National Head coach Leo Beenhakker described his first conversation with Russell Latapy as a cordial one after the two men spoke on the telephone on Tuesday evening.
Beenhakker up to Tuesday was unable to get in touch with Latapy but expressed interest in ensuring that he did speak to the former national captain, eventually being able to get hold of him as he tied up final personal business before returning to Trinidad on Friday.
“I was able to have a chat with Russell and we discussed several things which obviously involves the rest of the campaign ahead. I expect there will be further communication and a position will be taken shortly. At the moment the main focus is getting the preparations off and running from Monday. As I have said, the two assistant coaches that I am bringing will have their roles to play and they will of course have a lot to offer the team in terms of preparations and being my assistants,” Beenhakker told TTFF Media.
The two assistants are Dutchmen Theo De Jonk and Whim Rhizerburg.
Latapy’s management team also made a release on the conversation with Beenhakker.
“The purpose of the conversation was to share philosophies, expectations and Russell's role with respect to the Trinidad and Tobago National Football Team. While the conversation was open and candid, a decision is yet to be taken by Russell and his management team regarding his rejoining the National Football Team, as we need to internalize the position of Russell's role as a player and any other contributions to be made therein. Any decision to be taken would be made against the background of his role, the contributions to be made, as well as, his future in the business of football at a management and coaching level given prevailing opportunities in Europe.”