The real reason the JFF cannot pay Whitmore big bucks

By Zaheer E. Clarke

Published on April 23, 2018 in the Western Mirror & Jamaica Today

Various reasons have been proffered by the public as to why the JFF cannot remunerate Theodore Whitmore on a similar scale to past national football coaches. Here is the likely reason. 

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange (centre) shares a moment with President, Jamaica Football Federation, Michael Ricketts (right) and National Coach, Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore (left), after chairing a mediation session which resulted in Coach Whitmore withdrawing his resignation and the JFF offering him a new contract.
(Credit: Jamaica Information Service)

Theodore Whitmore, a Jamaica hero on the World Cup stage, withdrew his resignation last week after a joint meeting with the Jamaica Football Federation president, Michael Ricketts and the Minister of Sports in Jamaica, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange.

A few days earlier, several media reports surfaced that Whitmore had resigned from his post of head coach of Jamaica’s senior football team. Several members of the public were furious at the circumstances that seemingly led Whitmore to tender his resignation. Central to the matter was the unresolved salary negotiation, which had dragged on for months, and the meagre salary he was being offered and was currently receiving.

For many individuals, the salary offer was measly in comparison to the salaries of previous coaches with lighter skin tones from foreign lands. Many individuals even became religious as they quoted the famous mantra from the gospel of Mark, “a prophet is honoured everywhere except in his own hometown.” Unwittingly, this chant became the undercurrent of discussions locally, especially with Whitmore’s once growing stance on FIFA’s Technical committee. Continue reading