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Former Reggae Boy slams JFF - Simpson weighs in on Whitmore's salary offer

Published:Wednesday | February 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMNodley Wright/Gleaner Writer
Britain-based Fitzroy Simpson (right) in action for the Reggae Boyz in a World Cup qualifier against Canada at the National Stadium in 1997.

There has been a lot of talk about the contract which the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) has offered to national senior coach Theodore 'Tappa' Whitmore. The JFF has been taking measures to cut expenses but this might have made one cut too deep. This is the view of Fitzroy Simpson, a former national player and teammate of Whitmore, who played alongside him in Jamaica's historic France '98 World Cup appearance.

The Britain-based Simpson blasted the reported offer of US$3,000 per month.

"The contract offered is derogatory and insulting for a former national player and current coach, who has given his all, whether things are going well or not. This contract does not recognise his efforts. It's almost embarrassing, really, to think you could document such an offer to a national team coach," Simpson said, expressing disbelief and disappointment about the reported offer.

Simpson further lamented that an overseas coach would have never received or accepted such an offer.




"That contract currently being offered, there was no way on the planet previous coach Winfried Schaefer would have got on a bus or even plane for such an offer, and what was achieved under him? Nothing! So then to think you could do this to one of our own is appalling. This does not send a positive message out about our federation and the value they have for such a man. I am just wondering what they are offering to a person such as Warren Barrett (goalkeeping coach), who was the captain of our history-making team to the '98 World Cup in France.

"There are teams in the eighth tier of English football where the coaches are earning more, and to think this is our national team manager," Simpson said as he sought to express just how paltry he thinks the offer was and even made reference to fellow Caribbean nation Trinidad and Tobago in saying the JFF must do better.

Simpson, the former combative midfielder, was even more incensed by the fact that Jamaica's Caribbean neighbours Trinidad and Tobago and Haiti were doing better for their coaches.

"Trinidad and Tobago is offering more. Yes, they are a bit more stable financially, but there is no way such an offer should have been made. It is an absolute insult to Theodore. Haiti, I believe, also have their coach on a better contract than ours. How can that be? They need to go back to the drawing board and show some respect to our national coach."