Editorial | Vin Blaine, the JFF and crisis management

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Vin Blaine is right. Stepping down as coach of Jamaica’s women’s football team is, in the circumstances, «the right thing» to do.

The only surprise in Mr Blaine’s decision is the time it took him to arrive at it – more than a fortnight after it became public knowledge that his team had lost confidence in his leadership and had told the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) as much. Indeed, it ought to have mattered nought to Mr Blaine, even if it were the case, that the JFF had asked him to stay his hand, and declared a world of confidence in his abilities.

But it is not only Mr Blaine who erred. Again, the JFF displayed a lack of deftness in handling an admittedly difficult problem. It has lost time in Jamaica’s preparation for Concacaf’s qualifiers for the Women’s World Cup.

Mr Blaine is a relatively experienced football coach, including the women’s version of the sport. He previously served as head coach of the island’s junior women’s team, before becoming, in 2017, technical director of Grenada’s national football programme. He assumed the leadership of Jamaica’s senior women’s team last December, when his predecessor, Hubert Busby Jr, was forced to step down, having become enmeshed in a sex scandal from his days in charge of the Vancouver Whitecaps women’s team in Canada.

Judged by the team’s results, Mr Blaine would almost certainly be deemed to have performed decently in the position, albeit not against stellar opponents. In the pre-qualifiers, the team beat Bermuda (4-0), Grenada (6-1), Cayman Islands (9-0), and Dominican Republic (5-1) to earn a berth in the Concacaf tournament in Mexico in July at which Concacaf’s four teams for next year’s Women’s World Cup will be chosen.

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