Idiotic JFF policies
The Editor, Sir:
The Jamaica Football Federation's (JFF) management has ruled by diktats and is in danger of becoming increasingly obsessed with its place in history. It was idiotic of Horace Burrell and his cronies to halt the construction of the sports complex in St Elizabeth thereby wasting millions of dollars. It was idiotic of Burrell to fire the Serbian coach and then turn around and pay compensation to him for something the JFF 'didn't eat'.
It was idiotic of Burrell to rehire René Simoes and then fire him a few months later and then turn around and compensate him for something the JFF 'didn't eat'. It is idiotic of Burrell to think he alone can run Jamaica's football programme. The JFF's management is dreadful. You could fit its sensible policies, particularly on football, on the back of a postage stamp.
It is idiotic of Burrell to think that football can run without a proper management com-mittee. It is idiotic of Burrell to concentrate only on the players he can get trials for in foreign countries, instead of building football from the bottom upwards in Jamaica.
Talking to the JFF management is like playing football with a one-legged man. The ball never comes back to you. It is idiotic of Burrell to think that Jamaica's football can move forward only because Jamaica was in World Cup '98. The whole thing needs a change from the top.
The control-style management of the JFF only issues diktats to clubs instead of listening to them. There must be changes at the board level if Jamaica's football and the clubs are to progress. The structure has to be looked at, on and off the field; people have to be able to look at themselves and say it's time for a change. More changes are necessary. If you get anything right at the top there is a good chance it flows down.
I am, etc.,