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Maylee: We’re sad to lose Randy; but we will respect new national coach

Trinidad and Tobago Women’s National Senior Team star and former captain, Maylee Attin-Johnson, responds to the TTFA’s decision not to re-appoint “Women Soca Warrior” coach Randy Waldrum:

Photo: Former Trinidad and Tobago head coach Randy Waldrum (right) speaks to his players during a practice session in the United States in 2014. (Courtesy TTFA Media)
Photo: Former Trinidad and Tobago head coach Randy Waldrum (right) speaks to his players during a practice session in the United States in 2014.
(Courtesy TTFA Media)

 

Without a doubt, we are very much saddened and highly disappointed by the departure of coach Randy Waldrum. For the mere fact that he was the only coach to ever publicly stand up for us.

He never allowed himself to conform to the status quo. He brought a level of professionalism, experience, visibility and attention to the Women’s program that no other coach has ever done.

But, most importantly, he brought structure and a sense of organisation that we never had.

We are truly going to miss his expertise and the love he has for us.

But at the end of the day, whether I step away from the game today or tomorrow or any other coach or player leaves, football still goes on.

So sometimes we have to accept the things we cannot change.

Photo: Then Trinidad and Tobago captain Maylee Attin-Johnson (number 9) is congratulated by Dernelle Mascall (second from right) and her teammates after her successful penalty kick against Guatemala in 2015 World Cup qualifying action. (Courtesy CONCACAF)
Photo: Then Trinidad and Tobago captain Maylee Attin-Johnson (number 9) is congratulated by Dernelle Mascall (second from right) and her teammates after her successful penalty kick against Guatemala in 2015 World Cup qualifying action.
(Courtesy CONCACAF)

So it’s imperative that we respect the new coach that will be taking us through these qualifiers and give him the same effort and commitment that we did to coach Randy.

Maylee Attin-Johnson

 

Editor’s Note: Click HERE to read Randy Waldrum’s farewell letter to Trinidad and Tobago women’s football fans.

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51 comments

  1. From the response of Maylee, it sounds like she is not too thrilled about the change.

  2. ..No comment on that except to say the selection appears to be drawn from a very narrow circle..

  3. Congrats to Jinelle James…. I truly think she has a contribution to make

  4. Now read d technical committee and do not know what to make of it!! Very very interesting!!

  5. what is wrong with advertising the position then selecting the best canditate/.

  6. Chabeth Haynes are you suggesting that the position be again given away again? Isn’t that the kinda thing everyone was opposed to JAW for?

  7. Why didn’t they ask Waldrum Jr? Isn’t he unattached. There would have been some measure of continuity with him there mere weeks before the tournament.

  8. Not if they want to control the coach…. not a chicken tender!

  9. I had suggested that the TTFA should invite tenders for ALL positions. Sigh. Not that he should necessarily get the job. But everyone should have a fair chance to throw their hat in the ring.
    Will follow up if I can.

  10. yes … Sheldon Scipio has his CV now … he is our client (also an Australian international himself)

  11. former Australian (men’s and women’s) assistant coach Robbie Hooker has put his hand up for the job

  12. I don’t. But he worked with some players in the WPL and that went well. Nobody has suggested there is a problem with Hood. Although one player did point out that his last spell with the national women was a disaster.

  13. Just an aside here Lasana…do we know how comfortable the ladies are to work with Hood or what was their reaction when the news was given?