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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. he hitting six sixes ah over like Sobers

  2. Good owning up Dexter

    Blessings Bro

    That is how You grow

  3. Lasana u need to b playing 20/20 cricket fuh West Indies, every ball is ah boundary wit u

  4. I don’t know if we can take that much credit. But we continue to do what we can yes. Thanks

  5. You really have to respect Lasana and the Wired team. If it wasn’t for wired Jack would have probably still be involved in Trinidad, Caribbean and world football

  6. In the case of Coach Grayson, if it can be proven that he was removed based on false allegations/libel, he too can press the Ministry to find answers. He already has all the qualifications and some for the job.

  7. Dexter Cyrus deserves to be fired but not for the reasons he was fired. Cyrus put football ahead of the interest of a student athlete who was assaulted by a member of his staff. Not only should he have reported the incident immediately to the principal, the police should have been called in and the manager arrested for assault. And we question why there’s a breakdown in discipline among our youth. If adults who are responsible for the safety and education of our kids when we send them to school could ignore the assault on one of them, what lesson are we teaching those kids who we so cavalierly call monsters and hyenas?

    • Gerard i totally see and hear that, and the staff had discussions, and decided that timing was an important factor, but i definitely see your point

    • So, Gerard Johnson.. what next? Should the firing of these coaches without plausible rationale end the discussion?

    • The principals should be taken to task. Get the Ministry involved. They don’t want to speak to Wired, I’m sure they would “have to” speak then.

    • The party hitting the kid is a teacher who functions as team manager

    • The St. Augustine situation may be somewhat tricky. However, the Benedict’s case is cut and dry. It is a report of assault and battery on a student by a school representative/administrator. Cyrus has strong grounds to argue on.

    • Brian Jordan Look at that. If the correct procedures were followed, it could have saved a lot of kids being assaulted. We have got to rid ourselves of that mentality where we protect certain people in the society at the expense of others. Violence breeds violence.

    • That’s very mature of you Dexter…you have earned further respect from me. I wish more of these secondary school coaches show this type of behavior

    • And now i live in regret that i didnt handle it that way, mainly because when i spoke out everything was already swept under the carpet concerning the kid, and a plan to fire me and move on was already afoot, i should have taken the bull by the horn……….. sometimes tough decisions are to be made…….. tightrope.

    • Dexter Cyrus We all make mistakes. Life is a learning curve and you have already begun your approach. You have publicly acknowledged your mistake. I hope you have apologized to the kid and his family. Then it’s time to move on and be the better person I see you can be. I hope you get other opportunities to prove yourself. Good luck.

    • Can’t fire Dexter alone and not anybody else.
      But Dexter Cyrus…
      #grownmanresponse
      #noneedtopreach

    • Chabeth Haynes I agree. The whole incident should be investigated.

    • Wow….I’ve been following this thread with various degrees of amusement and sadness…but Dexter Cyrus….considering how this thread was going, that was an absolutely massive response from you. True maturity…like d youths day dese days…big man ting!

  8. At least here, you get to answer questions directly. Nobody is hiding to discuss this in the shadows.
    Since Desiree Sarjeant was dismissed because she didn’t have her three passes. Do you have three passes Courtney Romain or Adrian Romain?
    I’d recommend that if you have any doubt that what you say might be again proven false in the near future, you shouldn’t answer.

    • Teacher Percy say if yuh tell ah lie yuh going to hell as soon as yuh die. Lord Nelson could write another calypso on lying. SMH!!!!!

    • Just as well… I half thought someone would try to argue that a three in English was actually three passes. :-/

    • Hmmm well I can say categorically that we at Trinity never received any documentation of qualifications (academic or coaching) from Adrian although it was requested. We really dropped the ball on that one and should have ensured that he carried the qualifications that he claimed. I hope that St. Augustine is not making the same fundamental mistakes that Trinity East made through my negligence

  9. Good owning up Dexter

    Blessings Bro

    That is how You grow

  10. Is that the comments made by “Adrian”

  11. Dexter Cyrus deserves to be fired but not for the reasons he was fired. Cyrus put football ahead of the interest of a student athlete who was assaulted by a member of his staff. Not only should he have reported the incident immediately to the principal, the police should have been called in and the manager arrested for assault. And we question why there’s a breakdown in discipline among our youth. If adults who are responsible for the safety and education of our kids when we send them to school could ignore the assault on one of them, what lesson are we teaching those kids who we so cavalierly call monsters and hyenas?

  12. You should be in gymnastics pal…you are great at flipping and somersaulting…another Dick on the prowl…taking peoples places in what dick called “Cut throat time!” ok ok like Dick you are just an “innocent victim” in the Principal’s agenda ok…I get it..hmmmm

  13. Brent Bennett I stick by what I told everyone in this group and I don’t change my tongue to please anyone

  14. I haven’t tied myself up I stick to what I said and its that everyone have a time to talk this is you all time

  15. I am here pal reading all views and enjoying the comments ??

  16. These lil boys have time on their hands

  17. apparently the Courtney Romain facebook page has suddenly dissapeared….well yes

  18. I’m as disappointed as you are Dexter Cyrus but I don’t want to say he do anything illegal or criminal. Unethical, absolutely but I don’t know that he did anything illegal. I want to make sure we don’t cross that line…..

  19. Dexter say selling snow cone in hell yes…I crying with that one ???

  20. So lemme get this str8, we find out Adrian lieing…… and he delete his comments on the thread…… thats what alyuh saying here Lasana, well Raoul hear ah cuss d principal and ah was dishonest in Lebanon and then suddenly remember i didnt play anywhere, when what actually happened wasssssss…… i did not and will never cuss ah Principal, Prosper played in Lebanon and i played in Portugal. So ah guess the Romain’s are just staying true to form, at least they showing consistency…..with lies……… no shaaaaaammmmeeeee
    Wickednessssssssssssss
    Decietfulllllllllllll
    If u get ah email and jump een Grayson wokkkkkkkkk in 2 weeks, right there i know we dealing with ah criminal.
    And behaving as though uuh want other Coaches to take that and move onnnn…… alyuh kill lil chirren and cook dey heart…….. selling snowcone in hellllllllll….
    Cut Jesus slippers and then realise it cah fit yuh……. living in ah volcano and find it still making coldddddd…..
    The day yuh write common entrance, the whole country fail and u alone passssss, yuh well bright……….. 2 stinking weeeeeeeks…
    2 stinking weeeeeeeks
    Well at least yuh come in ah close second to Benedicts management, nothing cah beat Benedicts Management, but that is another story by itself……… 2 weeks Adrian and u run and take Grayson wokkkkk without standing up fuh d man…………. ah rellllllllllll disappointed in yuh Adrian

  21. Like the man went to the same school and was exposed to the same technical training that the gymnastic people went to bro. Just like they did stuff was deleted from the thread here. He or admin only ppl who could remove it. I think after he realized he tied himself up and the evidence is/was there for all to see he just bailed out. Well that’s spineless

  22. At least Wired 868 and the rest or Trinidad and Tobago can understand now what we at Trinity had to endure. I wish St. Augustine all the best

  23. Well well well…so where all the comments gone? Lmao

  24. Yet another giant SSFL giant seems to be having major difficulties!!!! Sad…

  25. dem boy really dont understand the power of a WIRED forum…. dem really think is normal trinis on WIRED backroom staff…lol… just because we doh say doh mean we doh know… pick and choose your battles carefully gentlemen…. that is all

  26. That Green Machine change isn’t off to a great start. I would like to think lessons have been learnt. Although I can’t be sure at all.

  27. Lies n more lies!!! But I’m enjoying the level of dishonesty unfolding before my eyes!!!!

  28. Sit and ponder people i admire the screen shots Lasana Liburd I don’t need to answer any more questions to you or anyone relating to this issue …

  29. TT sports or life in TnT, is probably the same

  30. TT sports or life in TnT, is probably the same

  31. This better than any Game of Thrones episode yes ?

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

  33. 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?

  34. 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

  35. 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

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

  37. 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?

  38. 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?

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

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

  41. Congrats Travis Travis Mulraine ….

  42. 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. ??????

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

  44. 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!

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

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

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

  48. 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.

  49. 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

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

  51. 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.

  52. 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?

  53. And congrats on his achievement

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

  55. 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 …

  56. 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!”

  57. 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 …

  58. 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?

  59. And now we have a thinker, thanks Chabeth

  60. 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.

  61. ..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..

  62. 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

  63. 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.

  64. 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

  65. That’s child abuse

    Anybody charged?

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

  67. 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?

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

  69. 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

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

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

  72. ..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..

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

  74. PLENTY TALK. THIS COACH TAKING OVER FROM SOME OF THE BEST COACHES AND HE BETTER HAVE HIS GAME PLAN READY LOCKED AND LOADED TO ADD VALUE TO THE PLAYERS.

  75. I think the story can only be completed with St.Augustine principal I won’t want to talk on any ones behalf so get her involve Lasana Liburd

  76. Monty I don’t doubt what you are saying because I have no idea what the truth is. But one thing I’d agree with Dexter Cyrus is that he should not have been treated in the manner in which his termination went down. At the end of the day Coach Grayson is is a humble man with a big heart and he’ll succeed in whichever job presents itself. That I am confident of… the man is a legend in the SSFL….

  77. My reason for saying this is that I was at a St Augustine game last season and one of his staff members was saying negative things about him with some parents, and I was the one to stand and say that Mr Grayson has method to his madness and it was all for the team’s benefit and not for any single player. He always have a big picture

  78. Brent as I said last night Grayson brought out a scholarship in my son, I would be asking the principal the question regarding his firing, but I do suspect there were underlying factors that haven’t been brought to light as yet, it’s possible that other members of his staff were misrepresenting him.

  79. Grayson has never been a controversial figure. In fact he has done so much for so many young people is probably one of the reasons for the uproar in this case. I am not here to point fingers but clearly there is more to his firing. Having spoken to him personally, he was quite perplexed at what happened. Sadly he may have to move on to greener pastures. Quite frankly it’s St Augustine’s loss in my opinion. Just like when Arima got rid of him we have been in the down in the pecking order ever since.

    • I think the big picture is a continued show of administrative ego flexing around the country seemingly without checks and balances. Who holds these people accountable? Keep in mind, if wrongful termination lawsuits are filed, we taxpayers have to foot some of the costs. The SSFL and school systems may also have to get stricter code of conducts. If a home team

    • I said it earlier Brian the big egos, that is why I am not part of a Team per se

    • We cannot continue to sit on sidelines when “bad” decisions are made irrespective of the data and results. Teachers should not be hitting schoolchildren, dressing room or classroom, in my opinion. Since Principals aren’t speaking, I would love to hear from SSFL and school system or Ministry of Education as a follow up on this.. Roneil, Lasana. Any thoughts??

    • This should also be reported to the Children’s Authority and be investigated as a criminal offence

    • Dexter doing this your matter would become a whole different ball game

    • The failure to act by the principal on a report of a student being violently struck by a team administrator should/must be reported to the Ministry of Education. Anyone involved in this wrongdoing and found covering up such an incident, should be help liable.

    • Thanks Junior. There should have have been no delay on such an issue. That calls for immediate reporting

  80. Raoul we cannot take these tings boy, in Grayson case, 26yrs as Gustine Head Coach and a Principal comes in and treats him like that,and everybody jus honky dorry and move on. Bullcrapppppppppp

  81. There’s not enough space or time to respond to this royal screw-up. I prefer to focus on the character of coach Grayson. We first met as 16 year old footballers on the highly successful 1974 youth team. Since, our lives have interfaced to the sum experiences of 8 decades. I dare say he’s of fine moral fiber; his reputation transcends T&T borders through the players he has effected. The next program to get him will benefit tremendously. Grayson will be inducted, this week, into the Davis & Elkins College Hall of Fame, sadly St. Augustine doesn’t realize they’re throwing out the baby with bath water.

  82. Gally Cummings was fired from UTT, was any reason justified

  83. Dexter my friend this is the politics of Trinidad and Tobago

  84. Did i miss 60mins or something

  85. My point in question is how cud 3 subjects be more important than a Cocacaf licence, when it
    Comes to qualifications as a Coach

  86. Grayson is well qualified he could share certificates….he has so many, maybe the Princi would be happy with a manufactured at home certificate you think?
    Certificated don’t necessarily mean you have initiative, solve problems, motivate people, lead young people to do their best etc

  87. This situation with Grayson is the highest level of hipcrosy i hav heard in my life, the main stand is supposed to be named after Grayson, a statue unveiled in his honour, and be given a raise in salary, that is how Grayson should have been treated, and you Romain should have been leading that charge, 3 subjects and getting old my asssssssssssssssssssssssss

  88. Dexter the man must be his “Communications Advisor”

    • Boy he talking more than Adrian, and Adrian actually in the chat, well yesssssssss

    • It’s been said that the Principal has not been able to distinguish herself otherwise so she gets to make the news by this bold move and is the talk of the circuit. Is there something positive that could be said about her contribution to the “Green Machine” what has been her contribution thus far to the school?

  89. This is a free society Mr Cyrus,

  90. He is doing way too much talking for you, and also he is speaking as though he is your conjoined twin

  91. ‘m not part of St Augustine staff

  92. Yea Dexter Cyrus that’s my uncle

  93. Courtney and Raoul Romain are u 2 the new Coaches at St Augustine

  94. I’m am concerned that students/ children can be met with such treatment by ‘coaches’ ..ministry of sport rules for children seems to differ quite drastically from those at the ministry of education..seeing these are school teams any move to align coaches with a teacher’s guidelines and responsibilities for a child in their care is a step in the right direction in my opinion

  95. Not try to grill the incombent

  96. And I agree strongly, so we move on

  97. Things would be a lot clearer if we had heard from the principal. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen.

  98. Who confirmed that I was fired Lasana Liburd from Trinity college East please call names because I can’t understand if I was fired why will I receive a pay out ,this isn’t the first time this was written in your article mentioning I was fired as Trinity College East Head coach .I await clarification to this ,can Aaron Pollard confirm? It would appear that journalism and integrity come with convenience. I implore u to research well and state the found facts ACCURATELY.

    When this is answered then I will go further into what transpired at Trinity College East; how
    many kids where blacklisted because they affiliated themselves with me/ staff. All of this coupled with the most amazing fraudulent activity in school history where birth papers were transformed ,cxc slips tampered with and finally the principal’s reaction to these activities which caused the massive fall out at the institution …so Mr wired it’s your duty not to be bias but to deal with the facts and not go by the GOSSIP MASTERS.

    • Who am I speaking to? Is this Adrian? Or his representative?

    • Was Mourinho fired from Chelsea? Did he receive a pay off? Was Jerlean John fired at HDC? If she receives a pay off, would it mean she wasn’t fired?

    • My question is was it confirmed that I was fired from Trinity College East pal

    • Pal, I said YOU were my source. Did you not say here that, while you were head coach, they offered you the position of assistant coach?

    • So does that confirmed I was fired because I was offered an assistant coach roll ?

    • At that point, you were fired as head coach. And they offered you a lesser portfolio as assistant coach.
      What did you think it meant when you, as head coach, was offered a post as assistant coach pal?

    • I think that based on the facts that you neglect to state my job was made more difficult than it should have been ,however the decisions made where malicious and resulted in school administration making decisions to protect themselves from the brunt of the law …

    • Roneil wrote a story about St Augustine and St Benedict’s not Trinity East. And the story was about Cyrus, Grayson and Sarjeant not Romain.
      If there is anything that is false in the story, please point it out.

    • I take that to mean you can’t find any inaccuracy but just don’t like what story said about you. But the story isn’t about you. That’s how it goes. You can’t please everyone. Best to be truthful. And Roneil was.

    • You were not offered a post as head coach with less authority were you. You were offered a post as assistant coach.
      What do you think that meant for your career as school head coach?

    • Firstly I never told anyone that you Adrian got fired. I said you were asked to take an assistant coach position. People will see that as being fired from the head coach position, others like yourself won’t.
      You received monies that you claimed was owed to you. I am not sure if that is considered a payout.
      You mentioned that students were blacklisted because they affiliated themselves with you or your staff. I want to assure you and wired 868 that is nowhere to being the truth. Students were banned from the team for their indiscipline on and off the field. Students who cussed out match officials and coaches (including yourself), students refusing to attend school/ class and exams, students confronting teachers at their homes were all banned for a period or in some cases indefinitely due to prolonged deviant behavior.
      Lastly, I have been threatened by you on numerous occasions over Facebook before (never face to face). I have been given 2 days to resign about 200 days ago otherwise the police is coming for me. Your uncle even went so far to publicly threaten to kill me. These are just threats to me…we are all at different stages in our lives and choose to deal with situations at our experience and maturity level. It is what it is

    • Not Good enough come cleaner than that Aaron Pollard don’t turn the arrow on me for your lack of man management skills …and Raoul Roger Romain threatened to kill you is a lie you are just happy slandering folks name around the place and I will tag the students that where treated that way and kicked out of your classes ,let’s don’t go down that road

    • Wow…ok. That’s your prerogative. I won’t get into a war of “who said what” or “who can tag who”. I am reading these comments and starting to wonder who this article really about

    • One school was left out in this article I think ….

  99. Lasana, I would like to ask, what is the real issue at this time? The principal did not answer, should the world stop or should the show go on?

  100. I do not follow school football, but unless you have been severly biased in your report, this makes absolutely no sense

  101. Men with huge egos spoiling the football. I remember we used to have teachers around the football that just wanted to facilitate the team’s success. Now, these men on ego trips.

  102. So Dexter Cyrus that’s it there? The PSA not doing anything?

  103. I have a hard time believing Dexter Cyrus. I went to the past student association meeting as stated in this article. Mr. Cyrus was out of control ranting and raving…At one point they almost had to ask him to leave the room. It wasn’t a pretty site and his story was all over the place. Sad to see my old school being dragged in the mud like this. He is no longer the coach get over it and move on.

  104. I did not know Adrian had a stint in India

  105. I must say that media is very very persuasive and can get a story to swing in any direction. Kudos to Mr.Walcott who omitted a safe 80% of the interview he conducted.

  106. With the not to long ago reported sexual offenses perpetrated by a High School coach against a player, all incidence of serious and minor allegations against coaches and technical staff against players should be reported to authority forthwith! Kids must be protected even if it means loss of your position in the league or job. Safety and wellbeing of school children before results.

  107. Yeah. Roneil couldn’t get a comment from the principal, which isn’t surprising. If the school didn’t tell the coach why he was fired, then it is very unlikely they will tell us.

  108. I understand your position Lasana, you are reporting as it comes to you. But as I said…if that is not nepotism then I don’t know what is

  109. Hmm as a parent of a son on St. Benedict’s team this is alarming.

    • Be sure to ask your son and let him know to keep you informed of what goes on there. For his own good and your peace of mind.

    • Yes I will. He did tell me the coach is no longer there but the details he lacked because Coach Cyrus did do a fb post but by the time we got to his timeline it was taken down. So I was glad to read this to know what actually occured but it does not put me at ease either because this is really serious.

    • Mr Bernard is a disease to my alma mater football program. Due to him a lot of good players leaving to attend elsewhere

  110. Both teams being SSFL teams or the national teams?
    But the article doesn’t refer to Ramgoolam or Bernard as an assistant manager so I thought they were both full managers.

    • Yeah. I wasn’t sure either. I know it is normal for school teams and club teams to have two managers. Same for national teams. Although the men’s team got bloated when they had William Wallace, David Muhammad and Peter Rampersad all operating at one point. Muhammad has since been relieved I understand.

  111. Still no reason given Brent. And that is the only explanation we have so far Aaron.

  112. Most teams would have a manager and assist manager actually.

  113. Lasana so a principal (without the apparent assistance of the sitting team manager) calls an unknown title-less coach to take over an entire school program (boys and girls) and I should just believe that? Ok right

  114. So we still have no reason why Grayson was fired? Didn’t see any reasoning in the article….

  115. The Cyrus info is very complete so I’d give this story as a whole a passing grade. But, to tell the whole truth, I find that there is one necessary element missing. It is this: if Grayson has a university degree and the putative reason for his dismissal is a lack of academic qualifications, what is the real story?

    The story does not tell us and I, for one, want to know…

  116. This team needs two managers btw? How many managers do the women’s and men’s senior teams have?

  117. Sigh…where to start with this one boi?

  118. Overlook an official slapping a player because you’re focused on a top four finish? Smfh!
    Then we wonder how athletes ended up getting mistreated in the name of greater glory?