Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Veteran football administrator, Linnel McLean, has been re-elected to serve another two years as president of the Trelawny Football Association (TFA) at Saturday's election of officers at Falmouth All-Age School.
He promised the delegates to continue working to redefine the game in the parish, with an emphasis on club restructuring.
McLean, who ran again unopposed, is leading the association for a 16th-straight year and has the tireless Marline Brown as his first vice president. Dewight Jeremiah was voted second vice-president and Rosemarie McNiel third vice-president.
"I think the delegates responded to what they perceived to be good and effective leadership, and we continue in this new administration to make the necessary changes to bring about the desired results for football in the parish," said McLean.
A former president of the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association, McLean, who was first elected president of the Trelawny FA in 1998, has presided over a period where they achieved much by way of Village United being a mainstay in the Premier League. But subsequent managerial and financial issues made it almost impossible for them to compete and they finally lost the battle with relegation two seasons ago.
However, McLean is optimistic of returning the parish to its former glory days, this time, targeting premier league spots for two clubs.
"It would be nice to have not one, but two of our clubs in the premier league. It would send the right message that we are on the right road and I think, as a necessity, our delegates want to see this kind of progress," he said.
"We have established a superb and impeccable partnership with National Rums of Jamaica and this is a very important part of our progress. We hope to keep growing this partnership and hopefully place the parish's football higher up the national ladder," reasoned McLean.
The rest of the TFA executive is completed by general secretary Jermain Cunningham, assistant general secretary Hermie Brown, Carol Gentles, treasurer, and Jennifer Miller, public relations officer.
"There is lots more work to be done, and this new administration will be pushing for tangible results in all areas of the sport in Trelawny and to strengthen the clubs and their own administration to compete against other parishes across the island," stated McLean.