Offended Reggae Girlz assistant does not want top job without changes

By December 05, 2019
Lorne Donaldson Lorne Donaldson

Assistant coach of Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz, Lorne Donaldson, does not want to step into the vacancy left by the departing Hue Menzies if women’s football in the country is treated the same way it has been.

Menzies indicated that he was quitting the job of head coach of the women’s team on Tuesday evening, saying the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) had not communicated with him about the future of his contract which expired in August, owed him money in unpaid salaries and reimbursements for personal expenses.

Donaldson, who is also executive director of coaching at Real Colorado Soccer, has had the same issues with the JFF as his head coach with the national team.

“I don't have a lot of interest in doing something that is not working. I mean, I am a professional, I love to do things that work and things that will have honest and capable people with integrity, so we can all work together. And it doesn't seem like this is a good working relationship because nobody wants to listen,” Donaldson told Jamaica newspaper, The Jamaica Observer.

In that interview, Donaldson was very frank, saying the JFF needed to become a more professional organization for the sake of the girls under its charge.

“There has to be full payment of the coaches. We haven't gotten a dime; we did it for five years and signed a small contract, we always say it is not the money, but we want to leave this thing in a better place when somebody else comes in at least there is something there. But this is just poor,” said Donaldson.

“And then we have to look at the ladies having some kind of contract; [even] if it's a game-to-game contract or match appearance fee, there has to be something moving forward,” he said.

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