Englishman Terry Fenwick and his coaching staff are expected to pay the ultimate price for Trinidad and Tobago's failed 2022 FIFA World Cup campaign.
According to a TT Football Association source, Fenwick and assistant coaches Kelvin Jack and Derek King managed their last game together as the FIFA-appointed normalisation committee has decided to axe the trio.
Normalisation committee head Robert Hadad was asked around 9pm on Thursday, on WhatsApp, about the coaching shake-up. He read the questions but did not comment.
But in an interview with Newsday on Friday, Fenwick did not confirm or deny that he received a termination letter. He did acknowledge having a meeting with the normalisation committee later today.
However, he made it clear that resigning was out of the question given his undefeated record in competitive football at the helm.
Fenwick failed to get T&T past the first round of Concacaf qualifying after an embarrassing 0-0 draw with Bahamas.
T&T (two wins and two draws) finished second in Group F behind St Kitts. Only the group winner advances to the next round.
Fenwick, whose two-year, US$20,000 per month contract ends in January 2022, has had a tumultuous time in charge of the national team. The covid19 pandemic and chaotic TTFA administration made life difficult, and he did himself no favours with an unnecessary clash with his media officer, confusing team selections and poor results when it counted.
His overall record is two wins, two draws and one defeat. The defeat came in Fenwick's coaching debut - a 7-0 drubbing to USA in a friendly international in January this year.
The TTFA will need to sort out the head coaching position soon with Gold Cup qualifiers on the horizon.
Fenwick, Jack resigned?
By Walter Alibey (T&T Guardian).
T&T is now in search of a head coach for the senior men's national football team, following rumours that national coach, Englishman Terry Fenwick and his goalkeeper coach Kelvin Jack have resigned in the wake of the team's failure to get out of the Concacaf qualifying group stages for the 2022 Qatar FIFA World Cup.
The Soca Warriors were held to a goalless draw by regional minnows Bahamas, and also drew 1-1 with Puerto Rico which left the team in the second position in Group F on eight points. The eventual winners' St Kitts & Nevis gathered nine points despite being beaten by the Soca Warriors 2-0 on Tuesday in its final group match with goals from midfielder Duane Muckette in the 35th minute and captain Khaleem Hyland in the 74th at the Estadio Alterno del Centro Juan Pablo Duarte in the Dominica Republic.
There have since been calls for Fenwick to be fired or for him to resign.
Guardian Media Sports understands that during a meeting of the Normalisation Committee on Thursday both Fenwick and Jack took the option of resigning, while assistant coach Derek King was fired.
The Soca Warriors are expected to commence preparations for the Concacaf Gold Cup Tournament. T&T opening match is against Montserrat in the USA on July 2.
It is unsure who the next coach will be, but former national player and coach Ron La Forest has already made it clear that he is interested in the coaching job. There are also rumours that Angus Eve could be a good option, either by himself or with La Forest at his side.