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Title: Anton Corneal Thread
Post by: E-man on June 23, 2008, 06:06:04 PM
Anton Corneal post game comments

http://www.youtube.com/v/cKfDDOhkA9Y
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKfDDOhkA9Y

also Darryl Roberts:
http://www.youtube.com/v/XlYIvLK7uLw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlYIvLK7uLw

and Maturana:
Maturana expressed hopes of even more progress after the win despite admitting that there is room for improvement before T&T continues its qualifying journey.

“It was a very good result to win away from home under the circumstances with which we came into the game,” Maturana told TTFF Media. “But I feel we could have done better. I never like to have to go so close for a result. I think we showed a lot of character and that is good for any team but I hope we can learn from this experience which means that we sometimes end up in situations which we maybe didn’t need to find ourselves in/

“I think Bermuda gave us a good fight but we must be able to kill of teams when the opportunity is there (especially) when they fight you this way. In the end we were the winners but there were some areas for concern and we know what we have to look at closely and what areas we need to work on before the next round starts. But at this stage the most important aspect was to get through this phase and I think everyone is happy about that. Now we must continue the work…” Maturana added.

Maturana would have noticed that of the regulars of  CONCACAF teams, with the exception of Costa Rica, which usually progress to the semi-final and final rounds, only T&T had to go down to the wire to secure its passage to the next round.

“Yes it is there for us to see. You see some of the other teams winning by six and seven goals and it’s good for them but we have to observe our situation and focus on that. When we face those other teams… those are the matches we have to prepare for and to look ahead to.”

Title: Re: Anton Corneal post game comments
Post by: assrancid on June 23, 2008, 07:27:18 PM
Fuentes is a reporter/journalist?   If this is the official channel of the TTFF, then it is abysmal to say the least.

Corneal at least sounds professional and educated; if this is going to be the official channel, shouldn't Fuentes make a greater effort to sound like English is his first language?

Examples that irked me when listening to his "interview."

What are your tortsafter todays game?

wha yuh have to say about dat?

we still showed we had the sort of metal to take us through to the next rung.

and we switch to de tree five two

and wha yuh have to say about dat?

ahrite

all the deeeeeeee's

leading questions etc.

He is not objective, poor grammar, and pronunciation.

My God!  It is all very tiring for someone like me.








Title: Re: Anton Corneal post game comments
Post by: maxg on June 23, 2008, 07:42:30 PM
Fuentes is a reporter/journalist?   If this is the official channel of the TTFF, then it is abysmal to say the least.

Corneal at least sounds professional and educated; if this is going to be the official channel, shouldn't Fuentes make a greater effort to sound like English is his first language?

Examples that irked me when listening to his "interview."

What are your tortsafter todays game?

wha yuh have to say about dat?

we still showed we had the sort of metal to take us through to the next rung.

and we switch to de tree five two

and wha yuh have to say about dat?

ahrite

all the deeeeeeee's

leading questions etc.

He is not objective, poor grammar, and pronunciation.

My God!  It is all very tiring for someone like me.









lemme ask yuh someting..ah guess he didn't say enuff "ahm,, ahem, and wot"
if ah Spaniard conductin and interview in English and does not pronuce his word like an Englishman from Parliament ? - cause it have some Englishman I cyah understand fuh nuthen -  does that make the Spanish man, unprofessional and un-educated ? If he want to talk Trini for ah trini audience , well it's alright for me, buh wha I know, I does live here an speak a litle bit ah Franglais, and the most important thing people appreciate is the message behind the communication, and not the means...yet some things are more important to some ppl than others, some harp on the delivery, and some harp on the message, and stil others does to this day, still want to shoot the messenger...so it go.. el cid
Title: Re: Anton Corneal post game comments
Post by: Storeboy on June 23, 2008, 07:54:40 PM
What kills me is that he cannot ask a simple question without spending half the time making long statements.  Then ends it with, "Wha you tink about dat?"  Steuuuupppssss!
Title: Re: Anton Corneal post game comments
Post by: assrancid on June 23, 2008, 08:03:23 PM
Fuentes is a reporter/journalist?   If this is the official channel of the TTFF, then it is abysmal to say the least.

Corneal at least sounds professional and educated; if this is going to be the official channel, shouldn't Fuentes make a greater effort to sound like English is his first language?

Examples that irked me when listening to his "interview."

What are your tortsafter todays game?

wha yuh have to say about dat?

we still showed we had the sort of metal to take us through to the next rung.

and we switch to de tree five two

and wha yuh have to say about dat?

ahrite

all the deeeeeeee's

leading questions etc.

He is not objective, poor grammar, and pronunciation.

My God!  It is all very tiring for someone like me.









lemme ask yuh someting..ah guess he didn't say enuff "ahm,, ahem, and wot"
if ah Spaniard conductin and interview in English and does not pronuce his word like an Englishman from Parliament ? - cause it have some Englishman I cyah understand fuh nuthen -  does that make the Spanish man, unprofessional and un-educated ? If he want to talk Trini for ah trini audience , well it's alright for me, buh wha I know, I does live here an speak a litle bit ah Franglais, and the most important thing people appreciate is the message behind the communication, and not the means...yet some things are more important to some ppl than others, some harp on the delivery, and some harp on the message, and stil others does to this day, still want to shoot the messenger...so it go.. el cid

Fella, my point has nothing to do with his trini audience.

It has everything to do with professionalism.  The posts on youtube are NOT just for trini eyes and ears.  It is promoted as the OFFICIAL CHANNEL of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation!

Now if you cannot see that his language is poor and not suitable for such an official station, then you are an ass.
Title: Re: Anton Corneal post game comments
Post by: Fyzoman on June 23, 2008, 08:07:19 PM
what really IRKED me is dat ah TORT he woulda ask de man bout de men on de blacklist, it was all very TIRING for me dat he didn't.
Title: Re: Anton Corneal post game comments
Post by: assrancid on June 23, 2008, 08:14:57 PM
what really IRKED me is dat ah TORT he woulda ask de man bout de men on de blacklist, it was all very TIRING for me dat he didn't.

That is fodder for another thread.

Title: Re: Anton Corneal post game comments
Post by: elan on June 23, 2008, 08:38:33 PM
It take the mighty Bermudans for us to find out that we cannot play a 3-5-2, brilliant coaching staff we have.
Title: Re: Anton Corneal post game comments
Post by: Babalawo on June 23, 2008, 09:00:47 PM
 :rotfl: Allyuh leave Fuentes alone he already getting pressure working for jack.  The man have like 10 jobs. thats enough pressure to make ends meet
Title: Re: Anton Corneal post game comments
Post by: Preacher on June 23, 2008, 09:20:36 PM
The interviewer asking and answering the questions himself.  While the coach just listening. ;D  Then when the interviewer tired talk he ask the coach a completely different question.  He need to prep more before he ask man questions.
Title: Re: Anton Corneal post game comments
Post by: Bakes on June 23, 2008, 11:25:02 PM
Lol allyuh men evil yes  :rotfl:


Look allyuh know Fuentes is my favorite pothound but cut him some slack man... de man boss give him wuk and title, he ent grow into it yet.

Leave de kicking dog ting tuh me, god go make allyuh foot fall orf.
Title: Re: Anton Corneal post game comments
Post by: Bakes on June 23, 2008, 11:26:30 PM
Wait... de first video say we beat Bermuda 2-1


Fuentes Fido went tuh de wrong game or what?
Title: Re: Anton Corneal post game comments
Post by: trinsolutions on June 23, 2008, 11:59:43 PM
de sports media in tnt needs help. we need allyuh to help de man out. If u from UK and North America, we need a team of media experience to manage de interviews and highlights of games. we need to check out some web site like ussoccer.com
Title: Re: Anton Corneal post game comments
Post by: Babalawo on June 24, 2008, 12:17:52 AM
Wait... de first video say we beat Bermuda 2-1


Fuentes Fido went tuh de wrong game or what?

Yea I saw that too.  I bet Warner was behind him breathing hard and Shaun get nervous and distracted. :rotfl:  You know Jack have monitor everything let out.  He should of seen that score too
Title: Re: Anton Corneal post game comments
Post by: Bakes on June 24, 2008, 12:35:28 AM
Wait... de first video say we beat Bermuda 2-1


Fuentes Fido went tuh de wrong game or what?

Yea I saw that too.  I bet Warner was behind him breathing hard and Shaun get nervous and distracted. :rotfl:  You know Jack have monitor everything let out.  He should of seen that score too

Jack tell Fido "go"...Fido take off.






Half an hour later Fido come back and say "go where?"
Title: Re: Anton Corneal post game comments
Post by: fishs on June 24, 2008, 03:09:28 AM
Wait... de first video say we beat Bermuda 2-1


Fuentes Fido went tuh de wrong game or what?

Yea I saw that too.  I bet Warner was behind him breathing hard and Shaun get nervous and distracted. :rotfl:  You know Jack have monitor everything let out.  He should of seen that score too

Jack tell Fido "go"...Fido take off.






Half an hour later Fido come back and say "go where?"

End of the month he get pay, he travel everywhere the team goes , write ah article or make ah interview once ah week... hmmmm ah wonder how much men would not like that wuk
Title: Re: Anton Corneal post game comments
Post by: WestCoast on June 24, 2008, 04:22:52 AM
all ah allya only jealous of the man wuk :beermug:
Title: Re: Anton Corneal post game comments
Post by: MATADOR on June 24, 2008, 06:13:44 AM


Now if you cannot see that his language is poor and not suitable for such an official station, then you are an ass.
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Boy you good yes...Just so you call the man a "donkey"... :rotfl: :rotfl:

What gauge do you use to measure professionalism? Are you ashamed of the way the man conducted his interview in his own dialect? I pity a man who conform just to please society... Loose your mind to the western world and forget where, and the struggle it took for the body and soul to fully gain an identity.
Title: Re: Anton Corneal post game comments
Post by: Sando on June 24, 2008, 07:01:12 AM
I find Fuentes talk good, dont see a big problem with it.

As fo Corneal, he might talk good, but he does NOT have the technical and tactical part down pack.... he have a lot of work to do..

And Maturana should not follow, he needs to take charge, this is why Corneal recommended him in the first place, so they can control the coach.

The Corneals are big trouble. But they might be the the only men to stop Jack in the future.
Title: Re: Anton Corneal post game comments
Post by: Sando prince on June 24, 2008, 07:34:32 AM
all ah allya only jealous of the man wuk :beermug:
  :D
Title: Re: Anton Corneal post game comments
Post by: maxg on June 24, 2008, 10:46:09 AM

Fella, my point has nothing to do with his trini audience.

It has everything to do with professionalism.  The posts on youtube are NOT just for trini eyes and ears.  It is promoted as the OFFICIAL CHANNEL of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation!

Now if you cannot see that his language is poor and not suitable for such an official station, then you are an ass.

yuh absolutely correct, ah cyah SEE his language- poor and not suitable - for youtube (which ah cyah yet see as an official station) so ah muss be an ass for real, an ah blind ass at dat. Well the amount ah official things I now findin on youtube is amazing. Education, awareness and realization is ah hell of ah ting...thanks for bringing meh up to speed bout dat, eh.
Meh son once hosted "the official" Flim (or film) site of this city on that official channel once....an all d time ah tort(sp) is was damn funny and entertaining, he doing what he was doing with his downtime, didn't realize it was serious ting, yes..(whole world seeing it nah)

Here is annuder official football video to ponder from that site
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URVuVebn2jA
Title: Re: Anton Corneal post game comments
Post by: Bakes on June 24, 2008, 11:35:07 AM

Fella, my point has nothing to do with his trini audience.

It has everything to do with professionalism.  The posts on youtube are NOT just for trini eyes and ears.  It is promoted as the OFFICIAL CHANNEL of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation!

Now if you cannot see that his language is poor and not suitable for such an official station, then you are an ass.

yuh absolutely correct, ah cyah SEE his language- poor and not suitable - for youtube (which ah cyah yet see as an official station) so ah muss be an ass for real, an ah blind ass at dat. Well the amount ah official things I now findin on youtube is amazing. Education, awareness and realization is ah hell of ah ting...thanks for bringing meh up to speed bout dat, eh.
Meh son once hosted "the official" Flim (or film) site of this city on that official channel once....an all d time ah tort(sp) is was damn funny and entertaining, he doing what he was doing with his downtime, didn't realize it was serious ting, yes..(whole world seeing it nah)

Here is annuder official football video to ponder from that site
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URVuVebn2jA

I not going to address de name-calling thing, but allyuh missing de man point.  Fuentes likes to pass himself off as a journalist, and the first thing you usually find out about him is that he's the TTFF's "Press Officer".  A Press Officer (as I see it) is the face of that organization when it comes to liaising with the media... he's the Public Relations person, and is assumed to be a professional at what he does. This isn't some socawarriors fan that posting random clippings about the team...he's the only legitimate and official source of info from the TTFF.

By the jokey standards of TnT this may pass as professionalism but it comes across as rather amateurish.  Now in his defense he doesn't pass himself off on Youtube as the official voice of the TTFF... not like his handle is "TTFF Press Officer"...he's more casual and anonymous...so I guess that would have to mitigate in his defense.  All the same, judging by his writing... he speaks in these videos just as he writes... rambling, disjointed, full of colloquialism...

I don't know anything about his education and I won't speculate, but his writing is very unpolished for a journalist, and is more indicative of someone with some O'Level passes who started "working fuh de papers" from early. 

I won't knock de fella too much, we're all given opportunities and it's up to us to make the most of them.  I think he's punching above his weight by proffering himself as a 'journalist' or "press officer"...but in the kicksy world of Trini journalism this apparently passes muster.  He does appear to at least be trying.... and I think the videos are more something that was his idea, a voluntary effort on his part to give the fans a behind the scenes look etc.  I mightn' like that he sell de soul to de football devil for a few creature comforts...but say what, I cyah tell de man what to do.  I'll just continue to be critical of how he do it.
Title: Re: Anton Corneal post game comments
Post by: maxg on June 24, 2008, 04:18:26 PM
for me, yuh summation is well done, and clearly expressed. (ah seriously think writing is yuh forte) even if you may not be a professional journalist, though you should definately consider it at some point...
I myself view the youtube ting of Fuentes as a hobby of some sort, and not part of his professional assignment, and to be honest, I like it...should he do it ? yes, if it please him..that's what youtube is about "broadcast yourself", would he get another wuk through it, I don't think so...unless. a employer appreciates the initiative...ah know a pilot (same Sunderland madman neigbour) who cyah make paper planes to save he life, but he say it relaxes him, and keeps tryiing, doh mean he should stop flying dem Jumbo...I personally find many T&T journalist lacking in expertise, but uneductaed and unprofessional, whoa...I really don't like how people who not giving we nothing, no news, no effort, does be quick to jump down the throat of those that do, to the point of it turns those same reporters completly off, leaving us, the ppl who anxious for the news in total darkness...a few years ago, we almost lost the valued 'Touches report' for the same selfish opinions....It'ss one thing to suggest and inform an individual who trying something, wheter it's weak or not, but to lambast and insult is another...Very few  public services, especially those that are voluntarily done, operate at the highest professional level, but many still appreciate, and encourage, even encoraged by, the little that is done...from the sorely lacking TTFF across to the Highly Esteemed Ministry of  Sport, cause other than ah Patriot an few others, very few volunterr of their own time in any no-personal gain venture....

So write ah lil regular article for WN nah. I for one will appreciate it, even if yuh do it your way, even if yuh would never please everybody..go brave man
Title: Re: Anton Corneal post game comments
Post by: assrancid on June 24, 2008, 04:24:51 PM
Actually, if any of you takes the time, you will see that it is promoted as the official station of the TTFF.

It is right there for all to peruse.

I didn't just pull that ut my rancid ass, Fuentes put it up as such.

So before you come jumping on my putrid ass to de MAx...G  check de fax and dem and yuh go see dat me eh make up nutten.

I know that if I decided to write like you think, and Fuentes speaks you will absolutely love it.

Not going to happen though, I am not into special education at this time.

Ponder on this while you get the opportunity, and you will see why I made my critical analysis!

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Title: Re: Anton Corneal post game comments
Post by: maxg on June 24, 2008, 06:05:17 PM
Guy it's youtube..an I take no pleasure in jumpin on nobody ass, especially yours..buh if yuh want to play dem fantasies, an believe dem ting, is free, buh I go stay orf an out..If for you and all educated ppl  read tha as the Official site of TTFF and Shaun is Unprofessional and la de da, well dat is to bad for shaun, land some of you, like you said, doh look and listen to dat shit..thanks to Eman for posting it for chupid ppl like me, and anybody else who can appreciate this total unprofessional, and uneducated BS ..excuse meh eh..me not care to fight ...sorry boss
Title: Re: Anton Corneal post game comments
Post by: assrancid on June 24, 2008, 06:12:17 PM
Guy it's youtube..an I take no pleasure in jumpin on nobody ass, especially yours..buh if yuh want to play dem fantasies, an believe dem ting, is free, buh I go stay orf an out..If for you and all educated ppl  read tha as the Official site of TTFF and Shaun is Unprofessional and la de da, well dat is to bad for shaun, land some of you, like you said, doh look and listen to dat shit..thanks to Eman for posting it for chupid ppl like me, and anybody else who can appreciate this total unprofessional, and uneducated BS ..excuse meh eh..me not care to fight ...sorry boss

You are obviously looking for shit.  While the info is suitable for the general T&T public, Shaun should not declare it as an Official Channel of the TTFF and then proceed to use colloquial speech.

That is not professional.

Fella you are an ass I initially surmised.  You like a lot of trinis accept mediocrity and then complain when things go wrong in your mediocre lives.

Get a grip!  So what if it is Youtube?  It is being used a means to disseminate information from the TTFF.  Unless Shaun is a damn liar!
Title: Re: Anton Corneal post game comments
Post by: asylumseeker on June 24, 2008, 06:26:15 PM
Access ... access ... and more access ...
Title: Re: Anton Corneal post game comments
Post by: Padams on June 24, 2008, 06:33:12 PM
Guy it's youtube..an I take no pleasure in jumpin on nobody ass, especially yours..buh if yuh want to play dem fantasies, an believe dem ting, is free, buh I go stay orf an out..If for you and all educated ppl  read tha as the Official site of TTFF and Shaun is Unprofessional and la de da, well dat is to bad for shaun, land some of you, like you said, doh look and listen to dat shit..thanks to Eman for posting it for chupid ppl like me, and anybody else who can appreciate this total unprofessional, and uneducated BS ..excuse meh eh..me not care to fight ...sorry boss

You are obviously looking for shit.  While the info is suitable for the general T&T public, Shaun should not declare it as an Official Channel of the TTFF and then proceed to use colloquial speech.

That is not professional.

Fella you are an ass I initially surmised.  You like a lot of trinis accept mediocrity and then complain when things go wrong in your mediocre lives.

Get a grip!  So what if it is Youtube?  It is being used a means to disseminate information from the TTFF.  Unless Shaun is a damn liar!



I find both a alyuh cud take your surmises, mediocrities, improper grammatical errors and unprofessional interview, and d isms, scisms and what ever else and f$%& off... Cyah believe 2 big ass grown men quarelling bout dis for almost 4 hours now, I leave alyuh arguin since 4pm, went and buss a shit, eat some corn flakes, watch TV6 and come back and alyuh still arguing..... Geeeeseeee boyyyy...
Title: Re: Anton Corneal post game comments
Post by: assrancid on June 24, 2008, 06:38:49 PM
Guy it's youtube..an I take no pleasure in jumpin on nobody ass, especially yours..buh if yuh want to play dem fantasies, an believe dem ting, is free, buh I go stay orf an out..If for you and all educated ppl  read tha as the Official site of TTFF and Shaun is Unprofessional and la de da, well dat is to bad for shaun, land some of you, like you said, doh look and listen to dat shit..thanks to Eman for posting it for chupid ppl like me, and anybody else who can appreciate this total unprofessional, and uneducated BS ..excuse meh eh..me not care to fight ...sorry boss

You are obviously looking for shit.  While the info is suitable for the general T&T public, Shaun should not declare it as an Official Channel of the TTFF and then proceed to use colloquial speech.

That is not professional.

Fella you are an ass I initially surmised.  You like a lot of trinis accept mediocrity and then complain when things go wrong in your mediocre lives.

Get a grip!  So what if it is Youtube?  It is being used a means to disseminate information from the TTFF.  Unless Shaun is a damn liar!



I find both a alyuh cud take your surmises, mediocrities, improper grammatical errors and unprofessional interview, and d isms, scisms and what ever else and f$%& off... Cyah believe 2 big ass grown men quarelling bout dis for almost 4 hours now, I leave alyuh arguin since 4pm, went and buss a shit, eat some corn flakes, watch TV6 and come back and alyuh still arguing..... Geeeeseeee boyyyy...

You took an exceedingly long shit..and I know why, it is obvious that you are full of shit.
Title: Re: Anton Corneal post game comments
Post by: Padams on June 24, 2008, 06:46:08 PM
Guy it's youtube..an I take no pleasure in jumpin on nobody ass, especially yours..buh if yuh want to play dem fantasies, an believe dem ting, is free, buh I go stay orf an out..If for you and all educated ppl  read tha as the Official site of TTFF and Shaun is Unprofessional and la de da, well dat is to bad for shaun, land some of you, like you said, doh look and listen to dat shit..thanks to Eman for posting it for chupid ppl like me, and anybody else who can appreciate this total unprofessional, and uneducated BS ..excuse meh eh..me not care to fight ...sorry boss

You are obviously looking for shit.  While the info is suitable for the general T&T public, Shaun should not declare it as an Official Channel of the TTFF and then proceed to use colloquial speech.

That is not professional.

Fella you are an ass I initially surmised.  You like a lot of trinis accept mediocrity and then complain when things go wrong in your mediocre lives.

Get a grip!  So what if it is Youtube?  It is being used a means to disseminate information from the TTFF.  Unless Shaun is a damn liar!



I find both a alyuh cud take your surmises, mediocrities, improper grammatical errors and unprofessional interview, and d isms, scisms and what ever else and f$%& off... Cyah believe 2 big ass grown men quarelling bout dis for almost 4 hours now, I leave alyuh arguin since 4pm, went and buss a shit, eat some corn flakes, watch TV6 and come back and alyuh still arguing..... Geeeeseeee boyyyy...

You took an exceedingly long shit..and I know why, it is obvious that you are full of shit.
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Oooohhhh good one, we have jokes boy... whey u get dat one from yuh 5 year old cousin.... Yuh really pick the best name to describe yuh, it fit like a glove....
Title: Re: Anton Corneal post game comments
Post by: assrancid on June 24, 2008, 06:49:37 PM
This from a man who wonders if we would be better off without Jack Warner.

Hush your ass.
Title: Re: Anton Corneal post game comments
Post by: Bakes on June 24, 2008, 06:58:23 PM
for me, yuh summation is well done, and clearly expressed. (ah seriously think writing is yuh forte) even if you may not be a professional journalist, though you should definately consider it at some point...

So write ah lil regular article for WN nah. I for one will appreciate it, even if yuh do it your way, even if yuh would never please everybody..go brave man

I might do ah li'l something fuh Warrior Nation (in addition to helping behind the scenes), definitely doh mind doing it... years ago I made a living by writing/editing that was a good experience.  Right now time is my enemy though, but given some ideas for articles I doh mind taking ah stab.

I like tuh beat up Fuentes... but ah think this is more cause fuh fatigue than real licks.
Title: Re: Anton Corneal post game comments
Post by: Padams on June 24, 2008, 07:03:46 PM
Look RANCID A$$ or NASTY BAMSEE, whateva scent yuh mudda tell yuh yuh does smell like, its obvious u lookin for attention so do everyone a favour and go stick u head up your a$$, cuz like is only you cyah smell d shit eminating from yuh both of yuh orifice... I doh play games with smelly little boys.... If dats ur cup of tea well... so be it..

Laterz eh Nasty Bamsee,

Have a good night eh Nast Bamsee,

Ill try to pronunciate next time eh Nasty Bamsee...
Title: Anton Corneal Thread
Post by: palos on August 11, 2008, 12:18:13 PM
Has Anton Corneal done that badly?

He has been placed on a fast track by the TTFF for sure and endures a lot of criticism....rightly so...especially for some of the decisions that have been taken.  However, a lot of Anton's criticism comes from the fact of who his father is.  It must not be easy being the son of Alvin Corneal.

But what has Anton done?

In 3 years, I believe Anton Corneal has gotten more support than any other coach In T&T football history.  That includes Bertille St Clair.  Certainly when you compare the minimalist support that the likes of Stuart Charles, Jamal Shabazz, Hannibal Najjar, Rene Simoes, etc got during their brief tenures to what Anton enjoys, there really is no comparison.

Anton was appointed as an assistant coach to Beenie in 2005 after initially serving a brief apprentiship coaching our U 17's and U 20's.

Under his charge, our U 20's progressed to the final round of CONCACAF Qualiying in Carson California

Our U 17's qualified for an historic first ever WC appearance

Our current U 17's have qualified for the final round of CONCACAF Qualifing for the U 17 World Cup in Nigeria (even though Ross Russell is the coach, I believe Anton is overall in charge)

Our U 23's however failed miserably in Olympic qualifying falling at the first hurdle.

Not sure if he's overall in charge of the Women's Program as well but our ladies at both senior and junior levels have shown improvements.

While Maturana is the figurehead coach, it is largely believed the one pulling the strings is Anton's dad Alvin, with Anton being the "field general".  Our Men's Senior team, while having mediocre performances, have had decent results.

Never in our football history that I can remember, not even during the days of the Strike Squad when the team literally ate, slept, & lived together for the entire Hex, do I remember such a spate of international friendlies in preparation for any torunament.

The only one that would better it in terms of QUALITY would be our preparation for the World Cup in Germany when we played Iceland, Wales, Slovakia & Czech Republic.  But in terms of QUANTITY and FREQUENCY, this is the most I have seen.

Despite all the criticism, and I have been one of the most outspoken, Anton hasn't done too badly given his record and given his relative lack of experience.

Title: Re: Has Anton Corneal done that badly?
Post by: najee on August 11, 2008, 12:29:20 PM
You maybe right ...but I  still think he suck...give Stuart Charles a chance...
Title: Re: Has Anton Corneal done that badly?
Post by: weary1969 on August 11, 2008, 12:31:56 PM
No he has done very well and as I said dem yutes lookin betta than d seniors. If dey did just say we 4gettin 2010 and we focusin on 2014 I would b happy wit that.
Title: Re: Has Anton Corneal done that badly?
Post by: FF on August 11, 2008, 12:45:31 PM
IF BETTER CAN'T BE DONE....
Title: Re: Has Anton Corneal done that badly?
Post by: truetrini on August 11, 2008, 12:46:00 PM
well he eh do nutten if Alvin is de real coach, so this thread null and void, maybe it should be titled...Has Alvin done that badly?  ::)
Title: Re: Has Anton Corneal done that badly?
Post by: elan on August 11, 2008, 12:49:56 PM
He has been placed on a fast track by the TTFF for sure and endures a lot of criticism....rightly so...especially for some of the decisions that have been taken.  However, a lot of Anton's criticism comes from the fact of who his father is.  It must not be easy being the son of Alvin Corneal.

But what has Anton done?

In 3 years, I believe Anton Corneal has gotten more support than any other coach In T&T football history.  That includes Bertille St Clair.  Certainly when you compare the minimalist support that the likes of Stuart Charles, Jamal Shabazz, Hannibal Najjar, Rene Simoes, etc got during their brief tenures to what Anton enjoys, there really is no comparison.

Anton was appointed as an assistant coach to Beenie in 2005 after initially serving a brief apprentiship coaching our U 17's and U 20's.

Under his charge, our U 20's progressed to the final round of CONCACAF Qualiying in Carson California

Our U 17's qualified for an historic first ever WC appearance

Our current U 17's have qualified for the final round of CONCACAF Qualifing for the U 17 World Cup in Nigeria (even though Ross Russell is the coach, I believe Anton is overall in charge)

Our U 23's however failed miserably in Olympic qualifying falling at the first hurdle.

Not sure if he's overall in charge of the Women's Program as well but our ladies at both senior and junior levels have shown improvements.
While Maturana is the figurehead coach, it is largely believed the one pulling the strings is Anton's dad Alvin, with Anton being the "field general".  Our Men's Senior team, while having mediocre performances, have had decent results.

Never in our football history that I can remember, not even during the days of the Strike Squad when the team literally ate, slept, & lived together for the entire Hex, do I remember such a spate of international friendlies in preparation for any torunament.

The only one that would better it in terms of QUALITY would be our preparation for the World Cup in Germany when we played Iceland, Wales, Slovakia & Czech Republic.  But in terms of QUANTITY and FREQUENCY, this is the most I have seen.

Despite all the criticism, and I have been one of the most outspoken, Anton hasn't done too badly given his record and given his relative lack of experience.



I eh sure about that nah. I looking for this improvement. I don't believe he has any direct impact on the women though.
Title: Re: Has Anton Corneal done that badly?
Post by: 100% Barataria on August 11, 2008, 12:58:22 PM
Yes
Title: Re: Has Anton Corneal done that badly?
Post by: palos on August 11, 2008, 01:03:11 PM
well he eh do nutten if Alvin is de real coach, so this thread null and void, maybe it should be titled...Has Alvin done that badly?  ::)

Yeah...u right.  As usual.
Title: Re: Has Anton Corneal done that badly?
Post by: sub1 on August 11, 2008, 02:04:27 PM
I have to truthful and say no. this tournament has me thinking two things about Anto. 1) If he is to continue as a national coach he must remain as the U15/U17 coach for at least another 5 yrs. 2) He is a quick learner. Wim has taught him well.3) He must not have a senior national team for at least 6 yrs from now so that he would be working with the charges he brought through the ranks since the present crop of national palyers may not have a whole lot of respect for him and that could to alvin's blacklisting of players. And breds Alvin's blacklisting is about 10 times worst than JW's.

Lets wait and see if he can take this team to a WC.

Title: Re: Has Anton Corneal done that badly?
Post by: truetrini on August 11, 2008, 02:14:33 PM
well he eh do nutten if Alvin is de real coach, so this thread null and void, maybe it should be titled...Has Alvin done that badly?  ::)

Yeah...u right.  As usual.

breds is you who say that it is widely believed that alvin pulling de strings..if so den is he dat should be judged, no need to get yuh woolies in ah tight old bunch..as usual
Title: Re: Has Anton Corneal done that badly?
Post by: Filho on August 11, 2008, 02:24:27 PM
he's done very well at Under 17 level

he's taken an Under 17 team to the WC and has set himself up to do it a second time. Not as important, but significant nonethless, under Anton, our under 17s have beaten or biggest regional rival 3 times out of 3..once in Jamaica to qualify for the WC and once to knock them out of the final round of qualifying. Our senior team cyah beat JA senior team in WCQ for nutten. All de shite Dunga doing with Brazi..all is forgiven when they res' it on Argentina.

All the talk about how well supported he is..or who is the real brains behind the operation is ole talk. look at the best coaches on the planet...more often than not, they get tons of support (at least in the earlies) and the best surround themselves with people who are often considered more knolwdgeable, brilliant or tactically astute than they are. It ain't a one man show..so give props to the man who use whatever skills and connections he have to get him in the thick of the action. and to add to that, the man look like he does actually work hard and not just sitting on his thumbs.

not saying theren't aren't better or more deserving..i have no idea. but get real. we are T&T and our under 17s do not have an illustrious history. Anton on the verge of back to back WC qualifications. IN any case, the one qualification was no small feat.
Title: Re: Has Anton Corneal done that badly?
Post by: ZANDOLIE on August 11, 2008, 02:26:35 PM
I have to truthful and say no.


Lets wait and see if he can take this team to a WC.


Same here. He surprise me with this team. I knew they were good but he and Russel have them performing well above expectations. Props to TFF for having them and the girls U-15 prepared for thieir tournaments.

Only thing  its not entirely up to the coaches to  at this stage. This team MUST get even more support than the last U-17 or they will be run over if they qualify from CONCACAF.  Jack, Camps et al have to continue supplying Anton with the resourceshe needs to at least win one game at WC.
Title: Re: Has Anton Corneal done that badly?
Post by: handsanointed on August 11, 2008, 02:40:23 PM
I agree with you Zandolie. As a parent of the team. I am praying and hoping that the team will be given some priority. My son has been part of the previous and present U17 so I will know.
This is the future of football and they need attention and resources to prepare for the next level of competition.
Enough talk, we need to see action also.
Little is done in terms of preparation and then everyone criticizes the tech staff and the players.
Title: Re: Has Anton Corneal done that badly?
Post by: kicker on August 11, 2008, 03:06:39 PM

Not as important, but significant nonethless, under Anton, our under 17s have beaten or biggest regional rival 3 times out of 3..once in Jamaica to qualify for the WC and once to knock them out of the final round of qualifying.

Good point but yuh only mention 2 times.
Title: Re: Has Anton Corneal done that badly?
Post by: pardners on August 11, 2008, 03:11:04 PM
I agree with you Zandolie. As a parent of the team. I am praying and hoping that the team will be given some priority. My son has been part of the previous and present U17 so I will know.
This is the future of football and they need attention and resources to prepare for the next level of competition.
Enough talk, we need to see action also.
Little is done in terms of preparation and then everyone criticizes the tech staff and the players.


Second time I saw you make mention that your son on the team...don't know if I missed it in another post....who is he  ???
Title: Re: Has Anton Corneal done that badly?
Post by: truetrini on August 11, 2008, 03:16:42 PM
I agree with you Zandolie. As a parent of the team. I am praying and hoping that the team will be given some priority. My son has been part of the previous and present U17 so I will know.
This is the future of football and they need attention and resources to prepare for the next level of competition.
Enough talk, we need to see action also.
Little is done in terms of preparation and then everyone criticizes the tech staff and the players.


Second time I saw you make mention that your son on the team...don't know if I missed it in another post....who is he  ???

Britto
Title: Re: Has Anton Corneal done that badly?
Post by: Filho on August 11, 2008, 03:22:03 PM

Not as important, but significant nonethless, under Anton, our under 17s have beaten or biggest regional rival 3 times out of 3..once in Jamaica to qualify for the WC and once to knock them out of the final round of qualifying.

Good point but yuh only mention 2 times.

I know..I mentioned those to highlight the two most significant of the 3 victories. I should have put the word 'including'  before
Title: Re: Has Anton Corneal done that badly?
Post by: fatimarima on August 11, 2008, 03:25:31 PM
 Anton has done a good job so far. There is always room for improvement though.  Hopefully the coaches and players will contine to improve and get the job done at the next level.
Title: Re: Has Anton Corneal done that badly?
Post by: MEP on August 11, 2008, 05:42:15 PM
has our quality of play improved or for the least has it been consistent or even comparable the the level seen since 2006?
Title: Re: Has Anton Corneal done that badly?
Post by: fatimarima on August 11, 2008, 06:23:13 PM
In my opinion there has been consistecy and progress at the youth level (u-17 and u-15).  With respect to the senior team it has been a very bumpy road with politics, blacklisting, coach changes and other conflicts. It is difficult for me to measure progress of the players and coaches at this point if we are comparing a relatively stable 2006 team that qualified for the WC to an ever-changing and unstable team surrouded by political conflict, that is only now beginin the qualification process for the WC.
Title: Re: Has Anton Corneal done that badly?
Post by: Coach on August 11, 2008, 07:40:23 PM
The money invested in Anton is already spent, and I know that he did pick up some valuable coaching information along the road.

No matter what we think of him he must be used to help our youth development programs.
Title: Re: Has Anton Corneal done that badly?
Post by: weary1969 on August 11, 2008, 09:38:30 PM
We problem is dat we doh prepare is a hit and miss approach we luv 2 use
Title: Re: Has Anton Corneal done that badly?
Post by: Babalawo on August 11, 2008, 09:54:29 PM
Yes, but keep him AWAY from the Senior team for now.  Them big fellas dont take him serious.  I hear that from the horses mouth. well one horse.  Maybe for the next world cup run. not this one.
Title: Re: Has Anton Corneal done that badly?
Post by: fatimarima on August 11, 2008, 11:49:36 PM
So is it senior starters who don't take him serious or is your source a bench warmer trying to get a place on the team?  If the entire team does not respect him then that's bad.  I doubt that is the case.  As a developing coach he does need to be around the team to continue the learning process and pick up what ever he can from Maturana.
Title: Re: Has Anton Corneal done that badly?
Post by: palos on August 12, 2008, 01:35:37 AM
So is it senior starters who don't take him serious or is your source a bench warmer trying to get a place on the team?  If the entire team does not respect him then that's bad.  I doubt that is the case.  As a developing coach he does need to be around the team to continue the learning process and pick up what ever he can from Maturana.

If you playin outside and exposed and accustomed to a particular standard, one that is professional and where tactical decisions are explained, and you come home and you have a coach who has little international or even local experience, that coach is going to have to EARN the players respect.

Is why Hannibal Najjar had a hard time.  Is why Gally, who was respected as a past player, but as soon as he buck up a player who was playin outside, couldn't find a place for Nakhid in his team.

The reality is, when our players come back home to represent the country and the coach is someone who is not an established, experienced coach...whether local or foreign....those coaches will have to EARN the player's respect.  When you add the attitude of some coaches whose approach might be "I am coach, you do what I tell you and doh question it"...dat eh wukkin wit dis generation.

Anton is in a particularly sensitive situation because he is perceived, rightly or wrongly, to have gotten where he has because he is Alvin son so he have dat to overcome too.
Title: Re: Has Anton Corneal done that badly?
Post by: Trevor on August 12, 2008, 07:40:49 AM
I am curious to know, who are the qualified T&T coaches at the national level?

Trevor
Title: Re: Has Anton Corneal done that badly?
Post by: elan on August 12, 2008, 08:14:34 AM
I am curious to know, who are the qualified T&T coaches at the national level?

Trevor


Most qualified coach in terms of experience and Qualification has to be LP. Experience wise Anton will be ahead of almost all because of the recent assignments given to him. I also read on here once that LaFoucade had a bunch of qualifications.
Title: Re: Has Anton Corneal done that badly?
Post by: Trevor on August 12, 2008, 08:18:43 AM
At a national level - that's the definition.
Title: Re: Has Anton Corneal done that badly?
Post by: elan on August 12, 2008, 08:24:56 AM
So what you mean is experience not qualifications then. If so, most likely would be Anton. He was the assistant to the Leo and Wim. Coach for the U-17 WC and has worked with every national setup basically in the last 2-3 years.
Title: Re: Has Anton Corneal done that badly?
Post by: jai john on August 12, 2008, 08:28:52 AM
I am curious to know, who are the qualified T&T coaches at the national level?

Trevor


Most qualified coach in terms of experience and Qualification has to be LP. Experience wise Anton will be ahead of almost all because of the recent assignments given to him. I also read on here once that LaFoucade had a bunch of qualifications.

LP ever coach any teams at the national level ? If so what were the results ? LP is just window dressing as far as I see ...just like Camps ! He was expected to say why Jack ?  not Yes jack ! Ok jack !!!
Title: Re: Has Anton Corneal done that badly?
Post by: Midknight on August 12, 2008, 08:30:51 AM
I agree with you Zandolie. As a parent of the team. I am praying and hoping that the team will be given some priority. My son has been part of the previous and present U17 so I will know.
This is the future of football and they need attention and resources to prepare for the next level of competition.
Enough talk, we need to see action also.
Little is done in terms of preparation and then everyone criticizes the tech staff and the players.


Second time I saw you make mention that your son on the team...don't know if I missed it in another post....who is he  ???

Britto

Dat fish broth potent boy...
Title: Re: Has Anton Corneal done that badly?
Post by: Trevor on August 12, 2008, 08:43:41 AM
Elan,

Let me put it another way.   From the T&T current coaches, looking at their qualifications and experience, who do you believe are capable of coaching the national team?   

Trevor
Title: Re: Has Anton Corneal done that badly?
Post by: ZANDOLIE on August 12, 2008, 09:45:14 AM
Elan,

Let me put it another way. From the T&T current coaches, looking at their qualifications and experience, who do you believe are capable of coaching the national team?

Trevor

If you mean U-17 teams then Anton Corneal, Leonson Lewis and the Jabloteh youth coaches. Jefferson George and Reynold Carrington have done good work so far I hear but but like they dissappear Carrington from the scene from the scence. I'm sure there are PLENTY unheralded coaches in T&T who are unrecognized because they not in bed with the TTFF mafia.
Title: Re: Has Anton Corneal done that badly?
Post by: Coop's on August 12, 2008, 10:02:11 AM

Elan,

Let me put it another way. From the T&T current coaches, looking at their qualifications and experience, who do you believe are capable of coaching the national team?

Trevor

If you mean U-17 teams then Anton Corneal, Leonson Lewis and the Jabloteh youth coaches. Jefferson George and Reynold Carrington have done good work so far I hear but but like they dissappear Carrington from the scene from the scence. I'm sure there are PLENTY unheralded coaches in T&T who are unrecognized because they not in bed with the TTFF mafia.
       Zando i still don't think you answered the question,you still have not identified any one capable of coaching any of our national teams,what good work George and Carrington did?could you name some unherald Coaches in T&T that needs to be recognized.
Title: Re: Has Anton Corneal done that badly?
Post by: elan on August 12, 2008, 10:32:11 AM

Elan,

Let me put it another way. From the T&T current coaches, looking at their qualifications and experience, who do you believe are capable of coaching the national team?

Trevor

If you mean U-17 teams then Anton Corneal, Leonson Lewis and the Jabloteh youth coaches. Jefferson George and Reynold Carrington have done good work so far I hear but but like they dissappear Carrington from the scene from the scence. I'm sure there are PLENTY unheralded coaches in T&T who are unrecognized because they not in bed with the TTFF mafia.
       Zando i still don't think you answered the question,you still have not identified any one capable of coaching any of our national teams,what good work George and Carrington did?could you name some unherald Coaches in T&T that needs to be recognized.

Maybe I'm thick but, I don't understand. Qualifications and experience that I believe capable of some consistent success?............none.

We do not have a proper youth system to send on players to the senior national team and as such it makes it difficult for any coach to achieve much. Our coaches are average, because they compete against average players and coaches in T&T. Looking at our PFL teams tactics are basic. We get lucky with a Nakhid, Latapy or Yorke now and then, but no consistent churning out of above avearge or outstanding youth players. Our players are technically and physically flawed. If our coaches cannot turn out players how are they gonna manage our national team.

I love my team and country but I won't big up anyone because they are from the same country. I am consistently around very good coaches and when I see how they do stuff the new ideas in coaching and then look at our methods, it leaves a lot to be desired.
Title: Re: Has Anton Corneal done that badly?
Post by: palos on August 12, 2008, 10:47:46 AM
From the T&T current coaches, looking at their qualifications and experience, who do you believe are capable of coaching the national team?   

Trevor

I'll attempt (in no particular order) to list the known candidates.

Jamal Shabazz - Caledonia, former National coach, former women's coach, guyana coach
Anton Corneal - National teams...junior and senior
Gally Cummings - Not sure...used to be with North East Stars.  Most famous as a coach with the Srike Squad
Michael McComie - Was Joe Public Head Coach and with the Olympic team I think
Clint Marcelle - North East Stars
Brian Williams - Petrotrin
Kerry Jamerson - Defence Force
Ron LaForest - Ma Pau, had an unsuccessful stint with one of our youth teams
Clayton Morris - Rangers, Futsal team coach
Stuart Charles - W Connection (not a Trini but a former National coach)
Leonson Lewis - Assistant with W Connection
Terry Fenwick - Jabloteh (Same as Stuartie except the former National coach part)
Angus Eve - Assistant at Jabloteh
Peter Granville - Tobago United
Bertille St Clair - St Clair Coaching School (probably the most experienced of all & relatively successful internationally of all...not sure of his certification...he been around a looong time)
Dion La Foucade - La Foucade Coaching School (why not?  He is maybe the most certified of the lot with a very short stint as a national team coach.  Den he drop Jack Warner son and well.....dat was it fuh he on de national scene...)  ;D
Muhammed Issa - Former National coach, very knowledgeable, experienced, saw that he was with some Southern XI the other day that went on tour.
Jan Steadman - Still at Naparima I  believe

I'm sure there are more.



 
Title: Re: Has Anton Corneal done that badly?
Post by: Trevor on August 12, 2008, 11:21:23 AM
Alright, I believe Palos has addressed my question.   Palos, are you sure all these guys are qualified?  But okay, you came up with a list.

Next question – Of the guys you listed, pick your top three to coach the national team.  List 1 st, 2nd, and 3rd choices.

Trevor

Title: Re: Has Anton Corneal done that badly?
Post by: ZANDOLIE on August 12, 2008, 11:23:52 AM

Elan,

Let me put it another way. From the T&T current coaches, looking at their qualifications and experience, who do you believe are capable of coaching the national team?

Trevor

If you mean U-17 teams then Anton Corneal, Leonson Lewis and the Jabloteh youth coaches. Jefferson George and Reynold Carrington have done good work so far I hear but but like they dissappear Carrington from the scene from the scence. I'm sure there are PLENTY unheralded coaches in T&T who are unrecognized because they not in bed with the TTFF mafia.
       Zando i still don't think you answered the question,you still have not identified any one capable of coaching any of our national teams,what good work George and Carrington did?could you name some unherald Coaches in T&T that needs to be recognized.

Carrington worked with Connection in several capacities, as coach scout etc. He also finished top in the group of coaches who took the KNVB academy course.  think Leonson Lewis seems to be an effective youth coach for Connection. And the Jabloteh youth coaches are taking practically every title for years now. Another Good coach is Leon Carpette the coach of Carapichaima Sec. School. He led Caps to 100% vicorites in Central Zone 2 years in a row now, and Caps only lost to the eventual Intercol champs Naparima by penalty kicks in the quaterfinals.

My point is that we need to take coaching development as seriously as we take football development. They go hand in hand. I would love to see the day trinidad exporting players and coaches alike to European, African, and North American leagues. I would also like to see some of the better coaches like Corneal qualify for 2 WCs in a row and leave these shores to coach a European or Central American team on the strength of his pedigree. That will free up some space for the bottom rungs to move up.
Title: Re: Has Anton Corneal done that badly?
Post by: palos on August 12, 2008, 11:46:21 AM
Palos, are you sure all these guys are qualified?  But okay, you came up with a list.

Next question – Of the guys you listed, pick your top three to coach the national team.  List 1 st, 2nd, and 3rd choices.

Trevor


I not sure at all.

I know Anton, Bertille, La Foucade, Gally, Stuart, & Jamal are for sure.  Zando mentioned Reynold Carrington as well.  The rest...I assumin dey have various levels of certification but to what degree, I not sure.

To answer your 2nd question.....I think the Senior Men's National team coach needs to be someone experienced, and who would command respect from the players.  Given that our top players (at least 5 of the current team) ply their trade with professional teams abroad, it can't be a young up and comer, unless this up and comer is some kind of coaching phenom which I don't believe we have in T&T.

There is one name I deliberately left out.

Stephen Hart

Hart has had some success with Canadian Junior teams and he was the head coach in charge of the Canadians during their impressive display during the Last Gold Cup.  Their approach to the game was a refreshing change from the conservative style that was the hallmark of Canadian teams.  He is now Canada's Technical Director.

I believe from a coaching standpoint, Hart would make an excellent head coach of the T&T National team.  The only issue being he is NOT a household name and would likely encounter the same period of having to EARN the player's respect.  I would love to see him involved in some aspect of T&T's football, especially at the grass roots level because I feel as good of a coach that he is, that is probably the area where he can be most effective.

Finally, another name to consider would be that of Russell Latapy who is coaching and playing with Falkirk in Scotland.  He obviously is doing or has done his certification, he will have no problem with the RESPECT factor from the senior players, but his experience is negligible to some extent, certainly internationally.  That said, he doesn't have any less experience that Anton Corneal when he started out either.

So my picks for a "local" T&T Senior Men's team coach in no particular order?

Russell Latapy - for the reasons I outlined above
Terry Fenwick - Jabloteh is one of the most successful clubs in T&T and the vast majority of their players are eligible to play for T&T
Stuart Charles - W Connection is the other successful club in T&T and he deserves a fair shot.

Title: Re: Has Anton Corneal done that badly?
Post by: weary1969 on August 12, 2008, 12:28:35 PM
Gally coachin UTT in d Super League
Title: Re: Has Anton Corneal done that badly?
Post by: Trevor on August 12, 2008, 01:18:21 PM
Palos,

I like how you presented your argument.  I just know Latapy as a player.  I do not know him personally.  He is obviously a T&T hero.  I am not sure if he is a qualified coach, though.  My question  – Does he possess the leadership skills to be a coach of the national team?  Keeping in mind too, a national coach has to deal with an international community.

Stephen Hart’s name keeps being mentioned.  I also do not know him personally and I have never seen him play.  I believe he played after I left home.  In order for him to be the coach of the Canadian youth team and interim coach of the Canadian senior team, he certainly has to be quite qualified and posseses leadership skills.  Is he interested in going back to T&T to coach?  If he has an interest, has he communicated that with TTFF?  Probably, the bigger question – Is he willing to deal with TTFF and T&T administration in general?

Although Terry Fenwick is coaching in Trinidad, I did not want to include him because I was referring strictly to T&T nationals.  Stuart Charles is not a local, but he has been coaching in Trinidad for awhile and he is from the Cariibbean.   So for argument sake, I will keep him in the mix.  Funny enough, I believe you came up with a comprehensive list.  However,  I am not sure whether many of the guys on the list are “qualified.”   

Sometimes when I hear Trinis talk, I get the impression that we have the greatest players and coaches in the world.  In fact, we are are quite limited.  Like Anton Corneal or not (especially because of his father), he is one of a handful of T&T qualified coaches.

I really do appreciate the dialogue.

Trevor 
 
Title: Re: Has Anton Corneal done that badly?
Post by: palos on August 12, 2008, 01:26:13 PM
Palos,

I like how you presented your argument.  I just know Latapy as a player.  I do not know him personally.  He is obviously a T&T hero.  I am not sure if he is a qualified coach, though.  My question  – Does he possess the leadership skills to be a coach of the national team?  Keeping in mind too, a national coach has to deal with an international community.

Stephen Hart’s name keeps being mentioned.  I also do not know him personally and I have never seen him play.  I believe he played after I left home.  In order for him to be the coach of the Canadian youth team and interim coach of the Canadian senior team, he certainly has to be quite qualified and posseses leadership skills.  Is he interested in going back to T&T to coach?  If he has an interest, has he communicated that with TTFF?  Probably, the bigger question – Is he willing to deal with TTFF and T&T administration in general?

Although Terry Fenwick is coaching in Trinidad, I did not want to include him because I was referring strictly to T&T nationals.  Stuart Charles is not a local, but he has been coaching in Trinidad for awhile and he is from the Cariibbean.   So for argument sake, I will keep him in the mix.  Funny enough, I believe you came up with a comprehensive list.  However,  I am not sure whether many of the guys on the list are “qualified.”   

Sometimes when I hear Trinis talk, I get the impression that we have the greatest players and coaches in the world.  In fact, we are are quite limited.  Like Anton Corneal or not (especially because of his father), he is one of a handful of T&T qualified coaches.

I really do appreciate the dialogue.

Trevor 

Anton is certainly qualified.  Up de ying yang as dey does say.

But he come with baggage.  Unfortunately, not his own needah, but it dey.  And I reluctant to name him on my list purely because of that and the RESPECT factor from the overseas based pros.

Which is why he in the best position for him IMO.  Be Assistant Coach and let a recognised, international coach steer de reigns.  If he's good, and his record is not shabby, his results will speak for themselves and the respect will be earned.

Wim Rijsbergen was respected by the Soca Warriors team.  He worked under Beenie yes, but he was the one who carried out all the training sessions.

The reason why I would take Stuartie (and he has his certification) over Anton is that he's experienced, has coached the team previously, and he may be a more palatable choice for the foreign based pros AT THIS TIME.

To answer your question about Latas and representing in the international community, I don't believe that will be an issue.  People in football internationally know Russell Latapy.  Now they know RL the player yes, and he has to prove his bones as a coach at the international level, but unless yuh thinkin of goin back to Bertille or even Gally (which I would not do at this time), of the eligible coaches, he's the one that's going to instantly command the respect of ALL players, local and foreign based.  Whether that is sustained over time will be determined by his man management skills and his tactical expertise.

I don't believe THIS TEAM's problem however is coaching so much as it is gelling.  The "strike" and blacklist has left a lasting effect and soured some relationships on the team.  It won't be easy for that to be overcome.
Title: Re: Has Anton Corneal done that badly?
Post by: Trevor on August 12, 2008, 02:01:26 PM
Palos,

I agree with you that our problems go way beyond our current local coaches.  It is not an easy resolution.  It is so deeply rooted.  About five years ago, a friend of mine said to me that just as Panorama is  the best and worst thing for steelband, Jack Warner is the same to T&T football.   

Ah have to run.  Will continue to tomorrow.

Trevor
Title: Re: Has Anton Corneal done that badly?
Post by: Coop's on August 12, 2008, 04:15:46 PM

Elan,

Let me put it another way. From the T&T current coaches, looking at their qualifications and experience, who do you believe are capable of coaching the national team?

Trevor

If you mean U-17 teams then Anton Corneal, Leonson Lewis and the Jabloteh youth coaches. Jefferson George and Reynold Carrington have done good work so far I hear but but like they dissappear Carrington from the scene from the scence. I'm sure there are PLENTY unheralded coaches in T&T who are unrecognized because they not in bed with the TTFF mafia.
       Zando i still don't think you answered the question,you still have not identified any one capable of coaching any of our national teams,what good work George and Carrington did?could you name some unherald Coaches in T&T that needs to be recognized.

Carrington worked with Connection in several capacities, as coach scout etc. He also finished top in the group of coaches who took the KNVB academy course.  think Leonson Lewis seems to be an effective youth coach for Connection. And the Jabloteh youth coaches are taking practically every title for years now. Another Good coach is Leon Carpette the coach of Carapichaima Sec. School. He led Caps to 100% vicorites in Central Zone 2 years in a row now, and Caps only lost to the eventual Intercol champs Naparima by penalty kicks in the quaterfinals.

My point is that we need to take coaching development as seriously as we take football development. They go hand in hand. I would love to see the day trinidad exporting players and coaches alike to European, African, and North American leagues. I would also like to see some of the better coaches like Corneal qualify for 2 WCs in a row and leave these shores to coach a European or Central American team on the strength of his pedigree. That will free up some space for the bottom rungs to move up.
      Zando this is where i think we are wrong,as soon as we start produceing decent Coaches/Players we want to export them to Europe,North America etc etc then we look at our Pro leagues and national teams and say they are shyt,i can't see us getting any crowds when there is nobody to attract the crowds,i understand players have options and opportunities today that were not there in the past but we had all our best players at home why the crowds came out.Having said that your points are well taken on Football development. 
Title: Re: Has Anton Corneal done that badly?
Post by: palos on August 12, 2008, 04:46:42 PM
i understand players have options and opportunities today that were not there in the past but we had all our best players at home why the crowds came out.

Times have changed Coop's
Title: Re: Has Anton Corneal done that badly?
Post by: elan on August 12, 2008, 07:51:04 PM
I am curious to know, who are the qualified T&T coaches at the national level?

Trevor


Most qualified coach in terms of experience and Qualification has to be LP. Experience wise Anton will be ahead of almost all because of the recent assignments given to him. I also read on here once that LaFoucade had a bunch of qualifications.

Trevor you is a kinda man, I answer your question and you tell me no. Palos just had a bigger list, at the end of the day we still end up at Anton. I was just listing men at home, not foreign base. Whatever
Title: Re: Has Anton Corneal done that badly?
Post by: Trevor on August 13, 2008, 06:34:41 AM
Elan,

I apologize.  I just thought you were getting too technical with the question, so I was having difficulty in getting past your first sentence.  I read over what you said, and pretty much, it came back to Anton and a few others.  I was just trying to go through the exercise to see what would have been the end result.  Sorry again.

I am not sure where all you guys live, but I hope to meet many of you at the T&T-El Salvador game. 

Trevor     
Title: Re: Has Anton Corneal done that badly?
Post by: elan on August 13, 2008, 12:12:31 PM
Elan,

I apologize.  I just thought you were getting too technical with the question, so I was having difficulty in getting past your first sentence.  I read over what you said, and pretty much, it came back to Anton and a few others.  I was just trying to go through the exercise to see what would have been the end result.  Sorry again.

I am not sure where all you guys live, but I hope to meet many of you at the T&T-El Salvador game. 

Trevor     


Don't worry i kind of think I understand what you were getting at, but just for clarification can you state why you asked the original question. After all the post i believe it was to show that the "local" coaches we have to choose from are limited in what they can actually do. Did I miss the point?
Title: Re: Has Anton Corneal done that badly?
Post by: CK1 on August 13, 2008, 12:25:27 PM
Richard Chinapoo would be a very viable candidate as he has the playing pedegree and many years of coaching experience under his belt. I'm sure he would be respected by the players and has the leadership/ administrative skills and professional diplomacy as additional attributes. The question is how can someone like Chinnas get an opportunity to be involved in the coaching circle in T&T? If we look hard enough there are many others who are worthy of some level of involvement at all levels (from youth to senior) of football on both the men's and women's programs.
Title: Re: Has Anton Corneal done that badly?
Post by: weary1969 on August 13, 2008, 12:28:50 PM
Always like Chinnas as a player so willin 2 give he a coachin wuk
Title: anton corneal fired
Post by: Arouca on January 03, 2009, 01:59:48 AM
word is from a reliable source anton corneal is fired...let me hear allyuh..
Title: Re: anton corneal fired
Post by: Cocorite on January 03, 2009, 02:03:29 AM
Can't say we weren't expecting him to at least be relegated to play a part with the younger teams.

Latapy will be given a greater influence with the senior team.

Lets see how things pan out. Hoping for the best.
Title: Re: anton corneal fired
Post by: rickstaa on January 03, 2009, 02:08:13 AM
great news if so :beermug: :beermug: :beermug:
Title: Re: anton corneal fired
Post by: WestCoast on January 03, 2009, 02:44:23 AM
I wish him well in his next appointment
Title: Re: anton corneal fired
Post by: Trini _2022 on January 03, 2009, 02:51:05 AM
So who will coach the under 17 team now ?
Title: Re: anton corneal fired
Post by: WestCoast on January 03, 2009, 03:03:16 AM
So who will coach the under 17 team now ?
Arouca must be talking about the Senior Team
Title: Re: anton corneal fired
Post by: vb on January 03, 2009, 06:03:57 AM
Fired or demoted??

VB
Title: Re: anton corneal fired
Post by: Ngozi on January 03, 2009, 08:49:41 AM
word is from a reliable source anton corneal is fired...let me hear allyuh..

Just so you go make that statement? Gonna have to wait and see what unfolds not seeing any evidence to back that . If it is true tho... good move
Title: Re: anton corneal fired
Post by: asylumseeker on January 03, 2009, 08:55:54 AM
Well, Arouca is ah fella who brings credible reports ... enough said
Title: Re: anton corneal fired
Post by: Feliziano on January 03, 2009, 09:03:14 AM
Well, Arouca is ah fella who brings credible reports ... enough said
yeah i back that statement up too 
is only a handfull of fellas hear yuh ent need to ask for source when they say something :beermug:
Title: Re: anton corneal fired
Post by: Small Magician aka Wazza on January 03, 2009, 09:04:01 AM
i hope its just fired from the national team...he has done a brilliant job with the other teams...but his pride of making a corneal team that can qualify so he and the bigger corneal could get the praise is now over

hopefully maturana puppet ass getting the sack soon or if he already did like some reports say


Latas Head Coach...is what the people want
Title: Re: anton corneal fired
Post by: ZANDOLIE on January 03, 2009, 09:12:36 AM
Can't say we weren't expecting him to at least be relegated to play a part with the younger teams.

Latapy will be given a greater influence with the senior team.

Lets see how things pan out. Hoping for the best.

Sounds like a good plan to me. Anton can do good wuk with young players if he is given the resources, let him go where he will effect the most good.
Title: Re: anton corneal fired
Post by: weary1969 on January 03, 2009, 09:49:55 AM
GR8 put show me d find print. Agree wit d sentiment left he wit d yutes d u17 did not look bad earlier this yr. My sources eh good as Arouca but up 2 last sun hewas wit d d u17 team wit d head man from Ajax who was here and he had some sessions.

Their competition is now April in Mexico no dates yet and some overseas camps planned but when dey leave Piarco ah go blieve it.
Title: Re: anton corneal fired
Post by: Bakes on January 03, 2009, 11:00:03 AM
GR8 put show me d find print. Agree wit d sentiment left he wit d yutes d u17 did not look bad earlier this yr. My sources eh good as Arouca but up 2 last sun hewas wit d d u17 team wit d head man from Ajax who was here and he had some sessions.

Their competition is now April in Mexico no dates yet and some overseas camps planned but when dey leave Piarco ah go blieve it.

English isn't your first language... is it?
Title: Re: anton corneal fired
Post by: Dinner Mints on January 03, 2009, 11:15:50 AM
GR8 put show me d find print. Agree wit d sentiment left he wit d yutes d u17 did not look bad earlier this yr. My sources eh good as Arouca but up 2 last sun hewas wit d d u17 team wit d head man from Ajax who was here and he had some sessions.

Their competition is now April in Mexico no dates yet and some overseas camps planned but when dey leave Piarco ah go blieve it.

English isn't your first language... is it?
I still waiting for my weary decoder ring in de mail.
Title: Re: anton corneal fired
Post by: D.H.W on January 03, 2009, 11:56:01 AM
 :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:
Title: Re: anton corneal fired
Post by: Trini _2022 on January 03, 2009, 12:22:07 PM
GR8 put show me d find print. Agree wit d sentiment left he wit d yutes d u17 did not look bad earlier this yr. My sources eh good as Arouca but up 2 last sun hewas wit d d u17 team wit d head man from Ajax who was here and he had some sessions.

Their competition is now April in Mexico no dates yet and some overseas camps planned but when dey leave Piarco ah go blieve it.

head man from ajax ok weary
Title: Re: anton corneal fired
Post by: weary1969 on January 03, 2009, 12:29:44 PM
GR8 put show me d find print. Agree wit d sentiment left he wit d yutes d u17 did not look bad earlier this yr. My sources eh good as Arouca but up 2 last sun hewas wit d d u17 team wit d head man from Ajax who was here and he had some sessions.

Their competition is now April in Mexico no dates yet and some overseas camps planned but when dey leave Piarco ah go blieve it.

head man from ajax ok weary

No head coach from vim
Title: Re: anton corneal fired
Post by: Trini _2022 on January 03, 2009, 01:24:49 PM
GR8 put show me d find print. Agree wit d sentiment left he wit d yutes d u17 did not look bad earlier this yr. My sources eh good as Arouca but up 2 last sun hewas wit d d u17 team wit d head man from Ajax who was here and he had some sessions.

Their competition is now April in Mexico no dates yet and some overseas camps planned but when dey leave Piarco ah go blieve it.

head man from ajax ok weary

No head coach from vim

he come to see the underemployed
Title: Re: anton corneal fired
Post by: weary1969 on January 03, 2009, 01:29:18 PM
GR8 put show me d find print. Agree wit d sentiment left he wit d yutes d u17 did not look bad earlier this yr. My sources eh good as Arouca but up 2 last sun hewas wit d d u17 team wit d head man from Ajax who was here and he had some sessions.

Their competition is now April in Mexico no dates yet and some overseas camps planned but when dey leave Piarco ah go blieve it.

head man from ajax ok weary

No head coach from vim

he come to see the underemployed

Nah everybody dey glad dey have a wuk
Title: Re: anton corneal fired
Post by: Trini _2022 on January 03, 2009, 01:38:43 PM
GR8 put show me d find print. Agree wit d sentiment left he wit d yutes d u17 did not look bad earlier this yr. My sources eh good as Arouca but up 2 last sun hewas wit d d u17 team wit d head man from Ajax who was here and he had some sessions.

Their competition is now April in Mexico no dates yet and some overseas camps planned but when dey leave Piarco ah go blieve it.

head man from ajax ok weary

No head coach from vim

he come to see the underemployed

Nah everybody dey glad dey have a wuk

ah weary ah weary
Title: Re: anton corneal fired
Post by: Babalawo on January 03, 2009, 02:11:57 PM
 :wavetowel: :wavetowel: :wavetowel: :wavetowel:
Title: Re: anton corneal fired
Post by: maxg on January 03, 2009, 02:18:57 PM
that would be bad news. A lot of experience wasted. If anything and he is willing should be re-assigned as a developmental coach, and an assistant to Latapy.
Title: Re: anton corneal fired
Post by: elan on January 03, 2009, 02:41:10 PM
that would be bad news. A lot of experience wasted. If anything and he is willing should be re-assigned as a developmental coach, and an assistant to Latapy.

What qualifications Latapy have to make Corneal an Asst. to an Asst.?  Remember Corneal has coach at a much higher level than Latapy ever did.
Title: Re: anton corneal fired
Post by: maxg on January 03, 2009, 02:52:49 PM
that would be bad news. A lot of experience wasted. If anything and he is willing should be re-assigned as a developmental coach, and an assistant to Latapy.

What qualifications Latapy have to make Corneal an Asst. to an Asst.?  Remember Corneal has coach at a much higher level than Latapy ever did.
head coach development, assist Latapy in Logistics and familiarity with the local scene (ppl, football and otherwise) - as stated previously Latapy would need all the help he can get. If he is totally fired all his years of understudy, and individual coaching experience would be completely lost. It's may even be why we have so many local ex-National and talented coaches, working as individuals and not as one. We have to utilize all experienced individuals to build ONE talented body. Stop the discard, T&T must learn to operate as ONE nation. (under a groove, if yuh like)
Title: Re: anton corneal fired
Post by: elan on January 03, 2009, 03:43:44 PM
that would be bad news. A lot of experience wasted. If anything and he is willing should be re-assigned as a developmental coach, and an assistant to Latapy.

What qualifications Latapy have to make Corneal an Asst. to an Asst.?  Remember Corneal has coach at a much higher level than Latapy ever did.
head coach development, assist Latapy in Logistics and familiarity with the local scene (ppl, football and otherwise) - as stated previously Latapy would need all the help he can get. If he is totally fired all his years of understudy, and individual coaching experience would be completely lost. It's may even be why we have so many local ex-National and talented coaches, working as individuals and not as one. We have to utilize all experienced individuals to build ONE talented body. Stop the discard, T&T must learn to operate as ONE nation. (under a groove, if yuh like)

So Corneal have to teach a man how to take he job? Latapy should not need acclimatizing with T&T football if he is we best player and future.
Title: Re: anton corneal fired
Post by: AB.Trini on January 03, 2009, 04:26:49 PM
Latapy may know TNT football but when it comes to implementing a new way of doing things within the TNT context, it is very different than what he may have been used to in Scotland.

Here is the case for having someone who could articulate and help with the process of transition. Like him or hate him Corneal have acquired knowledge which  could be valuable at this crucial stage of qualifying.

'yuh know 'commess' is never far from we thinking. The overall sentiments and the way people are speaking, is like Corneal gone even though no official word has come out from the j..asses mouth.
Title: Re: anton corneal fired
Post by: maxg on January 03, 2009, 04:36:44 PM
Latapy may know TNT football but when it comes to implementing a new way of doing things within the TNT context, it is very different than what he may have been used to in Scotland.

Here is the case for having someone who could articulate and help with the process of transition. Like him or hate him Corneal have acquired knowledge which  could be valuable at this crucial stage of qualifying.

'yuh know 'commess' is never far from we thinking. The overall sentiments and the way people are speaking, is like Corneal gone even though no official word has come out form the j..asses mouth.

exactly AB..Only a year, wheter it be Scolari, Gally, SH, or Latapy, is a very short time given the amount that has to be done to get a smidgint of benefit for the future
Title: Re: anton corneal fired
Post by: asylumseeker on January 03, 2009, 05:19:18 PM
For a while dey a was 'wary' de thread geh derailed ... between 11:00:03 AM  and 02:18:57 PM things was off track (in an enjoyable kinda weary ...  ;D)

Corneal as an assistant to Latapy? Dahis a non-starter ... although I understand the notion of not squandering resources, that juss not ... happening.
Title: Re: anton corneal fired
Post by: maxg on January 03, 2009, 05:41:02 PM
For a while dey a was 'wary' de thread geh derailed ... between 11:00:03 AM  and 02:18:57 PM things was off track (in an enjoyable kinda weary ...  ;D)

Corneal as an assistant to Latapy? Dahis a non-starter ... although I understand the notion of not squandering resources, that juss not ... happening.
like some ppl have ah problem with "assisting", I see it as a working together for a common Goal and good. But if it will make some ppl feel better, let's not say 'assisting', let's say, helping out he aquaintence/pardner/teammate/friend/fellow patriot/soldier/general...ppl have to get past the 'I' and 'I'...If Corneal is about country, and I suspect he is, he won't study the 'title'..and he will do as many before, after and in the future do, more than many fans, who seem to only have respect for management...he will Serve, as some of us wish we were in a capacity to do....and Why ? well for many their country determined who they are today, doh everyone won't feel that way, I do
Title: Re: anton corneal fired
Post by: vb on January 03, 2009, 05:46:53 PM
Do you all seriously expect Corneal to become the Assistant to the man who replaced him?

I think Corneal may do so in an indirect manner. The Coach usually has two asst. Coaches. Both AC and RL may be Assistants to the Mats. with Latas having more rank. It may irk Corneal, but it could work with the realms of professional ftbl.

V
Title: Re: anton corneal fired
Post by: weary1969 on January 03, 2009, 05:50:37 PM
Do you all seriously expect Corneal to become the Assistant to the man who replaced him?

I think Corneal may do so in an indirect manner. The Coach usually has two asst. Coaches. Both AC and RL may be Assistants to the Mats. with Latas having more rank. It may irk Corneal, but it could work with the realms of professional ftbl.

V

Professional football is an oxymoron in d local scenario.
Title: Re: anton corneal fired
Post by: elan on January 03, 2009, 05:51:58 PM
For a while dey a was 'wary' de thread geh derailed ... between 11:00:03 AM  and 02:18:57 PM things was off track (in an enjoyable kinda weary ...  ;D)

Corneal as an assistant to Latapy? Dahis a non-starter ... although I understand the notion of not squandering resources, that juss not ... happening.
like some ppl have ah problem with "assisting", I see it as a working together for a common Goal and good. But if it will make some ppl feel better, let's not say 'assisting', let's say, helping out he aquaintence/pardner/teammate/friend/fellow patriot/soldier/general...ppl have to get past the 'I' and 'I'...If Corneal is about country, and I suspect he is, he won't study the 'title'..and he will do as many before, after and in the future do, more than many fans, who seem to only have respect for management...he will Serve, as some of us wish we were in a capacity to do....and Why ? well for many their country determined who they are today, doh everyone won't feel that way, I do

What about Latapy being for country and say that Corneal more experience than he is in the National and International coaching set up? Why all of a sudden Corneal must be the bigger man to accomodate who people believe should be in charge. Is that still not "I" in football?
Title: Re: anton corneal fired
Post by: maxg on January 03, 2009, 05:55:35 PM
Do you all seriously expect Corneal to become the Assistant to the man who replaced him?

I think Corneal may do so in an indirect manner. The Coach usually has two asst. Coaches. Both AC and RL may be Assistants to the Mats. with Latas having more rank. It may irk Corneal, but it could work with the realms of professional ftbl.

V
no we all doh think so...and all dis "ole talk" is based on a premise that corneal is relieved of his asst. coach duties, all doh think fired.
Title: Re: anton corneal fired
Post by: maxg on January 03, 2009, 08:18:15 PM
For a while dey a was 'wary' de thread geh derailed ... between 11:00:03 AM  and 02:18:57 PM things was off track (in an enjoyable kinda weary ...  ;D)

Corneal as an assistant to Latapy? Dahis a non-starter ... although I understand the notion of not squandering resources, that juss not ... happening.
like some ppl have ah problem with "assisting", I see it as a working together for a common Goal and good. But if it will make some ppl feel better, let's not say 'assisting', let's say, helping out he aquaintence/pardner/teammate/friend/fellow patriot/soldier/general...ppl have to get past the 'I' and 'I'...If Corneal is about country, and I suspect he is, he won't study the 'title'..and he will do as many before, after and in the future do, more than many fans, who seem to only have respect for management...he will Serve, as some of us wish we were in a capacity to do....and Why ? well for many their country determined who they are today, doh everyone won't feel that way, I do

What about Latapy being for country and say that Corneal more experience than he is in the National and International coaching set up? Why all of a sudden Corneal must be the bigger man to accomodate who people believe should be in charge. Is that still not "I" in football?
we could -smoke some- hypothesize plenty, but obviously Corneal has not ganered the confidence or demonstarted he is the man to do the job. Obviously Latapy - and many others as well, both foreign and local - think he can make a difference. Do we know for a fact if Mr. Corneal hasn't already been the bigger man by agreeing to Latapy as an addtl. asst. How do we know Mr. Corneal is already the bigger man by constantly being the top Jnr Coach, and senior asst. as long as he serves....why does it have to be about who or how seemingly bigger...or getting the most accolades...during the days of the desert foreign legion, it have men who would command, men who would follow orders, men who would just bear water, in times of war all had to fight...who was bigger or more important than who ? ...for me, as Observer say in the next thread, if everyone who contribute, get together, organize who handling what, and do it to they best of they ability, we might just see something....but if somebody to big to carry water, then who die of thirst, and who leading dead men doh really matter
Title: Re: anton corneal fired
Post by: Brownsugar on January 04, 2009, 05:19:45 AM
Arouca wha yuh sources say bout Maturana being fired??.....dais de news I wanna hear...
Title: Re: anton corneal fired
Post by: weary1969 on January 04, 2009, 08:29:28 AM
Arouca wha yuh sources say bout Maturana being fired??.....dais de news I wanna hear...

Amen 2 dat.
Title: Re: anton corneal fired
Post by: Observer on January 04, 2009, 09:35:25 AM
Anton should be kept in the set up. He is a very good coach to raise the players of future
Title: Re: anton corneal fired
Post by: Babalawo on January 04, 2009, 04:30:02 PM
any confirmation or press release by the TTFF yet? or is this a hush-hush move
Title: Re: anton corneal fired
Post by: palos on January 04, 2009, 04:51:24 PM
Arouca wha yuh sources say bout Maturana being fired??.....dais de news I wanna hear...

Just heard it from reliable sources.....Hannibal wanted de TD & Head Coach wuk so Jack tell he to hull he arse.  Stooge will be named T&T Head Coach for the 3rd time at a press conference on Wednesday.

His only condition (besides the money of course)......he not answering any questions from Trinidadian sports journalists as it's a well known fact dat dey doh like him because he from Tobago.

Stooge and Latas it is to take us to SA 2010!
Title: Re: anton corneal fired
Post by: elan on January 04, 2009, 05:05:37 PM
Arouca wha yuh sources say bout Maturana being fired??.....dais de news I wanna hear...

Just heard it from reliable sources.....Hannibal wanted de TD & Head Coach wuk so Jack tell he to hull he arse.  Stooge will be named T&T Head Coach for the 3rd time at a press conference on Wednesday.

His only condition (besides the money of course)......he not answering any questions from Trinidadian sports journalists as it's a well known fact dat dey doh like him because he from Tobago.

Stooge and Latas it is to take us to SA 2010!

First waggonist post for the year and the Campaign. Is Stooge BSC?
Title: Re: anton corneal fired
Post by: Trini _2022 on January 04, 2009, 05:55:47 PM
Arouca wha yuh sources say bout Maturana being fired??.....dais de news I wanna hear...

Just heard it from reliable sources.....Hannibal wanted de TD & Head Coach wuk so Jack tell he to hull he arse.  Stooge will be named T&T Head Coach for the 3rd time at a press conference on Wednesday.

His only condition (besides the money of course)......he not answering any questions from Trinidadian sports journalists as it's a well known fact dat dey doh like him because he from Tobago.

Stooge and Latas it is to take us to SA 2010!

First waggonist post for the year and the Campaign. Is Stooge BSC?

yup thats his nickname
Title: Re: anton corneal fired
Post by: sjahrain on January 04, 2009, 06:00:39 PM
No disrespect to B S C but how does his services benefit our senior team,I hope its not my ignorance
Title: Re: anton corneal fired
Post by: sub1 on January 04, 2009, 06:06:10 PM
No disrespect to B S C but how does his services benefit our senior team,I hope its not my ignorance

I hope its a palos joke. But if true, I will retire from public or private support of T&T football. BSC return wil have to be the joke of the century since he is the only one possible to do worse than Maturana.
Title: Re: anton corneal fired
Post by: weary1969 on January 04, 2009, 06:07:22 PM
No disrespect to B S C but how does his services benefit our senior team,I hope its not my ignorance

Palos wicked sense of humour.
Title: Re: anton corneal fired
Post by: Quags on January 04, 2009, 08:45:58 PM
Ithink we should keep Muturana , if daiz true .
Title: Re: anton corneal fired
Post by: weary1969 on January 04, 2009, 08:51:33 PM
Ithink we should keep Muturana , if daiz true .

I know dey encouragin recyclin but dat is takin a joke 2 far.
Title: Re: anton corneal fired
Post by: Small Magician aka Wazza on January 04, 2009, 09:12:55 PM
thank god is palos say that yes...cuz he is 1 poster i doe take serious...i mean he like maturana..nuff said
Title: Re: anton corneal fired
Post by: Quags on January 05, 2009, 12:43:22 AM
thank god is palos say that yes...cuz he is 1 poster i doe take serious...i mean he like maturana..nuff said
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Just heard it from reliable sources.
Yah eint see what the man say ,this is serious shit.And he go blame we too ,for helping get Mats fired . This is possibly the worst news we could have gotten steuppsss.Palos was rite it to late to change keep Mats oui .We in big trouble now ,with out a qualified coach .Stephan Hart eint even get a sniff from them dogs in the TTFF .
We have two days to stop this insanity ppl.Lets plea to jack to contact SH.
Title: Re: anton corneal fired
Post by: asylumseeker on January 05, 2009, 03:04:02 AM
:rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: Dahis Small Mag dey in (a prelude to) ah state of panic? :)
Title: Re: anton corneal fired
Post by: asylumseeker on January 05, 2009, 03:05:29 AM
P.S. Maybe Russell expressed a preference for Bertille :devil:
Title: Re: anton corneal fired
Post by: asylumseeker on January 05, 2009, 03:26:33 AM
P.P.S. Weary, since yuh like airport watch an' ting ... yuh planning any Piarco send-off for any departing Colombians? Or yuh too busy wukkin out de details of a possible new match made in heaven?
Title: Re: anton corneal fired
Post by: weary1969 on January 05, 2009, 05:16:35 AM
P.P.S. Weary, since yuh like airport watch an' ting ... yuh planning any Piarco send-off for any departing Colombians? Or yuh too busy wukkin out de details of a possible new match made in heaven?
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Of course u know like how yuh does go some funeral 2 make sure peeps dead, must b at Piarco 2 insure dat he board d flight. All ready got security clearance remember no waivin gallery 2 c him board d plane.
Title: Anton Corneal
Post by: truetrini on December 11, 2012, 12:20:12 PM
Doh seem like a bad fella at all.  Seems very Knowledgeable and is a real cool fella.

He gets a lot of stick, some just because he has the last Name Corneal...
Title: Re: Anton Corneal
Post by: asylumseeker on December 11, 2012, 12:29:50 PM
He is knowledgeable ... that ... at least for me ... was never in dispute. My view is he could broker (even "sell") some matters in a better way ... part of Anton's legacy is that he's still being assessed - in some quarters - as Anton the 16 year old.
Title: Re: Anton Corneal
Post by: asylumseeker on December 11, 2012, 01:26:18 PM
P.S. :) ... since you're sure to read this thread ...

Anton, please look in to hiring Rodrigo Kenton.
Title: Re: Anton Corneal
Post by: truetrini on December 11, 2012, 01:37:03 PM
P.S. :) ... since you're sure to read this thread ...

Anton, please look in to hiring Rodrigo Kenton.

Anton doh read nutten here  lol
Title: Re: Anton Corneal
Post by: MEP on December 11, 2012, 01:42:54 PM
From all quarters he is knowledgeable and from friends who have played with him and know him personally he is a nice guy but he has continuously been rewarded for failure. I maintain that the one constant that has been there through our lack of success at all levels of national football has been Anton.
Title: Re: Anton Corneal
Post by: asylumseeker on December 11, 2012, 01:44:26 PM
P.S. :) ... since you're sure to read this thread ...

Anton, please look in to hiring Rodrigo Kenton.

Anton doh read nutten here  lol

If he tell yuh that, he lie!
Title: Re: Anton Corneal
Post by: Fyzoman on December 11, 2012, 06:39:00 PM
From all quarters he is knowledgeable and from friends who have played with him and know him personally he is a nice guy but he has continuously been rewarded for failure. I maintain that the one constant that has been there through our lack of success at all levels of national football has been Anton.

Waaaaayyyy.....Hahahahahahahaha, yuh write that as if a compliment:)

Sentence of de year in my book bredda:)
Title: Re: Anton Corneal
Post by: injunchile on December 11, 2012, 08:42:55 PM
Do we want competence or niceness ? I agree with the writer who said he is rewarded for failure.
Title: Re: Anton Corneal
Post by: Mango Chow! on December 12, 2012, 03:32:06 AM
Me eh know de man all good like dat but having met him a few times, he really seems like a very nice fella.....having watched his teams play a few times well, he seems like a poor coach.
Title: Re: Anton Corneal
Post by: Football supporter on December 12, 2012, 05:39:17 AM
I agree that Anton is the kind of fella you would choose to lime with. Good sense of humour and generally appears to be a good human being.

But, as they say, you're either part of the problem or part of the solution. Our problem here is that we don't know which he is.

All the time you have the same self serving crew running TTFF, anyone in Antons position cannot effect any change. These people have less vision than Stevie Wonder in a snowstorm.
 Case in point: Lincoln Phillips. You can't say Lincoln and Anton have been poor, because neither of them have had the freedom or funding to do anything.
Unfortunately, we cannot measure Antons ability until the deadweights have been removed from around his neck.
Title: Re: Anton Corneal
Post by: MEP on December 12, 2012, 09:35:08 AM
Our problem here is that we don't know which he is.

All the time you have the same self serving crew running TTFF, anyone in Antons position cannot effect any change. These people have less vision than Stevie Wonder in a snowstorm.
 Case in point: Lincoln Phillips. You can't say Lincoln and Anton have been poor, because neither of them have had the freedom or funding to do anything.
Unfortunately, we cannot measure Antons ability until the deadweights have been removed from around his neck.

Now you're just being an apologist for Anton. He has been part and parcel of the cabal that has been running/ruining TnT's football and has been  involved in the administrative process as well as all levels of coaching. He has been a decision maker so don't say he hasn't had the freedom or funding to do anything. What success has he had?
Title: Re: Anton Corneal
Post by: pardners on December 12, 2012, 09:50:46 AM
Our problem here is that we don't know which he is.

All the time you have the same self serving crew running TTFF, anyone in Antons position cannot effect any change. These people have less vision than Stevie Wonder in a snowstorm.
 Case in point: Lincoln Phillips. You can't say Lincoln and Anton have been poor, because neither of them have had the freedom or funding to do anything.
Unfortunately, we cannot measure Antons ability until the deadweights have been removed from around his neck.

Now you're just being an apologist for Anton. He has been part and parcel of the cabal that has been running/ruining TnT's football and has been  involved in the administrative process as well as all levels of coaching. He has been a decision maker so don't say he hasn't had the freedom or funding to do anything. What success has he had?

He probably collect more goals from 'his' respective teams than all the other local coaches at that level combined  ;D
Title: Re: Anton Corneal
Post by: weary1969 on December 12, 2012, 01:43:37 PM
All I have to say bout this fella is d ipod comment. he eh ready so go sell yuh cabbage and give football a rest.
Title: Re: Anton Corneal
Post by: Sam on December 12, 2012, 06:12:15 PM
Leh Truettini get tie up Anton.

Anton might be a cool fella but he is a dictator and loves it his way, he also bad mind.

Title: Re: Anton Corneal
Post by: Fyzoman on December 12, 2012, 08:14:50 PM
the last three posters (et al) spot friggin on...wha is all dis touchy-feely shyte bout he's ah cool fella, blah, blah, blah...how cool fella come een dat?!?!?!

The man record speaks for itself, steups!!!!!

As Weary mention ent the ipod stupidness was wid ah youth team dat collect bout 39 goal in 3 games?!?!? And church-mouse style after the tournament??
Title: Re: Anton Corneal
Post by: asylumseeker on December 17, 2012, 03:47:11 PM
All I have to say bout this fella is d ipod comment. he eh ready so go sell yuh cabbage and give football a rest.

Could be lucrative  :P:

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Jack further told the media that one source of his income was from pumpkin and cucumber sales. "At one time, before I started building on the land I used to plant pumpkin and cucumber on that land, so while it is a source of income, it's not the only source," he said.

He admitted that at one time when he worked at the THA it was difficult to build his home but explained: "That changed when I got a job as a project manager with a company in Trinidad."

Speaking elatedly about his new home, Jack, a father of two daughters, one of whom is studying medicine while the other is pursuing business studies, said his home was not built in the traditional square but circular style.

"It has four bedrooms, a kitchen, living room, dining room, library, swimming pool and gazebo. I make no apology for building my family a nice home," he said.

Jack said like most Tobagonians, he plants all his seasonings, and vegetables adding, "I plant every banana and every dasheen that I eat...My favorite meal is dasheen and salt fish or steamed fish. "I am not a steak and lobster kind of person. I make no apology for that. I have two children, two girls, and whenever they come home on weekends, they work in the family businesses."

Jack in a bid to further justify his elaborate abode stressed his point by saying "As I said, I have a job as project manager, I work hard that is how my family live, we all help each other. I do not want to call the names of the companies for which I work."

http://tobagojustice.blogspot.com/2012/12/ashworth-jack-muti-million-house.html
Title: Re: Anton Corneal
Post by: Trinitozbone on December 18, 2012, 04:26:38 PM
Agreed . It is not whether he is a  Cool guy or not. Is he up to the job that he is pretending to do? He likes football and has chosen as a career but there must be something he could do better than his track record shows. Getting easy  assignments to observe internationally renowned coaches does not qualify him either!  I just not sure where his strength is and I have been observing him for more than 20 years!
Title: Re: Anton Corneal
Post by: truetrini on December 22, 2012, 08:12:20 AM
Me eh know de man all good like dat but having met him a few times, he really seems like a very nice fella.....having watched his teams play a few times well, he seems like a poor coach.

Well he did take a team or two from T&T to certain places, how many locals can lay claim to such a feat?

I want us to realistically put Anton's achievements or lack of same to the test...please use other local examples so I can have a yard stick and measure.
Title: Re: Anton Corneal
Post by: Sam on December 22, 2012, 08:18:23 AM
Well he did take a team or two from T&T to certain places, how many locals can lay claim to such a feat?

I want us to realistically put Anton's achievements or lack of same to the test...please use other local examples so I can have a yard stick and measure.

Where did he take them ?

And if he get unlimited chances off course oneday he will archieve something.

Give me a million chances to nah.

Dont get fooled by Anton smooth talking bro, he could real talk.

Read this.

http://www.socawarriors.net/mens-senior-team/8799-prodigal-son-to-assist-soca-warriors.html

Title: Re: Anton Corneal
Post by: Sando on December 22, 2012, 10:48:23 AM
The same player Anton refuse to pick when he was under 20 coach was de same player who came back and kicked T&T out of the senior world cup where Anton was coach, not assistant to Pfister but coach, Phister was just a face.

Thank you Ricky Shakes for exposing the man with a thousand jobs including selling lettuce in the market.

Does the TTFF even have job applications or is it a family business.
 ;)
Title: Re: Anton Corneal
Post by: Trinitozbone on December 22, 2012, 12:04:57 PM
Sam that article is on point, very analytic and objective! I hope Tim Kee does not get sucked in with the ole talk and biased attitude! If he does standards would remain mediocre. This guy is very normal but feels he can talk his way through . Only a fool will take him seriously!
Title: Anton Corneal loves the game.
Post by: Sam on April 14, 2013, 06:12:05 AM
Anton Corneal loves the game but the game dont love him.

I dont care how qualify you are, if you can't coach, yuh cant, simple as that.

Anybody could pay they money and go to all de seminars and all de classroom to get certified, you dont need a skill for that.

Now, he might be a nice fella, I eh know.

In this day and age our teams plays a poor brand of football.

1. We continue to use a poor formations or we not using the formation to suit the oppositions.

2. We using players out of position.

3. We never fit. We players falling down like they eat corn curls for dinner.

4. We cant defend a lead if we score first.

5. We using one striker who cannot play that role.

6. The team playing with no urgency and this was suppose to be a game of our lives.

7. Coach fail to make adjustments to fill the holes. Panama keep using the central midfield to attack and we just leaving them or failing to adjust.

8. We eliminate the midfield, our defenders kick the ball to anyone, even de opposition.

9. We cant hold the ball for more than 5 passes.

10. Why can't we just learn to play a simple one touch football. Trap, pass and shoot.

Give this SAME team to Mexico or USA coach and in a year they will win CONCACAF. So its not like we dont have the players, we have them, we just cannot manage them the right way.

Our players dont think for 2 seconds, they hurry to get rid of the ball.

They want to look nice and pass the ball and switch plays and they cannot. Just keep it simple, pass the ball to the man next to you, make yourself always available and shoot when you can.

The players need to take some blame also.

Caribbean players are never bad players, they are fast and athletic. But they play without any sense.

You are only good as your coach.

Anton trying to build a staff he likes, men who can follow his instructions and not people who are capable.

Take a look at the PASSION of the Panama head coach for both their senior and junior teams for example. They played with an idea also.

Now take a look at Shawn Cooper face. De man didn't look like he knew what do to next.

And by having Anton on the bench added more pressure on the coaching staff.

Allyuh watch back de game.

If the staff cannot organize anything off de field then how can they organize anything on it.

We win one game and everyman jack here singing praises to de coach.

Panama was fitter, faster, hungry and better coached.

You think Panama wasn't afraid of us before the game, but they quickly adapted and then burn us. Their coach saw where he could improve and did that.

And this under 17 team was well supported by the T&T government that is why Creed was always on the field even if he was playing shit.

I hate to see slow players and to see a team with almost 10 slow players is a disaster waiting to happen.

Even players with no skills and who could run fast will burn them.

Shannon is a fighter, Trimingham save us a few, Fortune play decent, Brent was needed against Panama but de real hero of the night was Johan Welch.

Other than that, de rest of de team including the famous Akeem Garcia need to do something fast, because before you know it, they will be playing in de minor leagues in T&T.

Again, de players may not be bad players but they are not coached right.

It doesn't matter who de coach is, for some reason they all play the same way, from senior to junior.

De same brand of football.

HOW !?!?!?!

Ask Anton, he is de TD, he pulling all de strings.

Look how T&T does play.

Defender win de ball, kick it to de striker, de striker cant control, we loose it and we under pressure again, then we keeper save we, he give it to a defender, de defender kick it down de line, de man on de line cant control, we under pressure again. Then we win it back, we beat 2 man, de player head still down, makes no pass and try to do it on his own, bad, miss opportunity, on de flip side, if he did raise he head he would not have seen anyone because his teammates standing up and watching like fans.

And de same style is from junior to senior.

Only because we have a few decent individual players who bail us out from time to time or else we in real trouble.

Sad to see we 2 best players of the night were American born players.

WE WANT GOOD FOOTBALL, not just results !!!!!

Title: Re: Anton Corneal loves the game.
Post by: coache on April 14, 2013, 07:46:34 AM
The problem is that these people take what they learn in course and use it as their formula instead of using the knowledge to enhance and bulid on what they already know.
Title: Re: Anton Corneal loves the game.
Post by: AB.Trini on April 14, 2013, 09:13:00 AM
Let me second the  assertions- certification  is one thing but having the expertise to impart , teach, coach, strategize and motivate are huge factors which were not readily apparent.

I believe that this team has the talent and the potential to up there Canada but for all intense purposes, thy seem to lack the direction in how to control the play- how to change the tempo and in many areas that were stated above.

The responsibility for those lie directly with those entrusted to take the talent and turn it into gold.

We seem to be missing lessons from our success and failures. Our WC 2006 team was not in the same calibes of a Spain or Brazil but to watch how a caoch could take these players and have them string out England and Sweden is a lesson in itself. To have players  playing  to that level is a talent and maybe we have to admit that  if we need  success  on the international stage, we ought to be  ensuring that  we have the coaches or TD to  do so.

On the other hand with the financial shambles of the TTFF and the  lack of funding form a sports minister who may be trying to help a friend to show that without he  our football eh go amount to nothing, one has to  give some credit to those who are trying to do the best with what they know. But lawd if our TD was around all the big time coaches and  WC should we not expect more  from what we are seeing?
Title: Re: Anton Corneal loves the game.
Post by: Trinitozbone on April 14, 2013, 07:20:52 PM
Sam in full agreement! Not sure if he loves the game as much what he thinks he can benefit from the position. Selection of Shabazz is a classic example of selecting persons whom  he can control. Shabzz a former Alcons player with much loyalty. I have noticed this trend. I did find the ministry of Sport was giving a lot of support for the Team's preparations which I was pleased about. But now I am wondering if Creed is related to the PS in the Sport Ministry and hence the support as well as his selection by Anton to get that support. And to be able  to have trips abroad calling them preparation.How do we expect football to go anywhere if these kind of machinations are what decisions are based on? It appears they will continue to brown nose to persons who can keep them in positions and excellence is the last thing on their mind. Once WE in charge we good to go! We will fool them and say we have development Programme for  the whole country. We giving out C and D licenses like they  going out of style. Unfortunately  we can't give out A license because we aint reach that level yet.
When I see the kind of football Honduras playing to knock out the US, it does hurt because I know we have that kind of potential. I guess we can keep dreaming. We are such a tolerant people to our own disadvantage.
Title: Re: Anton Corneal
Post by: asylumseeker on April 16, 2013, 09:35:10 AM
So ... should Anton step down? If so, why? When? After the Gold Cup? Before? Yesterday?
Title: Re: Anton Corneal
Post by: MEP on April 16, 2013, 01:47:14 PM
Look it have people who reach out to Anton but he cyah get back to them yet....
Title: Re: Anton Corneal
Post by: Trinitozbone on July 10, 2013, 01:56:44 PM
wey Anton in truth? Coach come coach go , performance good , bad or different Anton in place. I hear Hart saying his father invited him to join the National Team back in the 80s. Is he another Corneal find and is Anton staying in the background to surface again? Questions, questions, over this Anton fella but no answers.
Ant answers Tim KEE?
Title: Re: Anton Corneal
Post by: vb on July 10, 2013, 02:02:13 PM
wey Anton in truth? Coach come coach go , performance good , bad or different Anton in place. I hear Hart saying his father invited him to join the National Team back in the 80s. Is he another Corneal find and is Anton staying in the background to surface again? Questions, questions, over this Anton fella but no answers.
Ant answers Tim KEE?

He trained with Alvin's NT back around 1980 and overs for an education.
Has been a major figure in Canadian soccer for almost two decades.

Is the ex Canadian Tech. Dir. and NT Coach.
If anything is Canada find him.

Back in the 90s when he was recommended by a TD dept. to the TTFF as the Tech. Dir for youth football, JW say no.

VB
Title: Re: Anton Corneal
Post by: spideybuff on July 10, 2013, 07:10:43 PM
Let Anton go and coach a pro league team if he is such a good coach.

In fact, let him coach an SSFL team and see where they end up since he working with youths all these years.

Then we can compare him to all the other local coaches and see how knowledgeable he is.

Title: Re: Anton Corneal
Post by: Tallman on August 15, 2013, 02:27:15 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/-zD6gcHSvbY
Title: Anton Corneal on Soca Warriors
Post by: Tallman on September 20, 2013, 12:22:36 PM
http://www.trinidadexpress.com/videos/---CORNEAL-ON-SOCA-WARRIORS--2737-224518781.html
Title: TTFA faces $3.5m lawsuit from Corneal.
Post by: Flex on January 24, 2016, 06:35:46 AM
TTFA faces $3.5m lawsuit from Corneal.
By Walter Alibey (Guardian).


The T&T Football Association (TTFA) is on the verge of another lawsuit if monies owed to former national coach, assistant coach, youth development officer and technical director Anton Corneal for salaries are not paid soon.

Corneal held the positions of Under-17 coach and youth development officer between 2004-2006; was youth development officer and assistant coach to German coach Otto Pfister for the period 2009- 2011 and was technical director of local football from 2012 up until he resigned in 2014 which was because of non-payment of salaries.

He told the Guardian yesterday his decision to pursue legal action was something that he has to do if he is to receive payment for work he did. “I will not be going behind the football association begging for monies that are rightfully owed to me and therefore I will do what I have to do” Corneal said.

Apart from salaries, Corneal who is the son of former national footballer, coach, technical and now sports commentator and FIFA analyst Alvin Corneal, is also attempting to recover other entitlements that were agreed to be paid in his contract. He explained his contribution to local football goes beyond salaries he worked for and included paying off minor expenses for his employers with an expectation that he will be re-imbursed.

 “About two and a half years ago, the TT team went to Miami to face Canada and the association had no money to pay stipends to the players and I had to dip into my pocket to pay the stipends. “It amounted to approximately $20,000 but I did it because I wanted to see the football progress” Corneal, the youngest T&T senior team player in history, explained.

Taking court action was expected to be his last option, he said, he tried his best to settle the matter through communication, however, my situation has took a different twist after seeing that other coaches, who were employed after him are now being paid before him.

Corneal, who made his senior national team debut at the age 16, said: “This tells me that I was being, either ignored or that the association just did not care about me. It seemed to me that only way to get your money from the association was by taking them to court.”

Of the coaches who benefitted financially from their work through the court, was former midfield maestro Russell Latapy and recently Dutchman Whelmut ‘Wim’ Rijsbergen, who will be paid after the court ordered that former president of the TTFF Oliver Camps, to sell one of his properties to pay him.

And only last year a number of players who took the football association to court over monies owed to them from the 2006 World Cup campaign, were paid by the People’s Partnership government.

Corneal, a qualified FIFA coach and lecturer, said while he was very happy for Latapy and the other coaches, he sees this practice as highly unethical, saying it was now time that the football association, which is being lead by David John-Williams, honour its agreement to pay him soon.

Though now gainfully employed as a FIFA Technical Development Officer for the Southeast Caribbean, his life under the TTFA took a downward turn, as he had to endure periods of stress which had placed mental, emotional and psychological strain on him and his family after going many months and years without pay. 

“Can you imagine what it is like to be living in hope?...I worked almost everyday with a hope that football association officials would approach me to say they had my salary for me, but it just never happened” he said.

The only payment he received was in 2012 when the Ministry of Sport and its minister Anil Roberts paid him half his salary for eight months.

As the FIFA technical development officer, Corneal, a former Fatima student and the youngest player to score a hattrick in senior national colours in 1980, is responsible for ensuring that the development programmes of all the islands in the southeast Caribbean, fall in line with that of  football’s world governing body.

Title: Re: Anton Corneal Thread
Post by: Sando on January 24, 2016, 07:22:54 AM
TTFA faces $3.5m lawsuit from Corneal.
By Walter Alibey (Guardian).


Of the coaches who benefitted financially from their work through the court, was former midfield maestro Russell Latapy and recently Dutchman Whelmut ‘Wim’ Rijsbergen, who will be paid after the court ordered that former president of the TTFF Oliver Camps, to sell one of his properties to pay him.


Interesting, Camps made it sound like he was loosing his only home.

Bunch of smart men.

Title: Re: Anton Corneal Thread
Post by: dreamer on January 24, 2016, 09:46:49 AM
Very sad state of affairs with baby Cornmeal. I feel his pain. No TT salary money for quite a while. Real suffering for him although he is likely getting something from FIFA, unlike some of the local coaches who cyah eat a food at all without pulling bull. All the behind-the-scenes goings-on are coming more to light now as Uncle Tim and the most loyal Jackula-ites & cabal-ites found themselves post-election, surprisingly for the first time without the power to control the TTFA treasury, or keep the TTFA/TTFF financial secrets under wraps any more. The crowning symbol of their misdeeds is the absence of bloody financial records for years even when the administration was being reluctantly handed over. Could you imagine what would be going on if Uncle Tim got another several year term, or if Jackula’s Uncle Ram got his talons on the TTFA? Huhyuhyai!!

Baby Cornmeal and Papa Doc Cornmeal never had much to say publically when everybody was ketchin’ their nennen under Jackulito, with blacklistings left right & center or the broke footballers who never had a choice of 2 homes to sell to pay for cost of living, illnesses, career-ending injuries. As long as the gravy train of benefits, contracts, FIFA appointments and backroom deals to pay friends, family and other glaring examples of nepotism and cronyism was flowing like dysentery, there was no need to rock the boat or sue anybody. It churns one’s stomach to see this epidemic of in-your-face injustice and the degree to which some loved it so. It makes you want to feel no pity for them when they taste some presshah, as God doh like ugly.

One thing you know for certain: Just follow the money. When the carrion-money dries up then all the corbeaux does come out of the woodwork saying they are officially hungry, just like the victims they had been callously fleecing all along. It is unfortunately a sort of (very painful) blessing in disguise that financial hard times have hit ,and maybe not qualifying for the Copa America was a good thing, as it would have just covered up a festering maggot infected wound. Now the wound is more glaringly exposed and more painful but necessary surgery to cut out more of the rotten agents can be performed.
Title: Re: Anton Corneal Thread
Post by: Flex on January 27, 2016, 03:37:08 AM
TTFA mum on Corneal’s $$ woes.
T&T Newsday Reports.


THE TRINIDAD and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president David John-Williams is staying mum on the issue concerning the proposed legal action to be taken against the local governing body for football by ex-national youth team coach and technical director Anton Corneal.

On Sunday, it was reported that Corneal plans to sue the TTFA to outstanding salaries during his time as Under-17 and Under- 20 coach, as well as technical director, from 2004-2014.

Contacted for a response on Monday, John-Williams said, “I don’t want to make any comment on that you know. What has been reported in the papers I don’t want to make any comment on that.” Told that Corneal was not taking action against any individual as in the Wim Rijsbergen vs (ex-TTFF president) Oliver Camps matter but the TTFA body itself, John-Williams reinforced his earlier response.

“I have absolutely no comment to make on the matter at this time. I haven’t seen anything else other than what has been reported in the press.

I can’t comment on it.” Upon taking over as TTFA president in November 2015, John-Williams promised to deal assiduously with the lingering debt incurred by the local governing body.

“Nothing new, we’re just working,” was all he had to say on that issue..

Title: TTFA announces Anton Corneal as Technical Director
Post by: Tallman on August 09, 2017, 01:29:25 AM
TTFA announces Anton Corneal as Technical Director
TTFA Media


The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association today advises that it has retained the services of Anton Corneal as Technical Director of the FA for a two-year-period with an option to extend.

Corneal will take over the position previously held by Muhammad Isa who will now serve as Director of Football.

Corneal also previously held the position of Technical Director of the TTFA, being appointed in January, 2012, before taking up an appointment as FIFA Development Officer for part of the Caribbean.

Under his portfolio, Corneal will oversee the TTFA’s long term football development plan, with a special emphasis on the National Youth Teams; accreditation of Academies, registration of Coaches, research and Coach Education.

Muhammad Isa will assume the role of Director of Football and will be accountable for all aspects of the Grassroots and National Elite Programs which are fundamental to the future of football in Trinidad & Tobago. In addition, he will be the driving force for the community coaching program, and work closely with the Technical Director in setting up of the TTFA Technical Department and Centre. Muhammad Isa is no stranger to these roles having worked tirelessly over the last ten years, leading a  number of successful initiatives.

The FA is pleased to welcome Mr Corneal on board once again as it allows the organisation to tap into his expertise in the various areas of football development. He has a vast amount of experience in local football attained in his years of involvement with the different national teams.

In an immediate reaction, Corneal stated :” I have been in discussion with the TTFA, specifically with the President, on getting back involved in the programme and finding ways to bridge the gap in me not being there and working out a long term plan in the sense of off setting some of the monies owed and I think we came to a very amicable agreement.

“I have been asked to take up the position of technical Director really to help boost what is already happening and of course to structure a long term plan for the whole programme. both men and women and make sure it is a plan where we can get some level of success,” Corneal stated.

Isa commented on his new position, describing it as a significant development for the FA.

“I feel honoured to have been elevated to a position as the Director of Football. It comes with a lot more responsibility but one that I am really looking forward to. We will continue the programmes with a lot more supervision and proper execution. I will also look forward to working together with Anton in developing the programmes and ensuring there is smooth transition,” Isa stated.

https://www.youtube.com/v/U1BWaNhwHP4
Title: Re: Anton Corneal Thread
Post by: Flex on August 09, 2017, 01:39:33 AM
TTFA announces Anton Corneal as Technical Director.
TTFA Media.


Isa takes up Director of Football position

The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association today advises that it has retained the services of Anton Corneal as Technical Director of the FA for a two-year-period with an option to extend.

Corneal will take over the position previously held by Muhammad Isa who will now serve as Director of Football.

Corneal also previously held the position of Technical Director of the TTFA, being appointed in January, 2012, before taking up an appointment as FIFA Development Officer for part of the Caribbean.

Under his portfolio, Corneal will oversee the TTFA’s long term football development plan, with a special emphasis on the National Youth Teams; accreditation of Academies, registration of Coaches, research and Coach Education.

Muhammad Isa will assume the role of Director of Football and will be accountable for all aspects of the Grassroots and National Elite Programs which are fundamental to the future of football in Trinidad & Tobago. In addition, he will be the driving force for the community coaching program, and work closely with the Technical Director in setting up of the TTFA Technical Department and Centre. Muhammad Isa is no stranger to these roles having worked tirelessly over the last ten years, leading a  number of successful initiatives.

The FA is pleased to welcome Mr Corneal on board once again as it allows the organisation to tap into his expertise in the various areas of football development. He has a vast amount of experience in local football attained in his years of involvement with the different national teams.

In an immediate reaction, Corneal stated:” I have been in discussion with the TTFA, specifically with the President, on getting back involved in the programme and finding ways to bridge the gap in me not being there and working out a long term plan in the sense of off setting some of the monies owed and I think we came to a very amicable agreement.

“I have been asked to take up the position of technical Director really to help boost what is already happening and of course to structure a long term plan for the whole programme. both men and women and make sure it is a plan where we can get some level of success,” Corneal stated.

Isa commented on his new position, describing it as a significant development for the FA.

“I feel honoured to have been elevated to a position as the Director of Football. It comes with a lot more responsibility but one that I am really looking forward to. We will continue the programmes with a lot more supervision and proper execution. I will also look forward to working together with Anton in developing the programmes and ensuring there is smooth transition,” Isa stated.

Video - Corneal talks about TTFA Technical Director appointment (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1BWaNhwHP4).

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Corneal: I’ve no apprehensions; returned TTFA Technical Director hopes to avoid internal clashes.
By Lasana Liburd (Wired868).


Former Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) technical director Anton Corneal will re-assume the post he quit three years ago, as part of a settlement with the local football body of a seven-figure debt owed to the former national youth coach.

His appointment means a portfolio change for current technical director Muhammad Isa, who now becomes the TTFA’s “director of football.”

Corneal initially quit as technical director on 1 April 2014 after going two and a half months without full pay. He told Wired868 then that the TTFA and the Sport Company of Trinidad and Tobago (SPORTT) had agreed that each would pay half of his salary. Instead, what allegedly happened is that SPORTT paid half of Corneal’s salary for eight months before stopping while the TTFA never gave him a cent.

Corneal, hired as the TTFA’s youth director in 2004, was appointed technical director under acting president Lennox Watson but when he finally walked off the job, Raymond Tim Kee was serving as president.

He now hopes for better luck under a third president, incumbent David John-Williams, although he admitted that it was in some respects a marriage of convenience.

“We came up with a long-term agreement to pay me off on a contractual basis,” said Corneal. “The courts would have done nearly the same thing, so this is a better way. We are still working out the details between our two lawyers.”

At present, the TTFA appears to be offering Corneal the job for three years with an option to pay him off more quickly if possible. It is uncertain what financial incentives are in place for the coach, who—at least in part—is working for money already owed to him.

Corneal said that, as technical director, he will oversee all of the TTFA’s football programmes, which include national youth football, the Elite Football Programme, grassroots football and women’s football.

However, in the TTFA’s announcement of the changes to its technical staff, the local football body suggested a split in duties between Corneal and Isa.

“Under his portfolio, Corneal will oversee the TTFA’s long-term football development plan, with a special emphasis on the National Youth Teams, accreditation of academies, registration of coaches, research and coach education.

“Muhammad Isa will assume the role of Director of Football and will be accountable for all aspects of the Grassroots and National Elite Programs, which are fundamental to the future of football in Trinidad & Tobago.”

Corneal insisted, though, that he will have overall charge although he pointed to the positives of the current set-up—which also includes Russell Latapy as “staff youth coach”, Stuart Charles-Fevrier as head coach of the Elite Youth Programme and Jamaal Shabazz, who acts as a de facto technical director of the women’s game and was, up until a month ago, head coordinator of technical programs with special authority over the Elite Youth Programme.

Since Corneal was not responsible for hiring any of the people who will now presumably report to him—and the TTFA did not make it clear whether he or Isa will have responsibility for recommending the hiring and firing of national coaches—was he concerned that it might have an impact on his effectiveness as supervisor?

The incoming technical director admitted that it was “not an ideal situation.” However, he suggested patriotism and love for the game could make it work and transform a muddle of job responsibilities into an efficient technical department.

“This is a chance for a real technical department because, when I was there before, one person did almost everything,” said Corneal. “So now it is about putting a technical department in place, which is important. It is not the best-case scenario but, once we put Trinidad and Tobago first, it should work out and I have always done that.

“I am going to go into it with a very positive frame of mind.”

Corneal noted that, as youth director, he took charge of a National Under-14 Team that went on to qualify for two World Youth Cups at Under-17 and Under-20 level and included current Soca Warriors players like Kevin Molino, Sheldon Bateau, Khaleem Hyland, Daneil Cyrus, Curtis Gonzales, Leston Paul, Aubrey David and Sean De Silva.

Corneal said his first action as technical director will be overseeing a situation analysis of all current football programmes to see how they can fit a common agenda. He explained that he will ensure feedback from all stakeholders, including the various leagues and schools bodies, academies, referees and media.

“I know there will be hurdles, with the main one being financial,” he said. “We will need finance to put certain things in place, such as ensuring the exposure of young players, who we must get to play at a level comparable to CONCACAF.

“If we can’t do that, then it slows down their progress and we have seen in the past how teams have excelled with the right exposure. Youth development is about patience, consistency, monitoring and evaluation—because you may have an 11-year-old player but it is only when he is 19 that you can see his true potential.”

Corneal’s impending TTFA appointment resembles a deal struck by the local football body with Latapy, who was owed a significant sum from his time as head coach between 2009 and 2010.

According to an informed source, the John Williams-led football body has fulfilled many—though not all—of its promises to Latapy so far.

Close to TT$14 million is believed to be the TTFA’s debt to past employees, including former men’s head coach Stephen Hart, technical director Kendall Walkes, women’s head coach Carolina Morace, general secretary Sheldon Phillips and referees head Ramesh Ramdhan. The football body will contest all of the claims but has already suffered at least partial defeat to Phillips and Ramdhan.

Hart, Walkes, Morace and Ramdhan all fell out with the football body during the John-Williams era.

Corneal, who worked as a FIFA technical development officer (October 2014-December 2016) and CONCACAF coaches’ lecturer (2017) since leaving the TTFA, said he has no qualms about returning to national football service.

“It is a great feeling to know you are part of developing your own [football infrastructure],” said Corneal. “[…] If I had any apprehension, I would not go into the job. I always believe in a positive mindset in life.”

Title: Re: Anton Corneal Thread
Post by: Deeks on August 09, 2017, 02:19:18 PM
Jeez. What is the friggin difference? 
Title: Re: Anton Corneal Thread
Post by: injunchile on August 10, 2017, 07:04:04 AM
A gold Medal to the TTFA for the best Recycle Association in the World.
 Secondly - No money but putting folks in position that they are not clear about- Director of Football/ Technical Director. A clear prescription For Confusion.
Title: Re: Anton Corneal Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on August 10, 2017, 07:44:59 AM
Jeez. What is the friggin difference? 

You old enough to know, the more things change the more they remain the same. Difference was not the objective of this transaction.

Something to consider: similar to our player pool, there is a narrow band of persons who could or should fill the role.
Title: Re: Anton Corneal Thread
Post by: vb on August 11, 2017, 01:05:19 PM
Did Anton ever receive the money owed to him by the TTFA?
Title: Re: Anton Corneal Thread
Post by: Deeks on August 11, 2017, 03:54:43 PM
Did Anton ever receive the money owed to him by the TTFA?

Good question!
Title: Re: Anton Corneal Thread
Post by: Flex on August 14, 2017, 04:51:17 AM
Corneal to focus on B License and player registration.
By Shaun Fuentes (Guardian).


Newly appointed technical director of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association Anton Corneal intends to place heavy emphasis on coaching development through the staging of more TTFA/Dutch KNVB “B” License courses.

Corneal has conducted a couple B License courses this year already, including for the Secondary Schools Football League, while there continues to be a series of C License courses. But the time has come for the level of coaching to go a level higher, according to Corneal.

“We have had a lot of people doing the C license courses and now we have to step up to the B license. It is now a higher level game and not just focusing on the youth,” Corneal said.

“It is a lot more information, a lot more detailed, it’s dealing with older players, dealing with teams, team tactics, dealing with analysing games. It gives the coaches more information that would be relevant to coaching in the Pro League, the semi-pro league and even at the national team level,” he added.

Corneal also intends to focus more on youth player registration within Trinidad and Tobago.

“I think one of my immediate aims will be to standardise the registration of youth academies because we have a lot of youth academies in Trinidad. We don’t just want to standardise the coach education side of it but also the registration of youth players whether it be players out of a club, a coaching school, or even communities to give them a place where their players can be registered so if in ten years time there is a transfer where that player can be tracked right back to their first team,” Corneal added.

Title: Re: Anton Corneal Thread
Post by: Flex on September 22, 2017, 01:40:24 AM
TTFA technical director outlines plans for the sport.
By Joel Bailey (Newsday).


Anton Corneal, who was recently appointed as the technical director for the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA), has outlined his plans for the game locally, in the immediate future.

In a telephone interview, Corneal, the former T&T men’s team assistant coach and national Under-17 team tactician, said, “We have to look at the whole overall system, especially all the stakeholders (including) Primary Schools (and) Secondary Schools.

“To put the plan together, we have the elite programme which is ongoing right now, giving some of the advanced (Under-13) players the opportunity to play against each other,” Corneal continued. “We hope that each zone would continue training with their (boys and girls) teams. So we’re really trying to build from the bottom up.”

Among the coaches involved in the programme are Stuart Charles-Fevrier and Marlon Charles, who will oversee the respective boys and girls categories, as well as Clyde Leon and Ahkeela Mollon.

Corneal said, “This is something we hope can be sustainable (and) not just done for six months or a year. But I have to say the administration is supporting these programmes. A lot is being done behind the scenes, when it comes to the construction of new fields and possibly a home where we can keep weekend (and) regular camps for all the national teams at one venue. This is being spearheaded by the president David John-Williams.

“This is something we’ve asked for (a number of) years, to be able to have a place where all the national teams can come in and camp. There we’ll have a control over their diet, their rest, especially in preparation for tournaments.”

The TTFA’s Home For Football will be at Balmain, Couva, next to the Ato Boldon Stadium.

“Right now they’re building some additional fields and a 72-room hotel at the Stadium that would be able to house these teams,” said Corneal.

A major complaint about local football is the lack of one playing style, from the youth teams to the senior ranks.

“That is interesting because we have to figure out our strengths as a people, our strengths in the game and make sure that our strengths are seen in the way we play,” noted the ex-national striker. “We don’t need to hide our strengths. If our strengths are speed and carrying the ball, then we need to see that. If it is flair then we need to see some of that. We need to make sure that our strengths are seen in our style of playing.”

He continued, “It will be discussed among the coaches and we’ll take it from there. What is best for us may be a combination of what is best for our region (and) what has brought results.

“We have to look at the past to see what brought results for us,” ended Corneal.

Title: Re: Anton Corneal Thread
Post by: maxg on September 22, 2017, 07:14:43 AM
No pay for months, cause ppl to quit,  is the only certain positive result comes to mind
Title: Re: Anton Corneal Thread
Post by: vb on September 22, 2017, 09:22:24 PM
So much time has passed that I tend to forget.

But was Anton every paid the money owed to him by the TTFA?

What about Faustin and H. Charles??
Title: Re: Anton Corneal Thread
Post by: elan on September 25, 2017, 03:41:14 PM
Glad to see Anton back in the mix.
Title: Re: Anton Corneal Thread
Post by: Flex on July 05, 2018, 05:27:56 AM
Corneal outlines plans for T&T football development.
By Joel Bailey (Newsday).


ANTON CORNEAL, technical director of the TTFA (TT Football Association), yesterday outlined plans for football development, within the twin-island republic.

The plans, which will be conducted by the TTFA technical department, were conveyed to members of the media at the TTFA head office, Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva.

Among the areas under the microscope are grassroots (with an eight-year plan), youth level and elite youth levels (with four-year plans respectively), national team, Pro League and amateur football.

Corneal announced that plans are afoot for a national Youth League tournament at the various fields at the completed Home of Football – the Ato Boldon Stadium, from 2019.

According to the former national striker, “I thought it was important that, sometimes the media (are) not aware of what is happening in the Association. And I thought it was unfair for us not to pass on the information.

“Coming through our media officer (Shaun) Fuentes, we decided to let them take a look at our development programme, the pathway for football from grassroots to senior, the pathway for amateur players, the pathway for elite players, and how they meet each other. Also, to give them a little insight into our coach education and our national youth teams, and the type of preparation they need.”

The TTFA technical director said, “Too many times we think development can be done in a year or in six months. It does take eight to 10 years to get a developed player. I thought this was a lovely environment for the media to ask questions and to find out a little bit more about the TTFA and its technical department.”

Asked about the technical department’s major plans, Corneal responded, “Long-term is to compete at the highest level, to qualify for Youth World Cups, (Men’s) World Cups, to be the top team in the Caribbean and to be in the top four teams in CONCACAF.

“Of course, there must be areas where we have to measure how we are developing. Some of them would be how we compete in our regional tournaments (and) the Gold Cup, how the U-15 boys and girls compete in their regional tournaments. So that’ll gives us an indication.”

Corneal spoke about the coaching development plans implemented by his group.

“We’ve had two (C License) courses in the last six months, we’ve had two B License courses in the last eight months, we’ve had two CONCACAF Grassroot courses,” he said. “We are not putting together an academy certification for all the coaching schools and academies in the nation.”

During the media session, Corneal revealed that the estimated four-year budget for those projects are $4.5 million.

“It does take money,” said the former national men’s team assistant coach. “We are the TTFA but all of this would have to be sanctioned by the Board and, of course, supported financially. We are also hoping that some sponsors come on board to support some of these programmes.”

Ex-national coach Muhammad Isa was the head of the grassroots programme, during his tenure as TTFA director of football, until his passing on Monday.

National men’s team coach Dennis Lawrence, national women’s team tactician Jamaal Shabazz and head of the elite programme Stuart Charles-Fevrier have also been involved in development plans.

Title: Re: Anton Corneal Thread
Post by: Deeks on July 05, 2018, 02:41:28 PM
It does take eight to 10 years to get a developed player.

That is very true for TT.
Title: Re: Anton Corneal Thread
Post by: maxg on July 05, 2018, 07:35:15 PM
It does take eight to 10 years to get a developed player.

That is very true for TT.
Totally disagree, with both statements.
Maybe to produce a rocket scientist, or a triple specialist doctor, but not a footballer, not even an elite one or 20..You can buy that if y'all want...trick question, how long does it take a person to be a
Title: Re: Anton Corneal Thread
Post by: Deeks on July 05, 2018, 09:33:39 PM
It does take eight to 10 years to get a developed player.

That is very true for TT.
Totally disagree, with both statements.
Maybe to produce a rocket scientist, or a triple specialist doctor, but not a footballer, not even an elite one or 20..You can buy that if y'all want...trick question, how long does it take a person to be a


Maxg, you get a good lil kid at 10, and coach him well. He is ready by 18. Maybe 20. Case in point Mbappe.
Title: Re: Anton Corneal Thread
Post by: maxg on July 06, 2018, 07:45:53 AM
It does take eight to 10 years to get a developed player.

That is very true for TT.
Totally disagree, with both statements.
Maybe to produce a rocket scientist, or a triple specialist doctor, but not a footballer, not even an elite one or 20..You can buy that if y'all want...trick question, how long does it take a person to be a


Maxg, you get a good lil kid at 10, and coach him well. He is ready by 18. Maybe 20. Case in point Mbappe.
You can't be saying that a program to develop one Mbappe, will be beneficial to TT football. We need multiple players. We need a proper development program, yes, but unbiased recruitment and National selection. I saw youths playing small goal in Mandela park, who seemed to my inexperienced eye, quite capable of handling themselves. I know small goal is not National or International football. Yet, why are none of them called, main reason, they can't afford(time & money) to join a club, and thus not selected. They were not all good, maybe 2 out of 15 stood out, but maybe these were the potential Mbappe that we never get to see.
What was the program that produced a Archibald, Cummings, Yorke, Latapy, Garcia etc..yet where does our football stand today...Does ONE Mbappe, Ronaldo, Messi determine the success of a small country football development ? We don't need an Mbappe, we need a larger pool and unbiased National program. We definitely don't need a LOCAL selfish we vs them competition on any term, especially in the short term. We need to be working together, not arguing whether my plan better than yours. But football is NOT rocket science, don't make it out to be. True it's not easy for a small country (pool), but with proper selectors we can be better. For National team, We need to look outside as well, like everyone does, but for local development, we need to be on same page, and stop the fight down of each other. Am I fighting down Corneal plan, no. Totally rejecting it. He and his plan won't even survive 2 years given our history of admin and organization.   ;D 
Title: Re: Anton Corneal Thread
Post by: Deeks on July 06, 2018, 02:25:30 PM
The problem with TTFA's plan is always continuity. They start something and after 2 years it tends to fade away. But effective continuity needs finance. It always comes down to that finance. Why them boys in Mandela park not in a club because they don't have time and money. You said it there. If they can get financial help, I bet you they will find the time. I don't know why the grooming of players appears to be so damn difficult these days.  TT eh now start playing football. The Federation is  over 100 years old.
Title: Re: Anton Corneal Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on July 06, 2018, 02:39:22 PM
The problem with TTFA's plan is always continuity. They start something and after 2 years it tends to fade away. But effective continuity needs finance. It always comes down to that finance. Why them boys in Mandela park not in a club because they don't have time and money. You said it there. If they can get financial help, I bet you they will find the time. I don't know why the grooming of players appears to be so damn difficult these days.  TT eh now start playing football. The Federation is  over 100 years old.

Anton said to Muhammad Isa regarding Leston Paul: "Quite Mayaro?"
Title: Re: Anton Corneal Thread
Post by: Flex on July 14, 2018, 12:40:40 AM
Corneal outlines plans for T&T football development.
TTFA Media.


Anton Corneal, technical director of the TTFA earlier this month outlined plans for football development, within the twin-island republic.

The plans, which will be conducted by the TTFA technical department, were conveyed to members of the media at the TTFA head office, Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva.

Among the areas under the microscope are grassroots (with an eight-year plan), youth level and elite youth levels (with four-year plans respectively), national team, Pro League and amateur football.

Corneal announced that plans are afoot for a national Youth League tournament at the various fields at the completed Home of Football – the Ato Boldon Stadium, from 2019.

According to the former national striker, “I thought it was important that, sometimes the media (are) not aware of what is happening in the Association. And I thought it was unfair for us not to pass on the information.

“Coming through our media officer (Shaun) Fuentes, we decided to let them take a look at our development programme, the pathway for football from grassroots to senior, the pathway for amateur players, the pathway for elite players, and how they meet each other. Also, to give them a little insight into our coach education and our national youth teams, and the type of preparation they need.”

The TTFA technical director said, “Too many times we think development can be done in a year or in six months. It does take eight to 10 years to get a developed player. I thought this was a lovely environment for the media to ask questions and to find out a little bit more about the TTFA and its technical department.”

Asked about the technical department’s major plans, Corneal responded, “Long-term is to compete at the highest level, to qualify for Youth World Cups, (Men’s) World Cups, to be the top team in the Caribbean and to be in the top four teams in CONCACAF.

“Of course, there must be areas where we have to measure how we are developing. Some of them would be how we compete in our regional tournaments (and) the Gold Cup, how the U-15 boys and girls compete in their regional tournaments. So that’ll gives us an indication.”

Corneal spoke about the coaching development plans implemented by his group.

“We’ve had two (C License) courses in the last six months, we’ve had two B License courses in the last eight months, we’ve had two CONCACAF Grassroot courses,” he said. “We are not putting together an academy certification for all the coaching schools and academies in the nation.”

During the media session, Corneal revealed that the estimated four-year budget for those projects are $4.5 million.

“It does take money,” said the former national men’s team assistant coach. “We are the TTFA but all of this would have to be sanctioned by the Board and, of course, supported financially. We are also hoping that some sponsors come on board to support some of these programmes.”

Ex-national coach Muhammad Isa was the head of the grassroots programme, during his tenure as TTFA director of football, until his passing on Monday.

National men’s team coach Dennis Lawrence, national women’s team tactician Jamaal Shabazz and head of the elite programme Stuart Charles-Fevrier have also been involved in development plans.

TTFA Technical Development Forum with the Media - Part 1 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxF5o0jbpu4)

Title: Corneal takes over as Caretaker Coach of Women’s Senior Team
Post by: Tallman on August 16, 2018, 12:07:39 PM
Corneal takes over as Caretaker Coach of Women’s Senior Team
TTFA Media


The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association wishes to advise that Anton Corneal will serve in the capacity of caretaker coach of the National Senior Women’s Team for its upcoming campaign in the CONCACAF Caribbean Final Round of World Cup qualification in Kingston. Jamaica from August 25th-September 2nd.

This comes following the resignation of Jamaal Shabazz as head coach of the Women’s Senior Team earlier this month.

Shawn Cooper will serve as Assistant Coach to Corneal. Cooper is a former National Under 17 Men’s team head coach.

In a brief statement, Corneal said, “The team has to be managed carefully as there are many players with niggling injuries. The aim at this point will be to advance from this round into the CONCACAF final phase which will then give us a few weeks to prepare for that final leg in the United States.

“The group of players is very eager to enter the upcoming round of matches and we will continue our preparations in the best possible manner with a good spirit heading into the opening match against Cuba,” the TTFA Technical Director told TTFA Media.

The five-nation Final Group competition kicks off on August 25th with T&T facing Cuba in the opening match at the National Stadium in Kingston. The other three nations competing are hosts Jamaica, Haiti and Antigua/Barbuda.  The top three teams will advance to the CONCACAF Final round in the United States in October. Hosts USA, Canada and Mexico are already through to the Final stage and will be joined by the Caribbean’s top three as well as two countries from Central America.

The competition format for the CONCACAF Final phase will see the  eight participating teams sorted into two groups of four for the Group Stage. After round-robin play, the two group winners, plus the two second-place finishers will advance to the semifinals. The semifinal winners will automatically qualify to the championship final and the FIFA Women’s World Cup. The semifinal losers will dispute the tournament’s third place match for the last direct available ticket to the World Cup.The fourth place finisher will dispute a home-and-away intercontinental playoff, with the third-place finisher of CONMEBOL’s 2018 Women’s Copa America. The winner of the playoff will qualify to the World Cup.

T&T’s Schedule in Jamaica
T&T vs Cuba, August 25th, National Stadium
T&T vs Antigua/Barbuda, August 29th, National Stadium
T&T vs Jamaica, August 31st, National Stadium
T&T vs Bermuda, September 2nd, National Stadium
Title: Re: Anton Corneal Thread
Post by: Flex on August 20, 2018, 12:36:27 AM
Who appointed Corneal? TTFA’s internal structure questioned again as board allegedly bypassed.
By Amiel Mohammed (Wired868).


The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) has again been accused of violating its constitution, after today’s appointment of Anton Corneal as caretaker head coach of the National Senior Women’s Team with Shawn Cooper as his assistant.

Corneal and Cooper will lead the Women Soca Warriors into the five-team 2018 Caribbean Championships in Jamaica from 25 August to 2 September. The top three nations advance to October’s Concacaf Championship, which serves as the 2019 France Women’s World Cup qualifying series.

The problem, as TTFA board member and Trinidad and Tobago Super League (TTSL) Keith Look Loy pointed out, is that neither appointment was made by the football body’s board of directors, as mandated by the TTFA constitution.

Article 36 (j) of the TTFA Constitution states: “The Board of Directors: shall appoint the coaches for the representative teams and other technical staff.”

However, the TTFA board has not met since April and president David John-Williams did not call a meeting to discuss the appointment of a new women’s coach, after Jamaal Shabazz quit the post earlier this month.

TTFA general secretary Justin Latapy-George said Corneal, in his role as technical director, and Southern Football Association (SFA) president Richard Quan Chan “took the lead” on the appointments and would be better placed to comment.

Article 47 of the TTFA constitution spells out the role of the technical committee: “The Technical and Development Committee shall primarily analyse the basic aspects of football training and technical development.”

The technical committee has no power to hire but can only make recommendations to the TTFA board. So, if the board did not hire Corneal as women’s coach, then who did?

Wired868 failed to reach John-Williams, Corneal or Quan Chan for comment.

Whether a technical committee actually exists is also debatable. The committee was hobbled, almost 18 months ago, when the appointment of Dennis Lawrence as Soca Warriors head coach was followed by the resignations of chairman Dexter Skeene, vice-chairman Dr Alvin Henderson and member Errol Lovell.

In February 2018, the technical committee was shut down altogether. Look Loy told Wired868 that the board was not informed of any activity on the committee ever since and does not know what the body that recommended the current Women’s Team coaches looks like.

“Did Corneal recommend himself?” Look Loy asked Latapy-George. “When was Quan Chan appointed chairman of the technical committee?”

Up to the time of publication, the questions remain unanswered.

The TTSL president insisted, via letter to Latapy-George, that all information regarding the coaching appointments and the conditions, contractual or otherwise, which they would operate under should be brought before the board, as it is the only body with the authority to award contracts.

At present, the TTFA board comprises of: John-Williams (president), Joanne Salazar and Ewing Davis (vice-presidents), Karanjabari Williams (NFA), Richard Quan Chan (Southern FA), Anthony Moore (Tobago FA), Joseph Taylor (Trinidad and Tobago Football Referees Association), Sharon Warrick (Women’s League Football), Julia Baptiste (TT Pro League), Collin Partap (CFA) and Look Loy (TTSL).

TTFA vice-president Allan Warner is suspended for repeated absences, Sherwyn Dyer is sidelined due to the non-compliance of the Eastern Counties Football Union (ECFU) and the Eastern Football Association (EFA) is yet to replace its representative, Wayne Cunningham, who was blocked from serving on the board due to his role as a TTFA press officer.

The Women Warriors, who are the defending Caribbean champions, travel to Kingston next week where they will face Cuba in CFU action on 25 August.

Title: Re: Anton Corneal Thread
Post by: Flex on September 05, 2018, 12:52:33 AM
Corneal: TTFA to decide on women’s coaching job.
By Joel Bailey (Newsday).


ANTON CORNEAL, caretaker coach of the national women’s football team, said that the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) will have to decide on a full-time coach for the squad, ahead of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship in the United States.

Corneal guided the TT women’s team to second spot, in the five-team CONCACAF Caribbean Women’s Qualifiers (final round group) in Kingston, Jamaica last week.

In an interview yesterday, Corneal said, “The TTFA will have to come up with that decision.”

Hosts Jamaica won the CONCACAF Caribbean final round group with a maximum 12 points from four games, followed by TT (nine points), Cuba (six points), Bermuda (three points) and Antigua/Barbuda (zero points).

TT defeated Cuba 3-2 (August 25) and Antigua/Barbuda 5-0 (August 29) before suffering a 4-1 whipping by Jamaica last Friday. The TT team rebounded with a 3-0 victory over Bermuda on Sunday.

Jamaica, TT and Cuba advanced to the CONCACAF Championship, which will take place from October 4-17.

Yesterday, CONCACAF announced the two first round groups, with TT drawn with US, Mexico and Panama in Group A, and the quartet of Jamaica, Cuba, Canada and Costa Rica in Group B.

The finalists, and the third-placed finisher, will progress to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. The fourth-placed team will have a home-and-away playoff, with the third-placed team from CONMEBOL (South America) for a spot in France.

With only a month to go before the CONCACAF Championship kicks off, Corneal, who took over the team after Jamaal Shabazz resigned in July, is unsure who will be given the task of conducting the training sessions.

“That’s going to be decided upon (soon) I’m sure,” he said. “If (the team needs) any advice, I’ll be willing to advice only. But I’ll let the TTFA, through (Richard) Quan Chan, who is the chairman of the technical committee, come up with that decision.”

Corneal added, “Time is of the essence, so something needs to be done in the next few days.”

Concerning the results in Jamaica, Corneal commented, “For the cards dealt, we got through to the next round which was the mission.”

He continued, “The preparation, because of logistics, was not the best. We had to deal with so many various issues that affected the preparation, some of them beyond our control and others that (mean) we probably need to plan a little better in advance.”

Two players who returned to the TT squad for this competition, Kayla Taylor and Kennya “Ya Ya” Cordner, did the bulk of the scoring, with seven and three goals respectively.

Corneal, who is also the TTFA technical director, described their performances as “quite good”.

He said, “They meshed right away. Both of them are very opportunist in their play. They scored most of our goals.”

About the team’s displays overall, Corneal noted, “We did well in spurts, both defensively and in attack. I think the girls understand their strengths. The weakness will surely be preparation, the ability to prepare together as a team for a long period.

“If that is not done, it’s difficult to play at the CONCACAF level,” he added.

Title: Re: Anton Corneal Thread
Post by: Flex on September 11, 2018, 05:17:29 AM
No need for brand new coach.
By Joel Bailey (Newsday).


TTFA to make interim appointment for CONCACAF qualifiers

THE TT Football Association (TTFA) is set to make another short-term coaching appointment for the national women’s team, as they continue their quest for qualification for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.

The T&T women’s squad will participate in the eight-team CONCACAF Women’s Championship in the United States from October 4-17.

TT have been drawn in Group A, alongside hosts United States, Mexico and Panama, with Canada, Cuba, Jamaica and Panama listed in Group B.

The finalists, and the third-placed finishers, will advance to the World Cup, with the fourth-placed team progressing to a home-and-away playoff with the third-placed South American (CONMEBOL) team.

Richard Quan Chan, head of the TTFA technical department, said in an interview yesterday, a decision about the coaching position was made during a meeting last Wednesday involving president David John-Williams, general secretary Justin Latapy-George and technical director Anton Corneal — who coached the team during the recent CONCACAF Caribbean Women’s Qualifiers (final round group) in Kingston, Jamaica. “We have not yet informed the person we have selected,” said Quan Chan. “I prefer that we tell him first and (the media) after.”

Quan Chan pointed out, “It is an appointment up till the end of the qualifiers. After that we’ll have to sit with the entire group and look at what is going to happen, based on qualification. And, (depending on) what happened in the tournament, we might then look for a long-term coach to prepare for the next sets of tournaments.”

The TTFA technical department head stressed that it may be too tough a task for a new coach to get acclimatised with the players, with less than a month before the start of the CONCACAF Championship.

“At this point, to bring in a coach with three weeks till the start of the tournament, somebody who is totally new, is not always the best thing,” he said. “I don’t know how well somebody can acquaint themselves with the group, as it exists.

“We prefer if it’s somebody who is acquainted or who knows them,” he added. “After (the CONCACAF qualifiers), he would be in line for any appointment we’ll make.”

Corneal and Shawn Cooper, who served as his assistant in Jamaica, are the potential candidates for the T&T women’s team coaching role. Corneal, the former national striker and Under-17 men’s team coach, admitted this issue may have an effect on the players’ morale.

“It could affect the team,” Corneal said yesterday. “How strong do you want the girls to really be? I’m sure this is probably not the only issue that they have to deal with.”

Cooper conducted a session with the team yesterday morning, and Corneal noted, “He has experience, so I trust him that he’ll have a good idea.

Of course, we do consult each other as fellow coaches.”

However, Corneal, the former men’s team assistant coach, lamented the fact that no practice games have yet been arranged for the team ahead of their next stage of World Cup qualifiers.

Corneal, who admitted recently he has been unpaid by the TTFA for the past few months, is still performing his duties as the technical director. “I’m doing it,” he said, regarding his portfolio as technical director. “Whatever is requested of me, I have to do it, in the capacity of what I can do.

“I’m not in a position to travel around, but if the (general secretary) would need any information, I’m happy to reply to anything that I can help with. I don’t go down to (the) office, if they need any information, they would call me.” He stressed, “I work from home. I want to give them time to rectify my situation.”

Title: Re: Anton Corneal Thread
Post by: Flex on January 15, 2019, 01:40:02 AM
Corneal withholds services over unpaid salaries.
By Walter Alibey (Guardian).


An­ton Corneal, Tech­ni­cal Di­rec­tor of lo­cal foot­ball has said he will be with­hold­ing his ser­vices with im­me­di­ate ef­fect un­til monies owed to him for salaries are paid.

Corneal in a let­ter to the T&T Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion and copied to oth­er mem­bers of foot­ball fra­ter­ni­ty said his last paid salary was in June last year. Al­so, the agreed con­trac­tu­al arrange­ment to pay off his pre­vi­ous ar­rears has not been ho­n­oured since De­cem­ber 2017.

Corneal, con­sid­ered one of the most qual­i­fied coach­es in the Caribbean, wrote to David John-Williams, pres­i­dent of the em­bat­tled foot­ball as­so­ci­a­tion on many oc­ca­sions in an at­tempt to re­ceive monies owed to him. But his words ap­pear to have fall­en on deaf ears, with lit­tle or no ac­tion com­ing from the lo­cal foot­ball boss.

Ac­cord­ing to Corneal, "Af­ter days of con­tem­pla­tion and le­gal ad­vice, I have de­cid­ed to with­hold my ser­vices as Tech­ni­cal Di­rec­tor of the TTFA un­til they ho­n­our my con­trac­tu­al agree­ments made in Au­gust of 2017. I have been promised salary pay­ments con­tin­u­ous­ly but to no avail. I had meet­ings with the Pres­i­dent and the Gen­er­al Sec­re­tary in­di­cat­ing the in­con­ve­nience of not be­ing paid, and the toll it is tak­ing on my life."

Corneal said in Sep­tem­ber last year he had to rent a ve­hi­cle on two oc­ca­sions to per­form his du­ties. Then he had to trans­port FI­FA and CON­CA­CAF of­fi­cials.

Corneal joins his col­league, Na­tion­al un­der-15, 17 and 20 coach Rus­sell Lat­apy in the strug­gle for salaries, by both with­hold­ing their ser­vices with­in the past year. But they re­turned to their jobs for the CON­CA­CAF Women's and Un­der-20 Men's Qual­i­fiers late last year re­spec­tive­ly, with the hope that pay­ments will be forth­com­ing.

In­stead Corneal said the sit­u­a­tion has been tak­ing a toll on his health and fam­i­ly life and he has been con­sid­er­ing seek­ing oth­er means of in­come to sup­port his fam­i­ly.

"In De­cem­ber, I wrote to the Pres­i­dent again, ask­ing him to use his of­fice to pay me dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son, again to­tal­ly ig­nored, not even an ac­knowl­edge­ment of the mail. Then fi­nal­ly on Jan­u­ary 5th 2019, I was called to a meet­ing with the Pres­i­dent, Vice Pres­i­dent, and the Chair­man of the Tech­ni­cal Com­mit­tee, where it was in­di­cat­ed to me, they will pay off my cur­rent salaries at the end of Feb­ru­ary 2019, but will not be pay­ing the agreed pay­ments to my ar­rears and /or any arrange­ment con­cern­ing trans­porta­tion, which is clear­ly stat­ed in my con­trac­tu­al agree­ment with TTFA," Corneal ex­plained.

He is set to hand in a 2018 year­ly re­port in­di­cat­ing the sta­tus of the na­tion­al teams' pro­grammes and the chal­lenges en­coun­tered dur­ing the year but af­ter­wards will await word from Justin Lat­apy-George, the TTFA's gen­er­al sec­re­tary be­fore re­sum­ing work as the tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor.

Con­tact­ed yes­ter­day John-Williams told Guardian Sports his as­so­ci­a­tion, in spite of the dif­fi­cult fi­nan­cial times faced, was still able to pay Corneal $500,000 out of the $3 mil­lion owed to him. He be­lieves Corneal's de­ci­sion to copy his let­ter to Clynt Tay­lor, gen­er­al sec­re­tary of the Cen­tral Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (CFA), William Wal­lace, pres­i­dent of the Sec­ondary Schools Foot­ball League (SS­FL) and An­tho­ny Har­ford, pres­i­dent of the North­ern Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (NFA), all of whom has sup­port a vote to have him re­moved as pres­i­dent re­cent­ly, was a bla­tant show that he has an agen­da.

He promised a re­lease from the TTFA will be sent to the me­dia to­day but said a de­ci­sion to pay out cur­rent salaries will be done next month.

Corneal said he has seen the de­vel­op­ment of lo­cal foot­ball suf­fer and coach­es grow dis­en­chant­ed due to the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion.

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Corneal cries foul again.
By Joel Bailey (Newsday).


Look Loy calls for FIFA intervention as…

ANTON CORNEAL has decided to down tools and withhold his services as technical director of the TT Football Association (TTFA), until his outstanding salary is paid.

This move is another stain on the beleaguered TTFA and its president David John-Williams, whom Corneal has accused of disrespectful and inhumane treatment.

TTFA board member Keith Look Loy yesterday issued a call to FIFA to intervene, since the technical director is a crucial component in any member association.

Corneal, the former national midfielder and youth team coach, wrote to the TTFA yesterday saying his financial burdens were too much to bear and he needed to take a stand in order to get the salary owed since July 2018.

This is not the first time that the 54-year-old Corneal has been at loggerheads with the TTFA over unpaid salaries. He was appointed technical director by then president Lennox Watson in January 2012, but stepped down in April 2014, when Raymond Tim Kee was at the helm. Months later, Corneal took legal action against the local governing body to get his outstanding salary, estimated at $3 million.

On August 9, 2017, he was rehired as TTFA technical director by John-Williams for two years with an option to extend.

At the time Corneal, son of football great Alvin Corneal, said, “We came up with a long-term agreement to pay me off on a contractual basis. The courts would have done nearly the same thing, so this is a better way.”

Corneal also revealed TTFA has not paid his arrears from his previous tenure since December 2017.

In his e-mail to the TTFA, Corneal said, “I have been promised salary payments continuously but to no avail. I had meetings with the president and the general secretary (Justin Latapy-George) indicating the inconvenience of not being paid, and the toll it is taking on my life.

“In September 2018, I explained to the president, I am having to borrow a vehicle to perform my duties and on two occasions having a rent a vehicle to transport FIFA and CONCACAF officials.

“I am tired of the disrespect and inhumane manner in which I have been treated by the (TTFA) president.”

John-Williams, whose primary focus of late is the controversial Home of Football project in Couva, has remained silent in the face of criticism of his leadership style by board members, coaches (notably T&T youth team’s Russell Latapy), men and women players and the US Embassy's chargé d’affaires John McIntyre.

Corneal wrote, “In December I wrote to the president again, asking him to use his office to pay me during the festive season – again totally ignored, not even an acknowledgement of the mail.”

On January 5, Corneal said he was called to a meeting with John-Williams, vice-president Ewing Davis and chairman of the technical committee Richard Quan Chan and told his salary would be paid at the end of next month.

But the TTFA would “not be paying the agreed payments to my arrears and/or any arrangement concerning transportation, which is clearly stated in my contractual agreement with (the) TTFA.”

He said his financial constraints have affected both his health and his family life, and he may have to look for other sources of income.

Corneal continued, “I have seen the development of football suffer in our country, coaches working in our programmes disenchanted by the way they are treated by the (TTFA).”

Contacted yesterday, he would only say that his decision to withhold his services would take immediate effect.

Several calls to John-Williams’ phone went unanswered yesterday, Latapy-George declined comment, as he alluded to his current situation with the TTFA. Latapy-George, brother of ex-T&T captain Russell, has been working on a month-to-month contract since his term expired on November 30.

The outspoken Look Loy, a fierce critic of John-Williams’ leadership style, said, “I believe that it is time for FIFA to intervene in the TTFA. The technical-director position is one that is mandated by FIFA regulations and one that FIFA sets aside money for national associations to pay someone to fill the post and perform their duties.

“While the grass is growing, the horse is starving. We have (funds) coming in, by way of FIFA subventions, and all (the TTFA) is taking about is Home of Football, while football is collapsing all around our ears. The worst is yet to come where this presidency is concerned.”

Look Loy, the president of the TT Super League, said, “This is further evidence of the validity of the motion to dismiss John-Williams that was submitted by my club, FC Santa Rosa, to the 2018 annual general meeting.

“In the week after that motion was not passed, we had the futsal (team) winning their judgement against the TTFA and the men’s team saying that they’re not going to be playing because they’ve not been paid.”

Look Loy called for an urgent board meeting to discuss the respective positions of Corneal, Latapy-George and T&T men’s coach Dennis Lawrence, whose contract is set to end on January 30.

Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs Shamfa Cudjoe yesterday said her ministry could not get involved, as national sporting bodies are all autonomous.

She said, “I know there have been some challenges within the TTFA. They had some long-standing bills (and salaries) that they would have incurred over the years. We (will) provide assistance as it relates to development programmes. We are yet to receive a proposal or a request from TTFA as it relates to assisting or paying coaches, or their programmes.”

Is just ah sweat.
By Stephon Nicholas (Newsday)


T&T football in crisis but…

IN July last year, TT Football Association technical director Anton Corneal sought to close the disconnect between the local football body and the media by outlining the organisation's plans for the short, medium and long term.

Corneal and T&T head coach Dennis Lawrence addressed a select group of journalists at the TTFA office, Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, revealing their goals and going in-depth about how they intended to achieve them.

Given all that has transpired since then, one can't help laugh and recall the words of boxing legend Mike Tyson: "Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth."

Make no mistake, Corneal, entrusted to chart the way forward for T&T football from the youth to senior level, has taken his share of punches.

This last blow has him on one knee contemplating throwing in the towel. Since that meeting in July, Corneal has not been paid his salary and has now downed tools in protest.

This isn't Corneal's debut in the game of cat and mouse that TTFA coaches and officials have to play to get paid. Corneal is a veteran in this game and has come out on the losing end – even if he won in the courtroom.

In April 2014, Corneal, who was technical director then, quit after going unpaid for over a year. He was owed close to $3.5 million.

After winning a lawsuit against the TTFA, Corneal was rehired in the same capacity with an agreement thathe would be paid the money owed to him as well as his new salary.

But in an e-mail to the board yesterday, Corneal said, "My last paid salary was June 2018, and the agreed contractual arrangement to pay off my owed arrears has not been honoured since December 2017...I honestly believe this situation is affecting my health, it is eroding my family life and forcing me to find other means of income to support my family."

Where is our football headed if Corneal's portfolio is not respected enough to find the money to pay him? Who will be playing at the Home of Football when it is completed?

At that round-table discussion with the media last year, Corneal divulged the TTFA's goals: “Long-term is to compete at the highest level, to qualify for Youth World Cups, (Men’s) World Cups, to be the top team in the Caribbean and to be in the top four teams in CONCACAF.

“Of course, there must be areas where we have to measure how we are developing. Some of them would be how we compete in our regional tournaments (and) the Gold Cup, how the under-15 boys and girls compete in their regional tournaments. So that’ll give us an indication.”

The signs so far are not good. The under-15 girls failed even to arrive at the 2018 CONCACAF Championships because the TTFA bungled their visa applications. The National Under-20s' quest to qualify for the World Cup was doomed because the team failed to train for close to three months before the CONCACAF Championships in November last year. Coach Russell Latapy, in an exclusive interview with Newsday, said he and his staff had not been paid and were unable to hold training sessions. A late training camp just before the tournament was never going to be enough, and "The Little Magician" was unable to conjure any magic, as T&T exited at the group stage.

The national women's team also expressed a similar tale of salaries and contracts not being honoured in a timely manner. It takes no genius to know what happened to their World Cup campaign last year.

And like a broken record, the men's team recently complained about not being paid for over a year, even though salaries have been slashed by over 50 per cent. Funding and sponsorship are hard to come by, but TT footballers have every right to strike for being unpaid – and they've threatened to do so vs Wales in March!

Firing former coach Stephen Hart to bring Tom Saintfiet was also another move that backfired horrendously and cost TT a place at the 2017 Gold Cup.

The current state of local football is bad.

But TTFA head David John-Williams remains silent on the disaster that is unfolding – save for boasting about the Home of Football project.

What really is the plan going forward? Can we trust in the success of the projects, development programmes and template expounded upon by Corneal last year – when he can't even be paid? It might be time to just take ah sweat instead of taking football seriously.

Skate tackles must be banned from all football locally. After all, is just ah sweat. To the former Central FC footballer who was playing a hockey post tournament for $10,000 in Sangre Grande two days before a CONCACAF Champions League match, I must apologise for castigating you among my peers. You were ahead of your time. Is just ah sweat. Pro League clubs should remove the ban imposed on their players competing in minor league football. Is just ah sweat.

Organised football at the highest level is dying. Let's just take ah sweat.

Title: Re: Anton Corneal Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on January 15, 2019, 07:02:44 PM
Where's the steups emoji?
Title: Re: Anton Corneal Thread
Post by: Deeks on January 15, 2019, 09:22:44 PM
There is a limit to what a man can take.
Title: Re: Anton Corneal Thread
Post by: Tiresais on January 16, 2019, 02:24:12 AM
He held on a long time - I honestly thought he'd have givne up quicker given his previous experience. It doesn't bode well for the B-license training that's currently going on...
Title: Re: Anton Corneal Thread
Post by: Flex on August 19, 2019, 12:19:29 AM
Corneal: They’re operating by guess; you can’t play trial and error with the future of our football!.
By Lasana Liburd (Wired868).


“[Trinidad and Tobago Boys National Under-15 head coach Stuart Charles-Fevrier] has spoken now about things that need to change but those things should have been changed two years ago. That means they didn’t have the required experience or weren’t sure about what is supposed to happen at that age group. They were operating by guess…

“You can’t play trial and error with our nation’s children and the future of our football, especially when you have such a talented bunch like our Boys National Under-15 Team.”

Outgoing Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) technical director Anton Corneal, who was a member of the Soca Warriors coaching staff for the Germany 2006 World Cup and the 2007 and 2009 World Youth Cups, sits down with Wired868 for a wide-ranging interview on the local game:

Wired868: Can you give us an update on the current football landscape as technical director?

Anton Corneal: Well, first off, I am no longer employed with the TTFA. My contract was up for renewal at the end of July and I met with the general secretary, Camara David, last Tuesday. (I was a little surprised that the president [David John-Williams] was not there.)

Camara said that they could not financially afford to continue with me. I’m assuming that decision came out of a board meeting but I don’t know that.

Wired868: Have you heard from the TTFA president since, even if just to thank you for your service?

Corneal: I have not heard from the President but I’m not surprised; it is consistent with how I was treated for the last two years. I think the position of technical director has been treated with disrespect. So [there was] no contact but it is par for the course.

Wired868: Can you give me examples of what you considered disrespect?

Corneal: Well my financial arrangement has not been honoured. So I’m talking about unpaid salaries and promises of being paid that were not kept. At present, we are in court about it so I don’t want to go into too many specifics. But take a simple thing as just being able to sit down and communicate the renewal of my contract. It ends up being done by the General Secretary and only happened after it was expired.

Wired868: What were you told by the TTFA for the months when you did not get paid?

Corneal: Nothing at all. I just would not get a salary at the end of the month. It was not even communicated to me that I was not going to be paid. I get paid by cheque and at first, I would call the office to find out if there was a payment ready for me or when I could expect it; but I stopped doing that a long time ago. It was a waste of time.

I don’t think anyone should have to go through what I did… I even had to write to them in January because it got ridiculous. I am also aware of so many people not being paid [by the current administration]. It is a very unhealthy environment.

A couple of months ago, I found out that money was disbursed to some people who were owed money at the end of May; and I didn’t get any money… I think it was disrespectful and vindictive. They are aware of how much money is owed to me and to say they would get a lump sum of money and pay other people and not pay me—it has to be something personal… Even when I said I was withholding my services, I still did everything asked of me. Even if I did not go down to the office every day, every request made of me was honoured.

[…] I would love to know who makes that decision on who gets paid and who doesn’t. Is that a decision that comes from one person? Or the board? Or the so-called emergency committee?
It is a pity to know that the ‘hierarchy’ is surrounded by people who you would think know better but wouldn’t say or do anything. There are some former players, coaches and administrators at the highest level who are still there in the TTFA and they are just afraid to do anything. I am seeing our game being affected by that. It is difficult to sit around and not be able to do anything and just watch our football go deeper in a hole.

Wired868: How are you seeing our administrative problems directly affecting our football?

Corneal: Well, with the national youth teams not being able to train for one—such as the [Men’s] Under-20 and Under-17 Teams. Look at the late decisions to put coaches in place for the U-17s. It is admirable that they got Stern [John] to do it but did he have time to do any real development? Or not paying the U-20 where Russell [Latapy] was strong enough to stand up for his team. What sort of development and exposure were those players given at such a critical stage before they transition into senior football? I know it is tough financially but how they deal with it is an issue.

And then our grassroots programme has collapsed. We started a programme with [the late] Muhammad Isa and myself that went through the country and then it stopped because we are unable to fulfil our financial obligations to 65 coaches. Some of these coaches are daily paid workers who went out there every Wednesday to work for the TTFA but were being paid as much as six months late. Stuff like that is hurting the smooth running of our football. Remember these are people you are going to have to turn to again at some point.

I think the biggest issue with the current hierarchy is their inability to communicate and the inability to deal with people and to converse with them. These are things you must have in a leader.

Wired868: Can you give us more details on the grassroots programme and its aims? When did it start and stop?

Corneal: The programme started in September or October 2017. We trained once a week with 10 and 11 year olds at eight venues across the country including Tobago. We were trying to get 80 to 100 kids per venue with half the amount in girls—because we were trying to grow the girls programme. It was about getting the children to come out, love the game and do basic technical work to get a foundation.

We probably had 1,600 to 2,000 kids when the programme was at its peak. But then it stopped in one zone, I think it was Central, by the middle of April 2018 and all the others stopped in June of that same year. We were supposed to continue it from September through to December but we couldn’t. It just came to a halt.

There was a lack of communication, a lack of financial planning and we were not in a position to even know what the budget looked like. If we knew, we could reassess what’s possible and what is not possible. But we cannot ask coaches and administrators to get involved in a programme knowing we cannot support it. I never knew what finances were available for the programme or was involved in the decision-making.

Wired868: How did this compare to the grassroots programme under former president Raymond Tim Kee?

Corneal: The other programme [under Tim Kee] was one where you moved around from area to area to meet the kids. So we went to areas like Manzanilla, Toco, Blanchisseuse, Cedros and so on. This one was set in zones, so it is improvement on the last programme because now the kids are together more regularly and there is more continuity. This programme [under John-Williams] has more potential, although I liked the idea of going to shorelines and areas that don’t have mainstream football. I think that should be done too. Those players need to be exposed to the game because every player is important to us.

Wired868: In January, you wrote a letter to the TTFA board that complained of inhumane treatment by the president and urged members to step forward and save football. What feedback did you get?

Corneal: That call was made because of what was done to me […] and also from seeing our football being hurt. Our timeline to develop players is between 12 and 16 years old and every week missed hurts the development of our players. When I see that is not happening, I wonder if we are helping or hurting the game.

A lot of people [within the TTFA] agreed with me but nobody wants to come out and say anything; they are afraid to do the right thing… Teams are not training, staff are not paid, programmes are being affected; and they sit around and do nothing.

My letter brought awareness to a lot more people, especially in and around the Association, who claimed they didn’t understand what was happening or my situation. But you know what? It did not change anything. When you speak to them, they say all the right things one on one. They know what is right you know—but they will not go against the grain. They won’t put the country first.

For example, we can’t afford to blacklist coaches. Okay, we can’t get some coaches because of finances; but what about having detailed discussions with them to try to find a solution. Have we tried that? But those discussions aren’t done… Our programmes are falling apart. I don’t need to say anything, just look around at our football environment now.

Wired868: In the past, coaches who picked up trophies at any level eventually got the chance to take a national team. What do you make of how coaches get hired now?

Corneal: You are right. And I feel hurt that we are not able to see this at the administrative level. We are not having discussions to think about who are the coaches doing well at youth football and showing that level of success consistently; and what ways can we find to improve them. I can imagine how frustrated some coaches are because this is their profession and livelihood and they would dream about achieving at the highest level like everyone else.

Wired868: Do you have any youth coaches in mind?

Corneal: In the last 10 years, you have to talk about Angus Eve, Shawn Cooper, Michael Grayson at the colleges level. And it is not just about results but leadership qualities; and people who know how to prepare programmes and follow through. You want results but you also want people who have the ability to plan, implement and analyse… The ability to carry a staff and plan long term. I can’t say we have a lot but we have some we shouldn’t turn a blind eye to. I think [new Boys National Under-13] Teba McKnight has a lot of potential too but he is going to need guidance.

Wired868: You didn’t mention Trendsetter Hawks coach Anthony ‘Dada’ Wickham…

Corneal: There is probably a role for Dada. I think he has done well when it comes to developing players. He has a gift and I think he has done a tremendous job. As far as [putting him in] an elite setting? Only time can tell you if he will succeed there. But he is a hero to me. He has done it for years through thick or thin, whether his programme is sponsored or isn’t. And I am sure there are others around who have done similar.

But as far as the way the national teams are being run, I am shocked at what is going on now. I have had full control over coach education and that was done successfully. I was involved in the Concacaf Next Play project where we targeted 51 schools; and that was taken care of. It is the things that I did not have control over that we have to look at and see where are they now? We need to have serious discussions about preparation of our national teams. Who are the people making the technical decisions?

Wired868: What input did you have the Boys National Under-15 Team?

Corneal: I had very little to do with them. When I first took up my position as technical director, I was involved in the screening; and I watched 13 sessions [in two and a half years]. I remember asking in an initial meeting why [the Under-15 boys] are playing on Monday night and saying we need to have them play on a Sunday instead. At that time they were 13 years old, so Monday evening would have gotten them home too late with school the next day.

That advice wasn’t taken and my involvement seemed to end right there. I remember approaching the head coach [Stuart Charles-Fevrier] very early to say that the intensity of the sessions needs to be right from the beginning because we are forming habits. And I am still hearing about intensity [being a problem for the Elite team] two years later. How you train is how you play.

Do we expect to win every game? No. But we have to get the players up to their truest potential and let them develop over a period of time. When you lose years—especially your formative years—it is years you can’t get back.

You can’t play trial and error with our nation’s children and the future of our football, especially when you have such a talented bunch like our Boys National Under-15 Team. You can take those chances with a club team but not a national team with youth players. You need people with the right leadership qualities; people who will be the right mentors and role models and who can help them socially as well as on the field.

That programme needs correct persons guiding it with the necessary knowledge of youth development, experience of dealing with elite youth players and the expertise in growth and physical development of young players. I do not know why we are so surprised by these results.

It would be interesting to see what happens going forward with this program as time is of the essence. Habits have now been formed as time is elapsing during the informative years of a young players life. But I am sure they will revisit and analyse and come up with solutions. I hope they do.

Wired868: You helped take two Trinidad and Tobago teams to World Youth Cup tournaments as coach. So how was your advice received?

Corneal: The feedback I got was well we have a way in which we plan to do it. It was like saying it is our turn and we will do it our way, without saying those words.

[…] I hope the right adjustments are made so the players can get to their truest potential. We are hurting them individually and we are hurting our country by not getting our young players ready for the international level.

Wired868: You were still technical director when the U-15s played the four nation tournament at home in July, did Fevrier’s technical review after come to you?

Corneal: No. Like I said, that programme was the best kept secret—maybe because it was the flagship programme. But it should have been under my portfolio as technical director. My only involvement was the sessions I attended and it is difficult to watch when the intensity isn’t right [and] when the players aren’t allowed to make decisions and take responsibility in defence and attack but are told what to do over and over. So players have no personal responsibility, even in training and small-sided games. But I felt I was kept away. Do I try to go in anyway and bully people? Look what happened in the end. Doesn’t it speak for itself?

The coach has spoken now about things that need to change but those things should have been changed two years ago. That means they didn’t have the required experience or weren’t sure about what is supposed to happen at that age group. They were operating by guess. But it is still a year before the qualifiers, so hopefully they can make the adjustments.

Wired868: Did you speak to Elite Programme co-ordinator Gary St Rose?

Corneal: Yes. We have discussed it, especially when it comes to intensity of the game and physical preparation… He played it very safe. (Smiles) That’s all I can say.

But again, Gary was the coordinator of the programme [and] I had very little input, so I can’t tell you much about the programme. What I can tell you is the outcome.

Wired868: And what are your thoughts on the TTFA’s recently launched Under-13 and Under-11 programmes?

Corneal: I know they started an advertisement of an under-11 programme but I find that is so far fetched. Under-11?! That means we don’t understand what we’re doing. Players are still developing at that age and there is so much to be done before you get an elite programme. What you want is academy programmes which have certified coaches to work on their players at that stage. And you have some people who have academies that do well like Anthony Sherwood and Stern [John].

It is only around the age of 13 that you can begin identifying elite players. Under-11 is just too early and for them to not be able to see it that tells you something. It shows that they are guessing. This is not rocket science. What they are doing will break or demotivate academies. Under-13s? Yes. And by Under-15 level, you have more concentrated times with the players. But you don’t take them away from their clubs at 10 and 11 years old.

Wired868: What have you seen at ground zero over the last two years?

Corneal: I think we need to prioritise and more people need to be involved with the budgeting of the football body. It should be the decision of the whole board to see what money is available and how we can direct that money; and it must be an open discussion. I have spoken to so many board members individually and they say all the right things; and when it is time to do it, it is not done. I cannot say why they are afraid to make decisions. The type of people who are supporting the hierarchy [seem] unable to persuade the executive board to make the right decisions and say enough is enough.

[…] I can’t say how many coaches and technical staff members are owed money; I just know for myself. But this is their profession; this is how they exist and feed their families, just like a banker or plumber or fisherman. So we must decide what programmes are important and properly support those programmes […] and make the necessary changes, so at least we can get development back on the road.

The [Men’s National] Senior Team is a reflection of what is happening in our football now. We don’t know all the issues in the Senior Team but I am in town long enough to know there are issues. One of them we know is players are not playing enough… But I don’t comment on the Senior Team because it’s not under my portfolio. My job is to develop players who can feed the Senior Team in eight years or so.

Wired868: Given the complaints from yourself and other coaches and technical persons about the stewardship of TTFA president David John-Williams, are you surprised that he is set to see out his term in office?

Corneal: I am surprised. I am more than surprised, I am shocked. I have to say the problem for me is the people who surround the President; those are the ones who are supposed to assist the President when it comes to making major decisions.

Personally, I feel football can only get better because it is at its worst right now. But we must put country first. We cannot do any more tribal appointments; we have to find the people with the necessary knowledge and experience for all the positions and come up with solutions to make things work. We need professional discussions to fix our football but from what I’ve seen, we are not willing to have those discussions.

I think the last two years have shown me about the type of people we have in this world and that’s the honest truth. You have to appreciate the people who care about the development of football and their country. I thought [former general secretary] Justin Latapy was an amazing human being and in the end he had to stand up for what was right and I have to admire that. But I have learnt about people and their personal agendas. Sometimes you think people don’t have personal agendas but I have seen it as clear as can be.

Right now, I am physically and mentally tired. I can only get involved in Trinidad and Tobago football again if the right people are there. I have been exposed to all sorts of people and yet this was an eye opener for me.

Wired868: If I ask you what stood out for you about the eras that you worked in, what would you say? Let’s start with the Jack Warner era…

Corneal: There was a purpose under Warner. There was a purpose and a direction; and strangely enough there was a support system that supported youth football in that era. Youth football was supported well. Coming out of that era, we had the [senior] World Cup and three World Youth Cups…

Wired868: And the Raymond Tim Kee era?

Corneal: I guess because of all that happened with the Association after the [2006] World Cup, it dampened our football with all the monies that were owed. And that’s when I resigned because of the same financial issues in 2014.

That era was a lot about the [Men’s National] Senior Team. That’s the truth. They were trying to rebuild the image of the Association and a lot of time was spent dealing with the Senior Team. But still remember the Under-20 girls came within one result of a World Youth Cup and were 3-1 up against Costa Rica. And the Senior girls were also one game away from the Women’s World Cup and filled out the [Hasely Crawford] Stadium…

Wired868: And the David John-Williams era?

Corneal: We have a nice hotel.

Wired868: Come again?

Corneal: We have a nice hotel; the Home of Football. That was the priority as far as I could see. Just look at the programmes…


Editor’s Note: After three years and over TT$20 million spent, the TTFA’s Home of Football has still not been officially opened.

Title: Re: Anton Corneal Thread
Post by: Deeks on August 19, 2019, 04:36:13 PM
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