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Hood, Eve among shortlist, as Women's coach to be picked soon.

Former national football coaches Richard Hood and Angus Eve, it is understood, are among a shortlist of five local, regional and international coaches who have applied for the T&T Women's coaching job, Guardian Media Sports has been informed.

Guardian Media was reliably informed on Wednesday that the duo is the only local coaches on the shortlist, with the three others coming from countries abroad. No mention was made on which countries the three other coaches came from.

Before the shortlist, a total of 195 coaches from Japan, Spain, France, Sweden, Australia, Austria, England, Sierra Leone and T&T, among many other countries, had applied.

Hood, who took the country's Under-20 Women to the quarterfinal of the CONCACAF Women's Championships in the Dominica Republic last year, admitted he submitted his application on the opening day the invitation went out.

Then, he said he was hoping that his work at the under-20 team in the Dominican Republic would have accounted for something.

Hood's girls progressed out of the group stage with a 6-0 triumph over St Kitts/Nevis and a 2-0 win over the Cayman Islands, despite a heavy 0-7 loss to regional giants Haiti.

The Soca Princesses also prevailed 5-4 via the penalty route against Puerto Rico in the round of 16, after both teams finished 3-3 at the end of regulation time.

But when contacted yesterday Hood said he was unaware that he had been shortlisted. "Nobody called me about it, so I am not sure what's going on," the former Police coach said.

Eve, the Naparima College and Club Sando youth coach who is considered one of this country's better coaches, also admitted that he had applied for the coaching job.

Eve could not be contacted yesterday, but according to reliable sources, he (Eve) is expected to be the preferred choice to lead the T&T women into the World Cup Qualifiers.

A five-member Technical Committee which comprises former national defender Richard Chinapoo, ex W Connection manager Norris Ferguson, former national team manager Richard Piper, ex women's player Jinelle James and Technical Director Dion La Foucade, have been tight-lipped on the selection process.

The committee was expected to reach out to the five coaches over the past two weeks to conduct interviews. The committee was then scheduled to recommend a coach to the FIFA-appointed Normalisation Committee for the final selection.