With Theodore “Tappa” Whitmore resigning as the head coach of the senior Reggae Boyz team on Friday, former KSAFA president and Jamaica Football Federation Director Ambassador Stewart Stephenson says it came as massive surprise to him that the 1998 World Cup winner tendered his resignation.
“Dialogue between ‘Tappa’ and the JFF administration has been going on for some time; since the election of last year September. Everybody knew that Tappa’s contract was up and he was awaiting negotiation and settlement and I am very surprised; I would almost say shocked that it has come to this, where Tappa’s has had to resign because he couldn’t come to some successful conclusion to the negotiations,” said Stephenson.
Ambassador Stephenson who challenged Michael Ricketts for the presidency last year, is urging the federation to reach a position of compromise with Whitmore. “I expect that at some stage that we are going to do a good deal for Tappa because it’s in his and our interest. It’s not in Jamaica’s interest at this time for Tappa not to be running the national programme as its lead coach, full stop. Somehow, we have to find a way to sit down with Tappa, find a way to get him back on track and find a way to get funds to pay him, noted Stephenson.
Whitmore was into his fourth stint as head coach for the senior Reggae Boyz. The Reggae Boyz have upcoming friendly internationals against St Kitts/Nevis and Antigua/Barbuda at the end of the month.