Stephenson an 'outsider' - McLean

September 14, 2017
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Trelawny FA president Linnel McLean has described Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) presidential candidate Ambassador Stewart Stephenson as an "outsider", adding that his vote is firmly for Michael Ricketts because the organisation does not need a "saviour".

McLean is one of eight parish presidents who nominated Ricketts and vowed his association's support for the Clarendon boss.

"I don't think we need anyone to come with any plan. We have plans to formalise but did not get the chance. The former president (Captain Horace Burrell) did not get the time to address the plans because of other matters," McLean, a member of the JFF's board of directors, said during a TV interview.

"We put ourselves in the bind and we have to take ourselves out. I don't want anyone to come as any saviour. We hardly got a chance to deal with the plans. With Ricketts, we can sort the problems out," he added.

However, Stephenson, a former Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) president and JFF board member, said McLean's comments have no weight.

 

Upcoming election

 

'I don't think his point is of any impact. He is speaking for himself," Stephenson told STAR Sports yesterday on the cusp of the September 16 election set for the JFF's offices in New Kingston.

"I'm clearly not an outsider. I have been serving football in Jamaica for 42 years as a player and administrator in various capacities," said Stephenson, who stepped down as a JFF director last January when he resigned as KSAFA president.

With regards to the upcoming election to take over from interim president Bruce Gaynor, Stephenson said he was confident.

"We are working on getting the seven votes to be elected. Anything can happen on the day," he declared.

Stephenson was nominated by four parishes - KSAFA, St Mary, St Catherine, and St Thomas.

Gaynor became interim president after the passing of Burrell on June 5. The winning candidate will serve as JFF president until December 2019.

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