JFF unaware of Menzies departure, not worried about Reggae Girlz future

By December 05, 2019
Dalton Wint and Hue Menzies Dalton Wint and Hue Menzies

Jamaica Football Federation General Secretary, Dalton Wint, says he has received nothing in writing from former Reggae Girlz coach, Hue Menzies.

Menzies, the man who created history when he became the first coach to oversee a Caribbean team that successfully qualified for the FIFA Women’s World Cup, publicly quit his post on Tuesday, citing a fracture in the relationship with the JFF.

That fracture, Menzies, said, came courtesy of a lack of communication over unpaid salaries and reimbursements.

According to Wint, a departure by the coach will not affect the girls too much despite the fast-approaching CONCACAF Final Round Women’s Olympic Qualifying early next year.

“I don’t know (if he has resigned). I can’t operate like that as a general secretary. I have nothing in writing,” said Wint.

Menzies has acknowledged not sending anything in writing to the JFF but said he would have done so in short order.

“I don’t know how attached they were (to Menzies), but they play for the national team of Jamaica, not for a coach,” he said.

“We had coaches in the programme before, so either we can bring in a new one or we elevate people to the position,” Wint said.

“It is possible that it (resignation) can (affect players mentally). But in life, things change in the blink of an eye and these are mature persons, who can make adjustments. As soon as we hear from the coach that he is not interested, we will inform the girls.”

As for the fracture in the relationship between Menzies and the JFF, the General Secretary has explained that his organization has done much in the way of restitution where it can.

“Mr Menzies has received all money owed. Anything he hasn’t received it’s because he has no justification for it. Anything he asked for and there is justification, he has received, so what has been confirmed has been reimbursed. He might be right (that there are fees outstanding to him) but we don’t have that being submitted with proof, so personal funds have been reimbursed, but his salary is still outstanding,” Wint stated.

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