New style of leadership

July 10, 2017
Ricketts Brian McCalla/Freelance Photographer Leon Strickland (left) of Arnett Gardens and Boys' Town's Rafeik Thomas (right) pose with Jamaica Football Federation, third vice president Michael Ricketts after they collected their awards for being the joint top scorers (eight goals each) in the second round of the 2014-15 Red Stripe Premier League.

Michael Ricketts, the former Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) vice president, is being touted as the front-runner for the top job at the next elections in September.

If he is elected Ricketts said he would take a different approach to leadership than late president, Captain Horace Burrell did.

"I want to make the JFF a little different from what I was over the years. I don't want to be critical of Captain (Burrell) because his leadership style worked to an extent but I want be a more inclusive type of leader and include the people around me a lot more," he told STAR Sports.

Ricketts believes he has very good support from the parish associations.

"Right now I think so but you never know what is going to happen down the road. I am not sure (about being front-runner but you know that is not the important thing. The important thing is election day and how the people vote," he commented.


Important assignments


The south central confed president and Clarendon FA president since 2003 said the confidence captain Horace Burrell had in him filling in whenever he was absent from important assignments or functions was an indication of Burrell's faith in him.

"I think that over the years with my experience, and with Captain kind of sanctioning it by having me replace him at most functions that he could not attend will give them an idea of how to vote and who to support," he reasoned

However, he believes that to take football and the administration forward he needs to strengthen and improve the parish associations and the youth and development programmes.

"We have to strengthen and improve the parishes and strengthen be more consistent with our youth and development programmes.

"I want to work with the government closely to try and get improvements as it relates to surfaces... I also want to be a more inclusive president, where the board of directors be a part of my senior meetings processes of the JFF," he said.

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