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THE Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) responded yesterday to reports alleging it had sacked its former technical director Kendall Walkes over the weekend.

The TTFA never acknowledged it had sacked Walkes as reported, only stating, in a media release, that it would not speak on the issue, and that the report carried in a daily newspaper contained inaccuracies.

The TTFA release said: “The TTFA, as a responsible employer, will respect the privacy of its contractual relationship with its employees. It will refrain from commenting on the details mentioned in the article and the comments attributed to Mr. Walkes, except to note that the article contains several material inaccuracies.”

Yesterday, it was reported that Walkes was relieved of his job as technical director, having assumed the post a few months ago under the former TTFA president Raymond Tim Kee’s administration. Walkes is reportedly considering taking up the matter in court. It was also reported that Walkes earned $93,000 a month and had not been paid since November when current TTFA boss David John-Williams was installed as president.

The TTFA said it needed to defend its reputation.

“Mere days before two crucial World Cup Qualifying games against St Vincent and the Grenadines, the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association is forced to respond to an article (which appeared in a daily newspaper) to protect its name and reputation,” the release stated.

“Under the headline ‘Walkes Terminated’ an article published (yesterday) makes a number of assertions about the contractual relationship between the TTFA and one of its employees. Suffice to say that the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association takes its responsibilities very seriously and at all times makes decisions that it believes to be in the best, current and longer term, interest of Trinidad and Tobago football.”

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TTFA stay mum on Walkes issue.
T&T Express Reports.

THE TRINIDAD and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) has stayed mum on the issue regarding their director of football Kendall Walkes.

It was reported in a daily newspaper yesterday that Walkes’ contract was terminated by the local governing body and the TT FA, in an immediate media release, admitted that they were “forced to respond to protect its name and reputation”.

According to the media release, “the TTFA, as a responsible employer, will respect the privacy of its contractual relationship with its employees.

It will refrain from commenting on the details mentioned in the article and the comments attributed to Walkes, except to note that the article contains several material inaccuracies.”

The media release ended, “suffice to say that the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association takes its responsibilities very seriously and at all times makes decisions that it believes to be in the best, current and longer term, interest of Trinidad and Tobago football.” Efforts to reach Walkes, as well as TTFA president David John-Williams, proved futile up to press time last evening.