Veteran Footballers Foundation of Trinidad and Tobago (VFFOTT) president Selby Browne has called on the Board of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) to hold an urgent review of the ‘the public behaviour and conduct of Board members’, in the wake of legal threats by Men’s National Senior Team coach Dennis Lawrence to Trinidad and Tobago Super League (TTSL) president Keith Look Loy.
Browne and Look Loy are both members of the current TTFA Board.
Browne’s request came after a midweek communiqué by Lawrence to the Board, which was a follow up to his own threat of a defamation suit against Look Loy and the latter’s response to it. (Lawrence’s letter is published below.)
Browne thanked Lawrence for his letter and urged Board members to act.
“I wish to humbly suggest that in keeping with your request, the review of public behaviour and conduct of Board Members be included on the Agenda for the next meeting of the TTFA Board of Directors,” stated Browne. “I trust other Board Members, the President of the TTFA (David John-Williams) and General Secretary (Camara David) would consider my suggestion urgent and take the necessary action in this regard.”
Look Loy’s appeared to give Browne’s petition short shrift in his response.
“Maybe we should be talking about the disastrous 2019 Gold Cup and our subsequent tumble by a further NINE places to 101 in the FIFA rankings,” stated Look Loy. “How about that?”
Browne was unbowed and insisted that Look Loy had not followed proper procedure in his public criticisms of Lawrence.
“As the self proclaimed ‘Football Ombudsman of the United TT’, you surely know that proper procedure requires a Board of Directors to immediately review reports of Tournaments upon receipt from the Technical Director after his evaluation of the coach’s report,” stated Browne. “This along the reports of the Chief de Mission and Team Manager. But then, it may have been done differently during JAW’s time, the greatest era of TT football, with vast sums of money and not a single financially successful year.
“Your kind suggestion in this regard is most welcome.”
The TTFA Board has not met since Monday 6 May and, according to the local football body’s constitution, it is obliged to meet at least once every two months. In the interim, John-Williams has made decision through an Emergency Committee which Referees Association and vice-president Osmond Downer criticised as a subversion of the constitution.
(Letter from Soca Warriors head coach Dennis Lawrence)
Mr President/General Secretary/Board Members,
Good Night to all as I will like to take the opportunity to give and update on the subject above to where my email dated 07/07/2019 states my Disappointment with Two Comments made by Board member Keith Look Loy (email attached above) and not of Majority of what is being quoted by the board member in his of my unhappiness of his Criticism of Performances/record/results etc as it is clearly understood by myself Dennis Lawrence The Head Coach.
Before going further with my Factual updates I would just like to clear up a few things for Board Member Keith Look Loy.
- I was appointed the national senior team coach in 2017 (not a board member as stated in [Look Loy’s] video)
- The 2018 World cup was not in Brazil (as stated in [Look Loy’s] video I am sure it was Russia)
- Wigan Athletic / Everton FC i would like to believe they both played in the ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE deemed the greatest league in the world during my 6 1/2 years COACHING period in the uk and unless I am wrong Wigan Athletic 2013 FA CUP Winners. (if these are not considered High level teams that i worked as a COACH as stated in the video then just maybe i should throw my ENGLISH FA CUP WINNERS MEDAL i have in my possession in the bin and try to achieve winning a super league medal then this will count as working at a high level and winning a title) ??
I can go on but as stated i am here to give an update to subject above as the matter was brought to public by Board member Keith Look Loy so i believe its only fair i give the facts to My Employers. My email was sent and replies was received by Board Member Keith Look Loy dated 07/07/2019.
Once replies was received i then consulted my Family and friends for advice and then seek legal assistance in the matter as my request via email was outright turn down.
After seeking advise which was confirmed the TWO comments (not anything else as is being portrait over the last few days by Board Member Keith Look Loy) which was used in my email outline was addressed By letter via my legal representative and Served to Board Member Keith Look Loy on the 19.07.2017 and i will like to point out the FACTS that the letter served was purely on the TWO comments addressed to the President/General Sectary and asked to be presented to you all the board members as i did not have all email addresses so i would like to believe you are all aware and if not all email correspondence to the matter including Board member Keith Look Loy very first email to the board in regards to my comments about him which was purely not in any way form or fashion defence of performances/results during the Gold cup 2019 but to reply to a question asked about the fact the Board Member Keith Look Loy said i should Resign, so unless this Boy that grew up in the streets of Marigold Crescent Morvant is wrong i cannot see how this could be seen as being used to defend the 2019 Gold cup performances.
These are the facts that i can assure you Will all be made available to the public at the right time so it can all be seen as the Board Member Keith Look Loy rightfully says coaches are Criticized Globally which in the video Link below during my interview i Clearly stated and accept but am not sure if Coaches Globally are subjected to The TWO comments that were used against me that was indicated in my email dated 07/07/2019!!!
I have shared my Factual informed to all and I refuse to waist anymore time with anyone that cannot help to improve my life so all my focus and attention will be to work hard and improve Results with our national Senior Team while be in the stadiums to support ALL other national teams as I was for the u15 tournament recently ( right KLL ?? ) wish you all a good night.