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Great stuff. Class Dennis, pure class ;D
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 :beermug: :beermug: To Dennis for believing in and standing up for himself.
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Big interview: Dennis Lawrence - from World Cup legend to Everton FC coach
By David Prentice (Liverpool Echo)


Heard the one about the World Cup legend who is now a coach at Everton – thanks to the  input of an Anfield folk hero?

If it all sounds like a tall story, April 1 was yesterday – but the man at the heart of the tale does  stand six feet seven inches.

Dennis Lawrence is one of Roberto Martinez’s trusted right-hand men.

He has worked with the Blues boss since his formative days at Swansea – and Martinez has  enormous respect for his work.

“I have huge, huge admiration for what Dennis has done so far,” he said. “I know he will carry  on being a very influential figure at Everton.”

But whatever impact Dennis makes at Goodison in the future, it will struggle to compare to the  reputation he enjoys in his native Trinidad and Tobago.

A tiny Caribbean nation of 1.5million inhabitants, Trinidad shook up the world in 2006 when  they qualified for the World Cup finals in Germany – and Lawrence was the man whose goal  made history.

It was also the first time that Lawrence realised he could affect matters on a football pitch with  words rather than actions – after he stood up to legendary coach Leo Beenhakker.

Lawrence was the man whose downwards header against Bahrain propelled Trinidad to the  finals, but the centre-back who admits his aerial ability “wasn’t the best” shouldn’t even have been  in the Middle East.

Sitting back from a break in training at Finch Farm he explained: “I’ve never really told this story  before, but in the last 10 minutes of the first leg – which finished 1-1 – I felt my hamstring  tighten.

“We had a flight straight after the game directly to Bahrain and we went back to the hotel to pack  up and I will never forget it. I came down the lift and was carrying out my luggage and our coach,  Leo Beenhakker, was standing in the lobby.

“He said to me ‘Dennis I need to have a word with you.

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Nice read, nice interview! Everton deserves a post. IMO. Dennis doing things and we does still track shitty Sunderland and Stoke and Cardiff because Trinbagonians involved. Well Everton FC here we come.  Great Foc&$ing job so far tallest; that victory against Arsenal is even so much sweeter the fact that one of our own was directly involved!  Go Everton! (always liked lukaku and miralles anyway! And now Martinez gets a feather in his cap. not cause he hire we own but because he recognized from early Tallest propensity to Defensive awareness!
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Lawrence is a disciple of a VERY good manager.  Martinez embraces different cultures in his coaching philosophy.   Men doubted him at Wigan, but to me he overachieved on a shoestring budget.  Just keep what you're doing Lawrence, cause Martinez will definitely be linked with a bigger club in the future, and he is loyal to his backroom staff.

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Lawrence then took centre stage and he mapped out his career path from Trinidad to Goodison Park, which included trials at Bobby Robson’s Newcastle United and Sam Allardyce’s Bolton Wanderers before joining Wrexham, the first club he represented on these shores.

With the World Cup swiftly appearing on the horizon, Lawrence also recalled his experiences in Germany 2006 when Trinidad came within seven minutes of holding England to a draw.

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This, to me, is the biggest accomplishment by any TT ex-National so far. Especially not because it was due to any major recognition in these countries just for their playing ability. That is one of the most difficult roads he has traveled, with many political and physical obstacles,  and I will forever appreciate Martinez for helping Lawrence on this path.  Similarly SH. I brakes from the plenty mental licks them fellas take to reach there.  Proud of them.

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Imagine, Rene Simoes say Wrexham trio Lawrence, Sam and Edwards will not get pick once he is T&T coach and Lawrence and Edwards turned out to be two of we best players.

Always like Lawrence dedication on the field.

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I don't know Lawrence personally but from what I've read and heard he seems genuine and that is a great character indicator.

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I missed this story before. Nice read. Discipline goes a long way.

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Everton coach Dennis Lawrence provides the latest report from the Blues' pre-season training camp in Austria.

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Re: Big interview: Dennis Lawrence - from World Cup legend to Everton FC coach
« Reply #71 on: October 22, 2014, 03:56:05 PM »
Everton’s Assistant Coach, Dennis Lawrence, works with the players at Stade Pierre-Mauroy, France on the eve of their Europa League match against Lille.

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Re: Big interview: Dennis Lawrence - from World Cup legend to Everton FC coach
« Reply #72 on: February 03, 2015, 07:28:33 PM »
Everton first team coach Dennis Lawrence backs winger Matthew Kennedy and forward Conor McAleny to shine at Cardiff City after the pair joined the Bluebirds from the Toffees during the January transfer window.
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Re: Spoke To Dennis Lawrence Yesterday
« Reply #73 on: July 30, 2015, 02:11:11 AM »
Lawrence: Focus on doing well for country.
By Shaun Fuentes (Guardian).


Former T&T defender Dennis Lawrence believes there is still a market for local players in the United Kingdom despite the decline of players from this country in the Leagues there over the past few years.

Lawrence is currently getting ready for the English Premiership season as assistant coach of Everton and is focusing on helping the club better their 11th place finish of last season.

“This season didn’t go the way we may have liked it to go. We were very strong in the League the season before.

“There were a number of reasons why it was difficult for us this time.

“We finished fifth as opposed to 11th this season,” Lawrence said.

“For my personal journey, as I keep saying, it is important that I educate myself. I think I’m working under one of the best managers in the English Premier League.

“There is a lot still to be learnt.

“I’ve learnt a lot in the last five seasons that I’ve worked in the English Premier League and I’m happy with the progress I have been making.

“It’s been a lot and I’m delighted to be working with a successful coaching staff.”

The man whose goal against Bahrain qualified T&T for the 2006 World Cup, observed the T&T team at the recent Concacaf Gold Cup and is urging the squad to continue striving towards greater success, particularly with the 2018 World Cup qualifiers approaching.

When he played for Wrexham and then Swansea City, there was an influx of T&T players in the UK Leagues at the time with names such as Carlos Edwards, Marvin Andrews, Hector Sam, Clayton Ince, Kelvin Jack, Brent Sancho, Stern John, Russell Latapy, Clint Marcelle, Anthony Rougier, Dwight Yorke, Shaka Hislop, Lyndon Andrews, Angus Eve among others plying their trades in different Leagues.

But those numbers have dwindled over the past seven to eight years.

“Lawrence believes the opportunities are still there, however.”

“If they are good enough there is no reason why you can’t be successful in gaining entry into the English situation,” he said.

“Sometimes we need to be honest with ourselves and we need to ask ourselves if we are doing the right things and are we good enough to get there.

“There has been a very big decline and there must be a reason for it.

“So we need to dig deep and find the reasons why players are not coming out from T&T and going onto the UK anymore.

“I don’t think the talent has disappeared. Obviously the mentality probably has changed.

“The focus has to remain on doing well for T&T. If you do well for T&T, this gives you the opportunity to be recognised, not just in the UK but in other parts of the world.

“So if you focus on doing well for T&T, then the country benefits and from an individual standpoint, then maybe you the individual may benefit as well,” he said.

Lawrence is hoping another reason for celebration of T&T football is on the horizon.

“What happened in 2005/2006 is something I will never forget and something T&T should probably never forget.

“But I think sometimes we need to understand that is the past and we have to look toward the future.

“We need to obviously get the young ones thinking about emulating whatever happened in 2005/2006. I’m proud of it and I’m proud of T&T and I pray and hope that one day something great again can happen in our footballing future.

if I was part of it, then fantastic, if not, I’m just happy for T&T as a country,” Lawrence said.

T&T, Jamaica coaches pleased for Caribbean

Jamaican senior team head coach Winfried Schafer believes the performances of the Caribbean teams at the Concacaf Gold Cup is an indication that football in the region is on the rise.

Speaking after his team’s 3-1 defeat to Mexico in the Gold Cup Final on Sunday, he said: “Football in the Caribbean is going up.

“When you see what T&T and Cuba have done and Haiti.

“I am very proud of my team getting to the final. This is good indication of the progress the Caribbean has made and I’m happy for it,” Schafer said.

T&T head coach Stephen Hart also believed it was a good signal to see the Caribbean teams advancing to the quarterfinals.

“It’s a good sign. Obviously Caribbean teams have knocked on the door for some time and the success in this Gold Cup comes at a very good time for the region which has gone through some difficult times in its football.

“Hopefully it will continue and we can build on it.

Now there is a situation where no longer teams from the Caribbean can just be easily written off or be looked at as a walk over,” Hart said.

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Re: Spoke To Dennis Lawrence Yesterday
« Reply #74 on: July 30, 2015, 02:22:31 AM »
Imagine...just imagine nah...it could have been a TnT vs Jam final nah...that loss to panama rel hurt me...I was real sour...all i could do is shake my head...huge Cyrus fan...but oh God...why defenders taking pk's...that's another story...


Eh Lawrence it hv men like Jones's, Molino, George, Cyrus, David, Cato...dem men with the right development cld blaze up d PL.
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Re: Spoke To Dennis Lawrence Yesterday
« Reply #75 on: July 30, 2015, 06:10:16 AM »
Breds, a defenders MUST be able to take pks. As a matter of fact, every body on the field. That should be a routine. Part of the football DNA. Every players must practice at least 10 pk a day. If you are a professional more than 10. No excuse. Everybody must be able to kick pks. BE PREPARED. No excuses.

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Re: Spoke To Dennis Lawrence Yesterday
« Reply #76 on: July 30, 2015, 06:22:46 AM »
Dennis is my boy, but his interview worries me.

“Lawrence believes the opportunities are still there, however.” 

“If they are good enough there is no reason why you can’t be successful in gaining entry into the English situation,” he said.

“Sometimes we need to be honest with ourselves and we need to ask ourselves if we are doing the right things and are we good enough to get there.

“There has been a very big decline and there must be a reason for it.

“So we need to dig deep and find the reasons why players are not coming out from T&T and going onto the UK anymore.

“I don’t think the talent has disappeared. Obviously the mentality probably has changed.

“The focus has to remain on doing well for T&T. If you do well for T&T, this gives you the opportunity to be recognised, not just in the UK but in other parts of the world.


All of these comments show a lack of understanding of the work permit scenario in the UK. We may actually have more talent than in 2006, but now we can't get our rough diamonds into big leagues to get polished. Remember, Kenwyne was a defensive midfielder until he went to the UK. How good could some of our players become if they were training and playing in the Championship & SPL?

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Re: Spoke To Dennis Lawrence Yesterday
« Reply #77 on: July 30, 2015, 01:36:02 PM »
Breds, a defenders MUST be able to take pks. As a matter of fact, every body on the field. That should be a routine. Part of the football DNA. Every players must practice at least 10 pk a day. If you are a professional more than 10. No excuse. Everybody must be able to kick pks. BE PREPARED. No excuses.

I agree totally...however the order in which the team takes it should have been better planned out...imho defenders should go last...


FS...question...since 06 infant recall anyone getting into the UK...namely the PL and Championship...jones to my recollection is/was the last player...what's the situation in regards to permits,trials etc...I think Joevin had a trial with some Italian side about a year ago...and he was sent packing...just landing a trial is a big deal...

It seems that most of our boys going to Finland or Asia...is it because of their agents don't have the proper contacts?
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Re: Spoke To Dennis Lawrence Yesterday
« Reply #78 on: July 30, 2015, 04:44:30 PM »
Breds, a defenders MUST be able to take pks. As a matter of fact, every body on the field. That should be a routine. Part of the football DNA. Every players must practice at least 10 pk a day. If you are a professional more than 10. No excuse. Everybody must be able to kick pks. BE PREPARED. No excuses.

I agree totally...however the order in which the team takes it should have been better planned out...imho defenders should go last...


FS...question...since 06 infant recall anyone getting into the UK...namely the PL and Championship...jones to my recollection is/was the last player...what's the situation in regards to permits,trials etc...I think Joevin had a trial with some Italian side about a year ago...and he was sent packing...just landing a trial is a big deal...

It seems that most of our boys going to Finland or Asia...is it because of their agents don't have the proper contacts?

If your country does not have a sufficient ranking or you have not played a lot of internationals in the last year, you will NOT get a trial in the UK.

You notice, Eastern Europe, Belgium and Holland are not a problem.
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Re: Spoke To Dennis Lawrence Yesterday
« Reply #79 on: August 17, 2015, 02:43:58 PM »
What's the rationale for the international ranking work permit rule?

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Re: Spoke To Dennis Lawrence Yesterday
« Reply #80 on: August 17, 2015, 02:58:18 PM »
What's the rationale for the international ranking work permit rule?

To limit it to the best players, from the best countries... Which falls within a certain range, that's what I assume, but that also limits developing nations...

There are many elements that can be dissected and argued about when it comes to this...
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Re: Spoke To Dennis Lawrence Yesterday
« Reply #81 on: August 17, 2015, 03:23:26 PM »
Breds, a defenders MUST be able to take pks. As a matter of fact, every body on the field. That should be a routine. Part of the football DNA. Every players must practice at least 10 pk a day. If you are a professional more than 10. No excuse. Everybody must be able to kick pks. BE PREPARED. No excuses.

I agree totally...however the order in which the team takes it should have been better planned out...imho defenders should go last...


FS...question...since 06 infant recall anyone getting into the UK...namely the PL and Championship...jones to my recollection is/was the last player...what's the situation in regards to permits,trials etc...I think Joevin had a trial with some Italian side about a year ago...and he was sent packing...just landing a trial is a big deal...

It seems that most of our boys going to Finland or Asia...is it because of their agents don't have the proper contacts?

If your country does not have a sufficient ranking or you have not played a lot of internationals in the last year, you will NOT get a trial in the UK.

You notice, Eastern Europe, Belgium and Holland are not a problem.

EU countries like Belgium and Holland get around this by classifying footballers as specialist employees. However, to qualify as in that category, you have to be given a contract with a decent minimum wage such as 5,000 euros per month. The problem then is that a young player has to be exceptional to be worth that amount of money when they have dozens of EU youngsters who would play for 1,000 euros. (Levi Garcia being an example)

We just simply don't produce enough quality players to get into the European premier leagues ahead of the locals.

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Re: Spoke To Dennis Lawrence Yesterday
« Reply #82 on: August 17, 2015, 04:22:51 PM »
It would be interesting to compile a list of quality players who are excluded due to the restriction. Protectionist rule with a touch of inherent arbitrariness.

What does England lose when a Weah goes to France or elsewhere?

"Best" and ranking is not a complete canvas. Mauritania's U18s recently defeated their Mexican counterparts at the COTIF tournament. Europe is closing and the world is broadening. Actually, the mere fact that Mauritania is at COTIF, and we are not, is instructive.

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Roberto Martínez sacked by Everton after disappointing season, which almost certainly means the end of Dennis Lawrence’s tenure as First-team Development Coach.
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Oh shit that's right. That sucks man, I hope they land on their feet!

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Bad move by Everton hieirarchy, the team over performed last season making unrealistic expectations for this season.

I think Dennis will land somewhere softly as he has judiciously worked on his craft.

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Roberto Martínez sacked by Everton after disappointing season, which almost certainly means the end of Dennis Lawrence’s tenure as First-team Development Coach.

Disappointing, but this will very much soften the blow:

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The manager is believed to earn at least £3m a year and the club’s hierarchy faces a substantial severance payment for the remainder of his contract and those of his backroom staff.

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Re: Big interview: Dennis Lawrence - from World Cup legend to Everton FC coach
« Reply #87 on: November 20, 2016, 12:23:51 PM »
any word? is he with belgium back room? Just asking as things with Hart probably leaning left these days
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Re: Big interview: Dennis Lawrence - from World Cup legend to Everton FC coach
« Reply #88 on: November 20, 2016, 02:00:00 PM »
any word? is he with belgium back room? Just asking as things with Hart probably leaning left these days


I know you asking answers  ... :) But for the benefit of all, he is NOT with Belgium.

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Dennis Lawrence is now T&T head coach.
« Reply #89 on: January 19, 2017, 02:55:35 PM »
I heard Lawrence got the job

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