I feel slighted - Francis

March 24, 2017
Connie Francis (standing) talks with members of Jamaica's senior netball team in 2005.

Former national coach Connie Francis says she is done with Jamaican netball and is wishing the national programme well after Netball Jamaica selected England-born Jermaine Allison-McCracken to condition the Sunshine Girls.

Francis and Allison-McCracken were the only two candidates for the job but Francis withdrew when the technical committee of Netball Jamaica suggested both coaches work together to prove their expertise before a final decision was made on the appointee.

"Why would I want to do that," Francis posited to STAR Sports yesterday. "They say they saw a weakness in both of us I don't see the logistics of it. I think it would have been better to send one to one squad and one to the other squad.


Personal feelings


Francis, who coached Jamaica at the most recent Fast5 World Netball Series, hinted that she was not chosen because of personal feelings against her held by some netball officials.

"What I realise is that I'm not wanted and this didn't start right now. It started from Fast5 when I never got the support. The team never got the support from day one," she said.

Francis also said that she believes that Netball Jamaica is shunning local coaches, adding that the coaching position required a Level Three coaching certificate and Allison-McCracken is only certified to Level Two.

"They (Netball Jamaica) are shunning our local coaches which are qualified. I am not interested and I wish netball Jamaica all the best. I really felt slighted and cheated. I didn't get my award out here. I got it in Australia and was passed by the best of the best," she said.

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