Theodore Whitmore has resigned his role as head coach of Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz soccer team. Confirmation of Whitmore’s resignation on April 6, 2018, was provided by Dalton Wint, the general secretary of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF). The reasons for Whitmore’s leaving are thought to be related to salary issues, although no officials have commented on the specifics. The Federation offered him $3,000 per month recently, which is far below the $45,000 per month provided to Whitmore’s predecessor, Winfried Schaefer of Germany.
Whitmore’s most recent period with the Boyz was his fourth either as the head coach or interim head coach. In 2016, he was named interim coach following the resignation of Schaefer. Whitmore’s greatest accomplishment with the team occurred in July 2017 when Jamaica attained the runner-up spot to the United States in the Gold Cup competition.
Whitmore, 45, was a member of the 1998 Jamaica team that qualified for the World Cup in France, scoring twice for the Reggae Boyz as they claimed victory over Japan 2-1. Edward Seaga, the former Prime Minister of Jamaica and chair of the Premier League Clubs Association, completely supports Whitmore’s decision to resign, but Ambassador A. B. Stewart Stephenson hopes that the situation can be resolved.
Whitmore emailed his resignation following months of discussions with the JFF over the salary package he was offered.
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