Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz could be heading into their friendly international against South Korea later this month without a coach, as Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore and his assistant Jerome Waite are yet to sign the new contracts presented to them by the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF).
Only months ago, the Michael Ricketts-led JFF decided to make the senior Reggae Boyz coaching staff, led by Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore permanent. But since that time, RJR Sports understands that only one member of the staff, physical trainer Lamar Morgan, had signed the contact. RJR Sports further understand that the contracts now being offered have been viewed as “disrespectful”.
That's a far cry from what Ricketts outlined on Hitz 92 FM’s Sports Grill while talking to Group Head of Sports Patrick Anderson on Monday. But our sources have revealed that neither Whitmore nor assistant coach Jerome Waite saw the contracts up to that time.
Waite happened to see his on Tuesday but left the JFF without signing what we understand was a $150,000 per month contract. As for Whitmore's salary, we understand that it is three times less than what he was getting in 2010. Our sources told us that Whitmore will not sign the under-valued contract either. We also understand that goalkeeper coach Warren Barrett is also yet to sign. The Reggae Boyz will play South Korea in Turkey on January 30.