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Jamaica coach back in the hot seat

BOSS MAN: Theodore Whitmore

THEODORE WHITMORE is back in the hot seat as head coach of Jamaica's Reggae Boyz, following mediation talks on Friday.

Olivia Grange, the Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment & Sport, chaired the meeting with Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) president Michael Ricketts (right) and Whitmore.

Whitmore had offered his resignation, with immediate effect, a week before. But he allegedly admitted that it had been an impromptu decision due to frustration over an improved contract. The 45-year-old withdrew his resignation and was offered a new contract by the JFF on Friday.

This was revealed through a press release issued by the JFF on behalf of Grange and stated: "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."

Prior to the shock resignation of Whitmore, the former Boyz midfielder had been discussing an improved contract for the coach.

And after Whitmore gave the JFF a one-month ultimatum in February to improve his contract, reportedly at US$3,000pcm, Whitmore allegedly failed to show up and instead opted to send a letter of resignation.

Whitmore, who last year guided the Boyz to a second-place finish in both the Caribbean Cup and he CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament in the USA, will return to duties with immediate effect.

His next job is to prepare to tackle forthcoming away friendlies against St Kitts & Nevis (26 April) and Antigua & Barbuda (April 29).

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