Wednesday 22 May, 2019

Whitmore withdraws letter of resignation

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

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

Theodore Whitmore is back as coach of the National men's senior football team following a mediation meeting called by Sports Minister Olivia Grange.

This was revealed on Friday through a release issued by the JFF on behalf of Grange, which stated that Whitmore would withdraw his letter of resignation, just after a week he walked away from the job because of a salary dispute with the JFF.

The release issued by the JFF stated that "Mr Whitmore would withdraw his recently submitted resignation and continue as head coach of the Reggae Boyz

"The Jamaica Football Federation will offer Whitmore a new contract and all issues between Whitmore and the JFF are now considered settled."

Before the resignation of Whitmore, the JFF and the coach had been meeting in recent months over an improved contract for the coach.

It has been reported that a recent meeting between the two parties was not convened because Whitmore failed to show up choosing instead to send a letter of resignation.

In February, Whitmore had given the JFF a month to increase his salary, just over two months after he was handed a new contract.

The one-month ultimatum from Whitmore was confirmed by Ricketts at the time.

There has been report that the new contract offered to Whitmore is said to be US$3,000 per month, just over J$370,000 compared to US$45,000 (J$5.6 million) per month that the JFF paid to  German coach Winfried "Winnie" Schäfer, between 2013 and 2016.

However, the reported figure to Whitmore was refuted by the JFF.

Whitmore's new contract was issued six months after he guided the Reggae Boyz to a second-place finish in the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament  in the USA.  The Reggae Boyz lost the final 2-1 against the host country.

Just recently, Ricketts had denied any rift between the JFF and Whitmore over the salary he was offered.

"We had an extended discussion  and I want to make it clear that the very first words that Mr Whitmore said were that ‘my meeting with you Mr President has nothing to do with money.’

“For the media persons who have been getting it all wrong, we have a wonderful relationship with Whitmore,” Ricketts said.

“I want to make it clear and for those persons who have misled the Jamaican people about issues with Whitmore and the JFF, this president and this new JFF, we have no issue at all with Coach Whitmore,” Ricketts had further said.

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