Tue, Jun

John-Williams signals new coach this week.

THE president of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association expects that a new national senior team coach will be announced this week.

“I feel within the next three to five days we will have a new coach,” David John-Williams declared in a radio interview yesterday, after Belgian Tom Saintfiet handed in his resignation on Tuesday after just over a month on the job.

Since then, there has been speculation that ex-national defender Dennis Lawrence, Stuart Charles-Fevrier, locally-based Englishman Terry Fenwick and former Colombian World Cup coach Francisco Maturana are among candidates to replace Saintfiet.

Prospective candidates are being screened by a Dexter Skeene-chaired technical committee, which will present its choice to the board of directors for a final decision. The TTFA president is said to have no direct input in the process.

While Tom Saintfiet was knocked for his moderate record, he at least coached seven national teams, including Togo before coming to Trinidad and Tobago. Some of the names being proposed as a replacement for Saintfiet have an even less impressive international profile.