Former 2006 World Cup star Dennis Lawrence became the first Trinidad and Tobago coach to taste FA Cup success on Saturday afternoon when Wigan stunned Manchester City in the prestigious English knock out competition in London.
Lawrence, whose header away to Bahrain in 2005 secured a decisive 1-0 World Cup qualifying win, is an assistant coach at Wigan. He has recently completed his UEFA ‘A’ License as well.
“I know Dennis has worked hard to successfully transition to the next phase of his football career,” new Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (TTFF) general secretary Sheldon Phillips told the TTFF Media, “and I’m extremely happy for his most recent accomplishment as FA Cup Champion. This along with the acquisition of his UEFA ‘A’ Badge is a model for our players to aspire.”
Lawrence’s British agent, Mike Berry, insisted that Trinidad and Tobago is never far from the thoughts of the former Malick schoolboy and Defence Force player.
“It’s a fantastic achievement for Dennis and for Trinidad and Tobago,” said Berry. “He continues to do everything with his country in mind also. He’s very proud to be able to carry his country’s name and he continues to strive for betterment.
“He did it as a player and the same continues now for him as a coach.”
Lawrence, who played for Wrexham and Swansea as a player, must now focus on helping Wigan pull of a miracle on the closing day of the English Premiership to avoid relegation.
Wigan is four points adrift of safety and needs a win away to Arsenal tomorrow to have a shot at safety. Even then, the “Latics” will need a victory on the last day of the season to retain their Premiership status for another year.
Editor’s Note: Wigan Athletic was relegated to the England Championship Division on 14 May 2013 after a 4-1 loss away to Arsenal.