Simoes chopped

Rene Simoes has been fired as coach of the Jamaican team, just nine months into his second stint with the squad.

The Jamaica Football Federation confirmed that it ‘severed ties with Simoes and his Brazilian staff’ following a 2-0 loss to Honduras in Wednesday’s CONCACAF World Cup qualifier at San Pedro Sula.

Simoes, 55, was brought back by the JFF last December, signing a three-year contract to succeed Bora Milutinovic, who was dismissed for breach of contract, and interim coach Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore.

Simoes previously served as coach and technical director of the Reggae Boyz from 1994 for six years, helping Jamaica become the first English-speaking nation from the Caribbean to clinch a World Cup berth in 1998.

He later led Brazil’s women’s team to the silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, and handled Trinidad and Tobago men’s team, Iran’s Under-23 team and Brazil’s Under-20 team.

Jamaica have earned just one point in Group Two of regional qualifying, having drawn with Canada 1-1 and lost 3-0 to Mexico in their previous road matches.

The Reggae Boyz, ranked 105th in the world, will host Mexico on October 11, Honduras on October 15 and Canada on October 19 and must win all three to have a realistic chance of going through.

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