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TTFA set for $4.8 million FIFA boost; starts technical director hunt

The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) is set for a $4.8 million (US$750,000) cash injection from FIFA after the international football body approved the unprecedented payment to its member associations at last week’s Congress in Sao Paulo.

The payment is believed to be due in two tranches and can ease the local football body’s financial woes but is still well short of its debts, which TTFA general secretary Sheldon Phillips estimated at $28 million.

Photo: The Trinidad and Tobago national football team poses before kick off against England at the 2006 World Cup. (Courtesy 90soccer.com)
Photo: The Trinidad and Tobago national football team poses before kick off against England at the 2006 World Cup.
(Courtesy 90soccer.com)

Arguably, the most pressing creditors are 13 members of the 2006 World Cup team and former national coach Russell Latapy who, together, are owed roughly $4.9 million. None of the TTFA’s coaches, apart from the senior team employees, have received any remuneration since 2012 while former technical director Arnold Corneal and the present senior technical staff are still due significant sums.

The TTFA’s office staff has still not received any salary for May.

The local football body has actively pursued a financial bail-out from a Government Ministry for the past four months and is relatively confident of achieving it. Wired868 understands that the TTFA has pinned its hopes on the Ministry of National Security rather than Sport although neither party has confirmed this.

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).

Photo: TTFA president Raymond Tim Kee (right) and general secretary Sheldon Phillips. (Courtesy Wired868)
Photo: TTFA president Raymond Tim Kee (right) and general secretary Sheldon Phillips.
(Courtesy Wired868)

“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.”

Wired868 tried unsuccessfully to reach Phillips for comment on the football body’s financial woes and the stagnation of the national under-17 and under-20 squads.

Photo: Central FC midfielder Leston Paul captained Trinidad and Tobago at the 2007 and 2009 FIFA World Youth Cups.
Photo: Central FC midfielder Leston Paul captained Trinidad and Tobago at the 2007 and 2009 FIFA World Youth Cups.

The national under-20 squad was due to play its first 2015 New Zealand World Cup qualifier this month but does not even have a coaching staff in place yet while the under-17 team lacks the funds to start training.

However, TTFA press officer Shaun Fuentes explained that the under-20 team will not be in action until September since the TTFA has agreed to host one of the Caribbean groups for the latter stages of qualifying.

Former 2009 Under-20 World Cup coach Zoran Vranes, who has also led the “Soca Warriors” at senior and under-23 level, is believed to be on a shortlist for the available under-20 post.

 

Do you want to be the TTFA’s next technical director?

The TTFA’s technical director, according to the potential employer, must:

Design, plan and arrange curriculum and programme for the national licensing and certification of coaches;

Plan, develop and implement Specialized Football Workshops for coaches and players;

Develop and supervise the training and preparation of National Football Teams for regional and international competitions. This is in consultation with national coaches;

Plan, organise and implement development programs on a national (Trinidad & Tobago) basis for all youth grouping in keeping with the structure of FIFA age group football;

Prepare and submit quarterly reports on the preparation, training, performances of all national football teams;

Assess, prepare and submit quarterly reports on the performances of the coaching staff of all national teams;

Have all national coaches prepare and submit reports on matches played by the respective national team to the TTFA General Secretary within 14 days of the game;

Advise and make suggestions to the TTFA Executive on issues of a technical nature;

Complete curriculum design template for National Teams Coaching Development;

Establish a coaches’ data base and audit.

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

The TTFA’s technical director should build relationships with:

Peers (both locally and internationally), Coaches (both locally and internationally), Facilities Staff, TTFA Executive Officers and Players.

 

The TTFA’s technical director is responsible for:

Developing and presenting an annual budget proposal to the TTFA Executive for consideration and approval;

Monitoring and control expenditure within the approve budget.

 

The TTFA’s technical director should possess:

Analytical skills, Good communication skills (oral and written), Planning and Organization skills, Decision making skills, Change Management knowledge, Team working skills and Project Management knowledge.

About Lasana 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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39 comments

  1. big fat steups… if they cant pay people how can they look to hire someone….that in of itself is hipocracy… and quite frankly stupid….

  2. Is a Technical Director being sought to advise the Association that the problem with monies owed to some past players be settled first, before we can move forward?

  3. It will be interesting to see how the money is used. The reality is it is not enough for everything that must be done.

  4. Government bailing out a sporting federation isn’t so much a bad thing once there is an acceptable level of accountability for the bailout money and culpability on the part of those whose mismanagement necessitated the bailout. However, my concern is that a bailout is being sought not from the line ministry (Sport & Youth Affairs) nor Corporation Sole (Finance, from whom the monies ultimately come) but directly from the Ministry of National Security!
    That sets a dangerous precedent in my view, especially as the TTFA is a private entity that has NO NATIONAL SECURITY PURPOSE. So unless the TTFA are going to become a part-time police station, immigration office, army base or fire station, that is madness in my opinion.

  5. none for football development? ???

  6. We simply have got to be more organised as a people so our voice is harder to ignore. And we can properly speak to power.

  7. Lasana….I think nothing will change,we Trinis only talk and when you risk speaking out you are victimized ……

  8. Not in the slightest Lasana. This is a public forum so I can’t respond as I would like.

  9. The prospect of a Gov’t bail out doesn’t intrigue you though Kendall?

  10. Money money money for real. Haha ha

  11. Why are wasting time discussing the TTFA? Nothing is going to change under the current management.

  12. Hopefully the technical director job comes with a salary once more. But that should come with news of when Anton Corneal will be paid.

  13. Better check their account and verify if it is still there…. The specter of JW is around

  14. Are they going to pay the players and technical staff or squander the money once again ?

  15. who ent smoking licking bottom or something else

  16. ALL SPORTS Seems like someone smoking something

  17. and its not only football, boxing and track and field to

  18. Never its nothing New John Sports has suffered badly because of wrong Money pigs in Square Holes

  19. two teams have tournements coming up shortly and nothing ent happining, i wonder how much cash going into their pockets, they say its 4.8, but will they tell us how the money is spent

  20. That’s y Jack and his boy get rid of Him

  21. they ent go want gally there he dont stand SHIT

  22. John is all about Money they kill our Football yrs now free rides free cars pay off Sports Journalist Sports in ah mess and worst ah junky MoS

  23. remember warner coached tim kee

  24. Tim kee is ah Business Man none of dem care about our Players NONE!!!!

  25. i hope they pay the players and the coaches and tim kee and phillips stop joy riding all over the place, port of spain ent have no mayor

  26. …and what is the president along with the board responsible for? Continuously crying and begging?

  27. Thought they had hired Technical Director when they hired coach?? My bad, forgot about Anton Corneal..

  28. I wanna believe so and pay the coaches in a matter of fact all outstanding bills and start a fresh het the coporate ppl in the thing too

  29. Sorry Renee Cummings the job is mine!!

  30. we need good ppl at that post i vote for renee

  31. Well, Renee Cummings I certainly hope this post is open for the best candidate in truth!

  32. Ah wonder who is pocketing that cash?

  33. So they could pay the warriors now ???