by Kyle Williams | Jul 8, 2024 | General | 0 comments

(Outgoing Reggae Boyz coach Heimir Halgrimsson)

Once again, after two years the Jamaica Reggae Boyz are in the market for a new head coach. Following the 3-0 defeat to Venezuela in the 2024 Copa America, Icelandic coach Heimir Halgrimsson resigned from the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) after a dismal showing, scoring 1 goal and losing all three games.

Halgrimsson, 57, has had to oversee some disastrous times with the country being ranked in the high 60s, to a country now ranked 53rd and does have some reputable players to look forward to having in the national setup. Reports are that Halgrimsson left his role as head coach due to a “lack of trust” within the federation.

Although it shows the incompetence on the federation’s side, he also had differences with players including the suspension of Aston Villa forward Leon Bailey and trying to incorporate him back with the squad when most players did not want that player back in the group.

With the position becoming available at the worst possible time with FIFA World Cup Qualifiers later this year, the players are put in a terrible position and the federation is in a tough spot for the next coach. Technical director of the JFF Rudolph Speid has made one thing clear: they want to hire a modern coach. Two years ago we were in this position and I gave my two cents, well we are doing that again with more “modern” coaches.

DAVID MOYES (61 years old / 4-2-3-1 formation)

(Europa Conference League winner David Moyes)

Now hear me out, Moyes is a modern coach as he has won a European trophy for West Ham within the last 3 years, which is their ONLY European trophy in their history. David Moyes has been a head coach at the top level in the English Premier League for the better part of 15 years and has been a consistent manager.

The manager also has a decent reputation for developing players when you look at what he did with Romelu Lukaku, Lucas Paqueta, Jarrod Bowen, and reggae boy Michail Antonio. With a record of steadying ships and developing talent, Moyes could be the best candidate for the job. But why would he choose Jamaica? Well currently there are slim pickings for the Scotsman and at 61 years old he may not want to retire and international management may be what keeps him going.

DARREN MOORE (50 years old / 3-4-1-2 formation)

(Port Vale official website)

I made mention of Darren Moore two years ago when he was the Sheffield Wednesday manager, now as the manager of Port Vale in EFL League Two, he should still be in the running to be Reggae Boyz’s head coach. Big Dave is a manager who loves to have his team pressing high up the field and in an organized fashion.

For as long as I’ve been following this team, a modern play style is something the fans have been crying out for and Moore could be the one to bring it. Compensation may be the only stumbling block to acquiring his services, but Darren could be a great appointment.

CHRIS HUGHTON (65 years old / 4-2-3-1 formation)

(Former Ghanaian manager Chris Hughton)

Another option that people will think is unrealistic, but Hughton is currently available after being relieved of his duties as the manager of Ghana, the ex-Brighton manager has shown over the years how his teams are defensively resolute. Back in the 2017/18 season in the Premier League, Brighton conceded the 8th least goals (54) in the league season displaying that fantastic defensive record.

Looking at the past campaign at the Copa America, Jamaica conceded seven (7) goals which was the most of any CONCACAF nation. Chris Hughton might be the answer to the Jamaican defensive problems.

JONATHAN MORGAN (35 years old / formation unknown)

(Former Leicester women’s team boss Jonathan Morgan)

This is as left-field of an option as you can get. Jonathan Morgan is not even a men’s team coach currently as he was last at the helm of Sheffield United’s women’s team. Morgan has never coached in the men’s field and this experiment could go wrong, but he does fit the criteria of a “modern coach” just the wrong gender in this context. He was previously in the running for the Reggae Girlz head coaching role before allegations surfaced about him and a player being in a “relationship.”

DUNGA (60 years old / formation unknown)

(Brazil legend Dunga)

If Morgan was left field, then this is a fairy tale. Dunga, a former Copa America winner with Brazil, and has been unemployed since 2016 is still young for a manager. At 60 years old, Dunga returning to management wouldn’t be off the cards if the offer was right. Plus the last time Jamaica had a World Cup run was with a Brazilian head coach, Rene Simoes.

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Well, I am 18 years old currently undergoing my Bachelors of Science in Media and communications. I'm currently in my first semester and I would like to be a sports analyst in the future. I am also from Jamaica. I would like to work at one of the biggest sports companies in the world (ESPN/SKY/BT) but everyone needs a start and I would love it if you were to give me that start.


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