The Commentators: Butler weighs in on ‘poor tactics’ from Reggae Boyz coaches

By Ricardo Chambers & Donald Oliver August 24, 2019
Craig Butler speaks with The Commentators. Craig Butler speaks with The Commentators.

Craig Butler, the agent and adoptive father to Bayer Leverkusen star and Jamaica international Leon Bailey, says Jamaica’s football coaching staff is too defensive-minded during games, and he believes their egos will not improve the country’s football.

Butler was speaking during the latest edition of The Commentators with Ricardo Chambers and Donald Oliver.

“We are playing not to lose versus playing to score more goals than the opponents. The reality of it is we have coaches now that are coaching who have not been educated in Europe… and we are going to ask them to manage at the same level, players who are coming from Europe playing at a higher level, and it’s going to be very difficult for those coaches with their egos… to recognize that the players are a little bit ahead of them,” Butler said.

While Jamaica’s senior team reached the semi-finals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the national Under 23 squad failed to make it to the next round of Olympic qualifiers after drawing both their first-round group games at home. St. Kitts and Nevis advanced ahead of both Jamaica and Dominica.

Butler also insinuated that JFF President Michael Ricketts believes something is lacking in the National Programme and changes will be made.

“There must be something lacking, and it has to do with the mentality of the players which comes from the mentality of the coaches” Butler asserted.

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