Gayle rues ‘premature’ JFF decision

May 19, 2020
Waterhouse FC players
Waterhouse FC players

Waterhouse head coach Marcel Gayle says that the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) acted prematurely in cancelling the 2019-2020 football season and declaring its results null and void.

Gayle said he is still not absolutely clear why the decision was taken but hopes it was done purely for health and safety reasons.

"I'm disappointed in the sense that the players, fans, and other stakeholders would have been looking forward to the finish," Gayle said. "But I am not clear on every information as to why the league was cancelled. I don't know the reason why, but I think it was premature. When I know what is the real reason, then I can give my piece, but I believe it's a bit premature.

"I don't know if it was a club decision and the [Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL)] clubs voted for this, or if it was a government or humanitarian decision."

Waterhouse led the RSPL standings before the season was anulled by the JFF on Friday, scrapping one of their best chances to take the national title for the first time in 14 years.

Lost some momentum

The Drewsland-based team started the season well, and although they lost some momentum during the second round, they picked up again in the third round. After 29 matches, Waterhouse led on 54 points, one ahead of Mount Pleasant and eight in front of defending champions Portmore United and Humble Lion in third and fourth, respectively.

Gayle, who had high hopes of leading his community club to the championship in his first season as head coach, was disheaterned that the season had to end without a conclusion.

"Mount Pleasant and Tivoli were also bubbling, so I think they were harbouring the same thoughts," he said. "It wasn't a given that we were going to win the league, but we must be a little disappointed because we would have liked to continue as this would have probably been our best chance. But let us hope that the decision suits everybody, not just my ego and my desire to win."

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