Connie's coaching expertise has not matched up - Lewis

March 24, 2017
Jermaine Allison-McCracken

Netball Jamaica is dispelling any idea that the organisation chose a foreigner over former national coach Connie Francis to lead the Sunshine Girls team.

Allison-McCracken, who has a degree in Human Movement from Bradford University in the United Kingdom, and a Masters in Health Promotion, from Robert Gordon University, was named by NJ on Wednesday.

However, Public Relations officer from Netball Jamaica, Wayne Lewis said the new coach lives in Jamaica and therefore they don't consider her a foreigner.


No option


He added that the local administration as left with no option but to choose Allison-McCracken when the only other candidate for the head coach position, Francis, withdrew from the running.

"She (Allison-McCracken) was very strong in the interview. She came out a lot stronger than Francis in the interview," Lewis said.

"Connie's coaching expertise has not matched up against her playing days and her coaching credentials are not as strong as when she was playing so we said let's give them an opportunity to work for the four to six weeks before the Caribbean Championships because the technical committee is about to make a selection for the team and so instead of Connie calling the secretariat and finding out the rationale she is just lambasting the board," Lewis said.


Disqualified herself


Lewis then reiterated that Allison-McCracken was selected because Francis withdrew her candidacy.

"Because she withdrew so there was no option. She disqualified herself," he added.

As it relates to remuneration, Lewis said Netball Jamaica was in no position to pay Allison-McCracken millions of dollars.

"She lives in Jamaica so it's not like we are bringing her. One of her parents is Jamaican. We will pay her what we can afford.

One other candidate submitted an application but Lewis said she never got to the interview stage as NJ was not in a position to meet her demands.

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