Cochrane Predicts CFU Tenure Will End

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General Secretary of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), Neil Cochrane, said he does not expect a contract extension when his tenure climaxes at the end of July.
The Antiguan, who was first appointed by suspended former president Gordon Derrick back in 2015, was kept on by then acting president, Rignaal Francisca of Curacao who was later replaced by Barbados’ Randolph Harris via an election.
Cochrane said that having sat in the position for three years, it has been beneficial for both parties.
“My contract comes to an end on July 31st and I don’t expect that there will be any extension from my perspective or from where I sit. I have enjoyed my tenure, it has been a learning experience and a lot of new contacts and so on have been made so there is a lot that I could also share locally and there are things that can be done to enhance football in Antigua,” he said. 
Harris was re-elected in June of this year and despite the confidence shown in the Barbadian’s ability to lead the sub-regional body, Cochrane doubts that he will be afforded the same luxury at the end of his tenure.
“You have to understand that when you come in as a general secretary under one president that your expectation or your lifespan should be as long as that president lasts so ultimately, sometimes is not necessarily about the job you are doing,” he said.
“I know that he has been under pressure from day one in relation to actually terminating my contract and he definitely rose above that and worked with me through to the end and he has made it known that I’ve been more than supportive and I’ve done what I needed to do,” he added.
Cochrane said his aim is to utilise the knowledge and experience gained during his tenure with the CFU to improve the game on the local front.
At an ordinary congress held in Russia on June, Harris was successful in retaining the position of president after being named interim president over the past year. Harris won the presidency by 24 votes after collecting 27 of the ballots casted. His opponent, Hillaren Fredrick received only three votes.
Glen Etienne from Dominica was also successful in becoming the newest member of the CFU’s executive committee after defeating Fabrice Baly of Saint Martin.

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