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Lawrence joins England second division outfit, Coventry, as assistant coach

Former Trinidad and Tobago Men’s National Senior Team head coach Dennis Lawrence is back in competitive football, after landing the role of first-team coach at England Championship Division team, Coventry City.

Lawrence, a 2006 World Cup player, will serve as assistant to manager Mark Robins for the ‘Sky Blues’, who finished 16th in the 24-team English second tier competition last season.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team football coach Dennis Lawrence addresses the media after his team’s record 15-0 win over minnows, Anguilla, on 10 November 2019.
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“I am delighted to welcome Dennis to the club as first-team coach,” Robins told his club website. “He brings with him great knowledge and experience having worked at the highest level. 

“As well as having had a successful playing career, Dennis is a top coach who will complement the existing coaching structure and we look forward to working with him.”

Lawrence led the Soca Warriors between 2017 and 2019 and recorded a famous 2-1 win over the United States on 10 October 2017, which eliminated the North Americans from the Russia 2018 World Cup.

However, his overall record at Trinidad and Tobago’s helm was dismal as he returned just six wins, eight draws and 21 defeats from 35 matches in charge. Lawrence managed just one victory from his last 17 outings, which was a record 15-0 hammering of minnows Anguilla.

Lawrence’s time with Trinidad and Tobago is not the sum total of his coaching career though. The former Wrexham and Swansea City defender served as assistant coach to current Belgium boss Robert Martinez at Wigan Athletic and Everton FC between 2010 and 2016, during which time he lifted the England FA Cup with Wigan.

Photo: Former Everton FC manager Roberto Martinez (second from right) speaks to assistants Dennis Lawrence (far right) and Graeme Jones.

Since his spell with the Warriors, Lawrence, who holds a Uefa Pro Licence, worked on an ad hoc basic for the Wales Football Association where he presented Uefa A and B licence courses and mentored coaches.

At present, Trinidad and Tobago has more than a dozen coaches employed abroad from collegiate to professional and international level.

Those include Russell Latapy (Barbados Men’s National Senior Team head coach), Rajesh Latchoo (Dominica Men’s National Senior Team head coach), Stephen Hart (HFX Wanderers), Anthony Streete (Virginia Beach United head coach), Wayne Sheppard (Taoyuan FC head coach), Sheldon Cipriani (Florida Gulf Coast University assistant coach), and Jason Scotland (Glasgow Rangers academy coach).

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