Former Soca Warriors captain Kenwyne Jones says the appointment of Terry Fenwick at the helm of the current struggling team was needed and it did not come as a surprise due to the items in the United T&T Football Association’s manifesto.
“For T&T football, it is good to have some stability at the head. The things they have outlined for the future, in terms of the training camps and what not, hopefully, that is something that will be solidified, the investment that is necessary, the structure that is necessary and maybe the future of T&T football will be in good hands,” Jones explained.
Jones believes Fenwick, who was appointed to replace the sacked Dennis Lawrence earlier this week, will bring with him his professionalism and experience.
“We need to change the culture of the tournament mindset and we need to start having that continuous programme, continuous planning, not only for the national teams but also the club programme, academy programme, the school programme, everything needs to change at this point, where we start thinking about long term and not short term.”
However, Jones does not feel Fenwick will have it all easy at the start. Noting, the UK coach has been very critical of others coaches over the last decade, Jones said, “He (Fenwick) would have a lot of convincing to do because he’s been here for quite a while and has been on the other side of the fence. He did a lot of criticising of teams, players and coaches but now it’s his turn to manage. So he’ll have to convince people and win them over.”
Former national midfielder, now coach Travis Mulraine also believes Fenwick’s selection was a good one. However, he says he will stay away from making any predictions, saying we will see what will happen in time to come.
Mulraine, a former Matura ReUnited and Guaya United coach who played under Fenwick at San Juan Jabloteh in the T&T Pro League, said Fenwick is definitely deserving of a chance, having won titles with Jabloteh, Central FC and being excellent at unearthing and developing new talent.
“What I think Fenwick needs to do at this point in time is to bring in fresh blood in the team and do away with some of the old players. He will also need to ensure that he gets the foreign-based players to toe the line, which will encourage the others to follow,” Mulraine said.
He described Fenwick as a very good coach defensively, who likes to have pace in his attack.
“For many years, our problem has been our defence. We have been making many blunders in the defence, causing us to concede a lot of soft goals, so I believe Fenwick should do well in that area,” he said.
Fenwick, who was overlooked back in 2016 for the top coaching job as the TTFA went with Lawrence, was this time chosen ahead of a number of top international coaches, including England’s Simon Mc Menemy, Stephen Constantine and Peter Taylor, by the new TTFA Technical Committee headed by Keith Look Loy.
Meanwhile, former North East Stars, FC Santa Rosa and national coach Derek King, who now plies his trade with Canadian Premier League club Halifax Wanderers, alongside another former T&T coach Stephen Hart, was yesterday named as Fenwick’s assistant. It is understood King was actually chosen by Fenwick and the TTFA board will have to ratify his selection at its next meeting in early January