Thu, Sep

49 applications for 4 Women's staff positions.

Forty-nine persons have applied to fill four positions on the coaching staff of the T&T Senior Women's Team. The applications are before a Selection Committee that comprises Technical Director Dion La Foucade, head coach James Thomas of Wales, Jinelle James, the Director of Women's Football and Trevor Gomes of the Normalisation Committee and Amiel Mohammed, the acting General Secretary of the T&T Football Association (T&TFA).

With Thomas expected to begin training next week, the committee was working to complete an assessment of all the applications yesterday, before arriving on a shortlist of each position.

The positions of Assistant Coach for which there are 15 applicants: Equipment Manager (12): Goalkeeper Coach (4): and Team Manager (18), were advertised to the public last week.

Richard Hood, who was initially chosen for the assistant coaching job before the decision was rescinded because of what was deemed an improper selection process, has confirmed that he has applied for the same position.

Hood led the T&T's Under-20 Women's team to the quarterfinal of the CONCACAF Under-20 Women's Championships in the Dominican Republic last year and was the overwhelming choice for the head coaching position earlier this year.

However, he did not make a final shortlist of five that was recommended to the FIFA-installed Normalisation Committee. That recommendation was made by a Selection Committee which included James, Norris Ferguson (Former W Connection manager), Richard Chinapoo (Ex-National player), Richard Piper (former national team manager) and La Foucade (the technical director).

Hood told Guardian Media Sports last week he was unsure of whether he would apply for the job. However, on Tuesday, he said: "After much deliberation, I decided to tender an application."

Dernelle Mascall, who was also chosen for the other assistant coaching position, refused to comment on whether she had applied.

For each position, a minimum of at least three applicants will be catered for in the interviewing process to take place over three days, starting on Thursday and continuing through Friday and Saturday. Guardian Media Sports was informed that by next week Wednesday the normalisation committee will have the recommendations for each position.