KINGSTON, Jamaica (Sporting Alert) — Jamaica national football head coach Theodore Whitmore says he was always confident that his side would have progressed to the final round of CONCACAF qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup, but from all indications, the former Reggae Boy had nothing else to hold going for him.
Whitmore, a member of the 1998 World Cup squad, was quoted as telling reporters after the match: “Despite the situation which faced us I always had the confidence and the belief in my group of players and the coaching staff that we could pull it off.
“We knew it would be difficult and credit to Antigua and Barbuda they gave us a fight.
“But I knew that playing at home, and given the quality players we have, that getting the required result was possible.”
But we all knew that things were not as comfortable as the boss made it seemed.
The jobs of Whitmore and his coaching staff were certainly on the line heading into the game on Tuesday night and things definitely looked as though it was heading for a disaster when Guatemala took the lead against the United States.
However, the important 4-1 win over Antigua and Barbuda and the help from the USA, which recovered from going down to defeat Guatemala 3-1, spared the coaches jobs, at least for now.
“There would have been severe casualties, there’s no doubt about it, had we not advanced to the final round,” Jamaica’s Football Federation president, Captain Horace Burrell said after the game.
“Football coaching jobs is about results, so it would have even been disastrous in that area.
“I have no doubt that we would have had to have changes, so I am very happy with the way things have gone so far and we continue to hope for the best.”
All eyes will now be on Whitmore and his team when the final qualifying round begins next year.