The board of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) has terminated the contract of Men’s National Senior Team head coach Dennis Lawrence with immediate effect.
Lawrence’s dismissal was one of several big decisions made by the new board, who met for the first time yesterday in a marathon nine hour session.
New TTFA president William Wallace, according to a release by the TTFA Media, informed Lawrence of the decision by telephone immediately after it was made. Wallace and Lawrence’s representatives should meet soon to discuss the ‘terms of separation’.
Some of the other big decisions taken yesterday were the hiring of former Referees Department head Ramesh Ramdhan to replace Camara David as general secretary—after the latter resigned his post—as well as the appointments of Technical, Emergency, Club Licensing, Competitions, Finance, Legal, Player Status, Sports Medicine Committees. World Cup 2006 standout and ESPN analyst Shaka Hislop was also announced as a new ‘TTFA Ambassador’.
Trinidad and Tobago Super League (TTSL) president Keith Look Loy, a former Fifa development officer and technical director, was appointed chairman of the technical committee that includes Michael Grayson, Ken Elie, Jinelle James, Norris Ferguson and Richard Piper. A North American scouting programme was also approved to operate under the supervision of the Technical Committee.
Kendall Tull was appointed as chairman of the Finance Committee, Women’s League Football (WoLF) general secretary Jamilya Muhammad heads the Club Licensing Committee, Roger Evelyn will chair the Sports Medicine Committee and vice-president Sam Phillip is the chair of the Competitions Committee, which will include the general secretary of each zone as well as Muhammad.
Pro League CEO Julia Baptiste and former WoLF president Sharon O’ Brien were both named to the Player Status Committee, which does not yet have a chairperson while appointments to the Referees Committee was deferred and the body will continue to function as it did previously.
The TTFA board will select a Legal Committee soon.
The TTFA Emergency Chairman includes Wallace and his first vice-president Clynt Taylor—as mandated by the constitution—along with board members Dwayne Thomas, Richard Quan Chan, Joseph Taylor and Look Loy.
The TTFA board members who met yesterday are: William Wallace (president), Clynt Taylor (first vice-president), Susan Joseph-Warrick (second vice-president), Sam Phillip (third vice-president), Brent Sancho (TT Pro League), Keith Look Loy (TTSL), Rayshawn Mars (Northern FA), Richard Quan Chan (Southern FA), Keon Edwards (Eastern FA), Dwayne Thomas (Central FA), Joseph Taylor (Trinidad and Tobago Football Referees Association) and Jamilya Mohammed (Women’s League Football).
Phillip Fraser (SSFL) was absent while the Eastern Counties Football Union, Veteran Footballers Foundation of Trinidad and Tobago and Tobago Football Association are to still to submit or have representatives accepted by the board, for various reasons.
The following are the decisions taken by the TTFA board, which were relayed to the public via the TTFA Media:
- The proposal submitted by former general secretary Camara David for a mutual termination of his services was accepted. Ramesh Ramdhan was appointed as his replacement, with immediate effect.
- The services of Dennis Lawrence as Senior Men’s National Team head coach were terminated with immediate effect following a majority decision by the board. Immediately following the decision of the board, president Wallace contacted Mr Lawrence via telephone to inform him of the decision and wished him well in his personal and professional life while also thanking him for his services to the Senior Men’s Team. The TTFA president and Lawrence’s representative(s) will meet to discuss the terms of separation. Lawrence’s replacement will be announced shortly.
- The Emergency Committee was appointed for a four year term, 2019 to 2023. Chairpersons and/or members were appointed to six other Committees, including Club Licensing, Competitions, Finance, Legal, Player Status, Sports Medicine.
- The Technical Committee was appointed under the chairmanship of Keith Look Loy. This committee will supervise a new technical and management structure for TTFA national teams and technical programmes. A North American scouting programme under the supervision of the Technical Committee was also approved.
- The Technical Committee will review the structure, personnel and finances of the Elite Youth Programme and make recommendations to the Board in January 2010.
- Discussions on the technical staffs for the Women’s Under-20 and Under-17 Teams continued and decisions will be disclosed in due course, ahead of the Concacaf Women’s Championships in February and March 2020 respectively.
- TTFA will not sanction the League of Champions created by the previous administration as it includes a majority of clubs that are suspended by the TTFA’s General Meeting and/or their league.
- The T-League Commission will be revisited as part of the general move towards the formation of a new TTFA elite league in 2020.
- The services of an engineer will be secured to provide a comprehensive report on the Home of Football, which remains closed to the public while several approvals—including Fire Service and the Certificate of Completion—remain outstanding.
- The Sheldon Phillips legal matter will be immediately withdrawn from the Industrial Court and an out of court settlement agreed with Phillips.
- Shaka Hislop was appointed TTFA Ambassador. Additional Ambassadors will be appointed in approaching months.
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