Former TT Pro League Player of the Year Marvin Oliver has been stripped of his assistant coach role at San Juan Jabloteh following his involvement in “minor league” football.
The 34 year old midfielder and captain was involved in coaching and managing a “minor league” team, Real vs San Juan on Monday during a Bourg Mulatresse tournament in which he had his Jabloteh teammate Noel Williams playing centre forward, according to Jabloteh Technical Director/Coach Terry Fenwick.
Fenwick who describes it as “a moment of madness by Marvin” said he made a surprise appearance at the game following a tip off from a Jabloteh fan on Sunday.
Fenwick explained that he is furious over the matter and stripped Oliver of his assistant coach responsibilities at the club along with 50 percent salary deductions to both Oliver and Noel. Both players have also been suspended from training.
It is estimated that Oliver and Noel will lose ten times what they earned playing in the minor league.
“Marvin Oliver who I had total respect for, has blown away my respect for him,” said Fenwick. “He is still a good player…no doubt about that. However he has shown total disregard for our club, our supporters, the people of San Juan and his profession.
“Just as I did with (former assistant coach) Angus Eve, I had high hopes for Marvin in his development as a coach and a respected role model. However his actions have left me extremely disappointed!”
Fenwick added that both players have failed the club in providing role models—something that is clearly lacking in the Trinidad and Tobago society.
“Noel Williams is still a police cadet,” stressed the Jabloteh coach. “He has not only let himself down, but solid people like Ingrid Maxwell and Isa Mohammed at the Police services.
“We have been trying to help Noel with his life away from football but he has let down good people who are trying to help him in life. Its a shame, simple things like these are making people lose faith. The police service is working hard to build bridges with the people of this country and I’m very disappointed that he would do something like this.
“Trinidad and Tobago is suffering due to the lack of positive role models because people are looking up to all the wrong things. It’s right that we at Jabloteh do whatever is possible to generate our role models through our development programme because we understand that this beautiful country needs beautiful people in it,” ended Fenwick.