Theodore Whitmore (Photo from the Gleaner)
Coach Whitmore does have his positives as he is the 2nd winningest coach in the country’s history (52) behind the only man to steer the black, green, and gold ship to the World Cup, Rene Simoes (55). He was always used as a man to steady the ship, what he’s capable of doing, but anything more is not what he is about. Also, he won the Caribbean Cup in his first stint as head coach in 2010 and was runners-up to a very good Mexico side in the 2017 Gold Cup.
Where it gets bad is the ineptness of his tactics. This is not 1998 anymore, playing side-to-side and hitting a ball over the top does not work in today’s football. You wouldn’t even see it at the Preparatory level of football. Every game it’s the same 4-4-2, long ball downfield, sit behind and hop for some individual brilliance to bail him out. When this happened in the early 2000s it was okay because the team was not that well put together, but with the players now it is a crime against football. Players who are playing some of their best football in Europe such as West Ham United striker Michail Antonio, Sporting Charleroi forward Shamar Nicholson (10 goals in 12 games), consistent starters when fit like Leon Bailey at Aston Villa, Brentford’s Ethan Pinnock, and even Fulham’s Bobby Decordova-Reid, they are not used to the basic style of play.
Interim Head Coach Paul Hall (Sportsmax)
Darren Moore came to the coaching scene as interim manager at West Bromwich Albion in 2018 when, even though they were destined for relegation, nearly pulled off the great escape, even beating 2nd placed Manchester United 1-0. He was then appointed later that year in May after relegation to the Championship. When the season began they were undoubtedly favorites to win the Championship. Moore was dismissed while they were 4th in the league table in March 2019.
Darren Moore while at Sheffield Wednesday (SkySports)
In March 2021, Moore left Doncaster after seeing his side win all league games in January, and being nominated for manager of the month. He was courted and left for Sheffield Wednesday who at the time were in the relegation zone of the Championship. Long story short, he could not perform the great escape. The club from Sheffield is now in League One (currently 8th) seven points off first place. His great work was noticed when he was nominated for manager of the month for November, collecting eleven out of a possible fifteen points, and remaining unbeaten.