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Menzies may go! - JFF weighs up relationship with Menzies, unsure about contract renewal

Published:Tuesday | October 29, 2019 | 12:00 AMRobert Bailey/Gleaner Writer
Head coach Hue Menzies (left) joins in as the Reggae Girlz undertake warm up drills at a training session at Stade Eugene Thenard in Grenoble, France on Sunday June 16, 2019 ahead of their FIFA Women’s World Cup Group C match against Australia.

Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) president Michael Ricketts has said that the contracts of the national senior women’s football team coaching staff may not be renewed by his association.

The contracts of head coach Hue Menzies and his assistant, Lorne Donaldson, expired at the end of August, two months after the Reggae Girlz’s participation at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.

Ricketts told The Gleaner yesterday that the JFF held a board meeting on Saturday but its executive had not yet decided whether the coaches’ contracts would be extended.

“There are a number of things that you assess the coaches on, not just their success, but the relationship with the JFF, and that came up in the meeting, but we can’t make a public announcement yet,” Ricketts said.

However, when contacted yesterday, Menzies said he had not heard from the JFF regarding his tenure with the team, but that he was willing to continue in his post.

“They have to have a plan to make sure everything is good, but they haven’t come back to us as yet,” Menzies said.

Menzies said that despite previous reports, he and his colleagues were yet to receive any payment from the JFF since the World Cup.

“We keep doing events, and we keep getting our results, but they have to have a plan,” he said. “I keep giving back to my country for nothing because we haven’t gotten paid as yet because they say they are waiting for the FIFA money to pay us.”

Ricketts said that the JFF is looking to revamp the national women’s technical staff set up, not just at the senior level but at all age groups.

“We have to look at the entire coaching staff because after the Olympic qualifiers, we have the Under-17 and Under-20 (qualifiers), so we probably have to engage different coaches for the Under-17 and Under-20, and that is the reason why we are really looking at the entire complement of technical people,” he said.