Jamaica coach Theodore Whitmore has resigned his post after a run of poor form and results in CONCACAF qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™. The former midfielder who played for the Reggae Boyz when they reached the world finals at France 1998, made the announcement after his side’s 2-0 loss in Honduras on Tuesday.
“A coach’s tenure depends on results,” Jamaica Football Federation President Horace Burrell said. “And results have not been good.”
Jamaica’s best result in the final round of qualifying, known as the Hexagonal, came in their opening game in February, a 0-0 draw on the road against Mexico at Estadio Azteca. Since then, however, it has been all down hill. In their six games so far, the Boyz have scored only once and amassed only two points, leaving them firmly rooted to last place in the six-team group. Though they are not mathematically eliminated, their hopes of reaching Brazil are decidedly slim.
In a recent interview with FIFA.com, Whitmore spoke of the problems he saw in the camp. “We haven’t been able to play together as a team as much as I would like, and that creates problems.” Among those problems, most notably, was a lack of goal-scoring. Whitmore dropped all-time national team top-scorer Luton Shelton for the three qualifiers in June, a bold move that backfired.
Burrell said a replacement for Whitmore would be announced in the coming days. The islanders next game is on 6 September against Panama.