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Paul Hall excited by Jamaica challenge

PAUL Hall believes his new role with the Jamaican national team can only benefit both him and QPR, while he has confirmed his position within the club’s academy will remain unchanged.

Hall, who joined the Reggae Boyz as assistant coach in the summer, has replaced outgoing head coach Theodore Whitmore for the duration of the World Cup.

Hall said: “It’s a huge honour and I have to say a massive thank you to QPR who have been fantastic in the way they have supported me. 

“In terms of time demands, they will be similar to how they were in my previous role with the national team but obviously there is a lot more responsibility now.

“In some ways, the demands are similar to that of a player going on international duty and I feel like I am representing QPR as much as myself when I join up with Jamaica.”

Hall has been with QPR for almost nine years, working across the academy, and he added: “QPR’s reputation as a development club is growing all the time – and that isn’t just limited to players, it includes coaches too. 

“When I am away with Jamaica, it gives other coaches at the club the opportunity to step up and take on extra responsibility. 

“One of the things that really strikes me at QPR is it isn’t just about developing players or coaches, this club has a big focus on developing people – and that attitude comes right from the very top. 

“My commitment to QPR hasn’t changed – this is the most enjoyable time of my coaching career, without a doubt.”

As a player, Hall helped Jamaica reach its only World Cup finals in 1998 and he believes his coaching role with the national team provides many benefits for QPR, explaining: “I can bring international experience back with me so it is a win-win – for the club and for me. 

“It also helps to develop and strengthen the links between QPR and the Caribbean, where there are a lot of very good footballers. In that respect, this creates another recruitment strand for us which can only be a good thing.”

Jamaica are currently sixth in the Concacaf qualifying group. The top three teams qualify automatically for the tournament in Qatar while whoever finishes in fourth will feature in a playoff.

Hall said: “We are halfway through and have played a lot of our games away from home, and our results have reflected that. 

“Now we have a run of four homes games in the next six matches so it’s down to us, we have to make the most of that. It’s still all to play for.”

Jamaica have played eight of their 14 fixtures and are currently seven points behind fourth-placed Panama.

My commitment to QPR hasn’t changed – this is the most enjoyable time of my coaching career, without a doubt.

Paul Hall