Jamaica flagEven though he was once described by a Channel 5 executive as “the next big thing in live football TV presentation” (no, stop laughing, he was) John Barnes has decided to move back in to football management.

The ex Liverpool and England winger has taken over as the new national coach of Jamaica.

Born in Jamaica 44 year ago, Barnes replaces Brazilian Rene Simoes, who was sacked as technical director last week.

A JFF statement read: “The Jamaica Football Federation announces the appointment of Mr Barnes and he will take up official duties on 1st November.

“Mr Barnes will be in charge of the preparation of the national team for the Digicel Caribbean Cup (DCC) between 1st and 15th December and the Concacaf Gold Cup scheduled for June 2009.

“He will also be in charge of the final round of World Cup Qualifiers in 2009, should Jamaica advance to this stage of the competition.

“Mr Barnes’ contract will be reviewed following the aforementioned events.”

Barnes last coaching role ended with the sack from Celtic 8 years ago.

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