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Open Hart: Warriors coach talks Guatemala threat, his football philosophy and sack rumours

“I have come to the conclusion that I am just going to go on the field, work with the players, do what I always do,” Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team head coach Stephen Hart told Wired868. “Hopefully with all things and a bit of luck, things go well for us and we get in to the hex.

“And then if decisions are made one way or the other, I will have to accept it.”

The Soca Warriors are fighting to preserve their Russia 2018 World Cup dream. On Friday 2 September 2016, the national football team hosts Guatemala in a vital qualifier at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Khaleem Hyland (centre) roars during Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying action in Guatemala City on 13 November 2015. Hyland scored in a 2-1 win for the "Soca Warriors." (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Khaleem Hyland (centre) roars during Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying action in Guatemala City on 13 November 2015.
Hyland scored in a 2-1 win for the “Soca Warriors.”
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

A win or draw will assure the Warriors of a berth in the final CONCACAF six-team qualifying phase—known as the hex—but a loss means Trinidad and Tobago would be in a must-win clash away to the United States on Tuesday 6 September in Jacksonville, Florida.

It is uncertain what bearing the results may have on the current senior Warriors staff of: Hart (head coach), Hutson Charles (assistant coach), Derek King (assistant coach), Dave Isaacs (physio), Michael Maurice (goalkeeper coach), Saron Joseph (massage therapist), Tobias Ottley (trainer/conditioner), William Wallace (manager) and Shaun Fuentes (press officer).

New Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president David John-Williams has already replaced the head coach of virtually every other national football team along with technical director Kendall Walkes. And the local football body advertised the positions of team manager and press officer last month and promised to do same with every other staff member barring Hart.

It is in this atmosphere that the Warriors go to battle for the “Red, Black and White”.

Hart discussed the upcoming game with Wired868, just before the team entered camp:

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team coach Stephen Hart. (Courtesy CONCACAF)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team coach Stephen Hart.
(Courtesy CONCACAF)

Wired868: So what are your thoughts on how the Pro League teams are getting on in the CONCACAF Champions League so far? 

(Both W Connection and Central FC had a loss and a draw each at home).

Stephen Hart: You always know they are going to struggle with the fact that they are not playing a lot of games. Match fitness is something that is very difficult to achieve if you are not playing a lot of games… Sometimes they started they game well but in the later parts of the game, they started to lose shape and became individualistic, etc. But overall I think the national team selects did fairly well.

Wired868: Daneil Cyrus plays exclusively in central defence for W Connection but you use him at right back for Trinidad and Tobago. Would you prefer if he played right back for club too?

Hart: Of course. But I can’t tell any professional club how to utilise their players. They said they need him at centre back and they made their decision to play him there… I have casually mentioned in discussions that he is more suited to right back but it is entirely their decision.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago defender Daneil Cyrus (right) grapples with Peru full back Miguel Trauco during a friendly international at the National Stadium in Lima on 23 May 2016.  Peru won 4-0. (Copyright Ernesto Benavides/AFP 2016/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago defender Daneil Cyrus (right) grapples with Peru full back Miguel Trauco during a friendly international at the National Stadium in Lima on 23 May 2016. 
Peru won 4-0.
(Copyright Ernesto Benavides/AFP 2016/Wired868)

Wired868: Eight players from Trinidad and Tobago’s tour of South America and China got into your 24-man squad. Does that mean it was a worthwhile exercise?

Hart: It is always good to be working with the players on a consistent basis. That tour had all the stresses that international football has to offer. You are playing against teams that are trying to peak for a major tournament, you have a lot of travel issues, hotel, etc, etc. It was good in that respect. The four days we had together was not sufficient preparation to play games at that level. But it taught me a lot and it taught the players a lot of things.

Wired868: What were those lessons?

Hart: First, on an individual basis, I learnt more about the attitudes, playing behaviour, etc [of those players. Then how we defend in wide positions and our collective pressing. [I learnt more about] the players’ understanding, reading of the game situation and then the speed of execution. It should serve the players well.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Jomal Williams (left) takes the ball past Uruguay defender Alvaro Pereira during friendly international action at the Centenario Stadium in Montevideo on 27 May 2016. Uruguay won 3-1. (Copyright Miguel Rojo/AFP 2016)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Jomal Williams (left) takes the ball past Uruguay defender Alvaro Pereira during friendly international action at the Centenario Stadium in Montevideo on 27 May 2016.
Uruguay won 3-1.
(Copyright Miguel Rojo/AFP 2016)

Wired868: Why wasn’t there a pre-Guatemala friendly as was initially promised?

Hart: The [TTFA] President and I went over it with the staff. We looked at when we could get the bulk of the players in and we couldn’t get the players in before the morning of the 28th [of August]. So it didn’t make sense.

Wired868: And what about our warm-up schedule for the Caribbean Cup? Are there any friendly games planned and do you know what players you will use?

(Trinidad and Tobago play Caribbean Cup qualifiers on 5, 8 and 11 October).

Hart: You are assuming I will be the coach? No, my mind is not on that. Believe you me, I am completely occupied with all the details of the two upcoming games. I will think about the Caribbean Cup when it is time to think [about the Caribbean Cup].

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team head coach Stephen Hart (left) and Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president David John-Williams enjoy each other's company during a press conference at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Port of Spain on 19 May 2016. (Courtesy Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team head coach Stephen Hart (left) and Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president David John-Williams enjoy each other’s company during a press conference at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Port of Spain on 19 May 2016.
(Courtesy Wired868)

Wired868: Well, this is your third year as Trinidad and Tobago coach and you made it on the CONCACAF Coach of the Year shortlist… Was it twice?

Hart: I think so. I don’t pay attention to those things.

(Hart took Trinidad and Tobago to the 2013 Gold Cup quarterfinal round and was named on CONCACAF’s Coach of the Year shortlist for 2014 and 2015).

Wired868: Is it weird for there to be rumours about whether you will be fired despite everything the Warriors have accomplished with you?

Hart: Well, those sort of things are out of my control. Of course you hear it and it worries you. You think have you done enough to warrant faith in you. But those things come with the job really. You are at the mercy of those who make those decisions.

And, to tell you the truth, I have come to the conclusion that I am just going to go on the field, work with the players, do what I always do. Hopefully with a bit of luck, things go well for us and we get in to the hex. And then if decisions are made one way or the other, I will have to accept it.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago midfield ace Kevin Molino (centre) flicks the ball around Dominican Republic midfielder Heinz Barmettler (left) during the 2014 Caribbean Cup qualifiers while coach Stephen Hart looks on. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago midfield ace Kevin Molino (centre) flicks the ball around Dominican Republic midfielder Heinz Barmettler (left) during the 2014 Caribbean Cup qualifiers while coach Stephen Hart looks on.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Wired868: There were advertisements too for the position of your team manager and press officer. Have those things had any impact on your staff?

Hart: I think it does have an impact but I think the President understands that any national coach will want the right to choose their own staff. I have had an opportunity to work with this staff for two years and what we have achieved so far was certainly not down to Stephen Hart alone but the support team behind the team.

For me, that is extremely important. Your team has to be unified both on and off the field.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team technical staff members (from right) Michael "Brow" Maurice, Derek King, Hutson "Barber" Charles and William Wallace exchange ideas before kick off against Nicaragua on 13 October 2015. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team technical staff members (from right) Michael “Brow” Maurice, Derek King, Hutson “Barber” Charles and William Wallace exchange ideas before kick off against Nicaragua on 13 October 2015.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Wired868: You have had some success as Canada national coach and then in Trinidad. You surely would be able to work elsewhere in CONCACAF. What motivates you to stay here?

Hart: When I took the Trinidad and Tobago job, the program was not in its best of health I think. People were losing a little bit of faith and I felt it was the right time. First, for my own self of course—to prove something to myself—and, two, to fulfil a sort of ambition or dream of coming home and contributing in some small way to our football.

Wired868: Surely your dream must have been bigger than just ‘contributing’…

Hart (takes a deep intake of breath): Well, it always is. Because the dream gets bigger and bigger as you watch the progress of the team and the progress of the program. I knew there was going to be a lot of difficulties but if you let that distract you, you probably would not have taken the job in the first place.

For me, the dream is still living on. We have a president now that promises to raise the level of the national team programs or programming. I will just do my part on the field and hopefully it is enough.

Photo: Eighteen year old Trinidad and Tobago winger Levi Garcia (right) celebrates with "Soca Warriors" fans after his double set up a 3-2 World Cup qualifying win over St Vincent and the Grenadines at Arnos Vale on 25 March 2016. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA-images/Wired868)
Photo: Eighteen year old Trinidad and Tobago winger Levi Garcia (right) celebrates with “Soca Warriors” fans after his double set up a 3-2 World Cup qualifying win over St Vincent and the Grenadines at Arnos Vale on 25 March 2016.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA-images/Wired868)

Wired868: What do you think this team is capable of?

Hart: I have to be honest with you, I think this team has players with a lot of potential. It has a high capability of doing well in the hex. But sometimes I worry about the confidence of the individuals on the squad. Though they might present themselves as having a confident image, we have to face certain facts that at certain times we have a tendency to struggle. But we also have a tendency to raise the level very high, which shows you the capacity is within them…

I don’t think it is a lack of leadership because we have some strong personalities on the team. I think sometimes there might be the feeling that they don’t get the support that they deserve in terms of what they have gone through in the last two years… I think there is a general feeling that, hey, give us more tools so that we can be even better. But that would probably be better answered by the players.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago midfielders (from left) Kevin Molino, Andre Boucaud and Khaleem Hyland prepare for kick off against St Vincent and the Grenadines in Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain on 29 March 2016. Trinidad and Tobago won 6-0. (Courtesy: Allan V Crane/CA-images/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago midfielders (from left) Kevin Molino, Andre Boucaud and Khaleem Hyland prepare for kick off against St Vincent and the Grenadines in Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain on 29 March 2016.
Trinidad and Tobago won 6-0.
(Courtesy: Allan V Crane/CA-images/Wired868)

Wired868: What do you know of what the players want?

Hart: The players tend to talk about the general environment around the camp because of course they are accustomed to certain standards. A lot of them are anyway. They are not asking [the TTFA] to duplicate those standards but they would like to be in a situation that puts them in the best possible environment with the program we offer, such as a more science-backed team behind the training, more measured data, etc. And small things like things that present more professionalism when we travel.

Right now, you have players coming in to play a big game travelling over 15 hours in economy. Airplane travel for an athlete is not rest and you really feel it if you are over six feet tall and sitting down in economy for over 11 hours, with a three hour lay-over at the airport before catching another flight, etc, etc.

(When former national coach Leo Beenhakker took over the job in 2005, one of his conditions was that the players were to travel only in business class. His squad became the first Trinidad and Tobago team to qualify for a senior World Cup tournament).

Photo: Coach Leo Beenhakker (centre), Trinidad and Tobago World Cup captain Dwight Yorke (left) and the country's record goal scorer Stern John at the 2006 World Cup.
Photo: Coach Leo Beenhakker (centre), Trinidad and Tobago World Cup captain Dwight Yorke (left) and the country’s record goal scorer Stern John at the 2006 World Cup.

Wired868: Is there any way we can improve without spending more?

Hart (smiles): The bottom line is you need money. I am not sure that there is more we can do with the available resources we have now. When you look at the international scheme of things and the teams we are competing against, they are operating on a much bigger budget than we are. And, quite frankly, we have done as best as we can with the resources that are available to us…

More money would also mean we are in a position where we can have everything ironed out in terms of travel, accommodation, training facilities, in the places we are going to, etc, weeks or even months in advance. Now you have to wait for funding approval and you are not in charge of your budget, so you can’t say we will get this bus or rent this facility. You are constantly waiting for things to be done at an eleventh hour.

We miss out on a lot of opportunities because of this and it is a stress on the staff. Players need to be able come in and know that everything is done for them.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago captain Kenwyne Jones (left) and defender Radanfah Abu Bakr wait for a set piece during international action in 2015. (Copyright AFP 2016)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago captain Kenwyne Jones (left) and defender Radanfah Abu Bakr wait for a set piece during international action in 2015.
(Copyright AFP 2016)

Wired868: And what about the Guatemala game? Is everything in place for that?

Hart: I don’t know what is going on with the players and administrators in terms of compensation, etc. They are having their meetings. But I think everyone is coming in the right frame of mind. They know the importance of the game. And, as I said, we will take care of things around our environment as best we could.

You know there is always some difficulty because of the funding structure of Trinidad and Tobago sport. That needs to be professionalised even more. But as far as everything else, we will close ranks and hopefully make everybody feel as comfortable as possible.

(Despite the discomfort experienced by the staff, the Soca Warriors have been paid all outstanding bonuses by the TTFA and are understood to be negotiating bonuses for getting to the hex).

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago captain Kenwyne Jones (left) congratulates scorer Sheldon Bateau (right) after his 2015 Gold Cup goal against Cuba. Looking on is Andre Boucaud. (Courtesy CONCACAF)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago captain Kenwyne Jones (left) congratulates scorer Sheldon Bateau (right) after his 2015 Gold Cup goal against Cuba.
Looking on is Andre Boucaud.
(Courtesy CONCACAF)

Wired868: What should we expect from Guatemala on Friday?

Hart: They will do everything within their power to win this game. Simple as that. They need to win the game and they know if they get the result, they will more than likely get the result in their next game [against St Vincent and the Grenadines] and then they’re sitting pretty.

Their strength lies through their middle. [Carlos] Ruiz is a handful and he can still do a lot of damage. And then they have their number 10, [Jose] Contreras. He is very mobile and very tricky and combines well with Ruiz. So we will see how we can cope with that.

Ruiz winds people up, he antagonises defenders. He is one of the nicest men you will meet off the field but on the field he is a serious antagonist and referees have to be aware of that.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Khaleem Hyland (right) tackles Guatemala captain Carlos Ruiz in 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup action. (Courtesy CONCACAF)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Khaleem Hyland (right) tackles Guatemala captain Carlos Ruiz in 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup action.
(Courtesy CONCACAF)

Wired868: We have beaten Guatemala twice last year and done really well against them physically and with set pieces…

Hart: Yes, but we have also shown a lack in concentration at times. Good players make the least amount of errors. Great players hardly make any errors at all. So the game comes down to some simple decisions or lack of decisions [made by our players] when it is tight. And we need to always be better in terms of concentration which, for me, is always a problem for Trinidad and Tobago players—now I am generalising here!—because a lot of them don’t play at a level where they are fighting to win the league or fighting not to get demoted. A lot of them play in comfortable middle of the table teams and they just ride out the season after a while.

(Neither the Pro League nor the United States Major League Soccer competitions relegate their worst clubs).

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago and Morvant Caledonia United goalkeeper Marvin Phillip. (Courtesy CONCACAF)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago and Morvant Caledonia United goalkeeper Marvin Phillip.
(Courtesy CONCACAF)

Wired868: A draw is enough and, for once, Trinidad and Tobago seem to have a team that can grind out a result, right?

Hart: Well, I think we have showed that in the past… This is international football. You can look at one team that starts a competition poorly and rises as the competition goes on with a little bit of luck. Or you have teams that play poorly throughout the competition and win it, just based on sheer determination, fight and luck. And that’s how international football is because it is not a week in, week out calculated thing.

I think the strength of this team is in its unity. And I have more or less stuck with a core of players that understand what I am looking for. Yes, we know we can improve in certain aspects of our game but that is something we are doing gradually.

The players try. I talk to them and I show them [what they must do better] on video and they work hard at it. But in international football, you just don’t play enough [games] and the way we are going it always seems as if we are always in tournament mode in Caribbean football. Mexico, USA and Canada don’t have to qualify for the Gold Cup, so they have time to prepare. But we always seem to be in tournament mode.

Photo: Antigua and Barbuda midfielder Joshua Parker (left) barges into Trinidad and Tobago attacker Kevin Molino during 2014 Caribbean Cup qualifying action. Molino will miss the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup through injury. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Antigua and Barbuda midfielder Joshua Parker (left) barges into Trinidad and Tobago attacker Kevin Molino during 2014 Caribbean Cup qualifying action.
Molino will miss the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup through injury.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

If we get through these two games and getting into the hex, you enter another stress situation [with the Caribbean Cup]. (Laughs). It just seems to be ongoing…

The Caribbean Cup is not just the Caribbean Cup, it is also a competition to get into the Gold Cup… If you were to go in the Caribbean Cup to experiment, you are running the risk of not qualifying for the Gold Cup and then of course the coach will be put under the microscope and scrutinised for his decision. So it is a Catch 22.

Judging from the last CFU tournament, nobody went there with an experimental team. And I doubt it is going to happen this time. And when the Caribbean Cup finishes, it is straight to the hex.

(Cuba and St Vincent and the Grenadines are two respected football nations that have already been eliminated in the first two qualifying rounds of the Caribbean Cup).

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago winger Levi Garcia (right) leaves St Vincent and the Grenadines defender Shawn Benjamin for dead during Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain on 29 March 2016. Trinidad and Tobago won 6-0. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA Images/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago winger Levi Garcia (right) leaves St Vincent and the Grenadines defender Shawn Benjamin for dead during Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain on 29 March 2016.
Trinidad and Tobago won 6-0.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA Images/Wired868)

Wired868: What style of team are we developing with the current Soca Warriors?

Hart: We have a team that can do two things. We can counter attack because of our team speed and we do have the ability to possess the ball better. It is just a matter of finding the right moments. We can still play faster technically and when we get on good pitches we usually do.

People ask me how come when we go abroad we play better and I explain that it is because the ground is damp or wet and the surface allows you to play faster.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago winger Joevin Jones (centre) terrorises United States players DeAndre Yedlin (right) and Michael Orozco during Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago winger Joevin Jones (centre) terrorises United States players DeAndre Yedlin (right) and Michael Orozco during Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

Wired868: Can you tell us more about your philosophy as a coach?

Hart: I am afraid of the word ‘philosophy’ because I have never believed in short passing or long passing. It is whatever is the right pass, make that pass. I believe in game intelligence. I like my teams to dominate ball possession, I like my teams to know when to speed up a game and when to slow down a game. And, if possible, I like my team to know how to kill off a game, which is very difficult.

When you have a national team in which the bulk of the players come from one team it is easier to [implement ideas]. But when you have 11 players playing for 11 different teams, it becomes a little more complicated.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team players celebrate during their Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying win over Guatemala on 13 November 2015. From left are Sheldon Bateau, Daneil Cyrus, Joevin Jones, Kevan George, Radanfah Abu Bakr and Mekeil Williams. (Copyright AFP 2015/Johan Ordonez)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team players celebrate during their Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying win over Guatemala on 13 November 2015.
From left are Sheldon Bateau, Daneil Cyrus, Joevin Jones, Kevan George, Radanfah Abu Bakr and Mekeil Williams.
(Copyright AFP 2015/Johan Ordonez)

Wired868: Well, John Bostock has not played for Trinidad and Tobago yet and, even now, we are not sure whether he will be available against Guatemala and how he will cope. Is that uncertainty a concern for you? 

Hart: I think he is a professional. It is not like he is a young player. And I think his mannerism and his approach is one that will allow him to settle with the team quite nicely.

Wired868: What do you mean by his ‘mannerism’?

Hart: Well, he has a way about him of taking in what you want and trying to adapt as quickly as possible. He is not an antagonistic type of person who complains that ‘you are not allowing me to play my game’, which I don’t usually do. Yes, there are things you have to do when you don’t have the ball and there is space to fill when you do have the ball. Those are normal [requirements from a coach]. But in terms of ‘you have to do this’. I’m not that type of coach.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago midfielder John Bostock (left) trains with the national team while Trevin Caesar looks on at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on 21 March 2016. (Courtesy Nicholas Bhajan/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago midfielder John Bostock (left) trains with the national team while Trevin Caesar looks on at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on 21 March 2016.
(Courtesy Nicholas Bhajan/Wired868)

Wired868: Is Bostock a deep lying playmaker?

Hart: He can be. He can also play the ‘10’. And he is very good at dead ball situations.

(Bostock subsequently ruled himself out of the squad on 29 August due to ‘passport issues’ and the FIFA delay in granting him clearance).

Wired868: So you have all your midfield options available with Kevan George back?

Hart: Yes. And doing quite well. I saw a few of his games. [George] is the type of player who in Trinidad and Tobago doesn’t get a lot of praise. But he does the ‘roll up the sleeves’ work.

Wired868: And why did you send for [Canada-born and United States-based goalkeeper] Greg Ranjitsingh and give him the nod over [Ma Pau Stars and 2009 Under-20 World Cup goalkeeper] Glenroy Samuel?

Photo: Louisville City FC goalkeeper Greg Ranjitsingh.
Photo: Louisville City FC goalkeeper Greg Ranjitsingh.

Hart: I saw three of Ranjitsingh’s games and he looked the part. He is very good at shot stopping. To be honest, it is hard to assess goalkeepers because you might go to a game and he deals with [just] five crosses and two shots. But he is playing, his team is on top of the league [in the United States second tier] and he has had a number of shut outs… It would be very difficult for me to go with three goalkeepers none of whom are playing football.

(The Pro League is still in pre-season and none of the available local-based goalkeepers have played any competitive football in over four months).

Wired868: Kenwyne Jones said one of his reasons for returning to the Pro League is he will be closer to the national side. Do you appreciate having him here?

(Jones is on loan at Central FC until he begins pre-season training with new MLS franchise, Atlanta United FC, in January 2017).

Hart: Not really. I would say no but yes because he would have been doing nothing otherwise. For me, it would have been much better if he was playing regularly in the MLS. Of all the criticism people have of the MLS, if he was playing there it would be a big bonus. If you look at the strikers in CONCACAF who are playing in the MLS, like [Clint] Dempsey, Blas Perez, etc, they are doing the job at international level.

Photo: Central FC forward Kenwyne Jones (centre) heads a free kick past Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Jon Kempin during CONCACAF Champions League action at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva on 16 August 2016. However, the effort was controversially ruled out by the match referee. Jones did score in the match, which ended 2-2. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: Central FC forward Kenwyne Jones (centre) heads a free kick past Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Jon Kempin during CONCACAF Champions League action at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva on 16 August 2016.
However, the effort was controversially ruled out by the match referee. Jones did score in the match, which ended 2-2.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

Wired868: Kenwyne has had a love-hate relationship with local fans. Can you tell me what he brings to the team and what we will miss about him when he is gone?

Hart: I always felt the criticism of Kenwyne was a bit unfair, just like I felt the criticism of Stern John was a bit unfair. They would say ‘all Stern John does is score goals’, which is a ridiculous statement. Would you prefer for him to beat some men and make a pretty pass and there is no outcome?

Kenwyne occupies a lot of attention when he plays in and around the box. And because of that he frees up space for the ‘11’, the ‘7’ the ‘10’—the left and right winger and attacking midfielder—to play. Because you have to be always aware of him. If you look at the video footage, he is marked by two or even three guys.

Look at the game against the US, they put [Jermaine] Jones in front of Kenwyne and they had the central defender [Geoff Cameron] behind him and they made him play in a cylinder. And sometimes the other defender covered just in case. I mean it took a lot of mental energy from the other team to keep an eye on Kenwyne.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago captain Kenwyne Jones (centre) holds off Nicaragua midfielder Elvis Figueroa during international friendly action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on 13 October 2015. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago captain Kenwyne Jones (centre) holds off Nicaragua midfielder Elvis Figueroa during international friendly action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on 13 October 2015.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Wired868: Sometimes he seems to spend a lot of time outside the opposing penalty area. Is that some sort of strategy or is it that a problem?

Hart: No (it is not a strategy). I think that is something he needs to do more. But it is hard as a striker because you play for such long periods without the ball and unless you are a (former Brazil World Cup winner) Romario—who doesn’t care if he touches the ball unless he is putting it in the back of the net—it is hard to be patient and wait for that moment… It’s tough but it is what modern strikers need to do and they need to be the first line of defending as well.

Wired868: You have said fans should not come out expecting to see ‘pretty football’ against Guatemala. So what should they expect?

Hart: I didn’t [exactly] say don’t expect pretty football. I said don’t expect it to be pretty. It is going to be one of those games that has an edge to it and it will require a very strong referee. We will not alter how we play significantly. We want to dictate the pace of the game. What we need is for the fans to push us on regardless of what the score is at the time. You have to push the team and support the team. Too many times when I go to the games, the fans watch [on passively] like they’re watching television.

Photo: Football fans (from left) Peter Cumberbatch, Alana Lewis and Eugene Todd answer the call to get behind the "Soca Warriors" against the United States on 17 November 2015. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: Football fans (from left) Peter Cumberbatch, Alana Lewis and Eugene Todd answer the call to get behind the “Soca Warriors” against the United States on 17 November 2015.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

Wired868: Any closing words for football fans and Wired868 readers?

Hart: I just hope we can deliver on the day and I want to say thanks [to the fans] for all the support since I’ve been here. And thanks for supporting the team.

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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  1. Hannibal Najjar

    This was an excellently conducted interview – timely and well-thought-out questions and, as expected from a very experienced coach in this region, and one that 1. knows what he wants and, 2. knows his players. Stephen has done several things that has brought him success that few before him were able to achieve and this could all be summed up to what Muhammad Ali once said – “timing is everything” – all the pieces even being born when he was, and the state of the sport around, play a significant role in the success of of someone. What Stephen, for whatever reason or combination of reasons, has done/accomplished and it is the key of all keys especially in a country with wavering loyalties is, 1. gained the commitment from his players, 2. kept the media non-committal to a pro or con, stance, and 3. have been given an honest chance by the public, all happening at the same time – that timing thing that Ali spoke about. Well done Stephen Hart and best wishes today. These are my thoughts that can make the pendulum swing for or against us – Guatemala has to win; they are expected to be more together because they are/have been together more; we have been the reason why they failed to qualify on two previous occasions. All these serve them and their cause. For us, we are a better team all around and have a unity that is the minds and hearts of the players.

  2. What’s the weather like for the game? Will we need to walk with boats to get out of HCS?

  3. Yeah. I know Guatemala is going to put everything on the line. We will have to be just as hungry.

  4. I seemed to may missed a key part of the article. I do believe the positions should all be with new contracts if they won’t in place before however the old holders should be allowed to reapply and have a fair chance but I would agree this should have been done during the football low periods unless our results were damaging which they aren’t.

  5. Next Article should be —- How ludicrous it would be to fire Hart now.

  6. Sack him and put who? Ppl need to calm down

  7. On what basis has this rumour come about that the Coach is to be fired folks ?

    • Because Stephen Hart said, without being asked, that he heard it Jamaal.

    • That’s your only comment on it Jamaal? You were only curious about the source?

    • No because I thought my ears was on the ground in the football and I did not hear that.

    • From the persons whom I think are the ones to hire and fire

    • I cannot see a Coach making it to the hex and losing his job in the process. I am amazed that this has come up now.

    • But then while I try to keep myself in the know. I cannot claim to know everything

    • So he can be fired if he does NOT qualify Jamaal? He does have a contract.

    • I really not into the Fire Stephen Hart Brigade . Whether it is before the hex or after it. I am a Coach and I think one must be judged by one’s work.

    • I think we need to focus on proper coach education and create a cadre of competent coaches who can vie for the highest positions

    • I think we are making this to be more than it is. A contract doesn’t mean he can’t be fired. We are also looking at only one side for some reason. It can be that Mr hart has other options or maybe he wants changes also. My personally belief is persons are just worried but honestly Hart ain’t going anywhere. Best of luck

    • If I had such an important game I would use the “rumours ” to spur me to continue to give of my best

    • I do not set the tone for the debates Lasana but I really do not have that feel to discuss Stephen Hart’s future on the eve on a big moment for him, the team, the country and all of us

    • But I think Fifa needs to be more prompt in giving rulings

    • As it relates to the Bostock issue

    • Jamaal Shabazz i spoke to coach hart about two months ago when he just came back and everything he said to Lasana Liburd in this story he told me then. So i guess d man really is afraid for his job to be fair i know for a fact that fear is unfounded but it is real coaching staff as u will know is very important to a coach so when u put up all a man’s staff positions up for advertisements u send a dangerous message!! A coach team is all about trust but i know coach hart will get out d hex we will qualify for Russia and he will be coach together with most of his coaching team

    • And Jamaal Shabazz on d debate on Hart future i was going to hit Lasana Liburd for putting that in d story at this time guess selling ads and talking points more important than national progress on d doorstep of 54th independence celebrations

    • Are the current staff on contract? I dont think so ? So is it not prudent to start at some point to do the “proper” thing by advertising for positions ? Can the same people apply ? Why not. Should the Head Coach of a National Team have a say in who is his staff ? By all means once he is strong enough .

    • Maestro sing a song they say Robinson is a traitor they say worst than that about Granger. They say kamal seeking he one interest they call Millette a marxist leninist…..Trinidadians eh really know whey they want

    • The Gen Sec was a temporary appointment. …trini say is only temp appointment. …now they advertise to fill the position permanent. ..they say Azard get sword. ..well this is chord

    • Narada, you didn’t read the interview did you?

    • Hahaha my father favorite song!! But I think things should be explained so that ppl hearts would be at rest especially when it comes to Hart!! Bc there are those like Lasana Liburd boi who name ppl fraid to call who using fear to incite division!! I c ma pa sponsoring North East Stars just now they might get a new coach!!

    • Jamaal, you think they will advertise the positions of any coach’s staff in any serious football country in the world?
      Let’s be real please Jamaal. What if Guyana advertised the positions of your staff and some body or the other decided–in mid-campaign–to decide who you should have?

    • If my staff have contracts they would not even consider it. If my staff have no written record or contract with the Federation then in the way of proper arrangements why should it not be advertised and my staff reapply. So that person (s) cannot come back and say due process was not followed

    • Because it is these little streams that according to you Lasana and our beloved late ANR that run into rivers and oceans

    • But remember you would look at an action by the TTFA based on the opinion you have formed of its leadership. Therefore that to you will be a conspiracy. But could it also be to have the staff situation settled ?

    • It would be interesting to see the Staff all apply and what happens next .

    • Historically under successive leaderships the TTFA has had a reputation for vague arrangements moreso with support staff. Now a move to make concrete arrangement re support staff on the flagship team and a conspiracy is in the making.

    • If you take over the Guardian Lasana when it comes to pay would you not want to start putting things in place for concrete arrangements especially when it comes to like free lancers ?

    • And don’t say Guardian? Cause your name linked to some big offers and it’s not to sell gyro

    • Hahaha Jamaal Shabazz like u spending too much time watching lendel Simmons bat for Guyana Lasana Liburd will can not take all that licks in one over u know!!

    • Hahaha. Jamaal, if I took over Guardian I would want the people who are doing well to have some level of comfort and security. In this case, that would be the national senior team.
      I agree that it is poor practice that they do not have contracts. But two wrongs don’t make a right.
      There was April, May, June and July to sort things out and give them contracts.
      DJW didn’t do that and instead in mid-July and August you are hearing that people’s jobs will be going up for tender. That’s not good business practice.
      But shouldn’t the head coach have a significant input in his staff? Because Hart already said he wants to keep them and their record shows something is going right.
      So why are we still having this conversation then?

    • so are yu saying that Hart will not have an input? And secondly if you catching your bearings and decide to put things in place proper now that you are more sure with regard to how persons will be paid. Under RTK persons were hired in fact ST as Secretary signed contracts on no projected income other than to run to Govt. And now that it take some months and a system is being put in place it’s a conspiracy against the Coach?

    • If the Head Coach is not part of the interview panel for his Assistant Coaches then I would not support that.

    • I am not considered Guyanese though I am Guyanese, Trinidadian and Grenadian but if my staff have no contracts but on the job …..and the Federation decides to put there house in order …and formally advertise for the positions, I will tell my staff to apply …..I would then insist that I am on the panel….And I would further meet with the hierarchy to make sure they know how I thinking…..Then if the hierarchy run me. I will then go to my hater cousin Lasana Liburd and his assassin crew and is ole MAs. Oh shucks I will go down in the mosque first then after go by Lasana and Assassin Incorporated

    • I am your hater cousin and Assassin Incorporated now Jamaal? Look how politics can cause strife for family eh. Lol.
      I don’t know if Hart will have an input or not. That’s not the point to me.
      The team is doing well. Leave them alone. Where all the big sponsors your president promised to bring?
      Let him focus on that. Why does he feel the National Senior Team needs intervention from him or anyone else? The results speak for themselves.
      He can’t find anything else to do? Everything else taken care of or something? Lol

    • Jamaal Shabazz Are you trying to imply that Hart is a traitor for speaking the truth? Also when do you think is a good time to discuss his concerns regarding his management team’s pressing issues? After they’re fired? You sir are a talking contradiction and i for one have no confidence in those who speak with forked tongues.

    • Debbie Esp check back my statements. And I am not going to allow yu to say what I did not say. I do not speak with forked tongue that’s a personal attack and I feel disrespected by that statement . But if you chose to go down that road your perogative. If Stephen knows he gonna be fired that’s his info. I said I do not nor heard of that . And I repeat .
      Now Lasana you saying leave the staff on vague arrangements and do not advertise make a private arrangement ? I want to be sure.

    • Lasana Liburd Totally agree with your last response to Shabazz.. DJW need to get on with securing sponsorship and leave the coach and his management team to do their job which is to get us to the next rounds. And the one who speaks with forked tongue only playing dead to ketch corbeaux alive.

    • Jamaal Shabazz note the word imply. Also you seem to know so much is like you got left out of this one. Better be careful you’re not getting the same treatment as Hart. LOL.

    • Any way here drama I now spoke to an official of the TTFA. A meeting was held since March with the Staff that the positions will be advertised and that they should apply. But guess what ? No notices has gone out for any position other than General Manager

    • Now let’s be fair brothers and sisters

    • I done have 2 brothers and 4 sisters. Don’t need anymore thank you.

    • If the theory is that they want to fire the Manager I could live with that because remember everything is a conspiracy eh

    • Debbie Esp all you really good yes

    • Let us done this I think you getting very personal and with the utmost respect brothers and sisters was for male and female bloggers. One love my Sister

    • Jamaal, DJW said on live radio interview that the coaching positions WILL go up for tender. Why should fact that it hasn’t happened yet give them comfort?
      Won’t that make them feel it is coming right after these games?
      You ask if to leave staff in vague arrangements or advertise to make a private arrangement as though it has to be one or the other.
      He met a team in place. Give them a contract and let them do their jobs. And he should worry about his own job.
      Right now people can see what this team has accomplished. It isn’t so easy to see what the football president has accomplished.
      He should be mindful of that.

    • I don’t want it to get too awkward eh Debbie Espinal. We do have to respect all our contributors.
      And I always respect Jamaal Shabazz’s contribution even when I might not agree with him.

    • Jamaal Shabazz my apologies. I eh messing with Lasana.

    • Lasana you might say that just give them the contracts and that is one view but don’t a new Board have a right to open up the process as well ? And if they do it is not as straightforward as claimed that they trying to fire someone .

    • The technical staff was appointed to take the team to the World Cup. Under what grounds should a new president seek to interfere with that?
      This is not fantasy football. We are in a World Cup campaign. We are doing well. it is serious business.
      You heard the coach say he is worried and his staff is worried.
      What is the benefit of DJW doing this? To stroke his own ego? To make them feel they would be out of a job if not for him?

    • My issue is that if they trying to establish their process then let us look for the shot but to just cast a conspiracy blanket is to lead one to believe that the TTFA Board just sleeping to think up conspiracies

    • What were the arrangements re those appointments Lasana ?

    • Aye aye i playing referee here Debbie Espinal let’s cool it! Jamaal Shabazz put down d bat!! Well i tired talk to Lasana Liburd now is rallying time let’s don’t distract d team!! Two months ago i spoke to coach Hart he really said all Lasana wrote in d story and much more but it was a personal conversation if two months on and before d two games of his life he repeats the comments its worrying. I tho am confident that Hart and d majority of his staff have nothing to fear but definitely d powers that b must do their best to put these fears to rest! I know Lasana will hit me for six here but as a patriot i would not have highlighted Hart fears so at least without a response from d authorities, i bowl a slower ball bouncer there!! Could get hit for six! Lol A folks we all are family!! Where’s d love! Happy independence to all including my grouchy uncle Keith Look Loy!!! Lol

    • Steups this is what debating is about differing views.

    • I worked for the TTFA before when a man tell me come home brother. Vague arrangements. If you know what I had to do to get my money. All now I would have been making time so any moves to structure thing properly without any clandestine moves to oust the incumbents I applaud.

    • Lasana why you don’t campaign for me to come home and work for the TTFA. You know I will face all the music dub dance Hall soca…everything. I could be Special Adviser like the post Jack Warner had. I grow up under Pharaoh I can try not to walk in the bad paths but follow the good he did

    • Lol. Okay Gordon, at least you confirmed that his concerns are real and not a figment of my imagination.
      Jamaal, I find you’re reaching for red herrings. I’m not discussing the strength of the staff’s contracts. I’m debating whether anything they have done merit anybody but playing games with their livelihood.
      If they are doing a good job, then leave them alone and look for something that needs fixing. You won’t have to look far for that in Trinidad and Tobago’s football.
      The Under-15 Team got over 20 goals in a 70-minute match. Why doesn’t he start there? You need to explain to me why it is important to interfere with this team at all.

    • They have no contracts and they getting paid by match fees. So if a process is done to make a proper written contract and to be transparent no matter when … the posts are advertised why do yu see that as bad

    • Lasana Liburd u go make me put back on my boots u know and not to march bc u must understand what Jamaal Shabazz saying!! He just saying d interviews is just following d procedures so that everything is transparent and u would not catch a vaps and talk about one mannism!! But if some positions need strengthening it can be gone!!

    • I think it is good because then I getting a fixed income. Those match fees came about in the absence of a proper arrangement

    • Probably my approach to life is now devoid of certain insecurities praise due to Allah. But I will not be nervous if I have no contract …I getting match fees ….The Head Coach want me….And I could apply and get a proper contract. Come nah man I clearly missing something here

    • I want to further add that if the Staff suddenly start to lose their standing in the public eye. And Wired and all start to call for their head and it is found out that they got contracts from TTFA without the posts being advertised . Licks in DJW tail ….doing he own thing blah blah blah.

    • So Gordon and Jamaal, he is doing the procedure in a transparent manner but he is telling the coach not to worry.
      So the whole procedure is a sham then? And you think that should comfort them?
      Allyuh really good yes.
      And plenty IFS in your last comment about if they start losing their standing. You’re fishing Jamaal. Lol

    • Did I say he telling the Coach not to worry or that he had any talk with the Coach. I think yu cannot flaw the process. And how many jobs have been advertised and the Bosses have in mind who they want. The thing is the process

    • clearly damned if he do damned if he don’t so ….at least let him try to put some process.

    • I see the public who loved the athletes turn on them in 4 years

    • You playing you do not know this man called FAN or JOURNALIST

    • Jamaal Shabazz sing d damn maestro for Lasana Liburd please i going to do d wi sports city 7 tournament in Nelson Mandela park today is d semi all invited and d finals tomorrow!! Have a blessed independence remember what it means!! And u two goodly gentlemen one a child of d revolution hence his name Lasana and d other a leader of another revolution remember d GREAT responsibility u all have to ur self and d nation as a whole!!

    • you nearly cuff me down for picking Keon Daniel you forget Lasana

    • Jamaal, DJW said they shouldn’t worry not you. And Keon Daniel earned that lack of faith Jamaal. Was I proven right or wrong? Lol

    • Well I have exhausted my points and now getting repetitive and even Debbie Espinal not beating me so I quit .

    • But no tendering for Isa or Brian Williams eh. Jamaal Shabazz allyuh good yes. Lol

    • Personal view and just stating for conversation sake. If hart going anywhere is as TD but that is if I had my way.

    • He is effective where he is. I won’t consider the TD job a promotion for him.
      Because he is doing well as coach doesn’t necessarily mean he will be success as TD.

    • I guess I’m supporting that he is instrumental and necessary for our football growth and stability.

  8. As for Bostock I think he is serious about reppin T&T so once Hart is allowed to continue his good work we will see him in the hex God willing.

  9. I don’t know what shell David is living in down home but he is forgetting that the influence of the ex pats abroad and shutting out their opinions does not bode well for football back home. . There is an untapped market and power in our foreign based that David is neglecting …. tell him to take his head out of the sand

    • Look allyuh forget the warning I gave the whole board from the very beginning. .people don’t listen.. they only realize until after the damage is done and our football is left in ruins

  10. Stephen Hart and his team has put together a unit over the past 3 plus years that only a madman would want to dismantle….We were elminated from Brazil 2014 by GUYANA for heavens sake!!! Under Hart’s stewardship we have progressed to the point where Mexico & USA actually respect us and dont see us as FOOD…To unsettle the squad by firing Hart would be tantamount to TREASON!!!

    • All they should be seeking to do with Hart is asking him what help he needs and how other teams can mirror their success.
      Other than that, the TTFA should leave him alone and get on with the business of trying to raise money to finance the program.
      This rumour is crazy.

  11. So when we make the hex, David will talk about sacking him if we don’t make World Cup and when we make Russia, what will David talk about after?

  12. Earl Best

    Two comments: (1) I’ve been around local football for at least five decades (no exaggeration!) and I feel pretty confident about saying that, of all the local coaches the national team has had, Hart ranks second only to Gally in popularity. DJW would be completely out of his head to even contemplate firing him to replace him with ANY local coach.

    (2) Wired868 should recommend DJW to Brain lewis and the TTOC as a candidate for the Tokyo 2020 TTO; if the reports are to be believed, he is a prime candidate to medal/meddle! Ahahahahahahahahahaha.

  13. Does beenhakar has any imput ?

  14. It’s nice to see that Lisana Lasana Liburd is not falling for the dictator president of the TTFA David John Williams in trying to change the name of the soca warriors to red army.

  15. That man is the best thing for trinidad football in years…. the players play for him 100% effort. Just let the man work his majic

  16. I don’t think that the big player Bostock will be coming again nah. steeuuppss Them really good yes.

  17. Simple one is the host an the other two are concacaf powerhouses

  18. Give the present coach the support this is our best chance in a long while the coach has done his best so far to get us this close he home let us set aside the distraction an rally the support behind the team . He do not learn we heading into a serious game with home advantage an the 1.3 million coaches start with who knows it best . Close the recicle bin for now let us forcuss on giving support to our national team .

  19. How come Mexico, USA, and Canada don’t have to qualify for Gold Cup?

    • No. The worked it out that people come from the three zones: North America, Central America and the Caribbean.
      North America has just three countries. So they decided to just let them in the party.
      And nobody ever considered an alternative qualifying plan.
      For the World Cup qualifiers, Canada has to face a play off against a Caribbean minnow to get into the semifinal round while Mexico and US get there directly. But that one would be based on ranking.

    • That is so ridiculous. Lol. A tournament where 100% of the teams from a region automatically qualify.
      They can play a tournament and only the winner qualify for gold cup. That could be a thing.

    • Hahaha. Yeah. At one time, only the Caribbean Cup winners qualified. Consider that. The Caribbean is more than 60 percent of CONCACAF.
      So the most populous region was getting the least number of spots. That’s this region for ya.

  20. Did FIFA rule on Bostock today?

  21. *** Great article….should be 2 parts to grasp it all! Best point I see connected is players confidence and funding deficiency. IMO both can be greatly improved with Re-structured national league. ALL hands on deck to create more cohesion, allows for earlier player development, better brand & possibly resulting in wider support from fans and sponsors.

  22. Malik Johnson, Earl Jean We support Hart, but if more or less in the Discussion With Lasana Liburd Hart had, he basically stated so, how could you say he is gullible like the rest? He(Hart) has his sources. We don’t know what he knows or what he might have found out.

    • I really cannot believe that Earl read the article at all based on his statement. Like he just read the headline. What can I say. :-/

    • If we only new who wants that job…only one person in tnt fighting for the job…heads down. ..so maybe there is a smart game being played about this job ting…waiting it will come out soon…from the little bit I have heard lasana…so really dont think the coach should be worried…

    • Well Earl, I hope the coach takes comfort in that because it is he who heard the rumours and shared them with me.
      So there is only one person in T&T who wants his job and spreading all the rumours?
      And I suppose that one person isn’t associated with the TTFA?
      You make me laugh yes. Allyuh just obsessed with that coach you fraid to name.

    • Obsessed no man….just watching tricks. …whiles all is been said games as always on the other side…its been on for years since Mr.jack warner days …wink wink

    • Sure the coach is quite safe…unless some dramatic mad events. ..iam sure Coach hart will achieve his goal in upcoming game..

  23. The only threat to SH job is that pos president of ttfa …… people support the coach…..the pile of lard David Williams is the threat!!

  24. Latas came in to coach the youth team and some ….said he came in to take coach hart job …so much bs….why dont people rally and go support the dam coach and team. …..its important games coming up. ..rally the troops and stop the old talk about the man’s job…good luck coach!!

  25. Great interview …. I always felt that Latapy as great as he is was underated on the world stage …to me it’s the same with Steve Hart …a more level headed, intelligent soccer coach would be hard to find.

  26. I guess still no Bostock due to additional problems smh

    • Well, no answer on that just yet.

    • Ok kewl. Thought I saw something with him not being able to play on Friday

    • Maybe someone got word faster than me. Will check my mail again

    • No Bostock and what about this rumours to fire Hart? What the hell i am hearing here? Is this is true, David John Williams in an Idiot!

    • How did that conversation came out about firing the coach just before a game or is it mischief. ..smh some are so gullible. ..the man is doing his job why some always try to find problems

    • Earl Jean, it is the coach who raised it not me. Are you calling Hart gullible?

    • Earl Jean, did you read the interview? Why are you referring to Stephen Hart as gullible?

    • Man seeing what he want to see …and not seeing what is there …..they call that “the eyes wide shut theory”!!

    • And then promptly disappears when challenged about his understanding of the story.

    • Well considering that the president is a former employer he probably feels conflicted.

    • Lasana…the person fighting for the job is here reading quietly. …smh..lol

    • Well tell him to keep reading and stay out of grown folk business. ….we already have we coach !!

    • I’m curious Earl Jean. Since everybody knows that coach you’re afraid to name and the TTFA president get along as well as cats and dogs… Why would anybody care if he wanted the job while DJW is president?
      Does that make sense to you? Or are you trying to throw us off? Because I don’t get how that rumour would possibly make sense.

    • iam watching lasana sooner or later it will all reveal itself. …remember it was bandied about that stuart wanted the job…but who really was fighting cats and dog for the job…behind the scenes. ..just watching…life is amazing maybe the same person trying to get the job …go over the television footage and we will have an idea…we are all smart people no matter how we twice it …it all reveals over time!!!just saying have been reading and watching how it all unfolds. ..but there are people giving the head coach the wrong info as always…

    • Lol. You’re in a fun and happy place yes Earl. Hahaha

    • Boy as long as I have football iam in a happy place believe me….nothing sweeter and the world around it….so amazing

    • I see everytime your president’s name mentioned you are going to come in to talk about your nemesis. If the under-20 team get knocked out, you might say a certain coach was helping the opposition. Lol.
      Allyuh serious about nursing that feud yes.

    • I support tnt what ever team or coach is out there whatever president lasana always did…be it jack , tim kee or djw….all I want is for football to go forward …for it to be more professional thats the only way and I think all hands must be on deck. ..I never believe in sabotage and never try to get involved in mudslinging. ..
      I try to be honest with my comments. …if I dont know I stay away from it…always support football ….dont support corruption in sport…whatever way it is…I go all games to see tnt win ….I always believed in trinidad football I played against some of tbe legends I was part of the pro league development so all I want is for the continuation of positive things…whether djw or anyone else is at the helm…..need the game to develop the young ones in the right way….so wont go critizing people in football just so, will all give my ideas and my take but will stay positive ….iam part of the football here so why cry it down….I think its time for more former international players to come in and take the football coaching, administration into a more professional way…I just think armature thinking cannot take the game where it suppose to be…just my take !!

    • I could roll with that ……….. but a corrupt leader can’t lead you into a new tommorow ….. our choices to lead has been ….well “self serving” …..

    • I agree with Malik (that a self serving, corrupt leader) cannot take us forward into anything positive. I too Earl always have supported sweet T&T but when u’ve a leader with his own agenda on the table you’ve to call it out. This doesn’t mean that ur not behind the team or nation as a whole.