Simoes wears the Reggae colours again


By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser

rene_simoes.jpgRene Simoes the man who took Jamaica to the FIFA World Cup in France 1998 has returned as the new Technical Director for the national programme.

Captain Horace Burrell head of the Jamaican Football Federation made the announcement during a press conference held at the federation headquarters in New Kingston recently.

Simoes who coached the Brazilian series B club Cortiba to top flight competition, will take over from the embattled Bora Mulutinovic who parted ways with the Jamaica Football Federation close to a month ago.

It has been reported on a Brazilian website that Simoes have turned down offers from other countries, to take up the Reggae Boyz mantle based on the relationship with Jamaica in the past.

Interim coach Theodore "Tappa" Whitmore will retain his job as an assistance coach to work alongside the three other assistants who will come with Simoes from Brazil.

Professor Simoes will be in charge of all football including women and youth programs and is also responsible for selecting local coaches to assist him in the technical department. His base salary has been reported as $600,000 U.S annually over the next three years.

The Federation is looking forward to qualify for the world cup that will be staged in South Africa in 2010, and Simoes is charged with the responsibility of taking the Senior Reggae Boyz there.