Western clubs need structure – Tomlinson
Everton Tomlinson, president of the Westmoreland Football Association, said that a lack of proper organisational structure among western clubs is the reason behind their fall from grace in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL).
Montego Bay United (MBU) currently occupy last place in the 12-team RSPL with 19 points, five adrift of Dunbeholden, in 10th. FC Reno of Westmoreland, also in the drop zone, are two points ahead. Only eight rounds of matches remain in the regular season.
Tomlinson is disappointed to see that the two former champions have to be fighting to stay afloat in the nation’s top-flight football.
“The problem with football in western Jamaica is that we lack proper organisation and club structure. The business side of football is what is letting us down and as a result of our poor business approach, we are not able to attract fans and sponsorship,” Tomlinson said.
Tomlinson said that what Orville Powell was able to achieve in the recent past with MBU, after putting in a good structure, is proof of what can be achieved with a better organisational structure in the western clubs.
“For some 20-odd years, now I’ve been saying we need to offer patrons more than football on a game day, and it must be properly marketed. Talent alone cannot carry football anymore. The talent may help us to remain in the competition, but it won’t allow us to win,” Tomlinson said.
“We have to give credit to Mr Powell, who structured and organised Montego Bay United like a business and was able to gain some success along the road. He was a very good driver, very determined and serious administrator, and the result of that was seen,” he added.
“We are not seeing other clubs taking that approach.”