Newly-installed Reggae Boyz head coach Heimir Hallgrimsson has declared that he’s taken on the troublesome job not due to cash, however due to the big potential for fulfillment that it carries.
The 55-year-old Icelandic dentist, a former participant who guided his tiny nation, the least populated (360,000) to have ever certified for the FIFA males’s World Cup Finals in 2018, made the declaration throughout his unveiling by the Jamaica Soccer Federation (JFF) at a press convention on the Jamaica Pegasus resort on Friday.
Hallgrimsson has agreed to a four-year contract as head coach together with his predominant goals being to construct a group to compete for qualification for the 2026 FIFA World Cup Finals to be co-hosted by Canada, the IUS and Mexico, in addition to to assist develop the game regionally by teaching training and participant improvement.
“I’m honoured and I’m grateful, however most of all excited for this chance. First impression of Jamaica is a really optimistic one, good reception from all folks I meet,” Hallgrimsson greeted Friday’s attendees.
“I’m slightly bit completely different than most coaches in a manner that it isn’t in my earnings to be a coach; in Iceland soccer isn’t skilled, so the earnings comes from dentistry, however I made a decision very long time in the past that if I had the possibility to change into an expert [coach] I’d go and do this. My ardour is soccer, so after I’m doing soccer time flies, overlook to eat, and so on, and so on, so after I was on the lookout for initiatives to educate the following time, I used to be actually selective.”
He added: “It was not about cash, it was concerning the undertaking and for me, it was an ideal match to come back now to Jamaica and to attempt to repair what’s damaged… some obstacles now we have to cross and now we have to enhance some massive issues however for me, it was an ideal match. I see a lot potential right here and if I examine this one to the Icelandic undertaking I feel the potential is way more than in Iceland, so I’m actually wanting ahead to begin.”
Hallgrimsson had already secured success as joint head coach of Iceland with Lars Largerback previous to the World Cup Last, because the group superior to the quarter-finals of EURO 2016 in France in a event through which they shocked England 2-1.
The physician will likely be accompanied by two assistants, assistant coach John Wall from Sweden and compatriot and goalkeeper coach Gudmundur Hreidarsson. Merron Gordon, who was assistant coach to interim head coach Paul Corridor, will likely be retained as an assistant coach.
In keeping with Hallgrimsson, Wall “is a Swedish UEFA Elite coach. He’s a instructor, has a BA in Sports activities Science, coached at many ranges in Sweden. He was a tactical coach for the Finnish nationwide group which had big success. He’s good in participant improvement and actually helpful within the transition in serving to the native gamers to a better normal and finally and hopefully to the nationwide group.
“The opposite employees member I’ll deliver with me is Gudmundur Hreidarsson… I labored with him for seven years within the nationwide group. All of the years I used to be there he was the goalkeeper coach. He’s, in my view, among the finest ones I’ve seen. He has the best training potential for goalkeeper coaches in Europe, very skilled. Once more, one other one who labored in any respect ranges of soccer, he’s nice at growing goalkeepers and he’s been within the teaching training in Iceland for 20 years plus, however not solely that he’s additionally in UEFA doing programs for goalkeeper coaches round Europe.”
Hallgrimsson says all three of them have teaching training in frequent for a very long time, have all been youth coaches, coached in any respect ranges, coached each genders, and that all of them need to share to Jamaicans what they know as a result of it’s all about sharing, giving and taking.
He defined that his primary process was to construct a group for the World Cup 2026. “We’ve got a 12 months till we begin playoffs (World Cup qualification) the group stage of the World Cup so now we have to begin shortly and attempt to stabilize the Jamaica nationwide group. The second job is helping within the enchancment of soccer right here in Jamaica by teaching training and dealing with elite gamers and we’re joyful to be part of this and help in that. However whereas doing this, everyone knows that in each match there’s a stress to win. There may be an expectation to win and no coach will survive in his job with out profitable soccer matches, so that’s simply the fundamental truth.
“So sure, we need to have a great group in 2026 however everyone knows now we have to win the matches we play beginning now in opposition to Argentina. So two various things, first to develop expertise and the second to enhance the nationwide group and I feel each of those initiatives can help one another.”
However what are his plans, how is he going to implement the modifications?
“To begin with from expertise, I used to be in Qatar for 3 years, I believed I used to be one of the best coach on this planet, wished to vary all of the gamers there to change into Icelandic gamers with the Icelandic mentality, however certain I hit the wall there, so now I’m skilled sufficient to know that I’ve to adapt to the Jamaican tradition.
“I’ve to study the way you do issues right here earlier than I begin to inform folks all of the issues I need to do, so I’ve to adapt first then we discover a compromise. Sure, I’ve my concepts how to achieve success internationally and these will likely be my first months to attempt to be taught as a lot as potential.”
In the meantime, JFF President Michael Ricketts has acknowledged that the appointment of Hallgrimsson at the moment coincides with the native governing physique’s deliberate technique to begin anew amid inner modifications.
He known as the seize of the Icelander’s companies as a sport changer.
“Girls and gents, on behalf of the Jamaica Soccer Federation I want to formally announce that Mr Heimir Hallgrimsson has accepted the supply of the JFF to change into the pinnacle coach of the senior Nationwide Males’s Crew for the interval of 4 years.
“The JFF is extraordinarily happy with its determination to interact Heimir. He has all of the crucial expertise that the place requires in our nation. It’s my agency perception that the Jamaican folks, followers, stakeholders, certainly gamers and help employees may even be happy.
Ricketts says his administration is happy that this appointment comes at a time when the governing physique for the game on the island can start a sluggish however regular, well-planned and well-strategized marketing campaign to 2026.
He famous that the timing provides the brand new head coach time to construct a brand new philosophy, a mode of play, an id and to not point out that every one this will likely be occurring with the Jamaican gamers in new gear as of January 2023, due to a brand new cope with package sponsor adidas.
The JFF boss famous that thrilling occasions are forward and it was time for the followers to see and admire the alternatives forward. He additionally known as for potential sponsors, companions, well-wishers, regionally, abroad, to reply to or to supply funding and different help for the nationwide groups.
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