Fri, Nov


National coach Stephen Hart said he will have no problem with any decision made by the T&T Football Association (TTFA) as it relates to his future with the Soca Warriors.

Hart comments came mere hours before the Board of the football association which is led by president David John-Williams was schedule to discuss his future at the helm of the senior men’s team as well as other football related issues such as the resignation of team doctor Terrence Babwah and his assistant Dave Isaac on Saturday.

The board was also expected to address recommendations made by the TTFA’s Technical Committee that changes were needed generate and achieve improve performances on the field and consequently positive results during the Final Round of the World Cup Qualifiers.

Hart’s men are second from bottom of the six-team standings with two defeats in as many matches, the latest being a disappointing 1-3 loss to Honduras in San Pedro Sula, which has been surrounded by more off-the-field action than on, as rumours continue to circulate that goalkeeper Jan Michael Williams should not have been in the starting team.

Yesterday, Hart made it clear he would have no problems if the FA felt they wanted to move forward without him, saying although he will be very disappointed, he will still be in the stands cheering on the Soca Warriors team.

“If that’s their decision we can shake hands, go our separate ways and still be friends. All I want them to do is tell me, that’s all,” Hart said.

Hart, who grew up in San Fernando told the Trinidad Guardian he knows exactly what is needed to fix the team’s problems and to enhance its performances, but he hinted that regular reports in the newspapers by the football association about the make-up of the staff and its stability, have affected the camaraderie among the players.

“It’s unfortunate that the staff has to be reading in the newspapers about future plans concerning the team and its technical staff on regular basis from the TTFA. And then we have the players who are reading too, so what do you have, the camaraderie that was built has been destroyed,” he explained.

The coach has also been at the centre of controversy in which it is alleged he refused a recommendation by Dr Babwah to leave goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams out of the team for the Honduras match last Tuesday because of a shoulder injury.

Hart raised questions about why Babwah did not approach him if the injury was as serious as is being described today, saying the player was allowed to train.

“I chatted with Dr Babwah on the Saturday before the Honduras match and he told me he could not get the MRI done on Jan-Michael because it was the weekend. That was the last time we spoke and that was the concern raised, “ Hart revealed.

Babwah, a member of FIFA Medical Panel since 2002, however maintained he spoke to the coach about his recommendation on the Saturday before the match and noted he also chatted with goalkeeper coach Michael Maurice on four occasions about his concerns with the player.