Liverpool hero Barnes backed to succeed with Jamaica

Former Wimbledon midfielder Robbie Earle is backing John Barnes to be a success as new Jamaica coach. Jamaica are currently third in their qualifying group, five points adrift of leaders Honduras, who they face in Kingston on Wednesday night. They won their first qualifying match last weekend with a 1-0 success over Mexico and that has given Earle renewed inspiration. "It was a big game for Jamaica, they needed to beat Mexico, who were then top of the group," said Earle, who played for Jamaica at the World Cup.

Former Wimbledon midfielder Robbie Earle is backing John Barnes to be a success as new Jamaica coach.

Jamaica are currently third in their qualifying group, five points adrift of leaders Honduras, who they face in Kingston on Wednesday night.

They won their first qualifying match last weekend with a 1-0 success over Mexico and that has given Earle renewed inspiration.

"It was a big game for Jamaica, they needed to beat Mexico, who were then top of the group," said Earle, who played for Jamaica at the World Cup.

"It is great for John to get a chance back in football. It has been a long time since he was at Celtic.

"I know he had been trying a number of avenues to get back in the game and, in some respects, it is a platform for John to show that he has learned from his time and matured as a man and manager."

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