Former national senior team player and current coach of Club Sando, Angus Eve implored the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association to come up with programmes to develop local coaches so they can contribute to the national junior, youth and senior teams.
And while the man who also coaches Naparima College saluted the appointment of Dennis Lawrence as the new national senior team boss, he lamented that more opportunities were not being sought for the home-based coaches.
“Currently, I don't see the local coaches will get involved; when you look at the picture as a local coach looking in, it doesn't seem that you would get opportunities,” Eve said, adding that coaches like W Connection's Stuart Charles-Fevrier and Digicel Pro League treble title-seeking Central FC Coach Dale Saunders are coaches eligible to contribute at lower levels.
“There are youth teams, even if the local coaches don't get opportunities at senior level because we understand that most of us don't have that sort of experience, but you can groom them in the junior levels,” Eve said. “We have all the coaches that are coaching in the (Pro) League and doing well in the league and not being given the opportunity at national level.