think can help to make these changes," he said.

But despite being elevated to the position of president, though temporarily, Gaynor has no long-term ambition to be the JFF's top man and said he will support the new president when elections are called on September 6.

"I am just the interim president," he said. "Come September 6, they are going to choose a new president to carry the federation for the next four years. I have never been interested in the presidency and I don't think my interest has changed. I will support anybody as president, but for right now, I am not interested in the position," he declared.