T&T Present and Past Coaches.
Full Name: Anton Corneal.
Status: Active Senior team assistant (15-Apr-2004 to present). Technical Director of Youth Development (2006 to present).
Education: Fatima College (Trinidad), Erskine College (USA).
Note: Qualified the Trinidad and Tobago national under 17 team to the world cup championship finals in South Korea, 2007. Corneal has been induct into the Erskine College Athletic Flying Fleet Hall of Fame. Corneal became the catalyst of the Erskine attack, a role he would hold for four years. Corneal set a team record for assists (47) and scored 38 goals, while leading Erskine to three district championships and into the NAIA National Tournament in 1982 with a 17-5 record, Erskine's finest ever up to that time. Corneal was all-district four times and three times won All-South and NAIA All-American honors. On the international scene Corneal took the field alongside players such as Russell Latapy, Richard Chinapoo, Huston Charles, Marvin Faustin, Clayton Morris, Michael Maurice and Brian Williams. His father Alvin Corneal was a great T&T football legend. Anton Corneal has been an assistant coach to the T&T Senior Team in years gone by under head coaches Zoran Vranes, Jochen Figge, Kenny Joseph and most recent Leo Beenhakker at the 2006 World Cup, Wim Rijsbergen and Francisco Maturana. He also led Malta Carib Alcons to the 1993 Caribbean Professional League crown as player/coach. Anton was also a Director of the Elite Players School in the United States. Head coach the T&T senior team for the first time in January 2008 (26th) vs Puerto Rico in a 2-2 draw.
Here's Anton Corneal, Stats as coach of the T&T Senior Team, games includes: ALL competitions & friendlies since the year - 2000.
Anton Corneal -
|P W L D GF GA.|
Game Stats -
|2 1 0 1 4 3.|
|10-Jan-2008||Corneal encouraged by local showing.|
|07-Jan-2008||Squad resumes training at Ato Boldon Stadium.|
|22-Dec-2007||Corneal's first aim is to get the right mix.|
|19-Oct-2006||Corneal: Indisciplined players will not wear national colours.|
Anton Corneal appointed Under 20 coach.
By: Shaun Fuentes.
15-Apr-2004 - The Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation today wishes to announce the appointment of Anton Corneal as head coach of this country's National Under 20 team which will be going into qualifying action for the World Under Youth Championship scheduled for the Netherlands in 2005.
Corneal, also director of youth development, was appointed based on the recommendation of technical director Lincoln Phillips. Previously Ron La Forest had been slated for the job prior to his assignment as assistant coach on the National Senior Team.
Corneal will commence training at the Hasely Crawford Stadium this Saturday from 11:30am with a 30-man squad of players including several from the past Under 17 team such as Arima Senior Comprehensive striker Gorian Highley, Josimar Belgrave of Superstar Rangers, Haylan Warner of 1st Santa Rosa FC, goalkeeper Thorne Holder of Queen's Royal College and nippy St Anthony's College striker Akil De Freitas.
T&T will go into Group A action in the Caribbean Football Union leg of the competition here from August 4-8 against Barbados, Guyana/Anguilla and Montserrat/Grenada. The top team will advance to the CFU finals in September with the top two teams from there advancing to the final CONCACAF stage.
FIFA Vice President Jack Warner, chairman of the FIFA youth committee, is keenly awaiting the upcoming Championship saying "There is no question that the FIFA World Youth Championship will continue to grow, in every sense. The only question we can not answer is what names from which countries in the growing family of FIFA will emerge as the future stars of the game."
Full Name: Brian Anthony Williams, aka Kidane Wold.
Status: In-Active Senior Team Assistant Coach (15-May-2003 - 16-Jan-2004).
Status Now: In-Active U-23 & U-20 Assistant Coach (16-Jan-2004 to March 2004).
Date of Birth: October 21st 1961.
Place of Birth: Quarry Village, Siparia - Trinidad.
o Cipriani Labour College (2000 – 2002).
o Siparia Senior Secondary School (1975 – 1979).
o Penal Junior Secondary School (1972 – 1974).
o Santa Flora Primary School (1967 - 1972).
o United Petrotrin (1993 – 1997).
o Team Trinidad USA (Brooklyn Cup) 1996.
o Trintopec Palo Seco (1990 – 1992).
o Trintoc (1985 – 1989).
o Aviation Services Limited (ASL) (1982 – 1984).
o Tesoro Palo Seco (1975 – 1981).
National Teams: U-19 and Senior Team.
Senior Team Debut: 1978, at the age of 17 years vs. Suriname in Guyana.
Caps: Over 125. Captained the team on a few occasions.
Position: Attacking Right Wing Back.
Squad Number: # 3.
Retired from International Football: 1993.
Last International Match: Against Martinique in Martinique.
Retired from Competitive Football: 1997.
Last Competitive Match: United Petrotrin vs. Defence Force.
o Trinidad & Tobago Footballer of the Year (1981, 1982).
o MVP of the Caribbean Championship in French Guyana (1983).
o Member of the Caribbean All Star Team (1982, 1988).
o MVP of the World Cup Qualifier Trinidad & Tobago vs. USA (1989).
o English FA Coaching Badge.
o FIFA/COCA COLA Futuro-2 Coaching Certificate.
o Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board Coaching Badge.
o Assistant Coach of the Trinidad & Tobago senior team (2003).
o Head Coach of the South West Institute of Football (2003).
o Head Coach of W-Connection FC U-20 Team (2000).
o Head Coach of Palo Seco Sporting Club Football Teams.
o Assistant Coach of the Trinidad & Tobago U-20 Team (1994).
Bertille St Clair.
Status: In-Active Senior Team Head Coach (May 1997 to March 2000).
Status Now: In-Active Senior Team Head Coach (16-Jan-2004 to 31-Mar-2005)....
NOTE: St Clair became the first coach to lead an English-peaking Caribbean country to a Fifa World Cup tournament when he led the “Young Soca Warriors” to the 1991 Portugal World Youth Cup and he was also responsible for taking the T&T team to the semi-finals of the 2000 Gold Cup. St Clair also had a stint as head coach of the St Vincent & the Grenadines national football team.
Here's Bertille St Clair, Stats since he started as T&T Senior Team head coach, games includes: ALL competitions & friendlies since the year - 2000.
Bertille St Clair -
|P W L D GF GA.|
Game Stats -
|45 23 18 4 74 59.|
St Clair's road to rack and ruin.
By Joel Bailey - T&T Newsday.
08-Apr-2005 - It was reported that Bertille St Clair was fired as Trinidad and Tobago's football coach on March 30, following the team's poor run of form in the CONCACAF World Cup Final Round Qualifications. But, like the American Terri Shiavo, St Clair's reign as coach was actually in a comatose state long before his removal. In fact, St Clair's role as coach really ended on November 20, 2004, following a three-hour long Meeting of the Minds at the Dr Joao Havelange Centre of Excellence, Macoya, Tunapuna. The meeting, which was hastily arranged by Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (TTFF) special advisor Jack Austin Warner, came three days after a 2-1 victory over St Vincent in a World Cup qualifier at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo, a match described by many who saw it as one of the worst displays by a TT football team.
At a luncheon for the team at the Emerald Plaza, St Augustine, on November 18, Warner slammed the players for their unsatisfactory display and also noted that changes had to be implemented if the team were to advance to the 2006 World Cup in Germany. In his typical brusque style, St Clair hastily left the function after Warner's statement, which left members of the media at the event wondering if the die had already been cast. The simple fact that a discussion was held concerning the team?s tactical organisation was enough to suggest that St Clair's head had to roll. At the coach?s behest, former captain David Nakhid was added to the technical staff as a player/coach but the results, as well as St Clair's coaching methods, never improved. St Clair previously held the position as coach from May 1997 until February 2000.
During that time, he guided TT to two Caribbean Cup titles a semif-inal spot in the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup while, as in his lengthy stay as head of Signal Hill Senior Comprehensive, he copped four national Intercol and six league crowns. But, ever since he was re-appointed as TT boss on January 16, 2004, to replace Stuart Charles-Fevrier, questions were raised about St Clair?s leadership style. This reporter also decried by St Clair after his first match at the helm, a lacklustre 1-1 draw against the Brazil Over-30s, on February 17. St Clair took umbrage when I wrote, on evidence of Tuesday's performance, it will need a dramatic change of fortunes, even a miracle, for the Journey to Germany 2006 dream to be realised. When he was first sacked as coach five years ago, the TTFF noted that St Clair lacked serious technical experience, in spite of some team victories, and it was decided that he should be exposed to overseas training in England with a view to improving his competence.
According to a statement by the federation, further meetings were held with St Clair regarding his team selection as well as his coaching methods, with no apparent improvement in either area. The TTFF, in an effort to lighten St Clair's workload, then relieved him of (the) Olympic team and offered him the services of a foreign coach to assist him with the coaching of the national team, especially the defence an offer which he bluntly refused. The TTFF continued to be disappointed in St Clair's technical competence and, in a meeting with him and the entire staff, he was then advised that he had until the Gold Cup competition to visibly improve his technical competence by winning the competition. He accepted this and, moreover, requested that his contract should be renewed now or else after the Gold Cup, the federation will have to pay real money, when he succeeded.
While the TTFF were dismayed at the team's performances during the competition, to add insult to injury, mere hours before the (semi-final) match against Canada, a group of senior players led by Nakhid, who was recalled from retirement without the federation's approval and inclusive of St Clair (who opted to represent the local players) requested a meeting with Warner to discuss the disbursement of the (US$50,000) prize money. The players rejected Dwight Yorke's plea to delay the meeting until the tournament concluded while Warner refused to deal with the matter. Generally speaking, the statement, which was released to the public on March 2, 2000, was as applicable then as it is now. St Clair constantly boasted that he was the only coach from Trinidad and Tobago to guide a team to a World Cup the FIFA World Youth Championships in Portugal 1991.
While this is true, with a team led by Yorke and including Clayton Ince, Angus Eve, Jerren Nixon (players used during his recent regime), his record at the event was disgraceful. Statistics speak for themselves a 2-0 loss to Australia on June 15, a 6-0 hammering by Egypt on June 18 and a 4-0 whipping by the Soviet Union on June 20. St Clair ostracised himself from fellow local-based coaches, including assistants Ron La Forest and Michael "Brow" Maurice, a number of footballing administrators and the general media due to his self-important style. Following a press conference on March 30, moments after TT held Costa Rica to a goalless draw, St Clair berated a television journalist after he was questioned about his job. What sort of stupid question you'll ask me St Clair yelled. You see me, in Tobago, I live like a king you know.
And that was another of St Clair's many shortcomings as coach, his insistence that the public discriminated against him because he was a Tobagonian. But that was not the case. The plain fact was that the team was in dire need of changes in two departments, personnel and technical. Angus Eve was shockingly appointed as the team?s captain even though the midfielder, in the twilight of his career, seemed incapable of lasting an entire 90 minutes. While the likes of Leslie "Tiger" Fitzpatrick, Marlon Rojas, Denzil Theobald, Anton Pierre and Scott Sealy were introduced into the fold, with positive effects, there were too much tactical errors, especially in the area of player selection. The goalkeeping position was never settled, with Shaka Hislop, Clayton Ince and Daurance Williams juggling for the top spot while Jan-Michael Williams was constantly sidelined.
Derek King was also given an extended run in the defence, with Keyeno Thomas and David Atiba Charles used as after-thoughts while Brent Rahim, Andre Boucaud, Anthony Rougier, Stokely Mason were preferred instead of the youthful energy of Silvio Spann, Travis Mulraine and Kerry Baptiste in the midfield. Even Jason Nelson was plucked from nowhere to don the national colours during the team's 2-1 victory over American A-League club Atlanta Silverbacks on March 23. But the most controversial issue surrounded Yorke, who was given the captain's armband a month after making yet another comeback to the international arena. While St Clair constantly tried to plaster the sores, it became clear that, on current form, Yorke, Hislop, Eve and Stern John will be hard-pressed to maintain their spots on the starting line-up.
In 2005 to date, with TT beaten by St Vincent, Antigua, Haiti, the United States, Jamaica, Cuba and Guatemala, St Clair noted, ad nauseum, that the team conceeded a number of soft goals. The TTFF were indeed soft on St Clair, as he seemed incapable of turning around the fortunes of the team during the last few months. Even the use of Graham Taylor as a technical consultant failed to pay dividends as the former English coach knew little of the local and American-based players. Now, another world-rated tactician, Leo Beenhakker of the Netherlands, and his assistants Nakhid and Russell Latapy, will all try to do what St Clair failed to achieve, gain the entire nation?s support for the team?s World Cup drive.
Bertille St Clair refuses to be Beenhakkers deputy.
T&T Newsday Reports.
07-Apr-2005 - Sacked National football coach Bertille St Clair has reportedly refused an offer to take up a role as assistant coach to his successor Dutchman Leo Beenhakker for the current World Cup football campaign. Revelation of this was made by CONCACAF president and Special Advisor to the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (TTFF) Jack Warner yesterday. The football boss told Newsday an offer was made for St Clair, the only coach to take this country to a World Cup tournament the Under-19 Youth World Cup in Portugal in early 1991 but he bluntly refused.
This new development came just a week after St Clair was removed as coach of the TT Warriors which got its first point of the 2006 World Cup campaign in a goalless draw against Costa Rica at the Hasely Crawford Stadium. The result followed an embarrassing five-nil drubbing at the hands of Guatemala two weeks ago and an equally disappointing 2-1 defeat by the United States at Queens Park Oval on Ash Wednesday.
St Clair was replaced by Beenhakker who got the nod from the countrys national footballers and Football Federation, ahead of Englishman Ron Atkinson. CONCACAF administrator and former team manager Richard Braithwaite described the TT teams chance of qualifying for next years World Cup as, very good. He said a victory in the next match, against Panama, can also see this country move into third place in the CONCACAF standings.
Warriors go from St Clair to Beenhakker.
By: Lasana Liburd - T&T Express.
03-Apr-2005 - If only they had fired Bertille St Clair sooner. Surely I am not the only one thinking it. But my feelings have less to do with St Clair's reign than the possibilities offered by his replacement.
To lose St Clair as national football coach and realise that Leo Beenhakker is taking over is like breaking up with that shy, awkward girl and then having Halle Berry ask you out. Sure, the shy girl used to have a name. But it is pretty difficult to remember under the circumstances.
How much sweeter it is to swoon over Beenhakker's resume than to discuss St Clair's perceived shortcomings. Three Spanish titles at the helm of Real Madrid, three Dutch league crowns, a World Cup finals appearance with Holland (1990), while he got Saudi Arabia to the 1994 edition for the first time in their history-they showed their gratitude by sacking him before the tournament started because of their dislike for his training methods.
He even has experience of CONCACAF superpowers, Mexico, after joining Club America as coach for the 1994-95 season. Again, he was sacked. Ostensibly for failing to win silverware, although there were rumours that he threw a club director from his dressing room.
Already the fact that Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (T&TFF) special advisor Jack Warner was on the verge of appointing Ron Atkinson as head coach seems like a bad joke. The announcement was meant to be in the daily papers on April Fool's Day, right?
We were gawking at Warner's right hand and, "wa-la!", he whipped an ace from his sleeve. Neat trick. Now we feel too foolish to ask just how long Beenhakker had been hiding there. A good magician, after all, never reveals his secrets.
The 62-year-old Dutchman is the most accomplished coach ever to lead out a Trinidad and Tobago outfit and he deserves every opportunity to fulfill his mission, which is to take the artists-formerly-known-as-the-Soca Warriors into the Germany 2006 World Cup tournament.
Although the T&TFF could not resist another prank by giving Beenhakker feuding former national captains Russell Latapy and David Nakhid as his assistant coaches.
Spare a thought for St Clair who, like Hannibal Najjar two years ago, was crudely replaced on April Fool's Eve. It is a date that local coaches with international aspirations might want to write into their calendars. Then, Najjar reiterated his commitment to the job and willingness to continue at the same time that the T&TFF was faxing his resignation to the various media houses.
St Clair discovered he was sacked on his way to a team meeting with his employers via a radio broadcast. How would you feel if you turned up for work and saw someone sitting in your desk and your family pictures in a cardboard box while everyone tried to avoid eye contact?
I do not think St Clair would have taken T&T to the World Cup. I felt he did not enjoy the full support of T&TFF technical director Lincoln "Tiger" Phillips, who questioned his tactics too freely in public or the Football Federation, who subjected him to a humiliating "public symposium" last November. And I believe he was in danger of losing the dressing room by his tactical meandering.
St Clair's assertion to the press that he started Dundee defender Brent Sancho in midfield for a World Cup qualifier against St Vincent and the Grenadines because "you all say you want ball winners" was shocking.
His failure to settle on a team system, a strike partnership or a holding midfielder was also a distraction.
But I also believe that St Clair does not deserve to be called a flop. He left the team in a better shape than he got it, just like he did in his first stint five years ago.
Birmingham City striker Dwight Yorke, Trinidad and Tobago's most successful and best player, is back in the fold and committed enough to sacrifice his attacking instincts by playing a midfield role, while Portsmouth goalkeeper Shaka Hislop also agreed to lend his calming influence to the squad-on and off the field.
At the local level, the players were again taught to respect the national shirt and the merit of graft and discipline. Anton Pierre and Denzil Theobold emerged better for it, as did Clayton Ince, Stern John and Dale Saunders during his first spell as head coach.
In 2000, Scotsman Ian Porterfield took over a team in a rich vein of form after an unprecedented top-four finish at the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament.
On this occasion, Beenhakker will hope to harness their improved performance in a goalless draw against Costa Rica and a fairly sizeable, though admittedly mediocre, player pool.
It was St Clair's rotten luck to twice run first leg rather than anchor, but it is to his credit that he was asked to run in the first place and he did not disgrace himself on either occasion.
His final record is 35 games played with 18 wins, three draws and 14 losses, which makes him the first coach to end with more wins than draws and losses since Porterfield, who was sacked on June 25, 2001.
Trinidad and Tobago managed just one point from a possible nine in their first three final round World Cup qualifiers but that is not an unusual position for the twin island republic.
Porterfield got one point from five outings before Warner's patience ran out. They are the only three coaches to lead the T&TFF into the final CONCACAF qualifying round since the 1974 World Cup campaign. St Clair did not ask for the job-he was summoned to serve his country, did his best and should be thanked for his efforts.
Perhaps he was the chosen one.
Brazilian coach Rene Simoes had just two points from his opening two games at this stage in Jamaica's 1998 campaign-including a 6-0 hammering away to Mexico when his star player, Onandi Lowe, walked off the field during the match-yet the "Reggae Boyz" kept faith and famously rebounded to appear in France for the big show.
St Clair's personal dream is over, though, and the nation's quest goes on with Beenhakker in the driving seat. It is uncertain whether the unquestionable calibre of his replacement helps to numb the pain, as is likely for less emotionally involved supporters.
The king is dead...hail the king.
Bertille St Clair back at helm of TnT national senior team.
By: Shaun Fuentes.
16-Jan-2004 - On Friday January 16, 2004, The Trinidad & Tobago Football Federation officially launched "Journey to Germany 2006" Trinidad & Tobago's bid for the World Cup Finals.
Mr. Oliver Camps, President of the Football Federation expressed the organisation's eagerness in his statement: "This task is not an easy one, but we look at it with confidence, knowing that all involved are qualified and capable of representing our country at this high level. The Federation is proud to be a part of this grand venture and will do all it can to support all involved."
Appointed to chart the course to success is a Project Team, headed by Team Administrator Ms. Sandra Basheer.
The team will be responsible for the selection and development of the final World Cup Squad. Mr. Bertille St. Clair has been given the leadership role of Head Coach, assisted by Mr. Ron La Forest and Goal Keeping coach Mr. Michael Maurice, all well-known names in local football circles. Other members of the Project Team include Physiotherapist Mr. Zephyrinus Nicholas and Equipment Manager Mr. Ikin Williams.
"The journey ahead is no walk in the park. There are no short cuts to success. It is something we will have to continually work hard at. As head coach, I am committed to building this success brick by brick, and as part of this team, I am confident that we will be successful in creating that path to victory." said Mr. St. Clair.
The first order of business for the team would be the selection of a World Cup squad, which will include any footballer with a Trinidad & Tobago passport that meets the required physical and skill levels. The initial group of players will participate in a series of invitationals and friendlies with the intent of assessing progress and monitoring performance, the earliest of these games being Trinidad & Tobago vs. Bermuda on February 10th and 12th in Bermuda followed by a Trinidad & Tobago All Star team vs a Brazilian All Star team scheduled for February 18th at the National Stadium.
This is all part of a new strategy devised to bring together all of the nation's top resources to form a truly united National Football team, and bring a new perspective to the way we represent ourselves in the international football arena. This new philosophy has been well received and is being supported by major entities. Said Minister Roger Boynes, "It showcases a new philosophy, which treats international sporting events of this calibre with the seriousness and professionalism they deserve. This makes for a campaign we can be proud of as a people, and an excellent example from which all sport can learn."
Meet the other members of staff.
By: Shaun Fuentes.
Journey to Germany 2006 Project Team Pt. 1
We have assembled a skilled Project Team to chart a course for success on this journey.
These professionals will come together to form a committed, capable team with invaluable knowledge in various aspects of the game:
Ms. Sandra Basheer - Team Administrator.
A trained and experienced professional in the area of management, planning and event coordination, Sandra Basheer has been involved in national football, lending her services as the Chief Executive Officer - Local Organizing Committee, FIFA Under 17 World Youth Championship. Her managerial experience and expertise will go a long way in keeping the project on the path to success.
Mr. Micheal Maurice - Goalkeeping Coach.
Micheal Maurice has been a familiar name in the realm of national football. Known as the number one custodian for the "Strike Squad", which narrowly missed out on qualifying for the 1990 World cup Finals in Italy, he brings with him a wealth of experience gathered from his professional stint in Costa Rica and his involvement on the technical staff of the 2002 World Cup team.
Mr. Ikin Williams - Equipment Manager.
Known for always being on the spot when needed, Mr. Williams is the longest serving member on the Technical Staff of our national team. His service as Equipment Manager spans from 1988, running through the 1990 Road to Italy campaign and even runs through the National Under 23 and Youth teams as well. His commitment to making sure that all is in place for training and on match day, will serve well in the present campaign.
Mr. Zephyrinus Nicholas - Physiotherapist.
Mr. Nicholas has been one of the most rapidly developing physiotherapists on the local scene. A member of the Trinidad & Tobago Defence Force, this easy going individual has served well on past National Teams including the Men's Under 20 team and the Women's Senior and Under 19 teams. With additional knowledge from several sports medicine workshops held by the CONCACAF Development Office, he possesses the necessary ability to oversee the fitness state of our players.
TTFF's coaching merry-go-round.
T&T Express Reports.
16-Jan-2004 - The TTFF are notoriously restless in the period surrounding the World Cup qualifying campaign.
Starworld Strikers coach and celebrated past national player, Everald "Gally" Cummings, was the last coach to be allowed to lead his team throughout a qualifying campaign when he took the "Strike Squad" to within a point of the 1990 World Cup tournament.
Another local coach, Edgar Vidale, led the national team for their short lived 1994 campaign although he was made junior to Brazilian Clovis D'Oliviera at a crucial juncture.
For the 1998 qualifiers, the technical bench was cramped for space as a thenÂ unprecedented number of coaches, technical directors and advisors were employed.
Yugoslav Zoran Vranes ran the first leg before being replaced by Brazilian Sebastiao de Pereira after just one match in the CONCACAF semi-final stage.
However, Cummings, Look Loy and Kenny Joseph also played significant roles during the course of the campaign.
National head coach Bertille St Clair was axed one week before the first 2002 World Cup qualifying game after FIFA vice-president and T&TFF special advisor Jack Warner said he was dissatisfied with their returns of a Gold Cup semi-final place.
His replacement, Scotsman Ian Porterfield, was demoted to head coach below Brazilian Rene Simoes while Vranes and Corneal were also brought in to assist. Porterfield eventually lost the job outright to the Brazilian.
Fevrier, a success at Pro League team Vibe CT 105 W Connection, was termed "a quintessential Caribbean man" by Warner when he was selected to lead the team into the 2006 campaign last May. Eight months later, the TTFF have had another change of heart.
Name: Clayton Morris.
Status: Active Head Coach For The National Futsal Team (26-Feb-2004 to Present).
Status: In-Active National Football Team Head Coach (May 2002 to 9-Aug-2002).
Coached: Clayton Morris served the role as Interim Coach of the TnT National Teams (May-2002 to the 9th of Aug-2002), following the departure of Rene Simoes.
Here's Clayton Morris, Stats since he started as T&T Senior Team head coach, games includes: ALL competitions & friendlies since the year - 2000.
Clayton Morris -
|P W L D GF GA.|
Game Stats -
|3 0 2 1 1 3.|
Clayton Morris to coach National Futsal Team.
By: Shaun Fuentes.
27-Feb-2004 - The Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation has appointed former national captain Clayton Morris as head coach of this country's national Futsal team which is preparing for the Caribbean Football Union leg of the World qualifiers to be staged here in April. Morris will serve as coach with former national teammate Hutson Charles as his assistant and Ronald Brereton as manager.
Among the countries scheduled to take place in the tournament scheduled to be hosted here in April include Guyana, Suriname, Turks/Caicos Islands, US Virgin Islands,Grenada, Jamaica, Netherlands Antilles, Puerto Rico, Dominica, Dominican Republic, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and T&T. Regional Futsal giants Cuba have secured automatic passage into the final CONCACAF qualifying round. Two teams from the tournament here will go through to the final CONCACAF stage from which the winners will advance to the World finals in China in September.
Two Futsal Facilities costing TT$2.5 million will be constructed in time for the Caribbean leg of the qualifying championships. At the last Caribbean Futsal Tournament, only three countries participated. Twelve 12 will compete in this year's tournament, to be hosted by T&T.
The TTFF recently staged a nationwide tournament which was funded by GTECH Corporation and several talented players were spotted and selected on a squad for training to form the national team.
Among some of the notable names on the squad include former Joe Public midfielder Kerwyn Jemmott (Blue Ribbon Dream Team), national goalkeeper Kevin Graham, Hollis Brown, Sterling O'Brien and Derek King of Joe Public) as well as Tobagonian defender Uz Taylor of Santos.
Full Squad Called:
Wilfred Bailey, Wendell Douglas, Clint Ramond, Colin Joseph (Laventille Youths), Sean Edwards (Giants), Renny Martin (Santos), Jason Bowen, Jeremy Bacchas, Kevin Davis (Laventille Ball Masters), Jerwyn Balthazar, Ricardo Bennett, Andre Fonellie (Junior Mafia), Ako James, Cordell Greenidge, Anthony Small, Uz Taylor (Santos), Derek King, Seon Power, Hollis Brown, Kevin Graham, Sterling O'Brien (Joe Public), Dorian Daniel, Devon Daniel (Hearty Foods), Lorne Joseph, Lawrence George, Kerwyn Jemmott, Kevin Peters, Nkosi Gabriel (Blue Ribbon Dream Team), Clevon George, Anthony Peters (Chemical All), Marc Williams, Khari Look Loy (Santa Rosa FC), Marvin Lee (TSTT), Ryan Stewart (Mayaro Spurs), Ryan Dipsing (Caroni), Kurt Williams, Kelvin Baptiste (Crab Connection), Jason Valley (Leeds FC), Kenny Mascell, Akil Laurie (Victors), Rawl Francois, Ricky Aleong, Colin Defreitas (DF2), Zane O'Brien (South).
TTFF axe Clayton Morris.
By Lasana Liburd.
9-Aug-2002 - “It’s news to me,” said ex-Trinidad and Tobago national under-20 coach and “Strike Squad” captain, Clayton “JB” Morris about his removal from the post.
A release from the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (T&TFF) informed the media at 3.30 pm yesterday that Morris’ services were no longer required due to “financial problems”.
However, Morris claimed no one made any effort to tell him first.
The coach who recently steered the national under-20 through the first Caribbean phase of World Cup qualifying action in Suriname and who was in charge of the senior squad which took part in the recent Sugarbowl tournament in St Kitts/Nevis, was still at a loss for words when the reason given for his departure was read to him.
“Morris’ departure was forced upon the Federation due to financial problems being experienced at the current time,” said the release from T&TFF press officer Shaun Fuentes. “It is informative to note, however, that allowances owed to Morris have been paid in full.”
The release also offered an excerpt of a letter sent to Morris which they claimed told him of their decision.
“The Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation did agree in principle to clear an outstanding debt which resulted when you were attached to the men’s World Cup team,” said the T&TFF. “Unfortunately our finances are still in a parlous state. The TTFF is therefore unable to give any guarantee to you that our financial position shall improve in the near future.
“We wish to place on record our deep appreciation and gratitude for the yeoman services which you and your staff have given so selflessly for the good of the game in our country.”
Joe Public coach , Yugoslav coach Zoran Vranes replaces Morris for his third assignment under the current local administration with Ken Elie as his assistant.
Morris confirmed that he received a letter on Thursday night but insisted the wording was very vague and he had tried unsuccessfully to get clarification from the T&TFF.
But he could not find anybody willing to clarify it for him and was surprised to know that he had been dismissed along with his assistant coach Hutson “Barber” Charles, another ex-national star midfielder.
“Right now, I don’t want to make any comment (on the dismissal),” said Morris. “I am not aware of any (financial) situation like that... If that is the way they operate well...”
No one was credited with the decision to replace Morris with Vranes and T&TFF president Oliver Camps insisted that it had nothing to do with him.
Camps claimed that the decision was made by a committee although he did not specify which one, eitheror did he give a reason for their action.
“It wasn’t me,” said Camps. “The president doesn’t do things like that. We have committees and so on. I have nothing else to add at this stage.”
Morris explained that he will now return to Petrotrin—who seconded him to the T&TFF two years ago—and his post as corporate communications assistant.
For Vranes, it marks the continuation of a roller-coaster affair with the T&TFF.
The Yugoslav was hired by the T&TFF in 1995 to take the senior team into the 1998 World Cup but was fired a year later after his first CONCACAF qualifiying match which ended in a 1-0 home loss to Costa Rica.
Vranes went on to juggle portfolios between Antigua and Barbuda and FIFA vice-president Jack Warner’s club team, Joe Public, before his second summons from the T&TFF in April 2001.
He was then hired as a “defensive coach” for the national senior team after the “Soca Warriors”—then led by Scotsman Ian Porterfield—were crushed 3-0 by Costa Rica in a World Cup qualifier.
Vranes remained with the team until May before again being removed by the T&TFF following alleged reports about friction between the two European coaches.
The Yugoslav will lead the national under-20 team for the remainder of their campaign while he is temporarily in charge of the senior and under-23 squads as well until a permanent coach is found. Vranes will conduct his first national under-20 training session at 3 pm on Tuesday.
Name: David Nakhid.
Status: In Active Senior Team Assistant Coach (22-Nov-2004 to Oct-2005).
DOB: 15-May-1964 - Trinidad.
Schools: St Mary’s College (Trinidad), American University (USA).
Previous Clubs: Al Mabarra (Lebanon - Player/Coach), Al-Ansar Sporting Club (Lebanon), United Al Emirater (Arab Emirates), Malmö FF (Sweden), New England Revolution (USA), Joe Public (Trinidad), Waregem (Belgian), Grasshopper F.C. (Switzerland).
NOTE: Nakhid was signed by the Revolution on February 26, 1998. Nakhid attended American University, leading the school to the NCAA finals in 1985. He won two National Championships and Domestic Cups with Grasshopper F.C. of Switzerland and was the two-time Most Valuable Player for Belgian first division club Waregem. He has also won three league championships and 3 Cup Titles with Al Ansar of Lebanon. Voted Caribbean Player of the year in 1993. Voted Player of the Year in Lebanon for two successive years, Nakhid was also named the 1996 TTFF Player of the Year.
David Nakhid to serve as Assistant coach of T&T senior team.
Issued By: Shaun Fuentes, TTFF Press Officer.
22-Nov-2004 - Former National captain David Nakhid has agreed to join the National Senior Team as assistant coach to Bertille St Clair with immediate effect.
This was announced following talks between the technical committee of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation and St Clair following Saturday's meeting among several of this country's football officials and coaches at the Dr Joao Havelange Centre of Excellence.
St Clair made the request for Nakhid's services and the TTFF readily agreed to have the former Greece-based professional come on board. Specific senior team roles for technical director Lincoln Phillips and Alvin Corneal are yet to be finalized.
Nakhid, who is expected to arrive in the country to take up duties on the weekend from Lebanon, expressed enthusiasm ahead of his new role.
"It is always an honour to serve one's country and I am very pleased that Bertille has asked me to come on board," Nakhid told TTFF Media on Monday. "I played under him for several years and we have a deep respect for each other. I have been doing a lot of coaching recently and I know that I can make a contribution to the Technical Staff. I am really looking forward to the challenge."
St Clair, currently preparing the local team for Wednesday's opening Digicel Cup fixture against Puerto Rico, said Nakhid's addition to the staff is a welcomed one and he expects his involvement to be an inspiring one to the "Soca Warriors"not only because of his professional attitude but because of the fact that he has been involved as a player in the past with several members of the current World Cup squad.
"I am very pleased that David has accepted my offer and I think he will be a great addition to the Technical Staff. He knows the game and he is a great example for the players. When he was here a few months ago he came directly to me and said that he was willing to assist the national team in any way we wanted.
“He has always been committed to the national team and I decided that it was time to bring him in. He is a fine example of how former national players should operate. The door is open for all those who feel they have a contribution to make but we need people who are committed to the national cause and who are willing to put country before self,"St Clair told TTFF Media.
Status: Active Senior Team Head Coach (04-Jan-2008 to present).
1986 Once Caldas
1987-1990 Atletico Nacional
1991 Real Valladolid
1992-1993 America de Cali
1994 Atletico Madrid
1999 Costa Rica
2004 Colón de Santa Fe
2007 Club de Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata
Copa Libertadores (1): 1989 with Atlético Nacional
Copa Mustang (1): 1992 with America de Cali
Copa America (1): 2001 with Colombia
Saudi Premier League (1): 2002 with Al-Hilal
World Cup Qualification (2): 1990, 1994 World Cup with Colombia
As a Player:
Copa Mustang (2): 1973, 1976 with Atlético Nacional
Here's Francisco Maturana, Stats since he started as T&T Senior Team head coach, games includes: ALL competitions & friendlies since the year - 2000.
Francisco Maturana -
|P W L D GF GA.|
Game Stats -
|10 5 2 3 14 8.|
|05-Jun-2008||Speak up, Maturana, Who is the Warrior chief ?|
|25-Feb-2008||Exclusive Interview with Francisco Maturana.|
|20-Feb-2008||Francisco Maturana likes the spirit.|
|16-Feb-2008||Warner tests coach's selection philosophy.|
|13-Feb-2008||Uruguayan experts to assess local pros.|
|03-Jan-2008||Maturana takes up senior coaching job.|
Name: Hannibal Najjar.
Status: In - Active (23-Oct-2002 to 01-Apr-2003).
Here's Hannibal Najjar, Stats since he started as T&T Senior Team head coach, games includes: ALL competitions & friendlies since the year - 2000.
Hannibal Najjar -
|P W L D GF GA.|
Game Stats -
|11 7 3 1 15 8.|
|22-Jan-2007||Diving? simply empty the pool.|
|06-Oct-2006||The Ticks & Tocks of the Men Chosen for Warrior Duties.|
|01-Oct-2006||The Metamorphic Warrior. With Hannibal Najjar.|
|16-Sept-2006||Fortune Favours The Brave – Q&A With Hannibal Najjar.|
Hannibal Najjar falls on his sword.
By Lasana Liburd.
01.Apr.03 - Trinidad and Tobago national football team technical director and head coach Hannibal Najjar had his term brought to an abrupt end yesterday on April Fools' Day.
Najjar, who accepted the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (T&TFF) post last October, failed to guarantee the “Soca Warriors” an automatic place in the 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup after falling 3-1 to Cuba at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium, Marabella last Sunday.
The T&TFF yesterday announced Najjar’s resignation via a press release, which further stated that ex-Joe Public coach, Zoran Vranes, would be returned to serve as interim coach.
FIFA instructor Alvin Corneal will act as technical advisor, while national women’s coach Jamaal Shabazz—like Corneal, a former national senior coach—would assist the Yugoslav coach.
It is uncertain whether Najjar fell on his sword or was pushed.
T&TFF president Oliver Camps refused comment on the matter, while FIFA vice-president and special advisor Jack Warner also felt the public needed no further information regarding the changes within the technical staff.
“I think the release is clear enough,” said Warner, “I have no further comment to make.”
The release appeared to contradict Najjar’s position on Monday afternoon.
Then, Najjar told the Express he was not thinking about resigning and “would hate to think” that his job security was being questioned after the weekend defeat.
“I believe I am still the best person for the job,” Najjar said on Monday. “I am not threatened at this stage by (the thought of being sacked). Quite frankly, it is not anywhere in the major issues of my mind.
“But if it comes, it comes.”
Even while Najjar was giving his post-mortem, though, the T&TFF was already seeking a replacement.
Corneal admitted he was told on Monday morning that Najjar was going to resign. He was asked whether he would help guide the new technical staff.
It is the second time that the former national stand-out player and coach has been asked to fill the gap in the past three years.
He was named as technical advisor in 2001 but refused to work alongside Scottish coach Ian Porterfield. Corneal had no such objections about joining Vranes and Shabazz, despite what he termed “an uphill battle” against hosts Martinique and Honduras in the upcoming Gold Cup Play Offs, which start April 23.
“We must maintain the quality of Trinidad and Tobago football,” said Corneal. “We must do the best we can to save (our) football.”
Shabazz, who was named head coach last October but was replaced five weeks later by Najjar, also reiterated his commitment to local football.
However, the Caledonia AIA coach admitted he had not been fully briefed and could not yet comment.
“I have a meeting (today) at 10 a.m. at the T&TFF headquarters together with Vranes and Corneal,” said Shabazz. “Until then, I cannot comment... I told them before that I am willing to help in any capacity, but after I meet them (today) I will be able to say more.”
Vranes also enjoyed a topsy-turvy relationship with the T&TFF. He was sacked as national technical director in 1996 before being recalled to temporarily hold the reins after the sudden dismissal of Clayton Morris last August. Vranes was then replaced by Shabazz—again on an interim basis—after failing to steer the national under-20 team past their Cuban counterparts.
The Yugoslav was grateful for another chance and boasted of his intimate knowledge of the local players after spending eight years in the Caribbean as national coach for T&T, and Antigua-Barbuda, as well as Warner’s Public outfit.
He insisted that the Warriors can play better and was happy to have Shabazz at his side.
Najjar said he was glad to be rid of the post and expressed his opinion that the position could not be properly executed by one or even two men.
He claimed that he had contemplated resigning for some time to rejoin his family in Missouri, USA and said the defeat to Cuba probably hastened his decision.
“The pressure is always there,” he said. “Even when you win, there are questions about how well you win... Trinidad needs to grow up.”
Regardless, Najjar offered his services to the T&TFF as a consultant for the present technical staff or in the future.
If the returns of Corneal, Vranes and Shabazz serve as an accurate guide, Najjar’s offer is unlikely to be rejected outright.
Hannibal Najjar is New Technical Director.
By: Shaun Fuentes.
23-Oct-2002 - Hannibal Najjar was today named New Technical Director of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (TTFF) and Head Coach of the country’s Senior Team.
This was announced at a Media briefing held by the TTFF at the Queen’s Park Oval.
Najjar’s was among a host of appointments announced by the Federation as it launched bids to qualify for the 2006 World Cup, 2004 Olympic Games in Greece, and 2005 World Youth Championship.
Also back with the TTFF is Jack Warner, who was appointed Special Advisor to the TTFF Executive Committee and also appointed on the Federation's Appeals Committee.
Najjar was offered the post of Head Coach in 1997 but declined for different reasons. The 49-year-old stated that he was now ready to take the role. He has a long history as player and coach in Trinidad and Tobago and has worked well with several past and current National players.
Najjar holds a healthy resume which includes twenty-six years of coaching experience and several qualifications such as an International Full Badge from the English FA, “A” License from the US Soccer Federation, Advanced “A” Level, UEFA and Advanced “A” Goalkeeping License from the English FA among others. He has also coached at the Mid Continent College, Bethel College and Belhaven College in the USA, He served as head coach of American Premier Division club Jackson Chargers from 1995-97.
Najjar was assistant coach of the Caribbean All Star team in 1988, as well as the head coach of the T&T National Under 20 team (1986-88), National Under 17 team (1985-86), National Senior and Olympic Team (1984-85), National Under 21 Team (1983-84).
With immediate effect, Najjar takes up his duties, replacing now ex-interim Senior Team head coach Jamaal Shabaaz, who is off with the T&T Women’s Team to the CONCACAF Gold Cup, and now ex- interim Technical Director Stuart Charles Fevrier.
Najjar’s first major outing will be the CONCACAF Gold Cup qualification tournament which kicks off here next month. T&T will host their group which kicks off on November 13, three days after the originally scheduled date.
1964: Signed for Raith Rovers
1967: Joined Sunderland in a £45,000 deal
1979-1981: Rotherham manager
1981-1986: Sheffield United manager
1996-1988: Aberdeen manager
1989-1991: Reading manager
1991-1993: Chelsea manager
Here's Ian Porterfield, Stats since he started as T&T Senior Team head coach, games includes: ALL competitions & friendlies since the year - 2000.
Ian Porterfield -
|P W L D GF GA.|
Game Stats -
|43 23 12 8 84 51.|
Name: Leo Beenhakker 'Don Leo'
DOB: 02-Aug-1942, Rotterdam, Nederland
Status: In Active Team Head Coach (31-Mar-2005 to 20-Jun-2006).
Clubs Coached: Tediro, Xerxes, Zwart Wit'28; SV Epe, Go Ahead Eagles, SC Cambuur, Feyenoord, Ajax, Real Zaragoza, FC Volendam, Nederland, Real Madrid, Grasshoppers, Saudi Arabia, América, Istanbulspor, Guadalajara, Vitesse, Feyenoord.
Note: Whim Rijsbergen and Theo De Jong was also hired to assist Beenhakker. However after T&T qualified for their first ever World Cup Theo De Jong was replaced by Mario Been another Dutch born who was also assistant coach under Beenhakker at Feyenoord. Mario Been has been given the role of chief scout for the senior team. He will be overseeing the progress of T&T’s other World Cup opponents and will also be involved from a viewer’s perspective in what the “Soca Warriors” are doing on the field of play. Been is attached as a coach with current Dutch First Division leaders S.B.V. Excelsior Rotterdam and is also a former coach with Feyeenord FC.
Here's Leo Beenhakke, Stats since he started as T&T Senior Team head coach, games includes: ALL competitions & friendlies since the year - 2000.
Leo Beenhakker -
|P W L D GF GA.|
Game Stats -
|30 14 12 4 39 35.|
|25-Jul-2006||Beenhakker bids farewell.|
|29-May-2006||A special connection with T&T.|
|04-May-2006||Soca Warriors Online Interview with Leo Beenhakker.|
|17-Mar-2006||Beenhakker: "In Football 2+2 is not always 4"|
Nothing makes me nervous, says Beenhakker.
28-Oct-2005 - Since taking charge of Trinidad and Tobago six months ago, former Real Madrid, Ajax and Netherlands coach Leo Beenhakker has inspired the island team to a magnificent turnaround in fortunes. Facing a two-legged play-off against Bahrain in mid-November, the Dutchman is confident of their chances of booking a first-ever spot at a FIFA World Cup™ finals as he revealed in an interview with FIFAworldcup.com. The 63-year-old discussed his side's change in attitude, the recent win over mighty Mexico and what he expects against Bahrain. He also touched on the possible inclusion of English Premiership players Jlloyd Samuel and Bobby Zamora as last-minute reinforcements to his squad.
What, in your opinion, has changed in the camp during the second half of the campaign?
Basically, we worked very hard on certain aspects of the game that needed working on (laughs). When my coaching staff and I arrived here in Trinidad in April we realised that there were 20 very good individual players, but nothing resembling a football team. We focused firmly on keeping the ball, dictating the rhythm of the game and most importantly playing together as a team, as one unit. And although the (training) camps were never as long as we would have liked, little by little we built a team that was more in line with the demands of modern international football. Of course, with the positive results came big local support and this always helps too. It was a tremendous turnaround and now I am proud to say the team is playing with confidence and personality.
Can you give me your impression of the crucial win against Mexico earlier this month? You must have been a little nervous after Stern John’s missed penalty and the Mexican goal.
Nervous? Not at all. It's been 40 years I have been doing this job, there are very few situations that make me nervous (laughs). Nervousness is a negative impulse and does you no good as a player or a coach. Watching from the beginning against Mexico, I felt completely confident. Sure the missed penalty and the Mexico goal were not the best things that could have happened, but our heads never dropped, which was massively impressive. No one was particularly worried on the bench, we were playing very good football and we knew we were still very much in it. The fact that we were able to come back and win proves just how much this team has grown. They did not panic, they knew we could win and they were not overawed. Of course in football, maybe sometimes the goals won't come and there's nothing you can do about that, but we were every inch still in that game. And in the end we broke them down.
So, self-belief was the key?
Playing our own game is the most important thing for us at this point. In the past T&T has always been reacting to the play of the other team, letting them dictate the pattern of play. What I have tried to teach them is to take control of the game, home and away, and make the other team react to what we are doing. Against Mexico, we were in charge. We played our game with tremendous personality and to great effect. And after things began to look dark, we stayed in it and no one strayed from the battle plan.
The return of Russell Latapy (the 37-year-old playmaker whom Beenhakker
coaxed out of international retirement) seems to really have added an extra
spark in attack.
Without a doubt. He is one of those players that is so crucial to a team. He understands the game and what to do and when to do it. As a coach you are shackled to the bench, you cannot enter the pitch and tell players when to slow the game down or speed it up. But players like Latapy and (Dwight) Yorke have the knowledge to give the game what it needs at the right moment. And in this regard, Latapy is a special player. As a coach if you have two or three players like him, you are very lucky.
What do you expect from Bahrain in the play-off?
Some of my staff have been to see them play and I have watched DVDs and videos of them. Like any other side, they must be respected. Their style of play makes them a very tricky opponent. They have a ferocious defence and are not over-eager about getting forward. They will sit back and wait for the right time to hit on the counterattack. But regardless, we will play to win. Of course we will focus on organisation, but we will go right at them – I am Dutch after all (laughs)!
And their star striker, Aala Hubail ...
Yeah sure, this is a very good striker with all the weapons. But I have Marvin Andrews in the back who has gone up against some pretty good strikers from the USA and Mexico, not to mention at club level. I have faith he can handle the threat posed by Hubail.
There has been some talk about English-based players Jlloyd Samuel and Bobby Zamora possibly joining the T&T squad for the upcoming play-off. Can you comment on this?
Well, it is a bit of a tricky situation for a manager. I saw Samuel play for (Aston) Villa this Saturday and will be going to West Ham to look at Zamora. If they are players who can help the team then we will invite them to join us. But firstly I need to show respect to the players who worked so hard to get us where we are now. They have earned their spots and I must respect that. I have a team that has been living together, fighting together and playing together – and right now there are no problems in the team. So, bringing in someone new may not be the best idea. But that being said, if Samuel or Zamora are better than the man I have now in their position, it would be stupid not to bring them in. We will have to wait and see.
Do you see it as a disadvantage playing the first leg at home and the second leg on the round?
For me, there's no difference. It's a matter of personality, you have to overcome the crowd away from home sure, but there's a green pitch, two goal posts and it's all the same. As far as I am concerned, you have to play the same at home and away.
You have certainly found a way to motivate the team, but how do you keep them calm ahead of the biggest matches in the country's history?
Sure, it's an important pair of matches. But honestly, the last three or four qualifiers have also been very important, so they will be accustomed to the pressure. Also, most of these players play abroad and they know the pressures of professional football. You always have to find a way to win, despite adversity. I have faith in my team.
How does the experience of coaching T&T compare to coaching at a place like Real Madrid or Ajax or Holland?
For me, it's always basically the same. In Madrid, as here, I had 22 players with their own personalities and personal lives and social lives and private lives, but on the field the language is always the same no matter where you're from or what you are like. People are different in the world, but the language of football is always the same wherever you go. You must possess the ball, you must be organised in defence, you must score goals - these are universal principles.
Dutch duo in T&T World Cup quest.
By Joel Bailey (Newsday).
24-Oct-2005 - Assistant coaches of the Trinidad and Tobago football team Whim Rijsbergen and Theo De Jong are back together again, seeking to repeat the moment in 1974 when they both participated in a FIFA World Cup, as well as winning the Dutch League and UEFA (European) Cup titles with their club Feyenoord.
This time around, the Dutch duo would not be partaking as players, but as coaches, once the national team can secure a spot in the 2006 World Cup finals, ironically, in Germany.
More than three decades ago, Rijsbergen, who played as a defender, and De Jong (replaced on Dec-2005), who was a midfielder, were part of the Netherlands team that lost 2-1 to West Germany in the final, ranked by many as one of the best ever matches in the history of the World Cup.
The pair was drafted into the technical staff by Leo Beenhakker after his appointment as TT coach last April, with Rijsbergen having a hands-on role during team training sessions while De Jong has been regularly assigned with scouting duties of the team’s forthcoming opponents.
As is the case with their footballing duties, Rijsbergen and De Jong are a contrast off the field, with the 53-year-old Rijsbergen stocky and approachable while the powerfully-built 58-year-old De Jong is soft-spoken and shy.
Rijsbergen has described his stay in Trinidad thus far as "a very nice experience."
"We were surprised by the people, they’re very enthusiastic here," he added.
As a coach working with the national team, Rijsbergen was quick to point out that there is a big gap between the standard of the players who are involved in overseas clubs and those based here in TT.
"That’s why you see that every time we try to get most of the players from abroad because they play on a higher level," he conceded. "And that’s why it should be good if there was more time to get the mixture from the local guys and the professionals from abroad because then you’ll see that the guys from here would be getting better if they have the chance to play in a more frequent way with those guys.
"Because why do we bring those guys from abroad to exchange the experience from Dwight Yorke or Russell Latapy lately to make these local guys like Aurtis Whitley, Densill Theobald, Anton Pierre or David Atiba Charles better," Rijsbergen continued.
He is also concerned about the length of time it takes for the overseas-based pros to integrate with the local players ahead of international matches.
"That’s one of the biggest problems we have," he said. "There’s almost no time to work together.
"You’ve seen in the games we’ve played so far that there’s always a couple of days to work with these guys and that’s a pity because if (we) have more time then I think we would have (a better) chance to qualify.
Rijsbergen has had personal highs and lows of World Cup football, having represented his country in 1974 (in West Germany) and 1978 (in Argentina). But, as was the case in ’74, the Dutch were beaten by the hosts in the final four years later, 3-1 in extra time.
"As a player, I’ve been working with the best coaches in the world," said Rijsbergen. "For example, in Holland, with (Rinus) Michels, and when I was playing (with) New York Cosmos (in late 1970s) with Pele and (Franz) Beckenbauer. "We had some wonderful coaches like Hennes Weismiller from Germany and Professor (Dr Julio) Mazzei from Brazil. When I was playing in Holland together with Theo in Feyenoord we had some wonderful coaches from Yugoslavia.
"I’ve seen some wonderful coaches and when I retired, when I was 36, I started with the youth of Ajax when (Johann) Cruyff was the head coach," Rijsbergen continued. "I started as a youth coach because I think, if you want to become a coach, you have to understand the youth before you can start with the adults.
After working with a number of clubs in his homeland, Rijsbergen moved on to Universidad Catolica in Chile and was also based in Saudi Arabia before joining Beenhakker at Club America in Mexico.
"We had a good relation(ship) so that’s why we ended up working here," said Rijsbergen. "I’ve enjoyed every day so far."
Questioned about his job here with the national team, he replied, "that’s one of the things I like to do, travel and meet other people (who) are wonderful in these islands.
"There is some crime but we’re not involved in that kind of stuff," he affirmed. "The people are very friendly, the social part is nice but the players are willing to learn and it’s always nice to talk with the experienced players and see where we can get a positive result.
"I enjoy it so far and hopefully we can continue because that’s the goal."
De Jong, on the other hand, has described his time here as "okay." But, from a coach’s point of view, he thinks more work should have been done to develop the players in the local leagues so they can measure up to international standard.
"We were willing to train more with the local guys, with the players who have the possibility to play in the national team," he lamented. "We wanted to train once a week but (the clubs) don’t give us that opportunity to do this.
"And that’s why, at the end, with a group of players now we (have) maybe three (or) four on the national team," continued De Jong. "We were willing to try to improve these players in the local competition. We must get the opportunity from everybody."
Is it a give and take situation between the national team’s management and the clubs?
"We are willing, we are here," he avowed.
"We wanted to take this opportunity to give our experience from our level to bring to the players to try to get (them) better so that the gap between the England players and the local players here (can be) closer together. But okay, that’s a pity."
De Jong is contented with his role as the team’s scout and the experience he brings in that department.
"I (took) the job because we are three coaches and one has to do it," he stated.
"When I started to train as coach, I took up scouting and making (analysis) for my team," he continued. "I’m okay with this role. "I try to find the strong points of the opponents and weak points and we are talking this over," De Jong added. "We are trying to make tactics for when we play against those teams. I like it."
Looking back at his time as a coach, De Jong revealed, while he likes attacking football, he uses all the experiences and knowledge that he learnt from the tacticians he played under.
"I try to bring this over to my team and you take (what you learn) in your soccer career (and) experiences from (the coaches)," he said.
"These experiences I bring and I talk it over with Leo and Whim and then we decide what we can do with the team. So we are talking things over and Leo is making the decisions, how to do and what to do."
And De Jong has adapted nicely to the way of life here in Trinidad. "I like it here," he said. "Sometimes it’s too humid but it’s fairly okay."
Leo Beenhakker: Cultures change, football remains.
06-May-2005 - After a short hiatus, globetrotting boss Leo Beenhakker recently grabbed hold of the reins of the Trinidad and Tobago national team. With his new charges having taken only one point from their three Germany 2006 qualifiers under his predecessor, Bertille St Clair, Beenhakker will need to draw on his wealth of experience to turn their campaign around.
With just over a month to go before a crucial home clash with Panama, FIFAworldcup.com sat down with the 62-year-old Dutch master tactician to talk about the upcoming push toward what would be the Caribbean Soca Warriors' first-ever finals appearance.
After having coached Ajax, Real Madrid and the Netherlands, was it a difficult decision to take up the task of overseeing a team as unheralded as tiny Trinidad & Tobago?
The decision was not a difficult one – why would it be? Last summer I finished up coaching in Mexico (Beenhakker was sacked as head coach of Club America at the close of the 2004 season), and I promised myself a few moments of rest; after all it's many years now that I have been a professional coach. And after devoting yourself to something for so long you always need a little break. But football is like dope... within a few months it always pulls you back. So when the offer came from Trinidad, I did not hesitate. I went there to look things over and I said to myself, 'Why not?'
After such a slow start under St Clair do you feel qualification is still a reasonable possibility?
It will be a challenge. But I love being a coach and I love football. The challenge is the best part; it's what makes football great. We know the situation isn't as good as it could be for us (T&T are bottom of their six-team group with one point from three matches). But on the other hand, apart from the USA and Mexico, there is very little between Guatemala, Panama, Costa Rica and T&T. The better-prepared team will rise from these four. We still have a very good chance, as three of the six teams go directly through and the fourth gets a play-off. In my mind, we are still very much alive.
What is the first order of business in organising the team for the next round of qualifiers?
I have been keeping an eye on the situation. As you may know, there are many Trinidadians playing abroad in the England, Scotland and the USA, but I have to take a look at the local players who may have been passed over. I plan to run some sessions with local players and get a chance to see what they can do. I will be watching videos, seeing what the possibilities are and working toward the game with Panama in early June.
Speaking of the Panama match at home, do you see it as a must-win?
Of course, it is crucial. Though we may surprise the United States or Mexico, we must be realistic and take our points where we can. The main battle for us is with the lesser teams, and we have to win our home games in order to fight for that third or fourth spot.
There is talk of veteran Russell Latapy returning to T&T as a player or a possible assistant coach...
I have to have a chat with Russell before I know what his status is. As of right now, the main issue is getting the best players out on the pitch. If he is physically and mentally ready to play, then I might use him. He is a quality player and he knows the game of football, so he will be a big help to us one way or another.
Have you received the full support of the Trinidadian federation and the local leagues?
They have both been fantastic in their support. We all have the same goal – to reach the World Cup in Germany in 2006, so we have to cooperate to the best of our abilities. The local leagues, the organisation, the federation have all been great. We have to work very closely to achieve our common goal.
Do you feel your extensive coaching CV will help you whip the team into shape?
I think my experience will bring something extra to the team ... at least I hope so! I have been coaching for a long time now in many different circumstances. I have been with Holland, Ajax, Real Madrid and many other teams - and these experiences give you a lot to work with. The situation is different here in Trinidad, but it is still a matter of getting the best out of your players. Though it may be a different culture, it's still football. It's always the same wherever you are. You need to know the game, know the tactics and know how to deal with people.
What is the most important thing you will have to do to get T&T back on track?
We must use what we have, this is the crucial thing. You need to have eleven players who know where to be, how to move, how to support each other. PSV Eindhoven and AZ Alkmaar are great examples of this principle. Each player must know what the others are going to do. The team, not the individuals, is the most important thing. We will need to play to our strengths and know what we can and can't do. If we can achieve this unity, we can reach our goals. You don't need 11 superstars to have success.
Leo returns with his assistants ready to go.
By: Ian Prescott.
27-Apr-2005 - New national football coach Leo Beenhakker is due to return to Trinidad on Friday, from London, bringing with him two Dutch coaches as his assistants and another Dutchman Rob Baan as a scout.
Beenhakker was on an assessment assignment last week, in Britain, where he looked at Trinidad and Tobago footballers playing in England, Wales and Scotland.
The 62-year-old Dutchman hoped to use the exercise to assess the quality of T&T's overseas professionals. He met with them and their club managers to decide on their suitability for the 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign.
Beenhakker begins his Trinidad and Tobago assignment with a 9 a.m. training session at the Larry Gomes Stadium, in Malabar, on Monday, with the senior national team, preparing for CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers against Panama on June 4 in Port-of-Spain and then against the powerful Mexicans in Monterrey on June 8.
Due to fly into Piarco on Friday with Beenhakker are Dutchmen Theo de Jong and Wim Rijsbergen. That was confirmed yesterday by Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (TTFF) technical director Lincoln "Tiger" Phillips, who was instrumental in securing Beenhakker's services after the sacking of Bertille St Clair on March 26.
Phillips said Beenhakker was adamant that because of the amount of work he had to do, the Dutchman wanted his own people involved.
No one in the T&T Football Federation could shed any light on the involvement of former national midfielder Russell Latapy, who the TTFF named last month as one of Beenhakker's assistants, along with Lebanon-based ex-national captain David Nakhid.
Latapy, an outstanding midfielder in his prime, has very little coaching experience. He is currently attached to the Falkirk Reserve Team in the Scottish First Division, where he and John O'Neill share coaching duties. Latapy is a member of Falkirk's first team, which recently won the First Division title under the guidance of John Hughes and his assistant Brian Rice, but only as a player.
Yesterday, new Trinidad and Tobago team manager Bruce Aanensen told the Express as far as he knew Beenhakker would be working with his own hand-picked staff of experienced coaches. He could not say whether Latapy had a role in the team except as a player.
"He (Beenhakker) felt he needed additional help and made it quite clear at a press conference that his aim was to use Nakhid (David) as a player. Beenhakker knew he had a lot of work to do, and not withstanding whether Latapy comes along or not, he still wanted to have two Dutch guys with him," Aanensen said.
Phillips, too, hinted that Latapy's role in Beenhakker's plans may be to join the team strictly as a player and not a coach.
"I am hearing so many things concerning Latapy," Phillips said, "and I hope it does not upset the team. I know for sure that Beenhakker wants to hit the ground running when he lands here. I suspect that he is going to split up the team among him and the Dutch guys, with one taking hold of the defence. He (Beenhakker) recognises that we do not have much organisation in defence."
Phillips added that he was familiar with one of Beenhakker's assistants, Whim Rhizerburg, having coached against his team in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He said Wim Rijsbergen was a very good defensive coach.
Phillips, a renowned former national goalkeeper, said his job was to ensure that he gathered Trinidad and Tobago's best players, including Latapy and Nakhid, and so, give this country the best chance to qualify for the World Cup. "My intention is to bring back all our stars. If England and other countries do it, why can't we?" he asked.
Don’t expect miracles - coach Beenhakker.
By: Nigel Simon - T&T Guardian.
07-Apr-2005 - Newly-appointed national football coach Leo Beenhakker says the job of getting T&T’s Warriors to the World Cup in Germany 2006 is a big one.
Beenhakker, who will officially pick up his position on May 1, gave his views at a media conference at the Hasely Crawford Stadium,in Mucurapo yesterday.
The 62 year-old Dutchman, a former national coach of Holland and Saudi Arabia and club teams Ajax, Real Madrid and Real Zaragoza, said he has seen tapes of the matches against Guatemala and Costa Rica and drew his conclusions based on that.
“I will not discuss what mistakes need to be corrected individually with you (the media) right now, before I speak with the players in the team but I must say that I’m surprised at what happened in the matches, yet we can do it.”
Beenhakker said that one point from three matches is not a good sign but explained that he did not see a big difference in the way T&T played than the way Guatemala and Costa Rica played.
With respect to his next two matches in charge against Panama (June 4th) and Mexico (June 8th), Beenhakker stated: “We need a very tough and good preparation where the players will be worked on in small groups, concentrating on each aspect of the game, defence, midfield and attack.”
With respect to his assistants, T&T’s David Nakhid and Russell Latapy, the Dutchman said his main problem was on the pitch where he would rather see Nakhid play.
“Latapy on the other hand is still playing in Scotland and will not be here until the middle of May, but we have to start preparing now. So there is a possibility that I may add one or two persons to the staff.”
Beenhakker made it clear that he was up for the test of getting the Warriors to the World Cup in Germany.
“More than ever, I’m prepared for a new challenge, and this time it’s the position of coach of the T&T national team. So far he has held meetings with key persons in T&T football and said he was impressed with their professionalism and passion.
“From those meetings, I feel confident that I made a very good choice to accept the job.”
Looking ahead to the crucial World Cup matches, Beenhakker aid there were no guarantees. “There are no guarantees in sports and in life. The job is not going to be easy. There are no miracles, but it’s all right for you to dream, you can remain hopeful and work hard towards your goal.”
Beenhakker also said that he was surprised with the revelations of his meetings with the local coaches.
“The meeting with the clubs coaches was a special experience in that they explained to me that it was the closest they had come to knowing what happens with the national team.
“I promised that on my return in April, I will be viewing some of the local league matches to see what changes need to be made to help with the development of the league.
“However my most urgent task is getting the team ready for the World Cup qualifying campaign.”
Admitting his little knowledge of the T&T players, Beenhakker noted that by viewing some of the local club matches, little by little he will be able to recognise the top players.
“In football you work with your eyes wide open, so I will be able to pick a squad of about 24 players prior to the start of May.” But before selecting his squad, Beenhakker said he will also be seeking some first hand knowledge of T&T’s overseas players.
“Amsterdam is not that far from England and Scotland, so I will be able to see the T&T players and chat with their clubs so I will have more knowledge to work with.
“One thing is certain, we will not be waiting for them, because they have obligations, and our preparations for the two World Cup matches in June will start during the first week of May.” Plans are also on course for the players to have a live-in camp for two to three days per-week for the four weeks of preparations while some training matches will be included.
Nakhid spoke about the shift in his role and hinted that he was undecided about his new status with the national team.
"Well he approached me about it when he saw the games and he felt that he could use me more on the pitch seeing that we were pressed for time. It's an approach he made. It's very difficult tell Leo Beenhakker, no. I've spoken with him, and we'll have to see because I have a lot of things to arrange then with my club in Lebanon. So hopefully, hopefully if I do decide to do it, more as a player that an assistant coach/player kind of thing like under Bertille (St Clair). Then, I'll have to decide quickly, and I guess Russell will have to decide too. But as he said, he needs players on the pitch who can implement what he wants. We'll have to see what happens in the coming weeks." Nakhid said. New manager Bruce Aanensen bring with him a management background having spent 39 years in the financial sector with RBTT Bank Limited.
Leo Beenhakker is New Head Coach of T&T senior team.
By: Shaun Fuentes, TTFF Press Officer.
31-Mar-2005 - Leo Beenhakker is the new Head Coach of the Trinidad and Tobago Senior Football Team and former captain Russell Latapy will be returning to the set up as Assistant Coach as one my several decisions taken by the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation’s Technical Advisory Committee on Thursday.
Under the Chairmanship of Mr. Rudolph Thomas, Vice President of the Trinidad & Tobago Football Federation, the Technical Advisory Committee of the Trinidad & Tobago Football Federation comprising of Messrs. Lincoln Phillips, Technical Director, Dr. Alvin Henderson, and Mohammed Isa met with the Technical Staff of Team Trinidad and Tobago at 9:30 a.m. today, 31st March, 2005. Also in attendance were Messrs. Richard Groden, General Secretary of the TTFF and Jack Warner, TTFF Special Advisor. Following that meeting the members of the Technical Advisory Committee met with the players of Team Trinidad and Tobago. The primary purpose of both meetings was to outline the way forward for the team and both of which were very fruitful.
The newly appointed Trinidad and Tobago head coach Leo Beenhakker is scheduled to arrive in this country on Monday evening from the Netherlands for a four-day stay during which he will meet with local officials and players and take care of initial arrangements for his tenure with the National Football Team.
Beenhakker, the former Netherlands, Real Madrid and Ajax coach will meet with Special Adviser to the TTFF, Jack Warner and other members of the TTFF Executive and Technical Advisory Committee as well as visit some of the facilities in the country before returning to the Netherlands on Thursday. Beenhakker has worked as coach for Feyenoord, Ajax, Real Zaragoza, Volendam, Real Madrid, Grasshoppers, America (Mexico), Istanbulspor, Guadalajara and Vitesse Arnhem. In 1985, 1986 and 1990 he was Dutch national coach and guided the Saudi Arabian national team between 1993 and 1994. The Dutchman has won six national titles in his coaching career, two with Ajax, three with Real Madrid and the last, with Feyenoord, in 1999.
“I understand the situation of the team and from my side I can confirm my interest in taking over the job as a responsible head coach. I only have to explain that from my side the key for accepting a job or not does not depend on the financial conditions in the first place. Primarily I am much more interested in the technical conditions and the circumstances to do my job. For me that's the basic part to being successful or not,” the former Ajax Amsterdam and Real Madrid coach stated.
The following decisions were taken:
Manager of Team Trinidad & Tobago, Bruce Aanensen, former Deputy Manager of RBTT.
Assistant Manager with special responsibility for Player Relations, George Joseph.
Assistant Manager with special responsibility for Logistics and player apparel, Joseph ‘Sam’ Phillips.
Head Coach: Leo Beenhakker, former Manager of Holland National Team and former Coach of Real Madrid FC.
Assistant Coaches: David Nakhid and Russell Latapy.
N.B. All appointees have accepted their respective appointments subject to details which are being finalised. Mr.Beenhakker is expected to arrive in Trinidad on April 4th, 2005 while Mr. Latapy will be shortly relocated to Trinidad.
With the exception of Team Doctor, Dr. Terrence Babwah and Zephyrinus Nicholas, Team Physiotherapist, all other previous appointments on the Technical Staff of Team Trinidad and Tobago have been terminated with immediate effect. In the consequence of the foregoing, Mr. Ron La Forest has been reassigned as Coach of the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Team.
Further relevant announcements will be made in due course.
SEIZOEN PRIJS/TITEL TEAM ALS SPELER:
1979/'80 Nederlands landskampioen Ajax
1986/'87 Spaans landskampioen Real Madrid
1987/'88 Spaans landskampioen Real Madrid
1988/'89 Spaans landskampioen Real Madrid
1988/'89 Spaanse beker Real Madrid
1989/'90 Nederlands landskampioen Ajax
1998/'99 Nederlands landskampioen Feyenoord
1999/2000 Nederlandse supercup Feyenoord
SEIZOEN CLUB DIVISIE ALS TRAINER:
1965/'66 SV Epe (NedAm)
1966/'67 SV Epe (NedAm)
1967/'68 Go Ahead Eagles (Ned )
1968/'69 Go Ahead Eagles (Ned )
1969/'70 Go Ahead Eagles (Ned )
1970/'71 Go Ahead Eagles (Ned )
1971/'72 Go Ahead Eagles (Ned )
1972/'73 SC Cambuur (Ned )
1973/'74 SC Cambuur (Ned )
1974/'75 SC Cambuur (Ned )
" /' " geen club
1975/'76 Go Ahead Eagles (Ned )
" /' " geen club
1976/'77 Feyenoord (Ned1)
1977/'78 Feyenoord (Ned1)
1978/'79 Ajax (Ned1) ALS TRAINER:
1979/'80 Ajax (Ned1)
1980/'81 Ajax (Ned1)
" /' " geen club
1981/'82 Real Zaragoza (Spa)
1982/'83 Real Zaragoza (Spa)
1983/'84 Real Zaragoza (Spa)
1984/'85 FC Volendam (Ned1)
1986/'87 Real Madrid (Spa)
1987/'88 Real Madrid (Spa)
1988/'89 Ajax (Ned)
1990/'91 Ajax (Ned)
1991/'92 Ajax (Ned)
" /' " Real Madrid (Spa)
1992/'93 Grasshoppers (Zwi)
1993/'94 geen club
" /' " Saudi-Arabië
" /' " geen club
1994/'95 América (Mex)
1995/'96 Istanbulspor (Tur)
" /' " Guadalajara (Mex)
1996/'97 Vitesse (Ned1)
ALS TECHNISCH DIRECTEUR:
" /' " Vitesse (Ned1)
1997/'98 Vitesse (Ned1)
" /' " Feyenoord (Ned1)
1998/'99 Feyenoord (Ned1)
1999/2000 Feyenoord (Ned1)
" / " geen club (ontslag genomen)
2000/2001 geen club
ALS TECHNISCH DIRECTEUR:
" / " Ajax (Ned1)
2001/2002 Ajax (Ned1)
2002/2003 Ajax (Ned1)
" / " América (Mex1)
|04-Jan-2008||Phillips: New coach will be a plus to local development.|
|04-Jun-2006||Football is all Q & A.|
Lincoln Phillips: It's not just about Germany 2006.
TnT Express Reports.
23-Feb-2004 - Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation Technical Director Lincoln Phillips was formally introduced to national senior team coach Bertille St Clair and other national coaches at a meeting at the Dr Joao Havelange Centre of Excellence, Macoya yesterday morning.
Phillips along with recently-appointed director of youth development Anton Corneal and head Coach St Clair were among the guests, who also included FIFA vice-president Jack Warner, T&TFF president Oliver Camps, general secretary Richard Groden and other executive menbers of the Federation, as well as coaches Stuart Charles-Fevrier, Brian Williams, Ross Russell, Ron La Forest, Michael Maurice, Dr Alvin Henderson and Muhammad Isa among others.
"There have been statements along the lines that the country cannot afford to experience another failed World Cup campaign when there's so much hope. However, I am glad that line of thinking is squashed because while the short-term ambition is Germany 2006, this is not only about the next World Cup, but it's about making the right moves here for the long-term success of our football at all levels," Phillips told T&TFF media officer Shaun Fuentes yesterday.
"The short-term plan is to qualify for the next World Cup, which will hasten the momentum in everything that we do. But the most important thing is to put a structure in place so that our journey for all world tournaments-under-17, under-20, etc-will be much easier and that we can identify and correct mistakes along the way. The most important thing is to get everyone together and put this structure in place.
"Fortunately, we have Bertille in charge of the senior team and he is very strong and experienced, so in a sense he doesn't need too much supervision but, rather, support. But setting up the youth programme with Anton involved is where you need both supervision and support because that is a very key area. My role is to direct and assist in all these various areas," said Phillips.
He mentioned the need for more support from all concerned.
"We also have to connect with the administrators, the Government and sponsors because one of the problems on the technical side is that we don't have the desire to deal with non-technical matters. But in modern-day soccer you must have a relationship with the administrators and others because they are the ones who make the decisions," Phillips added, also relating how he experienced similar problems while working with the United States Soccer Federation in 1994 and today they now have the US government fully behind them.
Reflecting on last Tuesday's match against the Brazilian All Star team, Phillips said: "It was great to see the way things turned out and it told me that the people are thirsty for football. It is exciting to come into a situation where the public really wants to see the national team in action.
"From the technical standpoint, as a coach back in charge for the first time, I think the opportunity was used for him to have a look at some of his players and you hardly want to play against too tough an opponent in these circumstances. I think the players were able to understand what Bertille wanted from them because all his training sessions were geared towards possession, clean ball control and quick movements. "There was a conscious effort from the guys to do this during the game, even though it broke up when we introduced other players in the second half.
"Winning or losing this particular game was not the important factor but from now on we will be facing stronger opponents and this is where we will have to take our performances and results into more consideration," said Phillips. Coach St Clair also welcomed Phillips' appointment and reiterated the need for a collective effort.
"Work with me and I am confident that with your support and the man above, there is no limit to what we can achieve," said St Clair. "All of us must support each other as coaches, administrators, players, sponsors and the Government. Sometimes you might need to advise me and I will need to give you my impressions, too, but it is important that we work together." St Clair resumes training with the senior team at the Larry Gomes Stadium, Malabar from 4.30 p.m. on Saturday.
TTFF Appoints Lincoln Phillips Technical Director.
A closer look at Lincoln Phillips.
Presented By: Lincoln Phillips.
Lincoln Phillips is considered one of the pioneers of soccer, having coached and played at every level of soccer in the United States. He was a member of the USSF National Coaching Schools and the VYSA Joint Coaching Staff. He represented the US Men's National Squad, the Men's Olympic Team and the U-14 Boys National Team as an assistant (goalkeeper) coach. Coach Phillips is one of 48 coaches the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) has chosen to develop soccer throughout the world. He has achieved great success as a coach on the professional level leading the Washington Darts of the NASL to two Championships and the Maryland Bays to two play-off berths. In his 10-year stint at Howard University he led the "Bison" to an NCAA Division 1 championship, three semi-final, and three quarter-final berths. Howard is the only university to have won an NCAA Championship untied and unbeaten.
Coach Phillips' 10 year record at Howard U. was 136 wins, 15 loses, and 10 ties. As a player, Lincoln represented Trinidad & Tobago in Olympic and World Cup competition, leading his National team to a bronze medal in the Pan American games. Lincoln was the top goalkeeper in the US, representing the NASL All-star team against Pele's team, Santos of Brazil. As an author, Lincoln Phillips has written one of the fastest selling goalkeping books in the US: Goalkeeping: The Last Line of Defense: The First Line of Attack. Recently, Coach Phillips was inducted into theVirginia Youth Soccer Association Hall of Fame for outstanding service to the game of soccer in the Maryland/Virginia/DC metropolitan area.
Name: Ron La Forest.
Status: In-Active Assistant Senior Team Coach (16-Jan-2004 to 31-Mar-2005)....
Status: Active Olympic Team Coach (31-Mar-2005 to present).... Active U-21 Head Coach (Jan-2006 to present)
Note: A well-respected coach, Mr. La Forest has made his contribution to football at many levels. He has represented the country as a player and also had success for his local club "ASL". While playing for his club he scored a hat-tirck against top English club Arsenal during a friendly encounter when Arsenal visited T&T on a pre-seasoned tour. He has coached both Mucurapo Senior Comprehensive and St. Anthony's College as well as the National Youth Team. His coaching expertise has been utilized in the professional league by teams such as CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh and Joe Public. His involvement has given him a vast knowledge of the available local talent and has gained him the respect of these players. No doubt, his addition will be a plus to the team.
Here's Ron La Forest, Stats since
he started as T&T Senior Team Assistant head coach, games includes: ALL
competitions & friendlies since the year - 2000.
Ron La Forest was stand-in head coach for Bertille St Clair when the T&T team was in Bermuda and actually coached the T&T senior team on 2 occasions while there.
Ron La Forest -
|P W L D GF GA.|
Game Stats -
|2 1 0 1 3 2.|
Ron La Forest... is all heart for TT football.
By Joel Bailey.
29-Feb-2004 - A desire to contribute to football at any capacity, whether it is coaching or in the field of administration, is what keeps Ronald “Ron” La Forest involved with the game locally. The 49-year-old La Forest was appointed assistant national senior football team coach on January 16 and was actually in charge of two recent matches in Bermuda. With re-appointed coach Bertille St Clair unable to attend due to illness, La Forest was the interim coach as the squad won their first match 1-0 and drew the other 2-2 against the Bermuda national team.
Before his appointment, La Forest spent a year coaching Joe Public in the TT Pro League while he also had stints with CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh (current Pro League champions), Frontline, ECM Motown, Mucurapo Senior Comprehensive and St Anthony’s College. La Forest, who also played as a striker for both the national senior and Under-19 teams, recently reflected on his career to date. “I began at the very tender age of seven. I was actually born in Carenage and behind my house was a savannah,” he noted. “After coming from school (Carenage Boys RC), I’ll always go in the back and play.” He stressed that he had no formal training nor did his parents deter him from playing the sport. “It was a gift from the Almighty because my father (Alfred) never even kicked a lime,” he jokingly confessed. “May God rest his soul but he was always there for me.”
La Forest’s talents were spotted by coaches at Belmont Intermediate (now Belmont Secondary) who offered a scholarship to the up-and-coming striker. After his school days were over, he progressed to the Defence Force, where he played from 1972-1981. He also wore the national colours at the Under-19 level from 1971-73, during which he was part of the team that won the Benson and Hedges Youth Tournament against Queen’s Park Oval against Jamaica in 1972. The compact-build striker then moved up to the senior team, where he represented with distinction until he hung up his boots in the mid-1980s. “I always enjoyed scoring goals so I played my career as a striker but at the same time I was able to play midfield because I was a very good passer of the ball,” he said.
La Forest’s coaching career began with Frontline in the Savannah League, after which he moved on to ECM Motown in the local Semi-Pro League. His success on the touchlines saw him accept an offer to join Mucurapo Senior Comprehensive, where he worked for four years, with the team winning the Secondary Schools Football League North Zone title in 1997. In 2002, he guided St Anthony’s to a clean sweep of titles — the North Zone, North Zonal Intercol, Big Five and overall Intercol crowns — as they went unbeaten throughout the season. Referring to his work with the Westmoorings-based school, he stated: “I got an offer from (present coach) Nigel Grovesnor because he felt that he reached one level (with the school) and wanted to take it to another level, so I took up the challenge.”
And why did La Forest gravitate to coaching? “My role is always to help my colleagues so it was easy for me to pass on the knowledge that I gained.” La Forest, who also coached the national Under-17 team during the World Champion-ship qualifiers in Bermuda in 2002, is pleased with his successes thus far. “I seem to be getting glory as I go along,” he remarked. Describing himself as a “very nice, easy-going family person,” La Forest is the father of three children, but has great hopes for the youngest — 15-month-old Ronaldinho Ron La Forest, his only child with wife Elizabeth.
Name: Rene Simoes.
Status: In - Active (Jun-2001 to May-2002).
DOB: December, 17th, 1952.
Born: To Abel Rodrigues Simoes and Nea Augusta Gomes Simoes.
1974-76: Named coach of Ginastico and Desportivo of Rio de Janeiro, U-17 and U-20 teams, after modest playing career.
May, 1976: Married Maria de Fatima Brandao Simoes, has three daughters, Renata Brandao, Beatriz Brandao and Leticia.
1985-86: Coached first senior team, Mesquita FC, Rio de Janeiro.
1987-89: Named Brazilian Football Confederation coach in charge of U-23, U-20 and U-17 teams. Led both U-17 and U-20 teams to South American championship titles and steered U-20s to third place in 1989 Saudi Arabia World Youth Cup. Rated his best moment as coach was leading the U-20 team—with the likes of Leonardo, Sonny Anderson and Marcelinho Carioca—to victory in Buenos Aires over bitter rivals Argentina.
1994-2000: Named Jamaica Football Federation technical director. Steered senior team to 1998 World Cup and U-17 team to 1999 World Youth Cup. Controversially gave debut to 16-year-old Ricardo Gardner who went on to become mainstay of team. Also sparked public outrage by sacking crowd favourite Walter Boyd for disciplinary reasons during 1998 qualifying campaign.
1997: Given Hall of Fame award for Excellence in Caribbean Development for Art and Culture, Jamaica, among a string of accolades.
1998: Awarded Commander of Order of Distinction (Honorary Class) by Jamaican government. Also given Special Award of Rio Branco Order by Brazilian government which is one of several awards from his home country.
2000: Accepted “dream job” as technical director to top Brazilian club Flamengo but resigned five months later. Simoes claimed that Flamengo officials only wanted to use his name and gave him no authority to run the club.
2000: Appointed Fifa technical instructor.
May 2001: Accepted offer from Fifa vice-president and T&TFF special adviser Jack Warner to become technical director for Trinidad and Tobago, Simoes was join by Brazilians assistant coach Julio Cesar Leal, Physiotherapist Alfredo Monteso and Goalkeeper coach Francisco Santos.
June 2002: Rene Simoes and his 2 assistant resigned from TnT.
Here's Rene Simoes, Stats since he started as T&T Senior Team head coach, games includes: ALL competitions & friendlies since the year - 2000.
Rene Simoes -
|P W L D GF GA.|
Game Stats -
|17 8 6 3 27 21.|
|12-Jul-2002||Rene Simoes Interview, By Flex.|
|2002||Project Germany 2006 and Beyond.|
Rene Simoes lauds Soca Warriors.
21-Nov-2005 - Former National Coach and Technical Director, Brazilian Rene Simoes has paid tribute to the “Soca Warriors” on their qualification for the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
Simoes, who took charge of the team during the latter part of the 2002 campaign before leaving the job due to financial constraints of the Federation in 2002, said he was close to tears on witnessing Leo Beenhakker’s team defeat Bahrain 1-0 on television last Wednesday.
Speaking to TTFF Media on the day of the match in Manama, Simoes said he had all faith in the team being able to pull off the result.
“My friend, I told everybody that the Trinidad and Tobago team could reach the sky from the day I started to work in your country,” Simoes said. “And I still think the same way today.”
“The team must know that Bahrain is under pressure but we (T&T) must be calm. Remember in 1989 when the USA went to Port of Spain and won. Why can’t we do that now. Be strong and be believers and true warriors,” Simoes added on November 16 before kick off.
In a second conversation on Saturday, Simoes expressed his joy on seeing T&T complete the journey.
“You have done it and I felt so proud and happy after watching the game on television. I think Mr Warner and the entire team deserves everything now for what they have done. Every Caribbean player must be proud of this achievement and they should always have the chance to show what they can do on a world stage. The quality is great and it was such a great feeling to see a small country make it to the big stage and show its potential to the whole world. The great lesson out of this is that nothing is impossible when you believe in it and go for it,” Simoes told TTFF Media.
René Simoes is a well-travelled man. He had led Jamaica to the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France and was also head coach of the Brazil Women’s team which finished second to the USA at the 2004 Olympic Games.
On beating Greece 7-0 at the Games, Simoes, in a fifa.com article, stated how it should have been a learning experience for the Greeks.
“I said I had a similar experience when I coached Trinidad und Tobago. We played Brazil in the last game of the 2001 FIFA U-17 World Championship and lost 6-1. So I've been there. I said "Don't be angry with yourself, you were playing Brazil. It is difficult, but forge your own path and don't dwell on the past." There is no progress without defeat. We learned that with Jamaica over four years. During the first three years, we lost many many games. Everybody used to ask me "Are you crazy?". But if you don't know how to lose, you will never learn to win.”
Brazilian Technical Staff members leave tomorrow.
By: Shaun Fuentes.
28-May-2002 - Two the Brazilians who came here with Rene Simoes will depart for Brazil on Tuesday morning. National Women's Under 19 coach and men's senior team assistant coach Julio Leal and goalkeeper coach Francisco "Chico" Santos will leave these shores for Rio de Janeiro via Miami.
Along with Simoes, who will stop work here on Friday, the trio were guests at a lunch held in their honour at the offices of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation on Monday. All three were also presented with plaques bearing the Federation's emblem
and words of appreciation along with other tokens of appreciation.
Leal has been a member of past Brazil National Under 23,Under 20 and Under 17 teams technical staffs. As head coach, he also led the Brazilian Under 20 team to winners row in the 1993 FIFA World Under 20 Championship.
Santos meanwhile played professionally with America, Botafogo and Portuguesa in the Brazilian League. "Chico" was also a member of Brazilian Under 23, Under 20 and Under 17 national teams. Santos was also on the staff of the Brazilian team which played this country's National Under 20 team in a warm up encounter at the National Stadium in 1991.
"It was indeed a great pleasure to work here. It is something that we will miss because while we have been here to pass on our experience and to teach you more about football, we have also learnt a lot from you the players and the coaches, the people of this country. We know that not everything works the way we want it to. One thing for sure is that you have a part in our heart now and we feel as if part of us is being left behind as we leave your country. We know that this country has all the potential to succeed and your time will come for this," said an emotional Leal in front of a small gathering.
Simoes will remain in the country until next month and today also held further discussions with Clayton Morris and Ken Elie on the outline of the development programme.
TTFF President Oliver Camps, speaking from the Hilton Hotel in Seoul gave his regards to Leal and Santos, adding that discussions on the future Technical director will be held on his return next month.
Jack Warner sees it as a Black day for TnT football.
By: Shaun Fuentes.
17-May-2002 - CONCACAF President Jack Warner today said that having to face the departure of Professor Rene Simoes from local football is one of the darkest days in the history of the game here.
Warner was speaking at the Hilton Hotel on Friday morning following a breakfast meeting with Simoes and Federation President Oliver Camps during which talks were held around payment to Simoes for his past few months on duty here. Fifty percent of the salaries will be made by Warner before the 2002 World Cup with the second half to be made following the tournament.
"My point simply is that it is insulting for a Ministry to say that they will not fund a programme and then expect corporate Trinidad and Tobago to do it.
"To tell you the truth I have put my money where my mouth is. I have seen some coaches and others who always have negative comments to make and I say put your money where your mouth is. I have also pledged to assist Professor Simoes and the TTFF with programme but I am not prepared to do it alone as I have done in the past," said Warner.
"I want to thank those people who came forward and offered their words of advice and small consolation and particularly the catholic church which called me and asked how they can help. Everybody has realized that we need to maintain the programme and the coach except the powers that be. I say again that Mr Simoes has been extremely decent and from where I stand today, this has to be one of the blackest days for football in this country," stated Warner.
Asked if whether some u-turn was possible seeing Simoes remain here, Warner replied "Mr Simoes' stay here is now history. It's impossible. I will sit down with Mr Camps and his executive committee in the first days of June to see if we can put our heads together to come up with solutions . We have five of the best facilities in the western world. We have people here with administrative competence. What we need is some government funding as happens in Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, in England, in Jamaica, you name it.
"It cannot be done by the Football Federation alone, it cannot be done by the government alone, it cannot be done by the businesses alone. It has to be a collective effort and we were on the verge of achieving this last November when of course Elections were called. I give you the assurance that whatever happens and I am quite sure that between now and the end of the year we shall be able to turn this around," he added.
TTFF President Camps, though disappointed, said that Simoes' programme will continue and decisions as to new Technical Director will be made at the end of the 2002 World Cup.
"The developmental programme will have to continue. Professor Simoes has left us an excellent programme. I am very disappointed that he will not be here to execute it. I will be meeting with the executive committee on my return from the FIFA congress when we will make further decisions," said Camps.
Statemenrs from Simoes, Boynes.
By: Shaun Fuentes.
17-May-2002 - Rene Simoes said on Thursday that he remains disappointed to have reached this stage where he will have to depart local shores and added that he is close to finalizing negotiations of a new contract with an undisclosed country.
"I cannot say that I resign. But I am leaving. This is what the agreement was in January. Mr Camps and I met and he told me that he didn't have the money but that he will like to keep me. We decide okay let us fight together until June and if thing s did not change then I can leave," said Simoes.
He added that he has delayed meeting with the unnamed country since May.
"I postponed but when May came I said okay let us meet and have discussions. We have reached some good points because one thing that is interesting is that they know what my salary was here. We are very close to reaching a deal."
"I have been in seventy five countries and I can guarantee you that you have a wonderful country here.
"Of course I am disappointed because when I saw the Under 14 and Under 16 tournaments and the Under 23 team we have now, there is a lot of talented players. When you look at the facilities and the President of CONCACAF here, there is a great advantage as you can host so many tournaments. I am not thinking that I am being betrayed. But the political situation is one that nobody wants to be involved in," added Simoes.
"Before yesterday the Minister of Sport called me and tried to convince me to stay here but I told him that he has a wonderful project. My project is a very professional one. When you combine the projects it is an excellent one. Now what we have to do is put this project into place. I will finalize all categories of teams with local staff before I leave. The first phase was supposed to allow the local coaches to experience how we work and then the second phase would then let them work by our guidance and the third phase would be to let them work and make mistakes or do good things and work with our recommendation. But we couldn't finalize the first phase but at least they have a little idea of our philosophy.
"One thing the Federation must do is to respect the local coaches. I think there is a lack of respect between the football fraternity and the football authorities here. Both of them must come together to come together. No one must be a volunteer. There is only room for people to work as professionals. I hope this can be changed in Trinidad."
Simoes added that he will work until May 31 and has been told by Warner that he will pay the salaries which were not made between January and now.
"I will still work very committed as I did from the first day. Mr Warner told me that he would be ashamed for Trinidad and Tobago to allow you to leave without receiving your salaries. For more than one reason I have to work very hard until May 31. I said I would not sue the Federation for not paying the salaries. I thank him very much for that."
Minister of Sport Roger Boynes said on Thursday afternoon that his government will be fully endorsing Simoes' development programme and that he still feels Simoes will remain here to oversee it.
"The Ministry has agreed to facilitate a development programme for football in conjunction with the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation. The TTFF will be responsible for organizing and developing all national teams in football and developing national training programmes for all coaches in the sport," said Boynes.
"A structure and development plan has been prepared by the Federation for the national teams and a structure and plan has also been developed for the schools and the communities.
"The cost of this development programme is in the vicinity of TT$12 million dollars annually which will be met by the Government, private sector and the Federation."
Boynes added that at first he felt the salary figure disclosed earlier was jsut for Simoes but now understands that it was proposed as the figure for all technical staff members.
"Dexter Skeene is in the process of assisting the ministry with a programme which will deal with the communities. What we did was to get these two development programmes and place them together to get one national development programme. Mr Simoes was quite delighted and indicated to me that the programme that we put together has added to his programme.
"Mr Simoes is in fact a gentleman and I must commend him for being a good man and one with a lot of patience. I really and truly feel that he has given Trinidad and Tobago a lot especially with not being paid for almost five months.
"I feel in my mind that Professor Simoes is still waiting to see the response by the corporate sponsors and by the government as to this development programme. I know he is prepared to work and he has to be admired for that. I feel that once we get this programme in place that he will look and may reconsider his decision to leave," stated Boynes.
Boynes added that he fully respected Simoes and commended him and his staff for what they have demonstrated in work over the last few months particularly with the Women's Under 19 team."
Stuart Charles Fevrier.
Status: In-Active Senior Team Head Coach (15-May-2003 - 16-Jan-2004).
Status Now: In- Active U-23 & U-20 Assistant Coach (16-Jan-2004 to March 2004).
Born: St Lucia.
Note: Stuart Charles Fevrier was the Head Coach/Technical Director of T&T pro-league club team W Connection FC and, on May, 15th, 2003 he was named head/coach of the T&T national senior football team, he lasted only 7 months as head coach and was demoted from his coaching duties on the senior team on the 16th of January, 2004, he's now the head coach for the U-23 & U-20 football teams, with assistant Brian Williams and Ross Russell (Goalkeeper Coach) assisting Charles on the coaching staff.
Charles was born in St. Lucia in January 1959, and played for the St. Lucia National and Junior teams at the age of 15. In 1974 he was named the St. Lucia Player of the year. Stuart Charles Fevrier has played for the following clubs : Fulham FC, Phoenix Professionals and ASL FC.
English FA License - 1988/1998.
Basic and Advanced Training Courses in Brazil.
Here's Stuart Charles Fevrier Stats since he started as T&T Senior Team head coach, games includes: ALL competitions & friendlies since the year - 2000.
Stuart Charles Fevrier -
|P W L D GF GA.|
Game Stats -
|10 4 3 3 11 11.|
Stuart Fevrier named new T&T Head Coach.
By Shaun Fuentes.
15-May-2003 - The Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation, on Thursday, announced prominent local-based coach Stuart Charles Fevrier as Head Coach of the Trinidad and Tobago National Senior and Olympic teams for a four-year period in the first instance.
At a media conference at the Crowne Plaza, Port of Spain, Federation President Oliver Camps made the announcement also revealing that former national defender Brian Williams and Jamaal Shabaaz will serve as assistant coaches to Fevrier. Several appointments were made as part of the of the "Project 2006 - The Way Forward".
Charles declared that the first goal of his technical staff was to bring a more harmonious atmosphere to the national outfit, in which the players and technical staff can be comfortable. He also promised to create a more attacking team, which will focus heavily on performance rather than merely results.
“I like quality football but not fantasy football,” said Charles. “I believe a national team should play with quality. I will also be concentrating a lot on consistency in terms of performance.
“I feel if you perform well consistently, the results will follow.” Williams also welcomed the chance to return to the international fold after a long, distinguished career as a player.
The dreadlocked rightback earned his first national cap at 17 while still a student at Siparia Senior Comprehensive and was twice Footballer of the Year, in 1981 and 1982, before retiring at 31.
Williams explained that he had been critical of the T&TFF in the past as a player and hoped to see more transparency and a constructive relationship between the administration and the squad.
“We want to bring back the public’s trust and that link with the football team,” said Williams. “We must get back that national pride and the passion for the game.”
Name: Wim Rijsbergen
Status: In-Active Team Head Coach (11-Jul-2006 to 04-Dec-2007).
Clubs Coached or assisted: 1986-88 Ajax Amsterdam, 1988-89 DS'79, 1989-91 Roodenburg, 1991-93 DWS, 1993-95 FC Volendam, 1995-97 NAC Breda, 1997-98 FC Groningen, 1999-99 Universidad Catolica, 2000-01 Univerdidad Catolica, 2002-03 Al-Ittifaq, 2003-04 America.
Played for: 1970-71 PEC Zwolle, 1971-78 Feyenoord Rotterdam, 1978-79 SC Bastia, 1979-83 New York Cosmos, 1983-84 Helmond Sport, 1984-86 FC Utrecht, 1974 & 1978 Holland national team.
Note: Wim Rijsbergen took over from coach Leo Beenhakker as T&T head coach with Anton Corneal and Dutchman Jan Van Deinsen as his assistants. Leo Beenhakker has accepted the position as head coach of the Poland National Team but has also agreed to be available as a technical advisor.
Here's Wim Rijsbergen, Stats since he started as T&T Senior Team head coach, games includes: ALL competitions & friendlies since the year - 2000.
Wim Rijsbergen -
|P W L D GF GA.|
Game Stats -
|19 7 8 4 30 29.|
|12-Feb-2008||Coach Wim and his fancies, a real lesson.|
|31-Jan-2008||Rijsbergen looking to future.|
|16-Jan-2008||Coach Rijsbergen to sue TTFF.|
|22-Dec-2007||TTFF put coach Rijsbergen on six-month suspension.|
|21-Dec-2007||Wim Rijsbergen suspended !|
|01-Sept-2006||Rijsbergen aims for unified approach.|
|09-Aug-2006||More matches will aid the development – Rijsbergen.|
|28-Jul-2006||Jan Van Deinsen arrives on Monday.|
|25-Jul-2006||Over to you now Mr Rijsbergen.|
|12-Jul-2006||Rijsbergen looking forward to 2010 challenge.|
Zoran Vranes -
|P W L D GF GA.|
Game Stats -
|3 0 3 0 2 8.|
|12-Sept-2002||2006 World Cup? Keep dreaming!|
Vranes takes over as Head Coach of National Under 20s.