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I will not resign - Whitmore

Published:Thursday | January 22, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Coach defiant after disappointing Under-20 campaign

Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer

Having failed to lead Jamaica's Under-20 team to this year's FIFA World Cup Championship, head coach Theodore 'Tappa' Whitmore, says he will not be stepping down from the post.

The Junior Reggae Boyz crushed out of the tournament on Sunday, after going down 2-0 to the United States at the Montego Bay Sports Complex. It was the Jamaicans' third straight defeat of the tournament.

They were also beaten by Guatemala and Panama.

The young Reggae Boyz drew 2-2 with rivals Trinidad and Tobago in their opening game of the competition.

The Jamaicans, who are one point from four matches, were scheduled to play Aruba in their final match of the tournament last night at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.

"It is up to the president of the technical committee to decide," said Whitmore in an interview with The Gleaner. "But I won't be resigning."

Lack Of Planning

Whitmore added that a lack of planning heading into the tournament was the main factor behind the team's failure.

"There were a number of errors that were made and I just have to do a report and submit it to the technical committee and then take it from there," Whitmore said.

"We might have not gotten the results but weren't outplayed, but goals win matches and its the results that count."

Whitmore, who was relieved of his duties as coach of the senior Reggae Boyz in June 2013, after a disappointing World Cup qualifying campaign, insisted that the team did the best it could under the circumstances and have nothing to be ashamed of.

"We were very disappointed with performances and we just have to move forward and ensure that the same mistakes don't happen again," he said.

"I don't like to point any fingers at anybody, and so we just have to move forward and learn from our mistakes," Whitmore added.

"It was very disappointing for us as the host country, but that is just football," Whitmore pointed out.