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Crevoisier’s ABC role deal

Jacques Crevoisier

The Bermuda Football Association (BFA) may not want him but French coach Jacques Crevoisier still seems set to work on the Island as a part-time technical consultant.The former top FIFA advisor is to sign terms with Andrew Bascome’s ABC Football School as part of a three-year deal which will see him spend around ten weeks a year in Bermuda.Crevoisier recently had his three-year BFA technical consultant’s contract terminated by the executive who did not believe his $120,000 a year salary offered value for money.His agreement with the BFA signed off just hours before ex-president Richard Calderon stepped down in September would have seen him travel to the Island for ten days twice a year to conduct coaching clinics and implement an education syllabus.A top sports psychologist at Arsenal, Crevoisier had intended on working for both the BFA and the ABC Football School as a technical consultant, performing an almost identical role for both.But this was considered a serious conflict of interests by Calderon’s successor Larry Mussenden and his executive whose decision to pull out of the Crevoisier contract was supported by the affiliates at a special Congress meeting last week.Wriggling out of the contract did not pose too many complications for the BFA although Crevoisier did threaten legal action unless they helped him gain a temporary work permit for the ABC Football School.In a letter obtained by The Royal Gazette between Crevoisier and the BFA, the Frenchman wrote: “From what I understand it is your desire to terminate the contract with the BFA.“In order to avoid a messy public legal battle, but more importantly, because I want to help Richard Calderon who seems to be in an embarrassing situation, I would like to find a mutually agreeable solution.“I want to move toward a harmonious reaction of the contract and allow both parties to move forward in a positive manner. I am in the process of signing an agreement with ABC Football School for which I will need a temporary work permit. If you and the BFA agree to help me get the required temporary work permit, as soon as I receive it, I am ready to send you an official letter to rescind immediately my contract with the BFA without any financial compensation.”Should the temporary work permit not be granted then Crevoisier warned the BFA they would be financially liable for “120,000 Euros if the temporary work permit is not granted, rescinded or altered the first year, 80 Euros in year two, and 40,000 Euros in year three.”It is understood the BFA refused to comply with any of Crevoisier’s demands but the matter has now been resolved amicably.Whether Crevoisier has yet been successful in obtaining a work permit to allow him to coach at the ABC Football School remains unknown.A former assistant coach at Liverpool, Crevoisier had been due to replace BFA technical director Derek Broadley whose contract expires in March 2011.During recent years Crevoisier has visited the Island on several occasions to perform coaching clinics on behalf of the BFA and Bermuda Football Foundation, which was setup by Richard Calderon and his twin brother Robert.Earlier this year ABC Football School chief, Bascome, spent ten days at Clairfontaine the ‘mecca’ of French football along with local coaches John Barry Nusum and Karl Roberts as part of a trip organised by Crevoisier.The ABC Football School recently struck up a partnership with Spanish giants Valencia who held their Next Generation Camp in Bermuda in September. It is believed the La Liga side are now interested in establishing a permanent academy on the Island.n Reggie Lambe was substituted at half-time during Ipswich Town’s 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion in the Carling Cup quater-finals at Portman Road.The 19-year-old Bermuda international started last night’s tie but was replaced by Trinidad international Carlos Edwards at the interval.Grant Leadbitter was on target for Town from the penalty spot on 69 minutes.