If we the fans can see these issues coming for the last 8-10 yrs, and have had so many discussions on this topic why didn't the coaches and JFF administration? They (coaches and administration) are reactive and not proactive. As fans when you call out the JFF on these basic and fundamental issues, you labeled as having motives and/or haters of Mr. Burrell, Tappa and Boxhill. Where is the Academy? Where is our youth system that should be producing senior level ballers? Correct me if I am wrong, we went to 2 U17 WCs and U19 and how many of these players are in this current WCQ team?
This goes back to the core of the JFF. You are hiring someone for a job, wouldn't you have a list of issues you are facing and ask the potential hire, how he would fix, or work with these issues? Wouldn't ask for a time table and what resources would be required to fix these weak areas?
The problem is football is seen as a cyclic event (meaning GC and WC) and all of a sudden we have issues, because it WCQ time. These MAJOR (creative Midfielder, Wing Backs, Forwards) issues should have been sorted out no later than the most recent Gold Cup. The coaching staff should not NOW be surprised or acting blind-sided by not having a creative MF. GC should have been used to address our progress to resolving these issues. The many friendlies should have been used to assess the dept chart for each position and progression spread out over 8-10yrs or 2 WCs. Meaning that instead of recruiting constantly a QUICK fix for the senior team, we should have been recruiting for the junior teams and developing for the senior team.
They are just announcing that Keith Kelly will soon be joining the squad -- I hope.
Keith Kelly? Bwoy I don't understand the reasoning JahJ. question, what kind of competitive ball Kelly is presently playing? What shape is he in JahJ? I don't know if you can answer these questions, and no I'm not against the local outfit.
There has not being any talk in RSPL of Kelly being on some kind of metamorphosis and is tearing up the league. Therefore you're looking at a player that probably he's at 60% of what he once was. A player should only be selected when they're on top of their game or at least playing competitively in a respected league.
JahJ, Kelly not playing at a good level can come in and be the answer to our midfield woes? I'm not buying it; I'd rather Tappa had thrown Grandison right into the fire when our midfield was stalled in first halves.
I'm for giving the locals the chance, but why have Grandison the creative player in the squad and not use him, especially when we struggle in that position? Who knows he could very well be another Errol Stevens.
And now Tappa is in a quandary of what moves to make at this crucial juncture in qualifying. God help him.....
Go read my last two comments on the Antigua game thread...including do one addressed directly to dis wolf-in-sheep clothing...di bwoy dem call Pelepappa.
You say the next 3 matches...by that time Jamaica's fate is doomed if the results have gone against Jamaica...Jamaica will already be out of the WC, just like last time.
Last time..what did Jamaica in ? No a idiaat draw in Toronto dat Simoes come back a Jamaica an big up as a GREAT result...against a side that a STRONG Jamaica side was expected to beat ? and didn't...because it wasn't a STRONG Jamaica side who played them in the first place.
Is history not repeating itself here ?
Tappa hav ONE more match to rescue this situation...and his job...
That is the USA match in Kingston...which Jamaica must now win...to have any chance of survival from this group even.
Consider what happens if both the USA and Guatemala goes to Antigua and WINS their away matches there...which is more than possible...and highly likely.
And Jamaica goes to Guatemala and the USA and loses their two away matches..which is quite possible.
By the time Antigua comes to Jamaica, it will all be over, regardless of the outcome of that match on the 16th of October, the very last date of qualifying matches for this round.
And as you have so expertly pointed out...much is wrong with the current Jamaica squad at the moment.
All is not lost as yet but the warning signs are very much there.... I would suggest that Burrell takes no more chances...and FIRES Tappa NOW...and try to get a competent coach into to change things BEFORE the USA match...while he still has time.
I would look at someone from Holland, as I believe that the Dutch approach to football and coaching, coupled with Jamaica's players natural attributes...both home-born and English-born, is a natural match...
And there should be a good Dutch coach out there who would be willing to take the Jamaica job on short notice...and get the needed results...Sept is still almost 3 months way...
Quite enough time, if action is taken NOW.
Mi kno nuff ites ago cuss mi fi dis, but my loyalty and love is to Jamaica...not Tappa.
Mi no ciaah who a coach di side...as long as Jamaica gets to Brazil.
I've read dem Ric; You give him one game, but I'd say if he loses both games against the USA him gone.
Loc: Miramar, FL, USA
Watson hopes to shake off shackles
Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter
JeVaughn Watson looks to get the ball away from Panama's Yairo Glaize (front) during a friendly international recently. - AP
Participating in his first World Cup Qualifying campaign, JeVaughn Watson has conceded to being a bit overwhelmed by the occasion.
The result has been the midfielder not being his usual expressive self in the team's opening two CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying (WCQ) semi-final matches.
The 28-year-old played the full 90 minutes in both the 2-1 win over Guatemala, at the National Stadium, and Tuesday's nil-all away draw with Antigua and Barbuda.
"It is the occasion, because even in last (Tuesday) night's game I got like two players and sometimes I can really take on the guys, but sometimes some of the players are moving behind, so I try to play a passing game," Watson said on Wednesday night at the Norman Manley International Airport after the team returned to the island.
"I think my performance could have been better, but I think in the second half I picked up my game because in the first half, I was probably a bit timid," he added.
Watson was concentrated in central midfield during his six years with national premier league outfit Sporting Central Academy. He has, however, so far been deployed in a wide role for the national team.
"I am comfortable playing there (wide) or wherever the coach puts me, because I am a professional soccer player and wherever I play, I will go there and do the best for myself and my country," Watson said. "Playing out there I get a lot of balls and I have a lot of speed and that's what the coach wants me to do, to run the flank up and down; I am a very mobile player, so I try to do whatever they say I should do," he added.
Jamaica next qualifier will be against the United States on September 7 and Watson is promising a more inspired performance.
Talk about new ideas. How about the JFF not contradicting itself. I've mentioned more than once about this Brazilian system we are trying to play. How many of our professional players play in Brazil? We have more than enough quality players playing in the UK and the US to field an extremely competitive team. These players are not super creative Brazilian style players; yet all of a sudden we are standing around scratching our heads because we can't find creative players to solidify our midfield. Well our players don't play in Brazil, they play in Europe and the US. Like Hamilton, my choice also would be to bring a Dutch style of play, with Dutch coaches, that does not require such individual brilliance but more team oriented football.. And this down the middle type of attack that Brazil have been using lately will not win them them World Cup, unless they go back to that wider type of game they played under Dunga.