Whitmore wants Reggae Boyz job

January 04, 2017
File Coach Theodore Whitmore

Theodore 'Tappa' Whitmore strongly believes he is moving closer to getting another permanent stint as head coach of the Reggae Boyz. Whitmore will take charge of the Boyz for two friendly internationals next month.

On February 3 they face the United States before going up against Honduras on February 16.

The 1998 World Cup two-goal hero says he expects to be in charge of the team for the Gold Cup tournament in July.

"It's always a pleasure (to coach the national team) it's something I want to do and I know that I can achieve great things. We just need time to put things in place to make it successful," Whitmore told STAR Sports yesterday

"I wouldn't say (the appointment) is just for two games, because I am thinking it (appointment) will be up to the Gold Cup ... I think I am getting closer to landing the job on a more permanent basis," he commented.

Whitmore was recently appointed for two Caribbean Cup games, against Guyana and Suriname following the departure of German coach Winfried Schaefer. Whitmore has previously served as head coach of the Jamaica team from 2009 to 2013.

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"We are determined to offer all possible opportunities to the technical staff to prepare our team to not only successfully defend our Caribbean Cup title in June and to maintain our good performance at the CONCACAF Gold Cup but to strengthen the Reggae Boyz brand on the international stage," president Captain Horace Burrell said in a Jamaica Football Federation release yesterday.

Meanwhile, Whitmore said he will be assembling a squad as soon as possible to begin preparations.

"It's a work in progress. We want to get the players committed to playing for the country again and we want to strike a balance between local and overseas-based," Whitmore said.

The game against the USA will be played in Chattanooga, Tennessee at the Finley Stadium beginning at 7 p.m. while the Honduras friendly will be played at the BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas.

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