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I’ve been disrespected – Todd

Richard Todd resigned from the Bermuda Football Association because he felt that he was viewed as nothing more than an administration clerk by the people running the game.

The former National Academy technical director said he was subjected to “extreme levels” of disrespect during his three years with the association and believes the BFA is more focused on sending administrators to the World Cup than helping a Bermuda team to qualify.

The BFA was given the opportunity to respond to Todd's allegations but declined to do so.

Todd, whose contract was due to expire in June, also took exception with Mark Wade's claim that the BFA had done everything in its power to keep him.

He added that the BFA's continued refusal to discuss his concerns led him to believe that Wade, who sits on the BFA Executive as the chairman of the Player Development Committee, wants the technical director job himself.

“Every time Fifa come back on the Island, I'm in the meetings,” Todd said. “I'm meeting directly with Fifa as the highest-ranking technical person to get my perspective and feedback. Then as soon as Fifa leave, I'm back in my office — I'm ignored in the back and I'm treated as if I'm an administrative clerk.”

Ultimately, Todd resigned over a disagreement regarding the preparations required for the World Cup tie against Bahamas, and the matches that would follow should Bermuda qualify, which they have now done.

In particular, Todd took exception with initially being told that he could not go to Bahamas with the team, and he was also offended to find that he had been referred to as an “equipment manager” in an internal e-mail that Wade sent to the executive committee regarding staffing positions for the World Cup qualifiers.

There was also the matter of funding for the campaign, with Fifa giving the BFA $300,000 for the first two rounds of qualifying. However, Todd claimed that BFA president Larry Mussenden told him $100,000 was being held back to pay for the women's under-17 and under-20 commitments this year.

According to Todd, the BFA's own records show that the previous World Cup qualifiers in 2011 cost the governing body in the region of $340,000. However, that argument with Wade, and Mussenden, was merely the straw that broke the camel's back after a history of discontent at the BFA.

“There are other examples throughout my tenure where I feel I have been overlooked, slighted, or pushed off to the side,” Todd said.

He points to a lack of support, both financial and otherwise, for the BFA coaching staff and said that even as a part-time employee he was solely responsible for raising about $300,000 that took the National Academy to its present level.

Funding has been an issue throughout, with Todd pointing to the $700,000 that Fifa gave to the BFA as a bonus after the World Cup finals in 2014 as an example of the money that the association has at its disposal.

None of that found its way to Todd's department, with the technical director having to ask youth players to hand back $40 tracksuits at the end of overseas tours. In contrast, the BFA has employed a new marketing and communications director and Todd said the governing body was in discussions to bring in an outside consultant to run social media as well.

“It's not a matter of [available] funding, it is a matter of making the technical department a priority in getting the resources,” Todd said.

“All I can say is that more and more of our administrators are now getting appointments within Fifa and Concacaf. Are we content to just merely be a vote, or are we serious about progressing our football forward? It's important for us to have representation, but that cannot be above and beyond what's happening with our teams.”

Todd said he did not want to have to speak out publicly on some of the behind-the-scenes goings on at BFA headquarters, but had been driven to do so by the association's intransigence, which included Mussenden, he claims, denying him the chance to address a full meeting of the executive committee.

“I am asking, again, the leadership to afford me the opportunity to meet with the entire executive to lay out my grievances,” he said.

“They can either choose to have me come in-house and speak, or they can start to defend themselves in the court of public opinion as to what is really going on within the association.”

Speaking out: Todd believes he was not supported at the BFA during his time as technical director

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Published April 02, 2015 at 9:00 am (Updated April 01, 2015 at 10:10 pm)

I’ve been disrespected – Todd

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