The former Liverpool and England forward John Barnes, 44, has been named as the new coach of the Jamaica national team. Barnes, who was born in Kingston before moving to England with his family as a teenager, will start work in November on a one-year contract.
Barnes takes over from Brazilian Rene Simoes, who was sacked as technical director last week. He has not worked as a coach since being fired as Glasgow Celtic manager in 2000 after just one year in the job.
Jamaican Football Federation President Horace Burrell believes the appointment will help increase the profile of the Jamaican side. "When you are involved in international football you need an individual with international stature," he said. "Having a coach of international repute opens a number of opportunities for our national team."
Jamaica is last in its World Cup qualifying group, with one point from three games, although its remaining three games are all at home.