Lorne Donaldson part ways with the Jamaica Football Federation
Lorne Donaldson is no longer the man in charge of Jamaica’s national senior women’s football team.
Donaldson who led the reggae girls to an historic round of 16 appearance at the recent FIFA women’s world cup finals in Australia and new Zealand saw his contract come to an end ……………….. after Jamaica faced Canada in the return leg of the two-way Olympic playoff earlier this week at the BMO field in Toronto where they lost 2-1 on the night to go down 4-1 on aggregate.
Irie Fm sports has learnt that the technical committee of the Jamaica football federation did not endorse his re-engagement……….leaving the federation now in search of a new coach to guide Jamaica’s campaign to qualify for the inaugural Concacaf Women’s Gold Cup which begins next month.
A release from the JFF…..the local governing body for football says the decision to part company followed an extended discussion at the JFF offices where both parties agreed the contract would not be renewed
In the meantime there were indications that the JFF was ready to part company with Donaldson prior to the start of world cup, following an incident ahead of a team bonding initiative when he told a director of the JFF that the girls would not stay on the bus to Ocho Rios if she boarded the bus.
This sparked outrage among the JFF leadership and led to Donaldson being summoned to an early morning meeting at the JFF.
It is likely that assistant coach Xavier Gilbert could be called in to fill the slot on a temporary basis.