Donaldson undecided after Menzies quits

December 04, 2019
 Hue Menzies (left) and Lorne Donaldson talks before the Reggae Girlz take on Antigua in a World Cup qualifier at the National Stadium on August 25, 2018.
Hue Menzies (left) and Lorne Donaldson talks before the Reggae Girlz take on Antigua in a World Cup qualifier at the National Stadium on August 25, 2018.

Lorne Donaldson, the man who helped Hue Menzies qualify Jamaica's senior women team to their first ever FIFA women's tournament last year, is still undecided whether he will continue coaching the Reggae Girlz.

Donaldson's comments came moments after Menzies decided to walk away from the head coaching position as his differences with the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) proved difficult to be resolved.

"I haven't made a decision on anything," Donaldson replied when asked if he will continue to work with the programme. "I was there in September for the Olympic qualifiers and there was no discussion about anything, money, the programme or anything. It leaves me to believe that as a country, there isn't a lot of interest in women's football. The rest of the world is looking at us as a country with a lot of potential. It's sad that Menzies has to step away, I have a lot of respect for Menzies."

Menzies, it seems, grew restive of the lack of communication from the local football administration about his status with the team after his contract expired in April.

"We have a business to run here and things to do so I really can't just be on the fence trying to figure out what I am doing without any type of communication, so I decided to step down," Menzies said. "I didn't want to leave the players but at the end of the day, I have to take care of some things here that are actually paying my bills. I still have not been paid by the JFF and they still owe me money for reimbursements, so without any type of communication, we just can't operate like that."

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