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What about the Boyz?: Part 3

 

posted by Focused on February 11, 2010 @ 2:05 pm in SPORTS

Part 2 of this series looked at the importance of establishing football academies in Jamaica. One cannot talk about establishing a high standard of football in Jamaica without mentioning coaches. Coaches are the ones responsible for nurturing players of all ages and skill levels. Even the most talented player in the world will not reach his peak without the guidance of a good coach. As far as Jamaica’s national football team is concerned, having Theodore Whitmore as the current head coach is a step in the right direction. Why ?

 

Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore embodies the Jamaican football success story. He excelled in Jamaica’s top football league, earning a spot on the national team. Having become a key player on the Reggae Boyz squad, Whitmore showcased his skills in front of a world audience during the 1998 Fifa World Cup in France. His performance earned him a contract with the professional English football team Hull City. Whitmore would then go on to play for Livingston (Scottish Premier League) and Tranmere Rovers (English League). As a coach, he started his career with Montego Bay outfit Seba United before becoming an assistant coach with the Jamaican national team. How does this help Jamaican players? Whitmore’s experience allows him to inspire them.

 

Having moved up the ranks both as a player and as a coach, Theodore Whitmore knows where his players are coming from. He has been there. He can relate to their desire to play in the world’s top leagues and, more importantly, he has experienced something that every football player dreams of: playing (and scoring) at the World Cup, the pinnacle of the sport. Communication between a coach and his players is key as he needs to find the best ways of motivating them. Whitmore shouldn’t have any problems in that area.

 

Last, but not least, Jamaican football coaching needs continuity at the national team level. It takes a certain amount of time for a coach’s philosophy to materialize on the football field. Continuity also allows a team, in this case a national institution, to have an identity. Let us not forget that Rene Simoes (Jamaica’s coach in the 1998 World Cup) had more than 3 years to build his team before going to the World Cup. Theodore Whitmore (and any other coach) should be given the necessary amount of time to build his team. His success would inspire coaches across Jamaica to give coaching their all. His success would also send the message to the Jamaican football players that coaching the national team is a viable option for their post-playing career.

 

To be continued…

 

 

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