Brown: Jamaica can still qualify

Carl Brown is hoping that Jamaica can still qualify for the World Cup finals in South Africa in 2010 despite their setbacks.

The Cayman Islands technical director of football coached the Reggae Boyz five times over 23 years and was head coach when Jamaica got to the World Cup finals in 1998.

Rene Simoes was the technical director then but the Brazlian’s second spell with Jamaica ended with a sacking two weeks ago after two defeats in World Cup qualifiers.

Jamaica must win their remaining three home matches to have a chance of qualifying for the next round.

Jamaican Brown thinks they can do it. ‘It’s very tough, but I think we’ve still got a slim chance that we’ll be able to go through,’ he said. ‘We have to treat every game we play now as a World Cup final. Our first chance of going through is to win the first one against Mexico at home.’

Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore is the interim coach until John Barnes takes over on November 1.

Brown said: ‘John is a homegrown talent. He knows the people and what is expected of him. He has played professionally at the highest level.’

Brown thinks the wealth of experience Barnes gleaned in a glittering career playing for Liverpool and England will boost Jamaica.

‘I think that is what we have to get from him. I’m certain that he would have learnt a lot over the years he has played and this is one of the things he’ll have to get across to the players.

‘They need to develop a good professional attitude and discipline and I’m certain that once we improve these two areas because we do have enough talent out there. They are the two areas we need to improve on and once Barnes is able to help us I’m certain that we’ll see some improvement.’