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January 4, 2013
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Whitmore left surprised by sackings
Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter

Theodore Whitmore - File

Jamaica senior men's football coach, Theodore Whitmore, expressed astonishment at the sacking of technical director Walter Gama and goalkeeping coach Armando Bracali, following the announcements by the federation's president Captain Horace Burrell during a press briefing held yesterday afternoon.

"You are always surprised when one of your coaching staff leaves you, but it is the way of the world and the president made his decision and we just have to live by his decision," Whitmore said.

The firing of Gama and Bracali resulted from the country's disastrous showing at last month's CFU Caribbean Football Championship, where, despite going in as back-to-back defending champions and favourites, the team ended the tournament without a win. The result prompted Burrell to order the Howard McIntosh-chaired Technical and Development Committee to do an in-depth probe into the team's performance.

"Arising out of the report, it is clear that there is a lack of proactive technical leadership prior to and during this tournament," Burrell said.

performed miserably

"Having performed miserably during this tournament and deciding that it could not be business as usual, the decision has been taken to terminate the employment of the technical director, Professor Walter Gama, with immediate effect.

"In addition, it was also felt coming out of this report, that the goal-keeper coach, Armando Bracali, has not shown enough teeth, so to speak, and, therefore, his tenure with the Jamaica Football Federation has been terminated with immediate effect."

National Under-20 coach, Luciano Gama, and senior assistant coach, Alfredo Montesso, have retained their jobs.

Asked if he was in agreement with the technical committee's findings, Whitmore gave the following response.

"Yes, somewhat, because when you look at the players we took to the Caribbean Cup, I think it would have been better if we had taken the Under-20 players," Whitmore said.

"Most of these players are players that were really out of competition, on holidays and all of that, and we just have to admit where we went wrong and move on, make sure what happened in Antigua doesn't happen again."

It was also announced by Burrell that seven of the eight recently recruited overseas players are now eligible to represent the Reggae Boyz in the opening final-round World Cup qualifying match against Mexico on Febrauary 6.

The players are: Jobi McAnuff (Reading), Garth McCleary (Reading), Lloyd Doyley (Watford), Marvin Bartley (Burnley), Teo Robinson (Derby), Jermaine Beckford (Huddersfield) and Daniel Gordon (Karlsruher SC, Germany).

The documentation for the eighth player, James Vaughn (Huddersfield), has not yet been processed.

The local-based players will be called into camp on January 13, but with there being no FIFA dates prior to the Mexico match the European-based players will only be available until close to the match date.

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