'Boyz support Whitmore 100%' - Lowe says calls to sack coach expected, but players always ready to work for him

By Sports Desk September 11, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jamaica Reggae Boyz defender, Damion Lowe, believes it is normal to hear calls to fire coaches after poor results, he insists, however, the team is 100 percent behind Theodore Whitmore, despite a rocky start to the World Cup qualifiers.

After three matches, the national team finds itself at the bottom of the eight-team final round group, with just one point to show.  A 2-1 loss to Mexico was followed by a damaging 3-0 home loss to Panama before the team finally got on the board with a 1-1 draw against Costa Rica.

The Panama result had proven particularly disturbing for some fans and pundits, with the Whitmore-led coaching unit making eight changes to a team that lost 2-1 away to Mexico.  With pandemic restrictions leaving several overseas-based players unavailable for some games in the qualifiers, it is, however, a delicate balance.

“To be honest, if you look at football, world football, when a coach gets a series of bad results everyone says, ‘get rid of the coach’ it’s normal,” Lowe told SportsMax.TVs InCaseYouMissedIT.

“But, if you look at Tappa’s record, if it’s not the best, it’s one of the best records,” he added.

Whitmore a former national player, who was crucial to the team’s historic progression to the 1998 World Cup, first took charge of the unit as an interim manager in 2007, became an assistant in 2008, before officially taking the reins from 2009-2013.  He returned for a second stint as head coach in 2016.

“I remember when Tappa returned for his third stint in 2016, nobody wanted us, nobody wanted the national team.  For me, Tappa has my 100 percent support, and these players support Tappa 100 percent.  They believe in him; they’ll work for him.  A coach wants players that will work for him and if you have a team and the players are not willing to work for you, then it doesn’t make sense.”

The national team will be back in action next month when the qualifiers resume away to the United States.

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