T&T's former magical midfielder and youth coach Russell Latapy is set to take over the head coaching job of the Barbadian National team.
A report from the Barbados media revealed this appointment yesterday and it was confirmed by a member of the T&T Football Association. Latapy was coach of the country's Under-20, 17 and U-15 teams up to recently, but his unsuccessful stint with the U-20s at the CONCACAF Qualifiers at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida last year opened the door for him to seek a job elsewhere, as he also encountered troubles to receive wages.
Latapy's Under-15 Boys team was also unsuccessful. However, non-payment of wages, coupled with lack of support forced him to down tools and withhold his services as coach.
In spite of the failure of the country's U-15 team, Latapy was expected to be in charge of the Elite Development Programme which is expected to make up the coming U-15 teams. This position has now been given to Stuart-Charles Fevrier, the W Connection coach.
On the U-17 team, Latapy was replaced by former national striker Stern John, who recently recruited Kenwyne Jones, another ex-T&T goalscorer, as his assistant.
Latapy will be unveiled to the public as the Bajan Rockets coach tomorrow at an official ceremony, the Bajan media reported.