Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter
He declined to comment on the future of Jamaica's national football team's coaching staff, but Jamaica Football Federation boss, Captain Horace Burrell, has promised that it will not be 'business as usual' following the Reggae Boyz's humiliation at the Caribbean Cup tournament in Antigua and Barbuda.
The Reggae Boyz, the defending champions, failed to advance to the knockout phase of the Caribbean Football Union-organised tournament, after finishing at the bottom of their four-team group with a solitary point from three games.
"I am very disappointed in the performance of the team, and it is very difficult to accept any reason that would see any Jamaican team at the bottom of their group," Burrell told The Gleaner yesterday from his hotel room in Antigua and Barbuda.
"I have requested the technical committee to immediately do an in-depth review of the overall performance of the team and to make the report available within the next 24 hours.
"I will await the outcome of the technical committee's report, because I am not about to find excuses for our poor performance. The fact is we performed below par and we must now take account of ourselves and do what we have to in order to enhance our chances of qualifying for the World Cup. The performances were dismal, it was terrible and very embarrassing. There are consequences and we have to live by those."
Jamaica's shock exit before the semi-final stage means the country will also miss out on next summer's CONCACAF Gold Cup - the premier football tournament in the region. This will see the national team, which has progressed to the final stage of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup, miss out on much-needed finances and high-quality match practice.
"That is very disappointing; missing out on the Gold Cup, and it is something which is embarrassing and unacceptable," Burrell said. "Not participating in the Gold Cup is going to have serious financial consequences, and hence, for all these reasons, it cannot be and will not be business as usual.
"This performance has to be assessed comprehensively and the necessary corrective action taken as soon as possible."
Burrell further pointed out that the federation is now faced with the task of quickly putting in place a number of contingency plans to find other international games during the staging of the Gold Cup when the other teams will be playing.
The national football squad is scheduled to return to the island today via Montego Bay, after an overnight stay in Miami.