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DJW is autocratic, vindictive and narcissistic! Walkes blasts TTFA president 

Sacked Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) technical director Kendall Walkes has blasted football president David John-Williams for his supposed autocratic, vindictive and narcissistic style, as he opened up about the last four months at his post.

Photo: TTFA president and W Connection founder David John-Williams.
Photo: TTFA president and W Connection founder David John-Williams.

Walkes, a former Trinidad and Tobago national midfielder and US Virgin Islands technical director, accepted a three year contract from the TTFA in March 2015 and returned home a month later. Raymond Tim Kee was TTFA president then while Sheldon Phillips was general secretary.

Walkes, who spent 23 seasons as head coach of the West Chester University men’s football team in the United States, went unpaid for two of his nine months under Tim Kee. But, he claimed, that was nothing compared to the treatment he received under John-Williams.

“Without any provocation, he just decided to take this stance against me, almost from day one,” Walkes told Wired868. “I would talk to my wife after (our) meetings and she is aware of the ridicule and cynicism I have had to deal with, as he tries to feed his narcissistic needs and ego.

“He even ridiculed my decision to come here. He has brought the entire situation into something personal.

“I can’t tell you how vindictive his actions were in a lot of instances.”

Walkes, who has a USSF A licence, NSCAA advanced national diploma, England FA preliminary and FIFA youth academy certification, said he has not been paid once by John-Williams who has refused to acknowledge his contract.

Photo: TTFA technical director and former National Senior Team player Kendall Walkes.
Photo: Sacked TTFA technical director and former National Senior Team player Kendall Walkes.

The TTFA president declined comment on the issue.

“I have no comment to make on that,” John-Williams told Wired868, “because the matter is being addressed by both party’s attorneys.”

In his termination letter, John-Williams stated that the TTFA would “honour any arrears accrued under that arrangement and are prepared to meet with you to settle any outstanding salary due to you.”

However, Walkes alleged that the TTFA president offered him a cheque with less than his monthly salary as an “unprejudiced pay off.” He has refused to touch it on legal advice.

“He put a clause with the voucher attached to the cheque saying it was an unprejudiced pay off,” said Walkes. “But I was advised that it could mean he didn’t have to pay me any more money.

“He promised to pay me for all debts accrued. But instead he is trying to starve me out.”

Ironically, Walkes accepted the TTFA job after former technical director, Anton Corneal, quit in acrimonious circumstances.

Photo: Former Trinidad and Tobago technical director Anton Corneal.
Photo: Former Trinidad and Tobago technical director Anton Corneal.

After two years, Corneal claimed he did not receive a dollar from the duo of Tim Kee and Phillips.

“I have gotten eight half salaries from the government in two and a half years,” Corneal told Wired868, on 2 April 2014. “But at least I am getting something. I have not been paid by one dollar by the TTFA and I think that is not just disrespectful; it is gravely disrespectful.

“They didn’t even say ‘instead of 10 dollars, take three dollars’. I have bills and a family like everybody else. I did it for as long as I could…

“They cannot honour my contract financially and I couldn’t do it anymore.”

A year later, Walkes succeeded him. He admitted to being nervous about being paid but said he received assurances.

“(The certainty about being paid at the end of the month) was always my first concern,” said Walkes. “I have been asked to come back to Trinidad and give back since the Jack Warner era in the 1990s and I have always declined respectfully.

“I have always watched coaches come from foreign countries for big contracts and, within a few months, you are fighting to be paid or have to take them to court. So you get a big contract and two months later you are fighting to get a dime.

Photo: Former and Trinidad and Tobago football coach Francisco Maturana. (Courtesy www.libero.pe)
Photo: Former and Trinidad and Tobago football coach Francisco Maturana.
(Courtesy www.libero.pe)

“So, I have always said I would not to work under that kind of administration.”

Despite Corneal’s obvious issues, Walkes—who has a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Public Health from Davis & Elkins College and a Master’s in Exercise Physiology from West Chester—thought it would be different under Tim Kee and Phillips, who he met at a convention in the United States before either had ascended to the top TTFA posts.

“Two things convinced me to come,” said Walkes. “One, I was working under a different administration… And then it was the Sports Company. I emailed a SPORTT official and said a little birdie told me the Sports Company will pick up part of my salary and he confirmed it.

“And when I calculated I said even if the TTFA didn’t pay me, I would be okay. But then when I came (to Trinidad) he said they give money to the TTFA and they did with it as they chose.

“And the TTFA said there was nothing stipulating that money was to be used to pay the technical director.”

By May, Walkes was already in trouble, as he worked for roughly two months without a pay cheque. But things quickly improved—probably helped by a CONCACAF 2015 Gold Cup quarterfinal final finish by the “Soca Warriors” in July—although the TTFA only honoured its agreement to pay for his housing and vehicle for two months.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago captain Kenwyne Jones (left) congratulates scorer Sheldon Bateau (right) after his 2015 Gold Cup goal against Cuba. Looking on is Andre Boucaud. (Courtesy CONCACAF)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago captain Kenwyne Jones (left) congratulates scorer Sheldon Bateau (right) after his 2015 Gold Cup goal against Cuba.
Looking on is Andre Boucaud.
(Courtesy CONCACAF)

On 29 November 2015, the local football community voted for change, as John-Williams was elected to office on the back of a manifesto entitled “Imperatives for Change.”

John-Williams’ manifesto promised that his board of directors—rather than he and his vice-presidents—would be the policy makers, there would be an immediate appointment of the necessary sub-committees, the general secretary would run the administration and operation of the football body and there would be greater transparency all round.

However, Walkes described the new football president as autocratic and claimed that interim general secretary Azaad Khan was rarely present at their meetings, although Khan, in theory, is in charge of the football body’s operations.

John-Williams suggested that he met certain contracts in place that, arguably, seemed to reflect an autocratic style.

“If Kendall Walkes has made that statement, it is up to you to believe him,” said John-Williams. “I would not even make a comment on that. The only comment I will make on that is if the head coach’s contract calls for him to report directly with the president and I meet that (stipulation).

“So I have no other comment.”

Photo: TTFA president David John-Williams (right) shakes hands with SPORTT Company chairman Michael Phillips (left) while Sport Minister Darryl Smith looks on. (Courtesy TTFA Media)
Photo: TTFA president David John-Williams (right) shakes hands with SPORTT chairman Michael Phillips (left) while Sport Minister Darryl Smith looks on.
(Courtesy TTFA Media)

The TTFA president also responded in an obscure manner to Walkes’ claim that the general secretary was rarely included in important meetings.

“Ask him when he has met with the president whether the general secretary was always present,” said John-Williams. “I want you to ask him that.”

But Walkes was adamant that John-Williams regularly conducts meetings on the running of the local body without even the token presence of his general secretary.

“At the first meeting, the president was there with (vice-presidents) Joanne Salazar and Ewing Davis,” said Walkes. “The next three meetings were with DJW alone. Then maybe a couple more with Joanne present.

“Then the meeting with the legal representatives for both me and the FA. This is the only meeting in which Mr Khan was present. I am 99.9 percent certain.”

John-Williams and Walkes did not meet in 2015, as the latter was whisked off to Brazil with the Trinidad and Tobago Women’s National Senior Team for an international tournament in Natal, which ran from December 9 to 20, 2015.

Photo: Former Trinidad and Tobago technical director Kendall Walkes (right) poses with Brazil international star Marta in Natal in December 2015.
Photo: Former Trinidad and Tobago technical director Kendall Walkes (right) poses with Brazil international star Marta in Natal in December 2015.

Walkes then spent Christmas with his family in Philadelphia before returning to Trinidad on December 31, before the TTFA office re-opened on January 4.

The technical director was surprised and a bit put off when he was told that John-Williams refused to sign his cheque for the month of December.

“When DJW came into office, the staff drew up my salary cheque for December,” said Walkes, “and I was told that his reaction was: ‘Oh guud! Is all that money that man come down here and making?! I not honouring that you know’.

“And he never did. I just thought that was so unprofessional from him.”

Walkes’ jaw really hit the floor in his first meeting with the TTFA president, as the technical director was abused of abandoning his job.

“Sharon O’Brien who was the manager on the (national women’s team) tour,” said Walkes. “I said I was never here for the end of the year before and I asked her when did the office close. She said the office closes on the 21st or the 22nd. Because she said two dates, I called the office to be sure and they told me it closed on the 22nd and reopened on the 4th.

“I said okay and I actually came back on the 31st (of December).”

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago midfield anchor Victoria Swift (right) chops down United States captain Carli Lloyd during international friendly action in December 2015. (Copyright AFP 2016/Chris Covatta)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago midfield anchor Victoria Swift (right) chops down United States captain Carli Lloyd during international friendly action in December 2015.
(Copyright AFP 2016/Chris Covatta)

John-Williams was inconsolable.

“From that first meeting, he came in with this mindset,” said Walkes. “He went on about how many days in industrial law that I can be ruled to have abandoned the job if I don’t show up. I had followed proper procedure and he was telling me I abandoned my job.

“And saying: ‘Imagine we had a national team in training and my technical director is not here.’ But the National Senior Team is the one team that I was not responsible for as technical director.

“Then he started making really sarcastic comments about my contract and saying things like: ‘You come on a contract like this? You bring your family on a contact like this? You see all the mistakes in this?

“It was ridicule. It was almost as if he wanted me to walk out.”

For the next two months, Walkes said the TTFA president made a point of ignoring him.

“There was one situation where he spoke to the National Under-17 team for the first time and I stood there,” said Walkes. “And he introduced Muhammad Isa and Stuart Charles as technical committee members who will be there from time to time.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president David John-Williams (right) presents a Wired868 token of appreciation to "Soca Warriors" supporter Peter Cumberbatch during the 4th Annual Wired868 Football Festival at UWI SPEC Grounds, St Augustine on Saturday 2 January 2016. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA-images/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president David John-Williams (right) presents a Wired868 token of appreciation to “Soca Warriors” supporter Peter Cumberbatch during the 4th Annual Wired868 Football Festival at UWI SPEC Grounds, St Augustine on Saturday 2 January 2016.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA-images/Wired868)

“And then he named other members who the kids knew nothing of like Dexter Skeene and Dr Alvin Henderson. And he refused to name me or acknowledge me who was standing right there.”

Walkes, who lives in Trinidad with his wife Sylvia and son Kendall Junior, said he tried to keep his work problems hidden from his family for as long as he could. But a confrontation was inevitable.

“He never said anything to me,” said the technical director. “He didn’t even say when they got money they would pay me.

“So I asked him: ‘Do I have a job here?’ He said: ‘I don’t know, it depends on (your contract). I asked him: ‘Are you going to pay me?’ He said: ‘I don’t know, it depends on this.

“The old regime was always promising to pay for stuff and it was just cash strapped. The difference is David promised not to pay. I had the same deal as Stephen (Hart) and what I got everywhere I stayed as TD, which was housing and car.”

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago head coach Stephen Hart juggles a football during practice before his team's 2016 Copa America play off contest against Haiti. (Copyright AFP 2016)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago head coach Stephen Hart juggles a football during practice before his team’s 2016 Copa America play off contest against Haiti.
(Copyright AFP 2016)

In the end, it was John-Williams who announced their parting of ways. The TTFA president claimed that Walkes’ contract was invalid and bizarrely said the former president, Tim Kee, “does not recall the document ever being formally executed”—although he received a technical director’s salary for seven months plus had a car and apartment paid by the former administration.

John-Williams claimed his stance was supported and actively encouraged by FIFA.

“We have now also been notified by the acting Secretary General of FIFA that this alleged arrangement under which you were employed by the previous administration of the TTFA does not meet with the standards and requirements of FIFA for the appointment of a Director of Football of its member associations,” stated John-Williams. “Please note that the copy of the purported contract of employment you provided to us was also reviewed by FIFA and they have rejected it as containing errors, misleading information, and also missing information.

“As a consequence of their findings the TTFA have now been mandated by FIFA to ‘redo and review the aforementioned contract’…

“In light of the findings of FIFA and in the absence of a properly executed and valid contract of employment, we are forced to consider your engagement with the TTFA as a month to month rolling contract.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president David John-Williams and new FIFA president Gianni Infantino at the TTFA headquarters on 27 January 2016. (Courtesy TTFA Media)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president David John-Williams and new FIFA president Gianni Infantino at the TTFA headquarters on 27 January 2016.
(Courtesy TTFA Media)

“In those circumstances we hereby formally give you one month’s notice of termination of your employment with the TTFA.”

Walkes accused John-Williams of misrepresenting FIFA and the former local football administration and said he took his contract to several lawyers who confirmed that it was valid.

“John-Williams said I didn’t have a contract,” he said. “FIFA didn’t say that. FIFA says it doesn’t meddle with the internal business of member associations. That says they could not have annulled it.

“If I don’t have a contract, he can pay me and I will be on my way. But I do have a contract. And then he is saying that he didn’t recognise my contract and it was never executed but then is asking me back for my vehicle.”

The FIFA press office, under new management since the election of president Gianni Infantino, was unusually curt.

“We are in contact with (the) TTFA in order to ensure compliance with the FIFA Development Regulations,” said a spokesman from the FIFA Media Office. “We have no further comment at this stage.”

Photo: Ex-Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president Raymond Tim Kee (right) and his then general secretary Sheldon Phillips. (Courtesy Wired868)
Photo: Ex-Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president Raymond Tim Kee (right) and his then general secretary Sheldon Phillips.
(Courtesy Wired868)

Phillips, who is also pursuing legal action against Tim Kee, declined comment while Tim Kee could not be reached.

Their unwillingness to get involved has left Walkes isolated, without a source of income and facing a lengthy legal battle.

“I don’t know what I ever did the man,” said Walkes. “He came in with an agenda. I can respect that, I understand that. But you don’t discredit me and, worse, not want to pay me.

“I think I should be paid for the life of my contract because it is a breach of contract. But at least the work I did I should be paid for…

“He hasn’t made a single offer to me. All he has done is stopped me from making a living.”

Walkes thought he was joining a football association that was moving in the right direction after Warner’s disgraceful exit.

“The motivation for me is you are talking about a country that has been to a World Cup final and it is your own country,” he said. “And you get the chance to shape the curriculum for youth football, which is the future of the game, as well as run coaching education courses…

Photo: Former Trinidad and Tobago technical director Kendall Walkes (left) and his friend Ted Willis. (Courtesy Kendall Walkes)
Photo: Former Trinidad and Tobago technical director Kendall Walkes (left) and his friend Ted Willis.
(Courtesy Kendall Walkes)

“I wanted to help lay a foundation in Trinidad and see the fruits of my contribution. Potentially it should have been great.

“You are doing it for Trinidad and Tobago. What could be better than that?”

And, despite a shaky start, he felt he was off to a good start.

From Monday to Friday, Walkes, with Isa in tow, would hold grassroots clinics in each of Trinidad’s five zones—he claimed issues over training locations and training times scuppered their attempts to start in Tobago—while, on the weekends, they did zonal and national coaching certifications.

“Before, there were grassroots festivals and you might have two in an entire year,” he said. “But we had a continuous programme with courses for every week and every day… We certified about 130 coaches at both levels combined.

“The zonal level means you can coach grassroots (football) up to under-15 and the national level means you can coach up to under-20.”

Photo: Uprising Youths substitutes get excited as their team clinches the Republic Bank 2015 National Youth Cup Under-11 crown at the Larry Gomes Stadium in Malabar. (Courtesy Sinead Peters/Wired868)
Photo: Uprising Youths substitutes get excited as their team clinches the Republic Bank 2015 National Youth Cup Under-11 crown at the Larry Gomes Stadium in Malabar.
(Courtesy Sinead Peters/Wired868)

His work ground to an almost immediate stop upon John-Williams’ appointment.

“When he came in, everything shut down immediately,” said Walkes. “He didn’t just stop paying me but he also cut off every income stream that was available to me. And, to this day, everything is frozen.”

Walkes deduced that his former assistant, Isa, had the ear of the new president and he was annoyed that the veteran coach and Club Sando technical director did not stand up for him.

His annoyance grew considerably when he realised that Isa was earmarked to replace him. He insisted that his potential successor was unqualified and had built up a portfolio for himself by taking jobs for free or ones that nobody wanted.

“(On April 27) in a board meeting, they gave Isa a one year contract and he accepted,” said Walkes. “And that it itself is an indictment of his understanding of the job of technical director. If you want to transition a country’s football, you are not going to accept a one year deal when you have to implement the five pillars like grassroots, coach certification, coach education and so on.

“When he takes a one-year contract, it shows he doesn’t understand the perimeters and depth of the job and what he is getting into. He is happy to get a title I guess.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago head coach Stephen Hart (far right) holds court with (from left) TTFA interim general secretary Azaad Khan, president David John-Williams, technical committee member Muhammad Isa and TTFA vice-president Ewing Davis in December 2015. (Courtesy TTFA Media)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago head coach Stephen Hart (far right) holds court with (from left) TTFA interim general secretary Azaad Khan, president David John-Williams, technical committee member Muhammad Isa and TTFA vice-president Ewing Davis in December 2015.
(Courtesy TTFA Media)

“I find it insulting, to be honest, to the office of a technical director and me personally that they would give him my job.”

Again, the TTFA president declined comment on whether Isa was his new technical director and if he was suitably qualified for the post.

“The board is going to make an announcement in the next 24 to 48 hours,” said John-Williams. “We will make our announcements in due course.”

Walkes has accepted that his time with Trinidad and Tobago football has come to an end. But he said he refuses to be bullied by John-Williams.

“If that is the way they want to do it then fine, pay me,” Walkes told Wired868. “Don’t think I will walk away for free. We can agree to disagree, once he pays me and I walk my merry way.”

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago football fans get behind their team at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, during their World Cup qualifying clash with the United States on 17 November 2015. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago football fans get behind their team at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, during their World Cup qualifying clash with the United States on 17 November 2015.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Walkes is the first high profile sacking under the current administration—former “Women Soca Warriors” coach Randy Waldrum did not have a contract and was merely released.

The TTFA, which is still in debt to Corneal, can feasibly end up paying the salaries of three technical directors at the same time, if Walkes is proven right.

(TTFA’s termination letter)

18 March  2016

Mr Kendall Walkes Present

Re: Your Employment status

I refer to the matter at caption and to the ongoing discussions between yourself and the TTFA.

After considerable deliberation we have come to the conclusion that the TTFA has no alternative but to terminate your employment with them.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president David John-Williams (centre) presents Naparima College attacker Jarred Dass with his 2015 National Intercol medal. Dass is a Connection youth team player. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president David John-Williams (centre) presents Naparima College attacker Jarred Dass with his 2015 National Intercol medal.
Dass is a Connection youth team player.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

I ask that you note that we did make every effort to locate an original contract of employment between yourself and the TTFA, but notwithstanding extensive searches we were unable to locate this document – you also confirmed at our meeting on the 1st March 2016 that you did not have an original duplicate of your contract and would be relying on the photocopied document hereto attached.

It is our considered view that this document is not only incomplete, but has also not been properly executed.

We have been guided by the former President of the TTFA that he does not recall the document ever being formally executed.

In our attempt to clarify this matter, and move forward we sought advice from FIFA. We have now also been notified by the Acting Secretary General of FIFA that this alleged arrangement under which you were employed by the previous administration of the TTFA does not meet with the standards and requirements of FIFA for the appointment of a Director of Football of its member associations.

Please note that the copy of the purported contract of employment you provided to us was also reviewed by FIFA and they have rejected it as containing errors, misleading information, and also missing information.

As a consequence of their findings the TTFA have now been mandated by FIFA to ‘redo and review the aforementioned contract’.

You will no doubt be aware that the secure tenure of this position is critical to the continued relationship between the TTFA and FIFA.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) vice-president and ex-SSFL president Ewing Davis does match commissioner duties during 2015/16 CNG National Super League Premiership Division action at the Matura Recreation Ground. (Courtesy Nicholas Bhajan/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) vice-president and ex-SSFL president Ewing Davis does match commissioner duties during 2015/16 CNG National Super League Premiership Division action at the Matura Recreation Ground.
(Courtesy Nicholas Bhajan/Wired868)

In light of the findings of FIFA and in the absence of a properly executed and valid contract of employment, we are forced to consider your engagement with the TTFA as a month to month rolling contract.

In those circumstances we hereby formally give you one month’s notice of termination of your employment with the TTFA.

Without prejudice to our position re the invalidity of this alleged contract we are however prepared to honour any arrears accrued under that arrangement and are prepared to meet with you to settle any outstanding salary due to you.

Please note that we will re advertise the position and you are invited to resubmit your application for our consideration.

AboutLasana Liburd

Lasana Liburd
Lasana Liburd is the CEO and Editor at Wired868.com and a journalist with over 20 years experience at several Trinidad and Tobago and international publications including Play the Game, World Soccer, UK Guardian and the Trinidad Express.

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151 comments

  1. It’s plain for everyone to see

  2. WICB & TTFA same caca … so so sad

  3. TTFA just can’t get a proper president

  4. It is clear for all to see, poor T&T football and fans

  5. Yeah I know what you mean, it’s like when the great Franz “The Kaiser” Becky won the World cup 2 times for Germany and he didn’t even have any Coaching License at the time eh. LOL

  6. ..Sorry. I took academic training to be a given. Yes. Having a university degree could only help the effective technical director. The position is, after all, highly academic . But I wouldn’t say it is an absolute requirement. It would depend on the specific individual..

    • Keith, have you ever considered running for the presidency of the TTFA? Serious question.

    • ..Nope. Not interested and I wouldn’t get ten percent of the vote. Serious answer LOL..

    • Just campaigned on wired 868 and you will get 20%

    • Next thing earl mango campaign and become president…..pressure ??

    • Why the lack of interest if I may ask? I read your posts often and whilst I may disagree with your opinion on occasion, I have still always found your contributions to be well researched & thought out.

      Also, you are one of the few who seems to have a comprehensive understanding of the legislative/administrative requirements for the role. So it piques my curiosity as to why a person such as yourself who seems to have so much to offer, would have no interest in the role.

    • ..Because I tried to work from the inside for years bro. With some success, yes. But ultimately I believed I needed to leave when I realized (then) TTFF and football people were not interested in real change after the FIFA/Jack Warner troubles began. There was a window of opportunity to revolutionize things and what did we do? Put Watson. And I did leave. “Walk and don’t look back” is my motto and I ain’t going back there. Football (Trini) people not serious bro. What do we have now? Eighty percent old guard still in office alongside the new buccaneers. Not me!..

    • Keith I still believe you have something to contribute …there are others Anthony Sherwood, Kelvin Jack, Hartie (yes I rate him that much) Terry Fenwick … my optimism (minimal though it may be) sees potential options. I recently spoke with a friend whose daughter was part of that U15 girls team that got roasted in that Orlando tournament. The connotations were alarming and to be fair that level of amateurism can be easily improved. You guys can’t stand on the sidelines if you truly have the ability to impact the sport positively. DJW is such a virus it’s disheartening.

    • Couldn’t have said it better myself Malik

  7. So doesn’t the Technical Director must have a College or university degree, or top of the line Coaching License in order to have all the requirements that you just shared with us Prof Keith Look Loy?

  8. ..The key requirements/criteria to be sought in an effective technical director are: 1) knowledge of the game, 2) high level coaching experience, 3) proven ability to plan, implement and monitor technical development programmes, 4) effective communication and didactic skills..

  9. I have a question, Isn’t the Technical Director supposed to be more qualified than the Coaches in our sweet country, so how come our present Technical Director isn’t more qualified than my Kendal Walkes,Coach Hart, Leo Beenhakker, Terry Fenwick, Stuart Charles Fevrier, David Nahkid, Prof Jamaal Shabazz, Prof Keith Look Loy and I can go on and on. I will really like to know what qualifications and the Coaching License that he have, so can you find out for us Mr. Live Wire. Them really good yes.

  10. What’s going with the administration of football Trinidad and Tobago? Do we have a clearly
    defined system in place, that acknowledges excellence, supports indigenous creativity in the
    sport and functions on systemic processes and practices?
    I ask these question in light of the current impasses between Technical Director of the National
    senior Men’s team, Kendall Walkes and the Executive of the Trinidad and Tobago Football
    Association.
    I hold no brief for anyone, but in my humble opinion, it appears that the David John Williams
    Administration, never took the time to know Kendall Walkes or research the exceptional work
    this talented son of the soil had accomplished overseas, before he accepted a FIFA approved
    contract with the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association in 2014.
    It is ironic, that while the TTFA brass seems unsure of Walkes’s status, unnamed officials of the
    Sport Company of Trinidad and Tobago, admit, that a template FIFA contract specifically
    dealing with Kendall Walkes tenure as Technical Director of the Senior Mens National team,
    remains part of the document archives of SporTT and is the bone of contention in this very
    puzzling issue of Walkes’s employment.
    It is understood that Walkes has not been paid his FIFA approved salary, since October 2015,
    when this new dispensation of David John Williams etal, was elected to the local football
    fraternity’s highest office.
    It appears that the leadership of Trinidad and Tobago Football, six months into office and
    already mired in controversy, has opinioned that, the FIFA approved contract duly signed by
    Kendall Walkes is invalid.
    Blame it on ‘Mercury Retrograde’ these strange unexplained events happening to sportsmen
    and women of a certain calibre in Trinidad within recent times.
    It will behoove the Executive of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association to offer an
    explanation to the football fraternity, as to why, would a man of Kendall Walkes’s stature and
    vast experience, relocate with his family to Trinidad and Tobago on the weight of a ‘bogus
    contract’ approved by FIFA.
    Surely the TTFA spokesperson can come up with a better lie than this.
    Kendall Walkes is all about Football, and giving back to Trinidad and Tobago; something all of
    us who live abroad would love to do and love to see done more often. We want to see Trinidad
    and Tobago, the Red, White and Black, back in the top 20 of World Football. Kendall Walkes
    has that ability and the experience to do this for Football in Trinidad and Tobago. However we
    would never know now, because like all things in Trinidad and Tobago he is being denied this
    opportunity, with no explanation forthcoming from the TTFA.
    I have known Kendall Walkes for the fortyfour
    years, his DNA is Red, White and Black. He has
    the imprint of stalwarts of Trinidad and Tobago Football, branded into his heart and running free
    in his veins. Kendall like most young footballers of his era passed through the rigorous coaching
    drills of Trevor Smith (Burnt Boots), Arthur(Jap) Brown, Roderick Warner and the mastermind
    of culture and sports in Trinidad and Tobago Mr. Carlie Mason. Kendall wore national colors
    long before he represented Trinidad and Tobago as a member of that record making U19 team
    of 1974. As a member of Mason’s, Trinidad and Tobago Touring Teens, Kendall and I were part
    of that glorious (0 ) who traveled throughout the Caribbean wearing our National colors and
    playing our hearts out.
    Here is a man who has proven, to FIFA and the world that his academic credentials, his
    technical prowess and his integrity as a human being, that he was ready and able to take
    Trinidad and Tobago Football back to the World Cup stage. Walkes has proven to be a good
    mentor and coach, a father figure and friend, to so many young men and women in Trinidad and
    Tobago and here in United States.
    I refuse to believe that because of pettiness in Sport administration in Trinidad and Tobago that
    footballers and young people in our beloved Republic will be denied the benefit of tutelage from
    this qualified, son of the soil.
    There is no doubt in my mind, that Kendall Walkes must be part of that team selected to return
    Trinidad and Tobago’s Football to its former glory.
    It is my hope that it is not too late for a mediator to resolve this impasse between Walkes and
    the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association.

  11. Moral of this story is- The position of Technical Director of Football in T&T is a poisoned chalice and should be avoided. If somebody is foolish enough to take it, make certain your employment contract is legally valid..

  12. Lasana how this man going to court with a copy of a contract,? Not even the people who hire him supporting him. Knowing how they operated , who could say he earn it and not get it through friendship. He did say they met him and told him to apply.

  13. Albert Edwards how do you the sacking is unjustified have you heard both sides of the issue , I am almost sure u have not but yet you make a definitive statement. If by chance you have please enlightened us.

  14. owning and managing a top level club for years,simply means that you are a capitalist ,and will seek your own self interest ,the pursuit of profit ,what is your beef,we need qualified coaches to lift the game,walkes sacking is unjustified,no sensible reason has been advanced

  15. After meeting with him for the first time and speaking to him with respect to his qualifications, I think that Coach Anthony Creese will make a top notch Technical Director in our sweet country eh, but I think that he is still very hooked on coaching and developing our young players ent Dion Sosa

  16. Just to add to the humour. “Monitoring and control expenditure” well we controlling that. “Analytical skills” He didn’t analyse his situation too well before accepting.

  17. Yeah yuh have a right to laugh eh, because after I just read the requirements eh, that was the reason I asked the question eh, and I am positively certain that certain Coaches are not computer savory eh, and I am not calling any names eh, so how will they be putting together programs amongst other things eh, and when I calls them bootleg eh, they does be vex with me eh. Them really good yes. hahahaha

  18. The length of time it was vacant many could have become qualified…lol

  19. I wonder how many Coaches in our sweet country that is really qualified to be a real Technical Director ?

  20. The TTFA’s technical department is made up of whom? Because I thought the TD wasn’t part of the technical committee.

    • That was always weird. The technical director should be a part of the technical committee. I suspect that will suddenly be set right.

    • Lol. That would take a constitutional amendment that would require a vote or it’s simpler than that?

    • No. It was actually part of the technical director’s list of duties when Tim Kee and Phillips tendered for the post two years ago:
      “According to a press release, the main duties of Corneal’s successor include: leading and managing the TTFA’s technical department…”
      It was unusual for DJW to leave him out. But I guess now we know why.

    • Oh ok. Gotcha.
      For some reason I thought it was a constitutional oddity for the TD not to be on the technical committee. Didn’t realize it was a DJW thing.

  21. I retract my previous statement making the assumption it was the usual ‘friend’ code of hiring!

  22. Just to clarify, the post of technical director was advertised and applications were requested before Kendall Walkes was appointed:
    “However, the TTFA signalled its intention to continue the business of local football today when it requested applications for the vacant position of technical director. Corneal resigned his post in April in frustration at the continual failure of the football body to meet its contractual obligations to him.

    According to a press release, the main duties of Corneal’s successor include: leading and managing the TTFA’s technical department, supervising the preparation of national teams, developing a curriculum for coaches and designing a players’ development manual for national youth and women team programmes. (See below for more).
    “The Technical Director will have a host of responsibilities and will spearhead all of our development programs with special emphasis on youth development,” said TTFA president Raymond Tim Kee. “We are committed towards meeting our goal of producing technically strong players from the youth level come up based on world’s best practice; and all our national teams operations from a technical standpoint is also a crucial area that will be focused on.

    “And then of course there are other areas such as coaching education and the implementing of other related programmes.”

    Interested parties are asked to apply on or before 30 June 2014 by emailing their full CV to ttff1908@yahoo.com or via a letter to General Secretary, TTFA Hasely Crawford Stadium Port of Spain, Trinidad, which should have “PRIVATE & CONFIDENTIAL” marked on the envelope.

    The TTFA has assured would-be applicants that “information supplied will be treated in strict confidence and will only be used for the purpose of considering your employment application.”

    http://wired868.com/2014/06/16/ttfa-set-for-4-8-million-fifa-boost-starts-technical-director-hunt/

  23. There appears to be more in the mortar. Being vindictive is a response. What was the stimuli. Corneal had non pyt issues, he left. Without blinkers you took the job. Fortunately you got some pyt. On the surface it appears that you have not given the entire history of the relationship between yourself and the new TTFF president. No side can be taken without ALL the facts.

  24. I doh know nah although to me it is a conflict of interest to be the President of the TTFA and also the owner of a professional team in the league I always observed his movements how he is very passionate about his club and the football eh, hence the reason why we honored him, his manager and coach a few years ago eh, for the accomplishments in the football and I am still is going to put my monies on him for taking our football to another level with respect to the countries that our national team will be playing against, so hopefully everything will be cleared up with respect to the monies owed by the TTFA and then we will move on in the right direction.

  25. Nicholas Lochan, you realise that Kendall Walkes’ salary hasn’t disappeared because he was sacked eh.
    If he wins his case, we will pay Walkes’ salary PLUS that of the new technical director and possibly costs too for BOTH legal teams.
    How is that a better situation than honouring the contract?

  26. We were promised that the days of “big bosses” are over. Walkes has said that David John-Williams often operates without bothering to inform the General Secretary who is supposed to be the CEO of the TTFA.
    DJW didn’t give a clear denial of this.
    If true, it is unconstitutional. And a horrible sign for the new administration.

  27. And the bestest person to head the commision eh, is no other than Mr. Live Wire Lasana and meh famliy Savitri Maharaj eh, they will always keep them in check. Them really good yes.

  28. they need a commision like everywhere to watch how much money they can spend,who they can afford to hire or fire and where the money gone….not very difficult, Football cannot be run with a plenipotentiary boss .Bosses coming and going,football staying

  29. Dion Sosa what kind ah trick question is that eh, you know that the corrupted TTFA knows alyuh hearts and how alyuh love to do things for the football in our sweet country eh, even for a box of chicken and chips and a red solo eh, and yuh feel that all the present and past Coaches didn’t know that they wudda always have plenty problems with respect to being paid eh, and the matter always have to end up in the court eh. Them really good yes.

  30. He made the man leave his good paying job in the Virgin Islands eh, especially when he was being paid in US dollars eh, and he was warned about the corrupted TTFA and how they does operate you know, but nobody eh listening to me nah, they always want to find out the hard way eh, hence the reason I will remain a wired 868 member for life eh, and continue to expose the madness with respect to the football in our sweet country. Them really good yes..

  31. so who hires soomeone if they can’t afford 2 pay them

    • Anyone can reach for the stars. I can offer a job to zidane tomorrow! Question is who accepts a job that seems to plagued with insecurities? Only the man who thinks he will be the one to benefit.

  32. Nicholas Lochan it was Sheldon Phillips who hooked him up with the job hence the reason why the position wasn’t advertised eh. Them really good yes.

  33. ..Last try. There are TWO issues here. One is technical. The other is legal. Whatever the financial situation, and we are all well aware of it, the bosses do not have the legal right to unilaterally abrogate a valid contract. Doing so is why the TTFA is in legal limbo with the former general secretary and now again with the (former?) TD..

    • Good so we on the same book even if different pages. You were blessed to be on the technical side of things at a high level. Did we get value from this TD to justify his stay? Don’t need to answer. Second issue will now be what are our options in replacing him which I believe is what they want. Pay him what he is owed and accept that we wasted funds or terminate withing the legal parameters, which I believe was not done. Thing is the TD speaks as if his love and football will brought him here but all I see is men that undervalued others into working for them for nothing stating things were hard now they in the boat and want to sue. Ironic!

    • Narada, if we fire him unfairly, what happens is we end up paying THREE TD salaries. Walkes’, Corneal’s and presumably Isa’s.
      How is that a better situation?

    • That’s is very much a possibility so I agree it isn’t better. I just can’t see how we should stay not getting value for money. But I agree the dialog is needed

  34. This TD position [signed for 3 years] was NOT advertised so we don’t know if he was the best value for $. Furthermore A.Corneal who held the post last is owed for 3 yrs salary? At some point financial sense is needed….regardless name, no name, black, white or brown.

  35. I did say value for money. Please if your are more privileged that I am state what was done in his time of employment prior to djw administration

  36. ..Trini people doh know what they want..

  37. Interesting people always quarrel dat remuneration here is too poor to attract quality but the moment you offer a man a descent salary is “so much morney?”
    Of course if it’s for a Caucasian with an accent is OK…