Following much speculation over the head coaching position for the Reggae Boyz, the Jamaica Football Federation (J.F.F) has turned to a surprise name for the role.
It has been confirmed that the Boyz will name Heimir Hallgrímsson as the senior national football team’s boss.
Hallgrímsson takes over the role from interim boss, Paul Hall, who took over from long-time manager and fellow former Boyz player, Theodore Whitmore, last December. Hall and the J.F.F. could not agree to terms on a permanent deal, leading to Hall returning to English Championship club, Queens Park Rangers, to coach the U23s.
Hallgrímsson has a very solid track record in international management, being a part of the Iceland national team setup between 2011 and 2018. He, alongside Lars Lagerbeck, led Iceland to their first European Championships in 2016, where they made an incredible run to the quarterfinals.
Icelandic FA confirm manager Heimir Hallgrímsson has stepped down after seven years:
Qualify for nation’s first European Championships ✅
Euro 2016 quarter-finalists ✅
Qualify for nation’s first World Cup ✅
Juggling job with being a dentist ✅
Placed 🇮🇸 on the map! pic.twitter.com/Dk3Lr8HyQ6
— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) July 17, 2018
Two years later, he led Iceland to a maiden World Cup appearance in 2018, where they took a point off two-time World Cup winners, Argentina.
The Reggae Boyz next match is a friendly with Argentina on September 27 at Red Bull Arena in New Jersey.
🇯🇲 call-ups to face Argentina! ✊🏿
Players on standby are Maliek Howell, Ricardo Thomas, Demario Phillips, Jourdain Fletcher, Cory Burke & Coniah Boyce-Clarke.
.#ReggaeBoyz #InternationalFriendly #ARGJAM #JFF_Football pic.twitter.com/HWS1G7rWtJ
— Official J.F.F (@jff_football) September 12, 2022
Since leaving Iceland, Hallgrímsson managed Al-Alrabi in the Qatar Stars League. He also has worked as a dentist in his native country for several years.
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