Antigua & Barbuda Football Association (ABFA) could soon be on the hunt for a new technical director.
This comes after news that former Scottish player, William “Billy” McEwan, who had been employed with the FA since February of 2010, left the country in December and has signalled that he will not be returning.
Sources have confirmed that although some members of the ABFA are still trying to convince the 59-year-old former Sheffield United coach to rethink his decision, they have already started sourcing a replacement for both the national programme and the professional Barracuda FC outfit.
Rumours are that the FA is currently in talks with Scottish Technical Advisor Brian Hamilton on a suitable replacement for McEwan.
According to one source, McEwan had become “uncomfortable” with not being able to receive the required tools that would allow him to adequately prepare teams ahead of regional and international tournaments.
Added to that, questions had been raised by some local clubs as it pertains to the TD’s dual role as director of the national teams and as TD of Barracuda FC.
The clubs felt that it presented a conflict of interest to have McEwan working with a professional squad while being employed by ABFA from whom he was being paid a salary.
When contacted, ABFA General Secretary Gordon “Banks” Derrick did not wish to comment on the issue, stating only that he was scheduled to hold talks with McEwan.
Efforts to reach President Everton “Batow” Gonsalves proved futile.