Former England international and Liverpool winger John Barnes.

Barnes new Jamaica coach

Barnes goes back to his roots

Posted: 17 September 2008 Time: 01:03 pm

Former England great and Liverpool winger John Barnes has gone back to his roots to take over the reigns of Jamaica’s national team.

The Jamaican-born star, an immensely gifted winger who made 79 appearances for England, moved to Liverpool in 1987 and was named Player of the Year by both the PFA and the Football Writers the following year.

Barnes (44), spent over 10 hugely successful years at Anfield - including two league titles - before ending his career with spells at Newcastle and Charlton.

The Jamaica Football Federation announced yesterday that Barnes will succeed Brazilian tactician Rene Simoes, who was sacked last week.

Kingston-born Barnes’ last managerial job was a forgettable stint at Celtic in 1999-2000, which saw him axed after losing to Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the Scottish Cup.

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