Ball at Schäfer's feet- Coach has new contract in hand, but ...

Published: Friday | December 13, 2013 Comments 0
Reggae Boyz head coach, Winfried Schäfer (left), and Jamaica Football Federation president, Captain Horace Burrell. - file
Reggae Boyz head coach, Winfried Schäfer (left), and Jamaica Football Federation president, Captain Horace Burrell. - file

Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter

The ball is now at Winifred Schäfer's feet, as the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) has offered him a new contract which, if agreed to, will see him attempt to guide the country's senior men's team to the 2018 World Cup.

Schäfer was initially appointed for a four-month period in an effort to rescue the country's 2014 World Cup campaign, but it proved too little too late as the Reggae Boyz finished at the bottom of the hexagonal, hence missing out on a place in football's greatest showpiece to be staged in Brazil next year.

With the original contract having expired in October the JFF sought the help of corporate Jamaica to secure the required funds to establish a long-term working relationship with the German.

"The response from corporate Jamaica has been very encouraging, and we have submitted our contract to him (Schäfer), and he has said that he wants to have it properly vetted by his lawyers, which is his right," JFF president, Captain Horace Burrell, disclosed.

"He (Schäfer) has asked for the holiday period to be with his family and have the contract reviewed. We are hopeful that we will be able to sign off when he returns," added Burrell, who is currently in the United States for a CONCACAF executive committee meeting.

Burrell was not willing to disclose the terms of the contract or how much money has been put on the table to try and persuade Schäfer to stay on as head coach.

Schafer left the island yesterday for his homeland, Germany, and is expected back by January 15, 2014.

It might be a nervous wait for the JFF, as it was reported in October that the former Stuttgart and Borussia Monchengladbach tactician has been presented with four offers from teams located in CONCACAF, African and European regions.

Since replacing former head coach, Theodore Whitmore, Schäfer guided the Reggae Boyz in six matches - four World Cup qualifiers and two friendlies. His record stands at three draws and three losses.

The 63-year-old has coached several German clubs, with his international coaching experience coming from Thailand and Cameroon. He led the latter to the African Nations Cup in 2002.


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