The General Secretary of the Grenada Football Association last week announced that the GFA is making final preparations for the naming of a new Technical Director.
Addressing members of the media during a briefing last week to unveil GFA’s 2017 programmes, General Secretary Ken Martin Whiteman said the association is satisfied with the quality of people who have applied for the position, which was advertised in January.
According to Whiteman some twenty-three applications were received with the majority coming from England and Germany. However he noted that five Grenadians have applied for the position but having narrowed the list to just three people, no Grenadian made it to that point.
Whiteman noted that while among the applicants from Grenada, a number of individuals had impressive CVs, when compared with those from outside , they fell short in terms of ability, competence, relevant experience particularly in the area of coaches development, and the ability to act as an instructor.
Whiteman said that having perused the list thoroughly, most of the people were highly qualified, tested and very experienced and therefore it was a tedious task narrowing it down to just the final three; nevertheless he said he is confident that the three people now on the short list, possess the necessary skill set, experience and qualification that fits into the GFA’s plans for the future of football in Grenada.
Whiteman noted that the new technical director would be given a two year contract in the first instance, during which time the GFA hopes that the current situation of Grenada’s football would be given critical attention. The association will also train selected Grenadians in the area of Technical Directorship to ensure that in the future they can find talent locally to fill that post. The area of Technical Director has been a grey one for the Grenada FA for a number of years, having been faced with numerous resignations in the past five years with the most recent being Trevor Mc Intosh who tendered his resignation in January citing lack of resources and cooperation from the GFA.
However in last week’s media briefing Whiteman said while he does not wish to labour over the issue of Mc Intosh’s resignation and although resources have been a consideration, the job of TD spans a lot more than just organizing a programme, hence the reason he said, this time the focus would be on being able to build coaching talent, give technical direction and build technical programmes.
Informer learned that based on the individuals under consideration, the new TD is likely to come England or Germany and that announcement is expected by the middle of March.
Meanwhile, last week’s media briefing also touched on a number programmes and initiatives expected to be undertaken by the GFA for 2017, among them the GFA U 19 programme which should have started last week; the FLOW Ultimate Soccer experience; the upcoming WIFA Tournament; club licensing programme and the opening of the 2017 football season.