Stewart: JFF does hiring and firing of coaches
Bradley Stewart, a former national women's team coach, believes the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) made the right decision to stick with Vin Blaine as head coach of the Reggae Girlz, following a recent letter from a majority of the Reggae Girlz squad asking for his dismissal.
Stewart said even if the players, who cited coaching, communication and organisation concerns, have issues they want addressed they went about it the wrong way.
"The JFF does the hiring and firing of (national) coaches, not players. I am not saying that some of the things that they are asking for are not of value but if you have a situation you should first take your issues to the management and then the technical director before it goes to the president.
"The president is the final arbiter of all decisions. Players do not go to the president or the general secretary for those things," he said
He said the players should know their move was irresponsible and puts the programme in jeopardy, and that to move on they must accept that their actions were the main source of this discord.
"Moving forward depends on if the girls accept that what they did was wrong. They have to be honest with themselves and say they made a mistake.
"They have to be willing to work with the coach.
Those who cannot work with the coach let them go," he said.
Meanwhile, Charles Edwards, coach of many-time national women's champions, Barbican FC, said the JFF must now find some path to reconciliation to the strained relationship in order to move forward.
"I never saw this decision (to remain with Blaine) coming. It is rather strange. It is a tricky situation because there is a dispute between the players and the coach.
"In all my years of coaching I have never seen a coach lose a dressing room and continue, so it would be interesting to see what happens.
"Going forward there is a possibility that players may start to pull out of the squad and may not want to come and play. So, hopefully, they will get some action going quickly to talk to the girls, remedy the situation and get the train rolling again," he said.
In a release yesterday, the JFF board said it accepted the technical committee's recommendation to retain the senior women's team technical staff, including head coach Vin Blaine.
It said investigations found insufficient evidence to warrant any change in personnel at this time but they will monitor and evaluate the situation periodically.
It added that the JFF pledges to put everything in place to ensure the team can perform at its optimum to achieve a second consecutive qualification to the World Cup.
The Reggae Girlz will compete for spots in the World Cup and Olympics when they contest the Concacaf Women's championship in Mexico in July.