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JFF Gen Sec hopes Bailey not in hot water

Makes distinction between administration and coaching

Published:Thursday | December 1, 2022 | 12:07 AMOrane Buchanan/Staff Reporter
Jamaica’s Leon Bailey takes on Mexico’s Jesus Gallardo during a Concacaf Nations League game at the National Stadium in Kingston.
Jamaica’s Leon Bailey takes on Mexico’s Jesus Gallardo during a Concacaf Nations League game at the National Stadium in Kingston.
Dennis Chung.
Dennis Chung.
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DENNIS CHUNG, general secretary of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), hopes national representative Leon Bailey hasn’t found himself in “hot water” following scathing remarks aimed at football’s governing body in a podcast done earlier this week.

Chung, following a more fulsome response from the JFF, said he personally hopes Bailey doesn’t get raked over the coals for his utterances, but is not part of that decision-making process.

“Personally, I hope not, but it’s not a decision that I’m involved in. That’s the coach and team manager but I don’t see where it should, but, as I say, it’s not my decision,” Chung stated.

The 25-year-old Aston Villa winger called the federation ‘corrupt’, saying the organisation has undermined his career from as early as eight years old. According to Bailey, the JFF had gone as far as to take steps to prevent him from acquiring a visa.

In response, the JFF, through Chung dismissed the claims and asked that Bailey provide proof of any such misdeeds.

Chung, in a release, had said the JFF had no power to influence an embassy one way or the other and that Bailey’s claims would come from the point of view of a child who is not aware of all that is happening around him.

The general secretary, who only recently took over the reigns from Dalton Wint, said the JFF, for which he provides operational support, has guidelines for the separation of powers, which it adheres to, something which runs contrary to the claims made in Bailey’s interview.

“I’m totally outside of that, that’s totally a coaching decision. As I said, everything has been seen by the coach (Heimir Hallgrimsson) and team manager (Roy Simpson), so they’re dealing with it,” he said.

“There needs to be a wall between administration and coaching, because, if we were to get involved in this, then you’ll hear that we’re influencing the coaching decisions,” Chung said.

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