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Grayson, Sarjeant and Cyrus speak out on shock dismissals at St Augustine and St Benedict’s

The former St Augustine Secondary coaching duo of Michael Grayson and Desiree Sarjeant and ex-St Benedict’s College coach Dexter Cyrus have spoken out on their controversial dismissals, as the upcoming Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) season looks set to kick off with some drastic changes in the technical areas.

Photo: St Augustine Secondary captain Joshua Marshall (left) tries to nick possession away from Naparima College attacker Akinola Gregory (second from left) while Isaiah Hudson (centre) and Ainsworth Grant look on during 2015 National Intercol semifinals. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: St Augustine Secondary captain Joshua Marshall (left) tries to nick possession away from Naparima College attacker Akinola Gregory (second from left) while Isaiah Hudson (centre) and Ainsworth Grant look on during 2015 National Intercol semifinals.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

In January 2016, Grayson and Sarjeant were named among the top coaches in the SSFL’s history—only five coaches managed more than Grayson’s five national titles while Sarjeant’s six titles are bettered by just two coaches.

Yet, three months after receiving their coaching accolades, St Augustine principal Linda Francis fired them both.

In Cyrus’ case, he led St Benedict’s College to a second place finish behind the all-conquering Naparima College last year, while the southern school were beaten finalists in the 2014 National Intercol competition when they also scooped up the South Zone Intercol title.

“I was called in at the end of last season (and) complimented by the principal,” Cyrus told Wired868. “She told me she liked the work and she hoped to see an improvement next season. And an improvement on second place would mean that we had to come first.”

So what went wrong thereafter?

Cyrus claimed an extraordinary bust-up during last year’s Premier Division campaign and the scheming of his managerial staff led to his dismissal, some months later in mid-March.

Photo: Petrotrin Palo Seco coach Dexter Cyrus makes a point during halftime in CNG National Super League Premiership Division action against Matura ReUnited at the Matura Recreation Ground on 14 January 2016. (Courtesy Nicholas Bhajan/Wired868)
Photo: Petrotrin Palo Seco coach Dexter Cyrus makes a point during halftime in CNG National Super League Premiership Division action against Matura ReUnited at the Matura Recreation Ground on 14 January 2016.
(Courtesy Nicholas Bhajan/Wired868)

On October 17, a St Benedict’s substitute refused to fetch a ball during a fixture against Presentation College (San Fernando) at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium in Marabella. And pandemonium was not far behind.

“Our manager Mr Ravi Ramgoolam asked a player to go for a ball but the player refused,” said Cyrus. “About three weeks before that, we went through this issue with a student going for a ball where I told them that players cannot leave the bench and be walking and running out the stadium going for balls in their kit… We had a meeting with the boys and we told them that nobody will have to ball boy again.

“So when I’m ready to send the player on now, I told him to warm up. The manager then turns and tells me that the player is not going to be involved in the game because he refused to go for a ball. I told the kid I’m the coach, go and warm up.

“Unknown to me, when the player is getting himself organised, Mr Ramgoolam tells him before you go on that field you have to apologise.”

The player, Mickel Holder, issued an apology and went on to the field. But the forward, who suffers from asthma, quickly returned to the sideline for some water.

Photo: St Benedict's College attacker Marlon Phillip (right) tries to find a way through the Fatima College defence during 2015 SSFL action. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: St Benedict’s College attacker Marlon Phillip (right) tries to find a way through the Fatima College defence during 2015 SSFL action.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

Holder’s teammates, who were supposedly acting on instructions given by another manger, Nolan Bernard, refused to give it to him. Cyrus was further incensed.

“I said Mr Bernard how could you refuse to give water to the player with an asthmatic condition, yuh know he have to keep that throat wet,” said Cyrus. “I say suppose he drop down and dead. The manager then says ‘boy Cyrus let him f**king dead’.”

The game finished in a goalless draw and, in the dressing room, Holder let loose as he accused the team management of leaving him for dead.

“The player came out of the bathroom and said that’s why fellahs from Benedict’s does leave and go ‘Pres’ and ‘Naps’ because how allyuh does treat them,” said Cyrus. “Mr Bernard leave from by the sink and went across to the lockers and hit the player a right flushers, knock him down, and then turned him around to hit (him) again.”

The players and remaining staff allegedly subdued Bernard before he could cause any further harm. At least two other Benedict’s members, including former assistant coach Brian Jordan, corroborated the chain of events to Wired868.

Photo: Mucurapo East Secondary goalkeeper Aaron Enill (left) loses possession to St Benedict's College forward Meriba Des Cartes (right) in the 2014 National Intercol final. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Mucurapo East Secondary goalkeeper Aaron Enill (left) loses possession to St Benedict’s College forward Meriba Des Cartes (right) in the 2014 National Intercol final.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

“Presentation’s assistant coach Dunstan Williams and I commiserated at the end of the game, and he said ‘Brian, I could not believe what I was hearing’ (with regards to the player being refused water),” Jordan told Wired868. “The game is done eh. Dunstan and I are in the tunnel talking as friends would do. Then this boy comes out in a towel crying… so I immediately cut the conversation.

“I head into the dressing room and I see Cyrus being held back. He then tells me that Bernard slapped (Holder).”

With three Premier Division games to go and the Intercol campaign yet to come, Cyrus and his staff opted against taking the matter to principal Anne Gomes-Phillips.

“The general consensus was that we would let the kids finish off the season because we were in third place,” Cyrus said. “We were thinking that it had a big four, and we didn’t want to disrupt what was going on because we wanted to make top four. We said we will deal with it afterwards…

“Yeah I regret (not going to the principal earlier) because I was thinking that these men would have done the honourable thing. But these men do not have an honourable bone in their bodies.”

Photo: St Benedict's College supporters cheer their team on in the 2014 National Intercol final at the Hasely Crawford Stadium. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: St Benedict’s College supporters cheer their team on in the 2014 National Intercol final at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Days after Cyrus’ end of season meeting with Gomes-Phillips, his assistant Jordan and physio Adaryll John, said they would not work with the football team’s management again and quit

“Me now, caught between a rock and a hard place, I had to make an advance to the principal and tell her that my coaching staff decided that they didn’t want to work with this management anymore,” said Cyrus. “I went to a Benedict’s Old Boys meeting and expressed to them what I was about to do. That would have been the Thursday.”

Some six days after meeting with the Past Students’ body, Cyrus was summoned by principal Gomes-Phillips. He believes that the team managers got wind of his plan and took pre-emptive measures.

“The manager, assistant manager and coordinator, the three of them, they said they find I does come training late,” Cyrus told Wired868. “I said you all agreed for me to come 4.30 because I finish work 4 o’clock. The training session starts 3.30, my assistant coach is never absent and he’s always on time.

“I come in and I do the main part of the session, and it works like clockwork. So I don’t know how that could have been a problem.”

Photo: St Benedict's College midfielder Tyrik Eastman (left) tussles for possession with Fatima College midfielder Kyon Williams during 2015 SSFL action. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: St Benedict’s College midfielder Tyrik Eastman (left) tussles for possession with Fatima College midfielder Kyon Williams during 2015 SSFL action.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

Cyrus was fired mere months after Gomes-Phillips’s congratulations. The former striker maintains that he was wrongfully dismissed on the back of false accusations by the management staff.

“It holds no water because that is what they told me to do,” he said. “It’s five years now I’ve been doing it. That’s what we agreed on in front.”

Wired868 was reliably informed that the issue surrounding Holder and Bernard was resolved following a meeting with both parties along with principal Gomes-Phillips and Holder’s father. It is uncertain whether Bernard was punished for his alleged behaviour on October 17.

When contacted for a comment, principal Gomes-Phillips said the matter was closed and she would like to leave it as is.

Bernard and Ramgoolam were also tight-lipped. Bernard said that the incident had been resolved while Ramgoolam said he did not have the authority to comment.

Photo: St Benedict's College goalkeeper Jabari Gray dives in vain after an effort from Fatima College attacker Sebastien Camacho, during a 2015 SSFL contest. The shot crept just wide. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: St Benedict’s College goalkeeper Jabari Gray dives in vain after an effort from Fatima College attacker Sebastien Camacho, during a 2015 SSFL contest.
The shot crept just wide.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

“At the end of the day I have nothing against the school,” said Cyrus. “I think what the St Benedict’s management did was one of the most underhanded and deceitful things I have faced. But then again these things make you stronger and you get to learn.

“The blind was leading the blind-folded in the staff.”

Elsewhere in east Trinidad, St Augustine Secondary footballers lost not one, not two, but a total of four coaches, as the axe fell at the “Green Machine” last month.

Grayson was summarily fired after a season in which he copped the East Zone Intercol title and led the Green Machine to the semifinals of the National Intercol tournament—they were ousted by eventual winners, Naparima, after being asked to play twice in the space of three days.

St Augustine also managed a credible fifth place finish in the 15-team Premier Division table.

The last of Grayson’s five national titles at St Augustine was the 2013 National Intercol competition when his team included a quarter of the subsequent Trinidad and Tobago National Under-20 Team: Aikim Andrews, Akeem Garcia, Maurice Ford, Ricardo John and Shannon Gomez.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago right back Shannon Gomez (right) battles for possession against Cuba during the 2014 Under-20 Caribbean Cup. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago right back Shannon Gomez (right) battles for possession against Cuba during the 2014 Under-20 Caribbean Cup.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Andrews, Garcia and Gomez all represented the “Soca Warriors” in friendly action last year while Gomez, the former Under-20 captain, is currently on loan at United States MLS club New York City FC.

But the grooming of national players and a healthy trophy room was not enough to save Grayson’s job at Augustine. The veteran coach, who previously led Arima Senior Comprehensive during its own era of dominance, said he remains dumb-founded by the events.

Even before he was formally dismissed, Grayson was told that former Trinity East College coach Adrian Romain already announced the job as his.

“People who are rationale thinking still can’t understand what happened, it eh adding up at all,”  said Grayson.

Romain denied suggestions that he undermined Grayson to take his post.

Last season, Romain endured a winless spell in the 2015 SSFL Premier Division season before being axed as head coach there, in the first half of the season. Trinity East were eventually relegated after one win from 14 games.

Photo: St Mary's College attacker Ethan Shim (right) tries to hold off Trinity College East defender Christian Ransome during 2015 SSFL Premier Division action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: St Mary’s College attacker Ethan Shim (right) tries to hold off Trinity College East defender Christian Ransome during 2015 SSFL Premier Division action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

At the same time, St Augustine Secondary won the East Zone Intercol title.

Yet, Romain insisted that St Augustine contacted him to offer him the job; and not the other way around. He said he had just returned home from a successful stint in an India youth competition—the Badhani Premier League—and was committed to heading back to India.

“When I returned home I saw an e-mail from St Augustine stating that they will like to meet with me on the job,” said Romain. “I was hired around April the 20th as the Technical Director in charge of all football duties at the institution.

“Lemme just clear up the air a bit. I have a lot of respect for Michael Grayson and Desiree Sarjeant. I actually look up to both individuals because I’m still a young coach, I’m only 27 years.

“I have never gone behind anyone’s back to take his job. Actually, I was settled on returning to India to continue my contract. I have no control over this situation when it comes to the firing of the former coaching regime.

“My first question was: Will they be re-hired? And it all came down to qualifications in terms of CXC passes.”

Photo: St Augustine Secondary coach Michael Grayson (standing) tries to console defensive midfielder Ainsworth Grant, after their 2-1 loss to Naparima College in the 2015 National Intercol final at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium. Grayson has been replaced by Adrian Romain for the 2016 season. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: St Augustine Secondary coach Michael Grayson (standing) tries to console defensive midfielder Ainsworth Grant, after their 2-1 loss to Naparima College in the 2015 National Intercol final at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium.
Grayson has been replaced by Adrian Romain for the 2016 season.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

Grayson, who has a university degree, easily met the Ministry of Education’s academic requirement stipulation, which insists that all school staff must have three passes. But he was fired anyway without an explanation. Sarjeant didn’t meet the criteria and it was used to explain her dismissal.

“For whatever discipline you’d like to coach, you must have three CXC passes, and one must be English,” said the Ministry of Education’s Curriculum Officer for Physical Education, Veronica Dolan-Samuel. “The principal must write to us requesting the services. Also he/se must send photocopies of your certificates, endorsing and certifying that he/she has seen the original.”

And according to Dolan-Samuel, the academic criterion was first established in 2005, but endured a five year grace period. Now, it appears to be firing on all cylinders.

Schools can still pay their coaches via various fund-raising mechanisms. But, unfortunately for Sergeant and company, that possibility was overlooked in this scenario.

Francis declined comment on the firing of her two coaches.

Sarjeant, a former Trinidad and Tobago international player and ex-St Augustine student, said she was disillusioned by the entire ordeal.

Photo: Point Fortin East Secondary student Denicia Prince (left) takes on two St Augustine Secondary defenders in the 2014 Coca Cola Girls' National Intercol final. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Point Fortin East Secondary student Denicia Prince (left) takes on two St Augustine Secondary defenders in the 2014 Coca Cola Girls’ National Intercol final.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

“There was no real prior consultation, we did not see this coming at all,” Sergeant said. “I know I can say openly that I am very gutted by this all. It really did put its toll on me for a little while but it is what it is.

“I think it’s a principal’s choice to keep a coach on. I could have three passes and she (can still) say I’m not going to renew your contract.”

Sarjeant is proud of her time with the Green Machine, although hurt at the way it was ended.

“I have been at St Augustine since 1998,” said Sarjeant. “I’m also the first and only female to have won six national titles (as only Stephen Smart from Malick and Arnold Murphy from Debe managed more).

“In 2013, I won every title that was up for grabs and I repeated the same feat again in 2014. So today it still bothers me, I felt as though my entire inside was taken out of me and thrown in front of a bus.

“Coaching at school football is what I am known for, it is my passion, it is what I live, it is what I breathe… It is good to see that you can develop young ladies, not only as footballers, but as young women.”

Photo: St Augustine Secondary footballers celebrate with the BGTT 2014 Girls' National Intercol trophy. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: St Augustine Secondary footballers celebrate with the BGTT 2014 Girls’ National Intercol trophy.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Sarjeant, who is also the coach of 2015 TT WoLF champions St Augustine FC, hopes another opportunity becomes available soon.

“I don’t know how many schools are aware that ‘coach Des’ is no longer at St Augustine Secondary,” she said. “I hope something comes around because coaching at this level is really my passion. I am gutted yes, but at the end of the day when one door closes, another one opens.

“And I can only hope that door opens sooner rather than later.”

The St Augustine and St Benedict’s benches may look strange this season without Cyrus, Grayson and Sarjeant.

Former “Strike Squad” star Leonson Lewis has taken over the reigns at St Benedict’s while Romain is in charge of the entire football programme at St Augustine.

Romain refused to name Sergeant’s successor just yet. But he said he was excited by the challenge of replacing Grayson and hoped to leave his own legacy at St Augustine.

Photo: SSFL president Anthony Creed (right) poses with 2015 East Zone Intercol champions, St Augustine Secondary. (Courtesy Amigo Garraway/Wired868)
Photo: SSFL president Anthony Creed (right) poses with 2015 East Zone Intercol champions, St Augustine Secondary.
(Courtesy Amigo Garraway/Wired868)

“This is school football, and I think in Trinidad we focus on what is in it for the coaches and we forget the kids,” said Romain, who said he admired the school protests for the fired coaches. “My plan at St Augustine is to continue the program that Grayson left and to get more kids on academic scholarships as well as football scholarships…

“I can’t wait to start. I’m replacing Grayson or Sir Alex as I call him, so I’m excited. It’s going to be a challenge but nothing in life comes easy.”

 

Editor’s Note: New St Augustine Secondary coach Adrian Romain insisted that was only offered the post after the dismissal of former veteran coach Michael Grayson, who was released on 14 April 2016. The following Facebook post appeared to contradict that.

Photo: Facebook post from one of Adrian Romain's account.
Photo: Facebook post from one of Adrian Romain’s account.
Photo: Post from another of Adrian Romain's Facebook account.
Photo: Post from another of Adrian Romain’s Facebook account.

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496 comments

  1. Lord. TnT football like a soap opera yes. Steupse

  2. How did the principal get the email address to email him in the first place if he or someone acting on his behalf didn’t approach her?
    Is there a database of coaches available to principals through the ministry or something?

  3. If I were Principal I would want to protect my students from shady underhand characters unless we operate along the same wave length or I’m using them as a perfect foil for my own grand plans

  4. If I were Principal I would want to protect my students from shady underhand characters unless we operate along the same wave length or I’m using them as a perfect foil for my own grand plans

  5. And on more than one social media account on the same day:

  6. Okay, let’s try this one more time. Adrian Romain, Courtney Romain and Raoul Roger Romain, I gave pretty specific timelines.
    Michael Grayson was fired on April 14 and he said St Augustine principal Linda Francis told him you were already hired.
    Prior to that, Grayson said he was told that you announced your new job to your Central FC youth team. You denied this and said you were not offered the job until two weeks after Grayson met Francis.
    Can you explain this profile update on March 22 then?

  7. Okay, let’s try this one more time. Adrian Romain, Courtney Romain and Raoul Roger Romain, I gave pretty specific timelines.
    Michael Grayson was fired on April 14 and he said St Augustine principal Linda Francis told him you were already hired.
    Prior to that, Grayson said he was told that you announced your new job to your Central FC youth team. You denied this and said you were not offered the job until two weeks after Grayson met Francis.
    Can you explain this profile update on March 22 then?

  8. Congrats Travis Mulraine…… Best wishes in your new job

  9. …AND, finally, to bring the discussion full circle, Mike Grayson was my assistant in the first of those two U20 teams..

  10. Congrats Travis Travis Mulraine ….

  11. By the way, Travis Mulraine. Congrats on your new job as head coach at Arima North. Hope you get the “Dial Dynamos” back where the school deserves to be in the top flight. ??????

  12. Hey, can anybody tell me how to contact Desiree Sarjeant?
    Thanks.

  13. I am also a coach and some of this is really starling to hear, even in jest. I can’t believe Mr Nolan who I know well would act in this manner. More in the mortar than the pestle. As a coach, I hope Dexter gets a new assignment soon!

  14. I don’t run from keyboard gangsters I actually on the road now

  15. Courtney Romain can we consider your last comment as ducking?

  16. Well in my spare time I will return to this chat….

  17. It is funny that the people with the most integrity don’t see the need to mention that word very often.
    We didn’t duck Linda Francis. And you don’t have to hide behind her.
    All you have to do is explain why your Central FC players, the former El Do coach, Grayson and the St Augustine principal all seemed to know that you were coach before you claim you were even approached.
    And explain why Central players said YOU told them so before the date when you said you got that email.
    We like to keep it professional by allowing people the chance to explain themselves. Up to you pal.

  18. you not making any sense what so ever again you duck the interview with Linda Francis to clear the air about this, I walked in a meeting to be interviewed for head coach vacancy first time meeting the lady the last question I will ask is what happened to the previous staff ,again I will say your remarks isn’t professional its all personal but I have seen you done it so many times and I will not sit and allow you or anyone to bash my name and my integrity so do as you please .

    • I do believe having read somewhere, she is not talking to him or Roneil… seems more she ducking him… that would also more match the impression i have from the little time i have been interacting with Lasana

  19. You said April 20th was when you were approached about the job Courtney Romain. Either you are lying or everyone else is.

  20. Good luck to you Courtney. But the dates don’t add up.
    You didn’t commit a crime. But I think it is classless at best to be informing people about taking a post before the man in the job knows he was fired.
    Since your dates don’t match up, I wonder if your story about not petitioning for the job matches up too.
    But that isn’t proof. There is still no proof that you undermined Grayson to get his job.
    But if you were honest and straightforward, this would have sat a lot easier with people.

  21. Right. I said Spicer might have been former coach. And you did inform the students. Okay.
    There is no mix up in the dates Courtney Romain. Your name was mentioned in that meeting.
    Grayson heard about it before April 14. The principal confirmed it on April 14.
    So who is lying?

  22. And congrats on his achievement

  23. Blessings to Mike Grayson on the Honor he to receive, Well deserved.

  24. Firstly El Dorado west students was aware because they are the Central Fc feeder this season the head coach is Shem Alexander spicer never coached at that institution I informed them yes and the dates maybe have a mix up because It wasn’t news to anyone before Me Grayson knew …

  25. Okay. So I spoke to Michael Grayson. He leaves tomorrow to be inducted in the Hall of Fame at the Davis and Elkins College in West Virginia btw. But that’s another story.
    Now Adrian Romain–or, if you prefer, Courtney Romain–you said the job was offered to you in an email on April 20.
    Grayson was fired on April 14. In that meeting, the coach said she had hired Romain and could not have two head coaches. That was the closest she came to an explanation to Grayson.
    Further to that, Grayson had already heard you were coming for the job. Because you allegedly told your players at Central under-16 team that you were taking over at St Augustine. And those players, who are mostly El Do students apparently, passed word on to their school coach who told Grayson.
    So are the Central youth team players, the El Dorado school coach (or maybe Spicer is now a past coach), Grayson and the St Augustine principal lying?
    Or are you lying?

    • Lasana you could play a good game of draughts man. You just give the Romain (if he is who he is) a great “HOG” the man cyah move after the probing he wants to scoot off. He real learn from Marquez and Loo Shoo maybe he is related. Maybe when he got the call he said like Marissa Dick “It’s cut throat time!”

  26. Oh gosh Chabeth, stop preaching

    • Lol! Sorry! Just reading through this thread and I’m baffled i tell you. Maybe even borderline horrified… Lol

    • They rather see a 27 year old pick up a gun than do something positive that’s the reality but old heads never gives the youth an opportunity

    • Ok Adrian, so yuh jump een d old and young talk, same ting was said about Grayson as accountability for firing him…….. u will 1 day b a older head……… 2 stinking weeks

    • Dexter Cyrus let Lasana Liburd call Linda Francis

    • That isn’t what I picked up from reading the thread at all.
      In fact I’d say that most ppl working with kids in any capacity (as I think most ppl in this thread are) would prefer that the kids they’re working with are far from guns at age 27.
      The issue ppl seem to be having is whether or not you underhandedly got a legendary SSFL boys’ coach and an exemplary SSFL girls’ coach fired.
      If the school had fired them both months ago or if they had resigned and then you got the job, then I don’t think ppl would have faulted you.
      But there is some cloudiness regarding how you got the job and that’s where the issue lies.
      So if you publish the emails like you said you would, it may add clarity and do you some good.
      Nobody is trying to fight you down because they don’t like you. Ppl are upset because they think an injustice and gross disrespect has occurred.

    • Couldn’t have said it any better Chabeth Haynes…. thank you!!#

    • Chabeth ent ah jus tell yuh to stop preaching girl……… yuh harden, people go vex with yuh inno

    • Lol. I was just going to ask why St. Augustine needs a TD now when they didn’t have one before and seemed to be rather successful but I won’t ask. I’ll just stay confused. Lol.

    • We will alllllllllllllllll jus stay confused

    • In closing I will like to say have a blessed day and I only returned from India for the birth of my son when the opportunity came I took it ,I will be returning to India to organize all my stuff that I left behind so time will tell….

    • In closing? You’re not going to publish the emails?
      (Sorry Dexter! I had to ask. Lol)

    • Well it official Chabeth, u r officially the most hated woman in d worlllllllddddddddd……..

    • Chabeth Haynes I will once approved by St .Augustine .

    • Lasana Liburd feel free to contact the principal also at your earliest convenience ..

    • Adrian, you’re leaning on Raoul, you’re using Courtney’s profile for some reason, now you’re banking on Linda Francis… I’m asking questions that you can answer eh pardner.
      You don’t have to point me anywhere. Just say you won’t answer and leave it so.

    • Adrian i honestly hope to GOD that u didnt bad mouth Grayson to get his job eh bredda, bcuz vengeance ah moco will fall on yuh, yuh havent cleared up anything in dis chat and it looking like yuh never will, Grayson know u coming b4 he get fired…….. like Gustine learn from St Benedicts

    • Never ever and will ever bad talk a man for a job Dexter Cyrus I never dreamt of leading gustine out in the premiership this season or any other school because I still have months left on my contract in India …

  27. Not to belittle an SSFL coaching position at all…
    But all of this for one of those jobs and it really shocks us what ppl would do for an Olympic spot?

  28. And now we have a thinker, thanks Chabeth

  29. Courtney Romain, if you publish the email that you were sent and all communication thereafter it would clear up a lot of stuff for a lot of people.

    • Chabeth Haynes I will because it here waiting for me to publish …

    • Ok. Go ahead…
      Because this is a lot of confusion.

    • people all of this real simple yuh know…. economics…. Lasana Liburd correct me if I am wrong but Grayson was not an employed teacher at the school….. and the assumptioon is Romain will have a similar status… so follow the money trail…. if Romian comes significantly cheaper than Mike then to a penny pinching principal Mike will get fired regardless of success…. so find out who pitch whom… if Romian pitch Gustine it had to be based on Cost of employment not success (for obvious reasons)… and if Gustine pitch Romain then it had to be on Cost….. so follow the money…

    • Grayson coaches at another St Augustine school Ian. But interesting point.
      And that email might add clarity Adrian. You can also forward to lasana@wired868.com so I can verify to everyone that it wasn’t tampered with.

  30. ..You cannot do better than Mike Grayson. (And “in the interest of transparency” he is my long time friend and colleague, my assistant at club and national U20 level way back when.) The new staff have a lot to measure up to. Good luck to them but his removal doesn’t make sense from a technical and results standpoint..

  31. Lasana no one in this chat can say that everything adds up, y fire Grayson and hire Adrian in 2 weeks,… red flagssssssssss, Adrian himself said 2 stinking weeks, in d off season, coming off a successful year, lifting d East zone trophy, Adrian u jus run eeeeen dey and take up Coaching wokkkkkkk, Grayson is a Coach jus like u, pause 4 a minute and step into his shoes Adrian…………. 2 weeks my asssssssssss, bullcrappppppppp

  32. And I’ve said it before on the group. But in the interest of transparency, i was a first team player for Grayson while doing A’s at Arima and I also captained his second team.

  33. Fact is St Augustine Secondary choose to replace one of the SSFL’s all time most successful coaches and a man who won the 2015 east zone intercol title, as well as a girls coach who dominated the game in recent years.
    And replace them both with someone who hasn’t won a single SSFL top flight trophy and who was axed as head coach at a school with no history of excellence at this level. And one that was being relegated at the same time the Green Machine were lifting the east title.
    Where I come from, that is considered suspicious.
    I suspect anyone but the beneficiaries would look at that and find it odd too.
    But good luck to you Adrian. No matter what, the decision was made by school principal Linda Francis and nobody could force her to do it.
    Hopefully we will never hear that there was any unprofessional lobbying behind a coach’s back for his job.

    • Does the phrase “cut throat time” come to mind?

    • Well Grayson once replaced someone without any history and all I see in this forum is a bunch of men instead of giving tips have come to destroy and replay a Trinity bad start to the season but so be it your site have to be pumped I guess Lasana Liburd it feels like the sunshine newspapers ….

    • Kenny Thomas left St Augustine on health grounds. And Grayson didn’t go behind his back for the job.
      So don’t cast aspersions to make yourself look good.
      And if you say it is like the Sunshine Newspaper, I have a challenge for you.
      Find one inaccuracy in a 2,500 word article!

    • So are you stating I went behind Grayson back?

    • Courtney, I’m a plain talker. If I had proof of that, I would say so openly.
      All I know is the records of both coaches and the fact that Grayson heard you were going to be the new coach even before he was fired or before you said you were approached. I can’t say more than that.

    • Maybe St Augustine principal Linda Francis is a big fan of the Indian Badhani boarding school league and was following your progress there and got excited.
      I don’t know. So I’m trying to stick with what I know.

    • Well I am plain as well and when you speak with Linda Francis the details will be very clear to what transpired .

    • Lasana Liburd well in Trinidad media it seems you have to be good friends to be given a props and I have realize this daily ,in 3 years since I have coached school football have produced the pro league ,super league and Us Schools with top football athletes …

    • What did you win Courtney? I covered school football for the last two years. You didn’t win anything then.
      Last season the school team you coached, Trinity East, was relegated. The Super League team you coached, Malabar FC, was relegated.
      Why should I single you out for praise among the dozens of football coaches out there?
      How am I biased against you?

    • Was I part of the relegation party ?
      Before I left to go India Malabar fc was in 4 th position so I want to know how can you continue to put relegation at the side of my name Trinity College East had 10 games to save themselves from relegation but you still put “relegated coach”this is crap …

    • I said your two teams were relegated last season. And you won nothing. So on what grounds would I do a story?
      Maybe the time will come for that story. But it isn’t here yet because you record doesn’t demand it.
      Tell me what that story will be based on?

    • Lasana dialogue needed with the Principal. Not Romain fault if she erred. Or does not know better

    • Kirwin we can’t make someone talk. Roneil and I both tried. But who knows. Maybe she will eventually.

    • Okay. Well as usual, this lends to many other issues. And I don’t understand or think it’s rationale for a school principal to hire/fire a coach. There should be a committee to do such

  34. That’s child abuse

    Anybody charged?

  35. Dexter this could change the outcome of the position the school took against you

  36. Tell me though Adrian Romain, is it that St Augustine Secondary personally sought you out to replace two of the most successful coaches in the history of the SSFL?
    We are unlikely to hear from the principal. But can you answer that one on the record?

  37. Dexter I am really urging you to take this to the Children’s Authority

  38. I was at a school where the PE teachers were abusing the boys and to date the Principal who is very aware refuses to act on it, he continues to make excuses

  39. Stories can be conjured up, as i am all too aware

  40. Why stop at Principal? Principals and school teams have to be accountable. Why not get Ministry and SSFL feedback??

  41. ..Isn’t this what those who run local football do? Too many don’t have a clue but have their own agenda. Teachers at St. Augustine say the principal has scuttled netball and pan, and now wants to finish off football..

  42. Bennett everybody loves Grayson, this have such a fowl stench it eh funny