Phoenix Academy will help Ricketts - Butler

September 04, 2017

Having failed in his own bid to secure a nomination for the post of JFF president and already dismissed candidate Stewart Stephenson as "not good for Jamaica's football, Craig 'Bull Head' Butler has now said he is fully behind Michael Ricketts for the job.

Butler, the chief executive officer and owner of Phoenix Football Academy said that his organisation is fully behind the Clarendon FA president. Ricketts and Ambassador AB Stewart Stephenson will battle for top position at an election scheduled for September 16 at the JFF's office in New Kingston.

The new president will take over from interim president Bruce Gaynor who took over following the death of Captain Horace Burrell on June 5.

"We will be more than happy to help the JFF when Mike Ricketts is in power," Butler told STAR Sports.


Country's culture


"I believe in the development of local players by local coaches. How can you understand me if you don't believe in the country's culture? How can you understand me if we don't speak the same language" he asked.

Last month, Butler said that Stephenson wasn't good for Jamaica's football.

"I will reiterate it for the millionth time, Stewart Stephenson is not good for Jamaica's football. At this time, Mike is a very affable and decent person. He may not be the most flamboyant or charismatic, and he may not have the contacts I have in Europe, but I think he is the better of the choices," Butler told Star Sports on August 4.

Butler said that Brazilian Rene Simoes came in and learnt about Jamaica's culture during the period of the nation's historic berth at the 1998 FIFA World Cup finals in France.

"Rene Simoes adopted our culture and had the persona. Most other coaches that came put in their brand. Theodore is a product of Jamaica and is a good person. He has some growth to accomplish," he said.

Butler has several players playing professionally in Europe. The most noted is Leon Bailey of Bayer Leverkusen in Germany's Bundesliga.

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