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Title: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Insider on May 14, 2013, 04:06:32 AM
Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.

Someone told me that Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon. Possibly after the Gold Cup.

Whether he accepts or not, that's another question.

He turned down a chance to be T&T assistant once.

Hopefully, Sheldon Phillips can convince him.

I just heard this.

Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: frico on May 14, 2013, 04:41:55 AM
That would be nice if TT can get him but I dont believe he will accept he knows too much about TT its failings,you name it and we can show the world how not to do it.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: Touches on May 14, 2013, 08:11:37 AM
When Martinez moves to Everton you dont think Dennis might go with him there?

Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: Errol on May 14, 2013, 08:22:46 AM
This would be a good move. I hope he accepts.

Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: weary1969 on May 14, 2013, 08:59:10 AM
Well d TTFF will get a stooge in Dennis after all he was jack hatchet man encouraging people to take jack 30 pieces of silver. He will tell d national team no need for FPATT or any such body.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: MEP on May 14, 2013, 02:33:31 PM
look de man sure to get a steady paycheck and work with good players.....why would he take de TnT job????
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: Tenorsaw on May 17, 2013, 01:04:22 PM
Let de man grow a bit more under Martinez.  We like to rush these men prematurely.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: FireBrand on May 17, 2013, 01:15:34 PM
Let de man grow a bit more under Martinez.  We like to rush these men prematurely.

Thank you. De man needs more experience under his belt.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: coache on May 17, 2013, 01:26:58 PM
Same Kakhi pants.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: just cool on May 18, 2013, 01:23:10 AM
Let de man grow a bit more under Martinez.  We like to rush these men prematurely.

Thank you. De man needs more experience under his belt.
I second that!
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: just cool on May 18, 2013, 01:23:56 AM
Same Kakhi pants.

I eh lying boy, you real negative ano horse!!
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: Thomo on May 18, 2013, 05:46:54 AM
@justcool, sometimes I wonder why coache even bothers to comment on anything on this forum. Always negative. Sometimes I give him the benefit of the doubt when he starts off but his negativity gets the better of him and back to square one. As he put it "same khaki pants". I understand and respect constructive critique but coache is too much sometimes.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: Fyzoman on May 18, 2013, 07:02:43 AM
@justcool, sometimes I wonder why coache even bothers to comment on anything on this forum. Always negative. Sometimes I give him the benefit of the doubt when he starts off but his negativity gets the better of him and back to square one. As he put it "same khaki pants". I understand and respect constructive critique but coache is too much sometimes.

Yeah negative until he talkin bout he lengthy resume and pointing out who he use to coach...all in all it takes all kinds, so we hadda accept him :(

Thomo doh get meh wrong he does annoy de hell outta me too with he negativity, but sometimes he does be unintentinally hilarious.

By de way, coache probably have an 'in' wid Lawerence as to why he would be de 'same khaki pants'?
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: banton on May 18, 2013, 10:01:28 AM
i aint mind dat atall 
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: injunchile on May 18, 2013, 08:17:46 PM
It seems to me that COACHE has some coaching experience. It is also clear that being in a foreign country COACHE has that mentality that foreign exposure is better than the big fish in a small pond mentality.
The logical conclusion is that COACHE wants to be the National coach of Trinidad & Tobago.
 Nothing wrong with that kind of ambition, but he must channel his CV in the right direction.
 Having said that, understanding the DNA of a club or country is a necessary ingredient for success.
 If one is in doubt ask the Interim  Coach of Chelsea. Players and fans can make you or break you.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: Deeks on May 18, 2013, 08:36:41 PM
It is also clear that being in a foreign country COACHE has that mentality that foreign exposure is better than the big fish in a small pond mentality.

Dennis is a local who is now cuttin his teeth in foreign. Isn't he gaining experience. Isn't that what all of us want?
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: g on May 19, 2013, 09:51:23 AM
There is too much of an inclination to proclaim before the fact.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: coache on May 19, 2013, 08:05:01 PM
Same Khaki pants..not a negative comment...why take it as a negative? I said it before ..coaching in the English league is comparing apples to oranges when it comes to coaching a National team.
It would be even more difficult coaching Trinidad for many reasons. I'll name a few..lack of resources, player limitation, limited time to build a strong cohesive unit, leadership experience by the coach.
This coach is an assistant who is an active participant in another man's philosophy..does he fully understand Martinez's methods? I don't understand Martinez's methods..I never liked him, I always thought he was overrated and his relegation into the Championship Division is long overdue.
That methodology would not work with any National set up.
Who knows what is Dennis Lawrence's philosophy?
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: Madd Ras#13 on May 20, 2013, 10:00:52 AM
Same Khaki pants..not a negative comment...why take it as a negative? I said it before ..coaching in the English league is comparing apples to oranges when it comes to coaching a National team.
It would be even more difficult coaching Trinidad for many reasons. I'll name a few..lack of resources, player limitation, limited time to build a strong cohesive unit, leadership experience by the coach.
This coach is an assistant who is an active participant in another man's philosophy..does he fully understand Martinez's methods? I don't understand Martinez's methods..I never liked him, I always thought he was overrated and his relegation into the Championship Division is long overdue.
That methodology would not work with any National set up.
Who knows what is Dennis Lawrence's philosophy?

Is overrated yuh call de man overrated...if anything he's an overachiever, like u en see how light n weak wigan team is or wah, is like dey have a bare 11 of decent/ok players and after dat is salt...miracles martinez been working at that club
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: MEP on May 20, 2013, 12:06:28 PM
Same Khaki pants..not a negative comment...why take it as a negative? I said it before ..coaching in the English league is comparing apples to oranges when it comes to coaching a National team.

Based on what? Your dislike of the EPL?

It would be even more difficult coaching Trinidad for many reasons. I'll name a few..lack of resources, player limitation, limited time to build a strong cohesive unit, leadership experience by the coach.
 
Sounds like Wigan to me

This coach is an assistant who is an active participant in another man's philosophy..does he fully understand Martinez's methods? I don't understand Martinez's methods..I never liked him, I always thought he was overrated and his relegation into the Championship Division is long overdue.
So there is the nature of the problem. Guess what???? your opinion doesn't matter because as long as Lawrence is learning and gaining experience he is becoming a better coach.

That methodology would not work with any National set up.

Who knows what is Dennis Lawrence's philosophy?

W]hy not wait and see if or when he is given the chance
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Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: ANC2 on May 20, 2013, 12:20:18 PM
Same Khaki pants..not a negative comment...why take it as a negative? I said it before ..coaching in the English league is comparing apples to oranges when it comes to coaching a National team.
It would be even more difficult coaching Trinidad for many reasons. I'll name a few..lack of resources, player limitation, limited time to build a strong cohesive unit, leadership experience by the coach.
This coach is an assistant who is an active participant in another man's philosophy..does he fully understand Martinez's methods? I don't understand Martinez's methods..I never liked him, I always thought he was overrated and his relegation into the Championship Division is long overdue.
That methodology would not work with any National set up.
Who knows what is Dennis Lawrence's philosophy?

You good yes. First to begin Dennis is not Martinez assistant, he runs the Developmental section of Wigan. Also I would hope he takes the best of Martinez philosophy  adds his own and grows from their. Saying that, Martinez teams play good football and is only a lack of true good players he has not done better. Hats off he won the FA Cup against the most expensive team in football. As professionals say "where is your FA Cup medal." How exactly is coaching in the EPL different from Holland, Spain, Mexico or Serbia Leagues, Versus National Teams?

If Dennis reading this thread. Most of us wish you well & are behind you. Good luck
Title: Spoke To Dennis Lawrence Yesterday
Post by: amwood on May 27, 2013, 10:38:41 AM
The man has so much insight into the day to day operations of a typical coach in England, tremendously insightful! Someone from the association should be utilizing the information that these guys can share with local coaches...was really happy to hear him talk about the philosophy of Martinez and how much work these guys devote to preparing their teams. Spoke quite a bit about speed of play, high intensity sessions, operating outside of players comfort zones, emphasis on addressing physical characteristics of young players, importance of developing relationships with players, importance of managing them. It's quite an accomplishment what he has achieved being a Trini operating at that level! Anton should be hunting these guys down once they are back in Trini...and the man can still handle himself on the pitch as well. Big respect to Dennis!
Title: Re: Spoke To Dennis Lawrence Yesterday
Post by: Banter Banton on May 27, 2013, 10:56:15 AM
Legend

The longer he stay abroad and get his badges and experience the better for us in the future

Keep it up big man !
Title: Re: Spoke To Dennis Lawrence Yesterday
Post by: Bakes on May 27, 2013, 11:27:31 AM
Appreciate de info... but yuh telling we a lot about what yuh talk about, but not what he say.  That would have been much much more interesting.
Title: Re: Spoke To Dennis Lawrence Yesterday
Post by: Flex on May 27, 2013, 12:13:01 PM
Always liked Lawrence, on the field this man was pure heart and soul, I believe he would make a great coach, hopefully, he will return to T&T.

Title: Re: Spoke To Dennis Lawrence Yesterday
Post by: Observer on May 27, 2013, 12:56:43 PM
Dennis is a boss. He is in a daily environment, gaining experience at every level (which will serve him well). Do your thing Mr. Lawrence
Title: Re: Spoke To Dennis Lawrence Yesterday
Post by: Tenorsaw on May 28, 2013, 09:16:13 AM
Look like de brudda may be headed to Everton with Martinez
Title: Re: Spoke To Dennis Lawrence Yesterday
Post by: coache on May 28, 2013, 02:11:18 PM
The most important element is player relationship.
This is good for Mr Lawrence hope he's developing his own philosophy so as to enhance our players at home.
Title: Re: Spoke To Dennis Lawrence Yesterday
Post by: Big Magician on May 28, 2013, 07:31:23 PM
Big D
Title: Re: Spoke To Dennis Lawrence Yesterday
Post by: Flex on July 08, 2013, 09:28:04 AM
Dennis Lawrence: Set to join Roberto Martinez's coaching team at Everton
By Pete O'Rourke (skysports).


Sky Sports understands Wigan coach Dennis Lawrence is poised to join Roberto Martinez's coaching staff at Everton.

Everton confirmed last week that Graeme Jones, Inaki Bergara, Kevin Reeves and Richard Evans had all followed Martinez from Wigan to Goodison Park.

Wigan were keen to keep hold of Lawrence with the former Trinidad & Tobago international establishing himself as a key member of the set-up at the DW Stadium.

New Wigan boss Owen Coyle was keen to include Lawrence in his plans for the side and hoped to keep him in his coaching staff.

However, Martinez has moved to lure Lawrence away from Wigan as he finalises his backroom team on Merseyside.

Lawrence is highly-rated by Martinez and he sees the former Wrexham and Swansea defender as one of the most innovative coaches around.

Title: Re: Spoke To Dennis Lawrence Yesterday
Post by: Banter Banton on July 08, 2013, 09:31:52 AM
Dennis Lawrence: Set to join Roberto Martinez's coaching team at Everton
By Pete O'Rourke (skysports).


Sky Sports understands Wigan coach Dennis Lawrence is poised to join Roberto Martinez's coaching staff at Everton.

Everton confirmed last week that Graeme Jones, Inaki Bergara, Kevin Reeves and Richard Evans had all followed Martinez from Wigan to Goodison Park.

Wigan were keen to keep hold of Lawrence with the former Trinidad & Tobago international establishing himself as a key member of the set-up at the DW Stadium.

New Wigan boss Owen Coyle was keen to include Lawrence in his plans for the side and hoped to keep him in his coaching staff.

However, Martinez has moved to lure Lawrence away from Wigan as he finalises his backroom team on Merseyside.

Lawrence is highly-rated by Martinez and he sees the former Wrexham and Swansea defender as one of the most innovative coaches around.

BRILLIANT

Keep it up Tallest
Title: Re: Spoke To Dennis Lawrence Yesterday
Post by: Bakes on July 08, 2013, 11:48:58 AM
High praise there  :beermug:
Title: Re: Spoke To Dennis Lawrence Yesterday
Post by: Peong on July 08, 2013, 12:10:08 PM
Dennis Lawrence: Set to join Roberto Martinez's coaching team at Everton
By Pete O'Rourke (skysports).


Sky Sports understands Wigan coach Dennis Lawrence is poised to join Roberto Martinez's coaching staff at Everton.

Everton confirmed last week that Graeme Jones, Inaki Bergara, Kevin Reeves and Richard Evans had all followed Martinez from Wigan to Goodison Park.

Wigan were keen to keep hold of Lawrence with the former Trinidad & Tobago international establishing himself as a key member of the set-up at the DW Stadium.

New Wigan boss Owen Coyle was keen to include Lawrence in his plans for the side and hoped to keep him in his coaching staff.

However, Martinez has moved to lure Lawrence away from Wigan as he finalises his backroom team on Merseyside.

Lawrence is highly-rated by Martinez and he sees the former Wrexham and Swansea defender as one of the most innovative coaches around.



That is some high praise if true. 
Title: Re: Spoke To Dennis Lawrence Yesterday
Post by: Tenorsaw on July 08, 2013, 12:17:36 PM
Dennis Lawrence: Set to join Roberto Martinez's coaching team at Everton
By Pete O'Rourke (skysports).


Sky Sports understands Wigan coach Dennis Lawrence is poised to join Roberto Martinez's coaching staff at Everton.

Everton confirmed last week that Graeme Jones, Inaki Bergara, Kevin Reeves and Richard Evans had all followed Martinez from Wigan to Goodison Park.

Wigan were keen to keep hold of Lawrence with the former Trinidad & Tobago international establishing himself as a key member of the set-up at the DW Stadium.

New Wigan boss Owen Coyle was keen to include Lawrence in his plans for the side and hoped to keep him in his coaching staff.

However, Martinez has moved to lure Lawrence away from Wigan as he finalises his backroom team on Merseyside.

Lawrence is highly-rated by Martinez and he sees the former Wrexham and Swansea defender as one of the most innovative coaches around.



That is some high praise if true. 

Arguably, our best foreign-based coach.
Title: Re: Spoke To Dennis Lawrence Yesterday
Post by: Andre on July 08, 2013, 01:27:47 PM
a trini coaching in the premier league for a top 6 team!  :beermug:
Title: Re: Spoke To Dennis Lawrence Yesterday
Post by: Bakes on July 08, 2013, 01:32:10 PM
That is some high praise if true

 ::)

Flex yuh see why I like tuh include links?

http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11671/8813439/Wigan-coach-Dennis-Lawrence-is-set-to-join-Everton-s-coaching-staff
Title: Re: Spoke To Dennis Lawrence Yesterday
Post by: Peong on July 08, 2013, 01:57:41 PM
That is some high praise if true

 ::)

Flex yuh see why I like tuh include links?

http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11671/8813439/Wigan-coach-Dennis-Lawrence-is-set-to-join-Everton-s-coaching-staff

What that link supposed to do exactly?  Turn hearsay into fact?
Title: Re: Spoke To Dennis Lawrence Yesterday
Post by: Deeks on July 08, 2013, 02:28:38 PM
Remind me of Dwight. Right time and right place. Dennis, Right time, right place.
Title: Re: Spoke To Dennis Lawrence Yesterday
Post by: Bakes on July 08, 2013, 02:40:39 PM
What that link supposed to do exactly?  Turn hearsay into fact?

It actually done accomplished its goal... thanks fuh playing.
Title: Re: Spoke To Dennis Lawrence Yesterday
Post by: Cocorite on July 08, 2013, 03:50:50 PM
Great to know he is very innovative. . .we may have an original on our hands.

Well he had to be with that small frame he has and how well he used it in the back line.
Title: Re: Spoke To Dennis Lawrence Yesterday
Post by: Peong on July 08, 2013, 03:53:29 PM
What that link supposed to do exactly?  Turn hearsay into fact?

It actually done accomplished its goal... thanks fuh playing.

 :rotfl: at your smug comment, you think you hit somebody for six

I see what happened.  You think I don't believe Martinez is moving for Lawrence when the only part I'm skeptical about is the praise part at the end.
Title: Re: Spoke To Dennis Lawrence Yesterday
Post by: BBL on July 09, 2013, 05:52:08 AM
So, what can Dennis Lawrence bring to Everton ?
Title: Re: Spoke To Dennis Lawrence Yesterday
Post by: supporter on July 09, 2013, 02:24:18 PM
What that link supposed to do exactly?  Turn hearsay into fact?

It actually done accomplished its goal... thanks fuh playing.

 :rotfl: at your smug comment, you think you hit somebody for six

I see what happened.  You think I don't believe Martinez is moving for Lawrence when the only part I'm skeptical about is the praise part at the end.

LOL
Title: Re: Spoke To Dennis Lawrence Yesterday
Post by: BBL on July 11, 2013, 11:10:52 AM
(http://d25yla7xp697oa.cloudfront.net/assets/_files/cached/jul_13/590x330/efc__1373496865_Dennis2.jpg)

http://www.evertonfc.com/news/archive/2013/07/11/lawrence-joins-backroom-team
Title: Re: Spoke To Dennis Lawrence Yesterday
Post by: WarriorSaint on July 11, 2013, 11:39:50 AM
Just confirming his appointment. Here are some links

http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11661/8819210/Everton-boss-Roberto-Martinez-adds-Dennis-Lawrence-to-his-backroom-staff

http://www.evertonfc.com/news/archive/2013/07/11/lawrence-joins-backroom-team
Title: Re: Spoke To Dennis Lawrence Yesterday
Post by: Bakes on July 11, 2013, 12:34:35 PM
Very good interview by Lawrence... he struck the right balance between praising Wigan and thanking them for the opportunity the club gave him, and expressing his privilege to be moving to a club like Everton.  Unlike many Liverpool fans I don't hate Everton, but I always wanted to make sure they understand that there was only ONE Liverpool Football Club, in Liverpool.  That won't change, but a small part of me will be rooting for Martinez and Lawrence as well.
Title: Re: Spoke To Dennis Lawrence Yesterday
Post by: FF on July 11, 2013, 12:37:28 PM
Dennis made quite an ascent in the football world... and imagine he was more a basketball man at one point.

From Barataria to the world!!  ;D  :beermug: Big up meh 6th Avenue posse
Title: Re: Spoke To Dennis Lawrence Yesterday
Post by: maxg on July 11, 2013, 12:56:17 PM
Dennis made quite an ascent in the football world... and imagine he was more a basketball man at one point.

From Barataria to the world!!  ;D  :beermug: Big up meh 6th Avenue posse
congratulations Barataria ppl..we could do this thing man
Title: Re: Spoke To Dennis Lawrence Yesterday
Post by: BBL on July 11, 2013, 01:27:51 PM
http://www.evertonfc.com/evertontv/home/9117
Title: Re: Spoke To Dennis Lawrence Yesterday
Post by: Socapro on July 11, 2013, 02:33:25 PM
http://www.evertonfc.com/news/archive/2013/07/11/lawrence-joins-backroom-team
Yeah nice interview here from Tallest about moving to his new club.
He is developing nicely as a coach, a future T&T coach or manager for sure!  :beermug:
Title: Re: Spoke To Dennis Lawrence Yesterday
Post by: davyjenny1 on July 11, 2013, 02:46:07 PM
Is Dennis hope for the future because he is a Trini? what happen to other clubs or Countries on the international market? the best option is always first i would think maybe EPL,La liga, SPL, bundesliga and wherever the business takes him and or maybe T&T who knows.
Title: Re: Spoke To Dennis Lawrence Yesterday
Post by: Cocorite on July 11, 2013, 06:32:06 PM
Thoughtful and articulate . . . Dennis has a good head on his shoulder . . . wish him all the best.
Title: Re: Spoke To Dennis Lawrence Yesterday
Post by: Peong on July 11, 2013, 06:52:08 PM
Congrats Talles, Martinez takin care of his people.
When Martinez go Chelsea/Liverpool/Spurs I hope he carry him there too.
Title: Re: Spoke To Dennis Lawrence Yesterday
Post by: BBL on December 15, 2013, 12:19:27 PM
Here he is in Everton's staff Christmas video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNPj8Xm1fSA&#t=98
Title: Re: Spoke To Dennis Lawrence Yesterday
Post by: Mad Scorpion a/k/a Big Bo$$ on December 16, 2013, 01:38:36 PM
Here he is in Everton's staff Christmas video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNPj8Xm1fSA&#t=98

Funny video.  They really seem like a family environment there.  Martinez have spirits high!
Title: Big interview: Dennis Lawrence - from World Cup legend to Everton FC coach
Post by: Tallman on April 02, 2014, 06:20:15 AM
Big interview: Dennis Lawrence - from World Cup legend to Everton FC coach
By David Prentice (Liverpool Echo)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

READ MORE... (http://socawarriors.net/foreign-based/foreign-based-news/foreign-based-news/13780-big-interview-dennis-lawrence-from-world-cup-legend-to-everton-fc-coach.html)
Title: Re: Big interview: Dennis Lawrence - from World Cup legend to Everton FC coach
Post by: boss on April 02, 2014, 11:31:18 AM
I can't even begin to describe how much I enjoyed reading that. It's inconceivable to think of Dennis Lawrence NOT a part of that XI in Bahrain. Was that doctor in question Babwah?  :beermug:
Title: Re: Big interview: Dennis Lawrence - from World Cup legend to Everton FC coach
Post by: kounty on April 02, 2014, 12:34:07 PM
dem kinda new details would best be revealed in a movie based on the event.
Title: Re: Big interview: Dennis Lawrence - from World Cup legend to Everton FC coach
Post by: Tallman on April 02, 2014, 02:19:47 PM
From Dennis Lawrence: My untold World Cup story (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/sport/football/dennis-lawrence-untold-world-cup-6907995)

Reception in Trinidad will always live with me

The World Cup moment Dennis will take to his grave is not facing England in Germany, it’s not keeping the England strikers quiet for 81 minutes – and it’s not the sight of the ball bouncing into the Bahrain net a couple of months earlier.

The moment Dennis will always cherish came at the airport in Port of Spain the day after his historic header.

“When we got back to the hotel we got a phone call from the Prime Minister requesting that every player come back to Trinidad for a reception.

“But remember, we’re playing in England and there are players having to report back for matches on the Saturday. We’re thinking what shall we do,?

“I called Denis Smith ( Wrexham boss) and I can always remember the first thing he said to me was ‘Congratulations Big man. You’ve got to go’.

“A few of the boys didn’t get permission – including Dwight Yorke who was the team captain.

“But I was vice captain and as the plane is coming in to land I looked out the window and just saw this sea of red.

“I thought ‘what’s happening here?’

“The plane lands. The door opens, the president of the FA gets off first then I follow and there’s just a sea of red. Three quarters of Trinidad and Tobago was in the airport waiting for the team.

“I just thought ‘I can’t believe I’m seeing this.’

“For me that was the moment I’ll take with me. That’s the first time I’ve seen my country come together as one and it shows what sport can do for any culture.

“It was a proud moment.

“It was incredible to play in the World Cup finals against teams like Sweden, England and Paraguay, but the moment for me will be that one at the airport.

“That will be the moment I’ll always cherish.”

The first time I faced Everton...and Wayne Rooney

Dennis Lawrence was a close observer the night Wayne Rooney made Everton history in 2002.

He was one of the Wrexham defenders charged with stopping the teenage prodigy – but couldn’t prevent the teenager from becoming the youngest goalscorer in the club’s history.

“I can remember that night well,” said Dennis. “We drew Everton, which was a big draw with big players like Kevin Campell, Duncan Ferguson – and a young player called Wayne Rooney who I didn't know much about because I was new to the UK at the time.

“That was my first full season.

“It was a good team and it was good for myself.

“It was a fantastic experience for me to be able to play against these type of players.”
Title: Re: Big interview: Dennis Lawrence - from World Cup legend to Everton FC coach
Post by: Bakes on April 02, 2014, 02:30:05 PM
Fantastic reads  :beermug:
Title: Re: Big interview: Dennis Lawrence - from World Cup legend to Everton FC coach
Post by: Cocorite on April 02, 2014, 09:01:35 PM
Great stuff. Class Dennis, pure class ;D
Title: Re: Big interview: Dennis Lawrence - from World Cup legend to Everton FC coach
Post by: Mose on April 03, 2014, 09:54:31 AM
 :beermug: :beermug: To Dennis for believing in and standing up for himself.
 :beermug: :beermug: To Don Leo for backing his player.
Title: Re: Big interview: Dennis Lawrence - from World Cup legend to Everton FC coach
Post by: davidephraim on April 07, 2014, 08:53:33 PM
Big interview: Dennis Lawrence - from World Cup legend to Everton FC coach
By David Prentice (Liverpool Echo)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Nice read, nice interview! Everton deserves a post. IMO. Dennis doing things and we does still track shitty Sunderland and Stoke and Cardiff because Trinbagonians involved. Well Everton FC here we come.  Great Foc&$ing job so far tallest; that victory against Arsenal is even so much sweeter the fact that one of our own was directly involved!  Go Everton! (always liked lukaku and miralles anyway! And now Martinez gets a feather in his cap. not cause he hire we own but because he recognized from early Tallest propensity to Defensive awareness!
Title: Re: Big interview: Dennis Lawrence - from World Cup legend to Everton FC coach
Post by: Tenorsaw on April 08, 2014, 08:39:45 AM
Lawrence is a disciple of a VERY good manager.  Martinez embraces different cultures in his coaching philosophy.   Men doubted him at Wigan, but to me he overachieved on a shoestring budget.  Just keep what you're doing Lawrence, cause Martinez will definitely be linked with a bigger club in the future, and he is loyal to his backroom staff.
Title: Re: Big interview: Dennis Lawrence - from World Cup legend to Everton FC coach
Post by: Tallman on April 23, 2014, 01:18:32 PM
(https://scontent-a-sea.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/t1.0-9/1972415_10152412192069314_1583920809594487555_n.jpg)

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

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

http://www.evertonfc.com/news/archive/2014/04/23/baines-takes-centre-stage
Title: Re: Big interview: Dennis Lawrence - from World Cup legend to Everton FC coach
Post by: maxg on April 23, 2014, 02:40:15 PM
This, to me, is the biggest accomplishment by any TT ex-National so far. Especially not because it was due to any major recognition in these countries just for their playing ability. That is one of the most difficult roads he has traveled, with many political and physical obstacles,  and I will forever appreciate Martinez for helping Lawrence on this path.  Similarly SH. I brakes from the plenty mental licks them fellas take to reach there.  Proud of them.
Title: Re: Big interview: Dennis Lawrence - from World Cup legend to Everton FC coach
Post by: Sam on May 06, 2014, 09:29:22 AM
Imagine, Rene Simoes say Wrexham trio Lawrence, Sam and Edwards will not get pick once he is T&T coach and Lawrence and Edwards turned out to be two of we best players.

Always like Lawrence dedication on the field.

Title: Re: Big interview: Dennis Lawrence - from World Cup legend to Everton FC coach
Post by: BBL on July 07, 2014, 05:49:24 AM
http://www.evertonfc.com/news/archive/2014/07/06/podcast-achieving-the-unthinkable
Title: Re: Big interview: Dennis Lawrence - from World Cup legend to Everton FC coach
Post by: MEP on July 08, 2014, 11:29:44 AM
I don't know Lawrence personally but from what I've read and heard he seems genuine and that is a great character indicator.
Title: Re: Big interview: Dennis Lawrence - from World Cup legend to Everton FC coach
Post by: Lower St. John on July 08, 2014, 12:28:06 PM
I missed this story before. Nice read. Discipline goes a long way.

Blessings
Title: Re: Big interview: Dennis Lawrence - from World Cup legend to Everton FC coach
Post by: Tallman on July 17, 2014, 10:35:05 PM
Everton coach Dennis Lawrence provides the latest report from the Blues' pre-season training camp in Austria.

https://www.youtube.com/v/lLh87zS5q6Q
Title: Re: Big interview: Dennis Lawrence - from World Cup legend to Everton FC coach
Post by: Tallman on October 22, 2014, 03:56:05 PM
Everton’s Assistant Coach, Dennis Lawrence, works with the players at Stade Pierre-Mauroy, France on the eve of their Europa League match against Lille.

(https://scontent-a-sjc.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfp1/v/t1.0-9/10628165_10152835206859314_4306639555902726547_n.jpg?oh=1a2161671ee0f1e643f1e41810ee29f5&oe=54B9C49F)
Title: Re: Big interview: Dennis Lawrence - from World Cup legend to Everton FC coach
Post by: Tallman on February 03, 2015, 07:28:33 PM
Everton first team coach Dennis Lawrence backs winger Matthew Kennedy and forward Conor McAleny to shine at Cardiff City after the pair joined the Bluebirds from the Toffees during the January transfer window.
http://audioboom.com/boos/2857432-dennis-lawrence
Title: Re: Spoke To Dennis Lawrence Yesterday
Post by: Flex on July 30, 2015, 02:11:11 AM
Lawrence: Focus on doing well for country.
By Shaun Fuentes (Guardian).


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

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

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

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

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

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

“There is a lot still to be learnt.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

T&T, Jamaica coaches pleased for Caribbean

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Eh Lawrence it hv men like Jones's, Molino, George, Cyrus, David, Cato...dem men with the right development cld blaze up d PL.
Title: Re: Spoke To Dennis Lawrence Yesterday
Post by: Deeks on July 30, 2015, 06:10:16 AM
Breds, a defenders MUST be able to take pks. As a matter of fact, every body on the field. That should be a routine. Part of the football DNA. Every players must practice at least 10 pk a day. If you are a professional more than 10. No excuse. Everybody must be able to kick pks. BE PREPARED. No excuses.
Title: Re: Spoke To Dennis Lawrence Yesterday
Post by: Football supporter on July 30, 2015, 06:22:46 AM
Dennis is my boy, but his interview worries me.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


All of these comments show a lack of understanding of the work permit scenario in the UK. We may actually have more talent than in 2006, but now we can't get our rough diamonds into big leagues to get polished. Remember, Kenwyne was a defensive midfielder until he went to the UK. How good could some of our players become if they were training and playing in the Championship & SPL?
Title: Re: Spoke To Dennis Lawrence Yesterday
Post by: trini_stallion on July 30, 2015, 01:36:02 PM
Breds, a defenders MUST be able to take pks. As a matter of fact, every body on the field. That should be a routine. Part of the football DNA. Every players must practice at least 10 pk a day. If you are a professional more than 10. No excuse. Everybody must be able to kick pks. BE PREPARED. No excuses.

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

You notice, Eastern Europe, Belgium and Holland are not a problem.
Title: Re: Spoke To Dennis Lawrence Yesterday
Post by: asylumseeker on August 17, 2015, 02:43:58 PM
What's the rationale for the international ranking work permit rule?
Title: Re: Spoke To Dennis Lawrence Yesterday
Post by: Controversial on August 17, 2015, 02:58:18 PM
What's the rationale for the international ranking work permit rule?

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

We just simply don't produce enough quality players to get into the European premier leagues ahead of the locals.
Title: Re: Spoke To Dennis Lawrence Yesterday
Post by: asylumseeker on August 17, 2015, 04:22:51 PM
It would be interesting to compile a list of quality players who are excluded due to the restriction. Protectionist rule with a touch of inherent arbitrariness.

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

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

To do better, we have to be "stuck in" the right environments.
Title: Re: Big interview: Dennis Lawrence - from World Cup legend to Everton FC coach
Post by: Tallman on May 12, 2016, 09:58:46 AM
Roberto Martínez sacked by Everton after disappointing season (https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/may/12/roberto-martinez-sacked-everton), which almost certainly means the end of Dennis Lawrence’s tenure as First-team Development Coach.
Title: Re: Big interview: Dennis Lawrence - from World Cup legend to Everton FC coach
Post by: Peong on May 12, 2016, 10:12:44 AM
Oh shit that's right. That sucks man, I hope they land on their feet!
Title: Re: Big interview: Dennis Lawrence - from World Cup legend to Everton FC coach
Post by: Tobago28 on May 12, 2016, 11:50:16 AM
Bad move by Everton hieirarchy, the team over performed last season making unrealistic expectations for this season.

I think Dennis will land somewhere softly as he has judiciously worked on his craft.
Title: Re: Big interview: Dennis Lawrence - from World Cup legend to Everton FC coach
Post by: Dinner Mints on May 12, 2016, 01:07:29 PM
Roberto Martínez sacked by Everton after disappointing season (https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/may/12/roberto-martinez-sacked-everton), which almost certainly means the end of Dennis Lawrence’s tenure as First-team Development Coach.

Disappointing, but this will very much soften the blow:

Quote
The manager is believed to earn at least £3m a year and the club’s hierarchy faces a substantial severance payment for the remainder of his contract and those of his backroom staff.
Title: Re: Big interview: Dennis Lawrence - from World Cup legend to Everton FC coach
Post by: SHOTTA on November 20, 2016, 12:23:51 PM
any word? is he with belgium back room? Just asking as things with Hart probably leaning left these days
Title: Re: Big interview: Dennis Lawrence - from World Cup legend to Everton FC coach
Post by: asylumseeker on November 20, 2016, 02:00:00 PM
any word? is he with belgium back room? Just asking as things with Hart probably leaning left these days


I know you asking answers  ... :) But for the benefit of all, he is NOT with Belgium.
Title: Dennis Lawrence is now T&T head coach.
Post by: Sando on January 19, 2017, 02:55:35 PM
I heard Lawrence got the job

Just called home

Title: Re: I heard Lawrence got the job
Post by: Insider on January 19, 2017, 03:11:50 PM
The technical committee say Stuart Charles and the TTFA board pick Dennis Lawrence.

I could imagine how DJW taking this.  :devil:

The current TTFA board of directors comprises: David John-Williams (president), Joanne Salazar, Ewing Davis and Allan Warner (vice-presidents), Samuel Saunders (Central FA), Sherwyn Dyer (Eastern Counties Football Union), Karanjabari Williams (Northern FA), Richard Quan Chan (Southern FA), Anthony Moore (Tobago FA), Joseph Taylor (Trinidad and Tobago Football Referees Association), Sharon O’Brien (Women’s League Football), Wayne Cunningham (Eastern FA) and Dexter Skeene (TT Pro League).

The TTFA technical committee comprises: Dexter Skeene (chairman), Dr Alvin Henderson (vice-chairman), Bertille St Clair (former World Youth Cup coach), Errol Lovell (former national goalkeeper), Jinelle James (ex-national player and current administrator) and Muhammad Isa (technical director).

Title: Re: I heard Lawrence got the job
Post by: Controversial on January 19, 2017, 03:43:03 PM
Hmmmm... maturana was the best pick of the short list but Dennis is better than Stuart..

Question is, why couldn't Dennis be asst to hart, the dictator make an arrangement with Dennis or wha?
Title: Re: I heard Lawrence got the job
Post by: lefty on January 19, 2017, 04:26:16 PM
The technical committee say Stuart Charles and the TTFA board pick Dennis Lawrence.

I could imagine how DJW taking this.  :devil:



Lasana say he appeared to be visibly pissed

dat make meh feel warm inside......but expect obstruction and bad vibes DJW is ah big child
Title: Re: I heard Lawrence got the job
Post by: Bourbon on January 19, 2017, 04:30:24 PM
The technical committee say Stuart Charles and the TTFA board pick Dennis Lawrence.

I could imagine how DJW taking this. 



Lasana say he appeared to be visibly pissed


He should go by FT Farfan and get a tractor and use that to haul he backside.

Imagine when they discussing Fervier....he offer to recuse himself from the discussions.
They agreed.
He vex.

So he just on scenes then?

Anyhow..I could live with this choice. I was always saying if we giving people with little experience..AT LEAST give one of ours who trying to get a break nah.

And 3 year contract? Hmm..interesting.

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Title: Re: I heard Lawrence got the job
Post by: Sando on January 19, 2017, 04:35:39 PM
Quote
John-Williams offered to recuse himself from the deliberations, due to his closeness with Fevrier. According to two sources, the TTFA president appeared surprised and possibly annoyed that the board accepted his offer.



Title: Re: I heard Lawrence got the job
Post by: lefty on January 19, 2017, 04:37:27 PM
The technical committee say Stuart Charles and the TTFA board pick Dennis Lawrence.

I could imagine how DJW taking this. 



Lasana say he appeared to be visibly pissed


He should go by FT Farfan and get a tractor and use that to haul he backside.

Imagine when they discussing Fervier....he offer to recuse himself from the discussions.
They agreed.
He vex.

So he just on scenes then?


Anyhow..I could live with this choice. I was always saying if we giving people with little experience..AT LEAST give one of ours who trying to get a break nah.

And 3 year contract? Hmm..interesting.

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hahahahaha sweet......it good he come and actively railroading ah son of d soil for ah man dat eh even born here steups
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence is now T&T head coach.
Post by: Peong on January 19, 2017, 05:34:26 PM
Tough appointment for Tallest. We in a bad position and he has to win over the troublemakers/cuss dem out. Most of all I hope he dedicated to exposing the administration.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence is now T&T head coach.
Post by: gawd on pitch on January 19, 2017, 05:40:42 PM
Was still hoping for Hart. Although it was far fetched, I read that the association did consider bringing him back.

Out of all the others, I'm happy they chose Lawrence. The man did took the necessary courses and never hesitated to upgrade his credentials. Maybe a Lawrence & Hart team might be the missing link. But DJW ain't having Hart near TT football. And I don't think Hart wants to be in the clutches of DJW.

I see DJW get a committee position in FIFA. I wonder who in FIFA ain't take their meds?
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence is now T&T head coach.
Post by: sjahrain on January 19, 2017, 06:02:10 PM
the soap opera just took a very interesting turn
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence is now T&T head coach.
Post by: ZANDOLIE on January 19, 2017, 06:39:53 PM
Good luck to Lawrence (or Fenwick) on your appointment. I'm not sure a congratulation is appropriate.  Kind of like saying congratulations for arriving in the lion's den. Whoever is the new coach better pray the BOD continues to take their new-found responsibility seriously. No matter how good a coach you are, you will never fully succeed under such a sub-par administration.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence is now T&T head coach.
Post by: ZANDOLIE on January 19, 2017, 06:48:42 PM
Tough appointment for Tallest. We in a bad position and he has to win over the troublemakers/cuss dem out. Most of all I hope he dedicated to exposing the administration.


Very tough spot for real. He must quickly establish control of the dressing room and set expectations going forward. Luckily he has the professional and personal credentials to accomplish that.

If he could expose the administration that would be great. But he shouldn't have to, that is not his job. He should be dedicated to producing results on the field. The sad part is the technical committee has already exposed themselves by voting for Fevrier, but no one seems to give enough of a damn to question their integrity.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence is now T&T head coach.
Post by: Deeks on January 19, 2017, 06:50:20 PM
Congrats to DL!. Welcome to the devil's woodyard,  Mr. WC Goalscorer. I am surprised though. The committee finally developed some backbone and made a choice. Whether it is wise or not,  is left to be seen. Sorry about Fenwick. But only way Hart or Fenwick ever coming back, is when DJW is gone. Wishing him the best.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence is now T&T head coach.
Post by: Dynamite Warrior on January 19, 2017, 09:02:52 PM
I like this move. It is long term thinking. We're not going to the WC but we can build for the future. I think Maturana would have been a positive move too but I like this approach too. Hopefully there is a smooth gradual transition. I do not like the fact that DJW and Saintfiet tried to get rid of the senior tenured squad members so quickly. We do not have a #1, or a #9 better than KJ or Jan right now so they should play until someone is good enough to take their place.  As far as Lawrence goes I think he has received alot from his experience with Martinez. I wish him all the best.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence is now T&T head coach.
Post by: Controversial on January 19, 2017, 09:27:15 PM
I like this move. It is long term thinking. We're not going to the WC but we can build for the future. I think Maturana would have been a positive move too but I like this approach too. Hopefully there is a smooth gradual transition. I do not like the fact that DJW and Saintfiet tried to get rid of the senior tenured squad members so quickly. We do not have a #1, or a #9 better than KJ or Jan right now so they should play until someone is good enough to take their place.  As far as Lawrence goes I think he has received alot from his experience with Martinez. I wish him all the best.

We're not going to the World Cup because the dictator sabotage Hart... Dennis is a great choice for asst coach, not head coach, he should have been asst under Hart ... with don Leo as tech director .... these men don't know what they are doing...

Maturana should have gotten the post over everyone, given their spite towards not bringing back Hart .. no one in that short list is better qualified ...

I hope Dennis does well though but I don't have high hopes by any means
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence is now T&T head coach.
Post by: Dynamite Warrior on January 19, 2017, 11:03:39 PM
I like this move. It is long term thinking. We're not going to the WC but we can build for the future. I think Maturana would have been a positive move too but I like this approach too. Hopefully there is a smooth gradual transition. I do not like the fact that DJW and Saintfiet tried to get rid of the senior tenured squad members so quickly. We do not have a #1, or a #9 better than KJ or Jan right now so they should play until someone is good enough to take their place.  As far as Lawrence goes I think he has received alot from his experience with Martinez. I wish him all the best.

We're not going to the World Cup because the dictator sabotage Hart... Dennis is a great choice for asst coach, not head coach, he should have been asst under Hart ... with don Leo as tech director .... these men don't know what they are doing...

Maturana should have gotten the post over everyone, given their spite towards not bringing back Hart .. no one in that short list is better qualified ...

I hope Dennis does well though but I don't have high hopes by any means

I do agree that Hart should not have been fired and that Maturana would have been the best choice however I do like the idea of DL getting a chance. Hart was never going to come back under DJW and Maturana probably asked for more money. He was IMO the best considering the circumstances.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence is now T&T head coach.
Post by: Controversial on January 20, 2017, 12:10:45 AM
I like this move. It is long term thinking. We're not going to the WC but we can build for the future. I think Maturana would have been a positive move too but I like this approach too. Hopefully there is a smooth gradual transition. I do not like the fact that DJW and Saintfiet tried to get rid of the senior tenured squad members so quickly. We do not have a #1, or a #9 better than KJ or Jan right now so they should play until someone is good enough to take their place.  As far as Lawrence goes I think he has received alot from his experience with Martinez. I wish him all the best.

We're not going to the World Cup because the dictator sabotage Hart... Dennis is a great choice for asst coach, not head coach, he should have been asst under Hart ... with don Leo as tech director .... these men don't know what they are doing...

Maturana should have gotten the post over everyone, given their spite towards not bringing back Hart .. no one in that short list is better qualified ...

I hope Dennis does well though but I don't have high hopes by any means

I do agree that Hart should not have been fired and that Maturana would have been the best choice however I do like the idea of DL getting a chance. Hart was never going to come back under DJW and Maturana probably asked for more money. He was IMO the best considering the circumstances.

Money is not the issue my friend... sadly the selection of Dennis is playing into the dictators sabotage.. the question is, can Dennis qualify the team even with the dictator still in charge?

We are giving Dennis invaluable experience at the risk of us not qualifying with an experienced coach.. his lack of experience in this role is what is concerning..

We are playing Russian roulette with our football, it will take a miracle for us to qualify with an inexperienced head coach, that is suited as an asst instead...

If the dictator is mad, he's mad because he can't fully control Dennis which leaves him in an uncompromising situation, a narcissist never wants that...

Keep in mind, we are not rebuilding, we had a great core with Hart that only was out of their depth with Argentina, one of the worlds best teams.. we need impact, not rebuilding at this point... our rebuilding should have started a while ago and hart getting us to the World Cup would have put us in a better position to rebuild..

Dennis is not the man to rebuild our football, he should have been part of a more experienced and knowledgable team to rebuild, under Hart or another coach who deserves to be there...
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence is now T&T head coach.
Post by: Flex on January 20, 2017, 02:55:28 AM
‘Tallest’ tipped for national job.
T&T Newsday Reports.


The man who headed this country into the 2006 World Cup is expected to be handed the coaching reins of the national football team to try to get T&T’s 2018 World Cup campaign headed in the right direction.

Dennis Lawrence, 42-years-old, is tipped to be the next national coach a day after the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) issued a press release indicating it is yet to come to a final decision “following several hours of its statutory Board Meeting on Wednesday evening at the Association’s Head Office.”

It was reported previously that the TTFA technical committee had narrowed the search for a new coach down from initially five applicants to three - Englishman Terry Fenwick, St Lucia’s Stuart Charles Fevrier and Colombian Francisco Maturana.

But Dexter Skeene, head of TTFA’s technical committee, yesterday morning said the committee was still “finalising” and five coaches were still in play for the top post, namely Lawrence, Russell Latapy and the aforementioned three.

He told Newsday: “We’re just finalising this process. Just give me a little more time and I’ll get back to you in a little bit. We’re finalising, just respect the process for me. We finalising the position.”

He continued: “We had five names we were looking at. There were five names. Yeah, we have five names we’re looking at. You should get something at the end of the day to run with.” By press time, though, the TT FA did not issue a statement with rumours rife that Lawrence had been offered the post with details still to be finalised.

Contacted again, Skeene indicated the TTFA were “finalising” and said a decision would be announced “by weekend”.

Lawrence has played in England and Wales for eight years (2001-2009) and boosted his reputation as a coach while working as an assistant to Spaniard Roberto Martinez at English Premier League club Everton.

He was officially the club’s first-team development coach. He has also coached at Wigan Athletic under Martinez briefly from October 2010.

According to a report on local sports website Wired 868.com, Fevrier and Fenwick were the front runners for the position with Fevrier the preferred choice by the technical committee.

However, the TTFA Board of Directors allegedly rejected Fevrier for the top position. Newsday understands that Lawrence was everyone’s second choice and has been offered the job.

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Big man for big job? Lawrence on verge of Soca Warriors post after board rejects Fevrier.
By Lasana Liburd (Wired868).


Former World Cup 2006 defender and Everton FC assistant coach Dennis Lawrence looks to be on the verge of the Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team head coaching position, after the TTFA board of directors rejected the technical committee’s preferred choice, Stuart Charles-Fevrier.

Lawrence, who spent six years as assistant coach at England top flight clubs Everton FC and Wigan Athletic and is now a scout at the Belgium national team, is believed to be hammering out details with the Football Association.

Unlike recently departed Soca Warriors head coach Tom Saintfiet—who received a three month deal—Lawrence has allegedly been offered a three year contract that will take him through to the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

It is almost certainly the longest contract to be given to a Men’s National Senior Team head coach in this millennium.

W Connection coach Stuart Charles-Fevrier had his eye on the post and received the backing of the majority of the TTFA technical committee. Wired868 understands that four of the six committee members voted for Fevrier while two—including chairman Dexter Skeene—chose former Central FC and England World Cup defender Terry Fenwick.

Fevrier and Fenwick are the two most successful coaches in the history of the TT Pro League.

Contrary to claims in one daily newspaper that former World Youth Cup coach Bertille St Clair had walked out on the technical committee, St Clair is understood to have voted over the telephone. The Tobagonian is recovering from recent health issues and has not attended a committee meeting in months.

However, the relaying of the technical committee’s decision took a very different turn to what transpired just last month when Saintfiet was selected.

Then, TTFA president David John-Williams, the co-founder of W Connection, was the only person to negotiate with the candidates. And John-Williams told the board that Saintfiet was the only coach who was available and affordable.

Once bitten, it seems, and twice shy.

If, as conspiracy theorists believe, John-Williams’ intention was always to oust former head coach Stephen Hart and get someone to act as scapegoat before introducing Fevrier, then it backfired spectacularly.

After Saintfiet’s disastrous, short-lived reign and John-Williams’ refusal to accept any responsibility for the farce, there appeared to have been a concerted effort by the technical committee to take control of the process on this occasion.

So, Skeene and his committee conducted the interviews—rather than John-Williams—and agreed on the financial package, length of tenure and deliverables for the new coach.

And, when the board was called in to rule on the next Warriors head coach, there was now a wealth of information available for the members to make an informed decision.

John-Williams offered to recuse himself from the deliberations, due to his closeness with Fevrier. According to two sources, the TTFA president appeared surprised and possibly annoyed that the board accepted his offer.

In his absence, TTFA vice-president Ewing Davis chaired the meeting. Joanne Salazar, John-Williams’ second vice-president, remained in the meeting although she worked as a consultant for Connection since 2011. But her presence, according to one source, was not felt to be a distraction to the talks.

The technical committee made Fevrier its first choice with Fenwick as runner-up with four votes to two. However, all candidates were listed in order of preference from one to four—and Lawrence was everyone’s second choice.

The remaining prospective coach was Colombian Francisco Maturana who was also felt to be a capable choice. But members balked at his supposed request for a three to five year deal.

Former National Senior Team head coach and present youth director, Russell Latapy, was ruled out by the committee and the board, as they allegedly felt he could better serve the country in his current position.

Once more, Latapy might be asked to help as assistant coach as he did with Saintfiet.

However, with the polarising figures of Fevrier and Fenwick at the top of the list, the TTFA board decided that Lawrence was the best choice—or, arguably, the safest—although he has never worked before as a head coach.

As always, there were concerns about working with Fenwick’s fiery personality while Fevrier’s Connection connection and supposedly lukewarm interview appeared to work against him.

The decision is not yet finalised and Wired868 understands that the six foot seven ex-international defender still has to agree to the terms on offer, which is believed to include deliverables that will allow his work to be assessed periodically.

Although Lawrence was not the immediate favourite, all parties were said to have been impressed by his interview, his successful international career and his time as understudy to Spanish coach Roberto Martinez.

Lawrence, who was interviewed by telephone last Saturday, is said to have shown a knowledge of the job required as Warriors coach in terms of team discipline and fitness. He also reportedly gave an impressive pitch for strengthening the team’s defensive structure.

In another unprecedented move, the TTFA board decided that Skeene, rather than president John-Williams, should be the person to make the announcement to the media.

Skeene is expected to hold a press conference tomorrow.

“I am really happy with the process in [this appointment],” one board member told Wired868, on the condition of anonymity. “We really worked as a unit. I think it was the best meeting I have been involved with under this administration.”

Radio talk show host Andre Baptiste, whose I95.5FM radio station is the official station of the TTFA, posted about Lawrence’s job future this afternoon and it is expected to be a topic for discussion this evening.

By all indications, Lawrence and the TTFA have not yet agreed terms for the big man to take over the big coaching job. But it appears to be his to accept or refuse. It was Lawrence’s headed goal against Bahrain—in a FIFA play off contest in Manama on 17 November 2005—that took the Soca Warriors to the Germany 2006 World Cup. He will now hope to be just as pivotal in getting his country to the Russia 2018 World Cup.

John-Williams, sources alleged, was not amused.

Saintfiet might have been a disaster on the football field. But it appears that, in the TTFA board room, the obscure Belgian might have had a galvanising effect on football stakeholders who were no longer willing to be sit on their hands and be a rubber stamp.

The current TTFA board of directors comprises: David John-Williams (president), Joanne Salazar, Ewing Davis and Allan Warner (vice-presidents), Samuel Saunders (Central FA), Sherwyn Dyer (Eastern Counties Football Union), Karanjabari Williams (Northern FA), Richard Quan Chan (Southern FA), Anthony Moore (Tobago FA), Joseph Taylor (Trinidad and Tobago Football Referees Association), Sharon O’Brien (Women’s League Football), Wayne Cunningham (Eastern FA) and Dexter Skeene (TT Pro League).

The TTFA technical committee comprises: Dexter Skeene (chairman), Dr Alvin Henderson (vice-chairman), Bertille St Clair (former World Youth Cup coach), Errol Lovell (former national goalkeeper), Jinelle James (ex-national player and current administrator) and Muhammad Isa (technical director).

Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence is now T&T head coach.
Post by: fitzinho on January 20, 2017, 06:44:55 AM
This thread needs to be deleted lol

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Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence is now T&T head coach.
Post by: Mose on January 20, 2017, 09:20:04 AM
Hmmm... What jack wants...?
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence is now T&T head coach.
Post by: asylumseeker on January 20, 2017, 09:58:24 AM
Hmmm... What jack wants...?

... Jack used to get. :P
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence is now T&T head coach.
Post by: trini_stallion on January 20, 2017, 11:01:47 AM
Guys, Dennis turned down the terms being offered to be head coach!!
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence is now T&T head coach.
Post by: gawd on pitch on January 20, 2017, 11:08:01 AM
Guys, Dennis turned down the terms being offered to be head coach!!

I wonder which terms?
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence is now T&T head coach.
Post by: FF on January 20, 2017, 11:17:41 AM
Trinbago sweet!!
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence is now T&T head coach.
Post by: asylumseeker on January 20, 2017, 11:18:20 AM
Well, yuh dun know who will accept them.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence is now T&T head coach.
Post by: Insider on January 20, 2017, 11:50:33 AM
DJW reject Lawrence demands. Fight in TTFA as DJW bullying for Stuart, but the board want Lawrence.

An insider in the Guardian told me Walter Alibey from Guardian on Shabazz and DJW payroll.

Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence is now T&T head coach.
Post by: Mose on January 20, 2017, 12:11:45 PM
DJW reject Lawrence demands. Fight in TTFA as DJW bullying for Stuart, but the board want Lawrence.

An insider in the Guardian told me Walter Alibey from Guardian on Shabazz and DJW payroll.

Glad to see they grew a pair! Though I suspect there's more to it than that.
They'll probably lose this battle but it needed to happen!
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence is now T&T head coach.
Post by: palos on January 20, 2017, 12:15:44 PM
DJW reject Lawrence demands. Fight in TTFA as DJW bullying for Stuart, but the board want Lawrence.

An insider in the Guardian told me Walter Alibey from Guardian on Shabazz and DJW payroll.

He's always been a bully.  Bullies ALWAYS eventually get their comeuppance

Quote
Lord put a hand! Just when it seems like TTFA was making pragmatic decisions, DJW allegedly threw a spanner in the wheel.
Dictatorial DJW is allegedly attempting to veto the negotiations of the TTFA Executive Committee by reducing the offer made to Dennis Lawrence.
The President’s offer allegedly equate to what he offered Saintfiet – a match to match contract rather than one for a three-year period, with reduced compensation although funds are allegedly provided by a FIFA Development grant.
It is understood that Dennis has requested TTFA to straighten things out within a day or two else he’s not interested.
It will be interesting to see how much balls the TTFA executive has by whether it can relegate DJW as a figurehead presy, in the greater interest of TT football.
I imagine, under the TTFA constitution they have the powers. But do they have the balls?

Put that in allyuh pipe.....let it simmer and seep in GOOD.  See what allyuh been dealing with and think back on some of what Contro been saying all this time
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence is now T&T head coach.
Post by: trini_stallion on January 20, 2017, 12:18:13 PM
DJW he self said he don't have the power to select a coach. This doesn't bode well if DL does get the position. It says that he doesn't hv the fulfill support of the TTFA...that shittthongg DJW
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence is now T&T head coach.
Post by: Dynamite Warrior on January 20, 2017, 12:33:56 PM
Hopefully the committee stands strong. They must not give in. We are not going to the WC anyway, this is the time to take a stand.
 
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence is now T&T head coach.
Post by: Sam on January 20, 2017, 01:01:30 PM
Jack Warner all ova again.

Bertille St Clair voted by phone, ah wonder if was really him?....

Glad de TTFA board have some balls, allyuh stand firm against this dictator and his cockroach friends like Stuart Charles, allyuh know in St Lucia they does practice voodoo, like Charles have a candle burning ova DJW head for de pass 20 years.

Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence is now T&T head coach.
Post by: Sando on January 20, 2017, 01:04:21 PM
Sam is right.

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Bertille St Clair had walked out on the technical committee, St Clair is understood to have voted over the telephone. The Tobagonian is recovering from recent health issues and has not attended a committee meeting in months.

Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: Controversial on January 20, 2017, 01:25:21 PM
Jack Warner all ova again.

Bertille St Clair voted by phone, ah wonder if was really him?....

Glad de TTFA board have some balls, allyuh stand firm against this dictator and his cockroach friends like Stuart Charles, allyuh know in St Lucia they does practice voodoo, like Charles have a candle burning ova DJW head for de pass 20 years.



The committee have no power over the dictator ..... if negotiations break down because of the dictator, how much power you think they really have? LoL

They in his pocket ... they are getting pressure from everyone, so they trying to straddle but will tilt over to the the dictator in the end..

Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: Quags on January 20, 2017, 01:38:39 PM
This starting to feel like a Ministry of Magic saga here look like Voldemort finally took over .
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: Controversial on January 20, 2017, 01:51:00 PM
This starting to feel like a Ministry of Magic saga here look like Voldemort finally took over .

The FIFA development fund is a covert but subtle way of controlling our football, if it was private funding, we would have our own say as to who coaches, the dictator has aligned himself and must follow orders, he has sold out, which means he will sabotage our wc chances...

Having a great coach for the men's team was never the plan after firing Hart
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: soccerman on January 20, 2017, 01:57:12 PM
http://wired868.com/2017/01/19/big-man-for-big-job-lawrence-on-verge-of-soca-warriors-post-after-board-rejects-fevrier/
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: Anbrat on January 20, 2017, 03:20:56 PM
http://wired868.com/2017/01/20/lawrence-i-am-out-ttfa-calls-emergency-meeting-as-djw-accused-of-bungling-deal-for-tt-coach/
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: ribbit on January 20, 2017, 03:30:39 PM
http://wired868.com/2017/01/20/lawrence-i-am-out-ttfa-calls-emergency-meeting-as-djw-accused-of-bungling-deal-for-tt-coach/

geez, like bake n shark writing that contract ....
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: palos on January 20, 2017, 03:39:04 PM
http://wired868.com/2017/01/20/lawrence-i-am-out-ttfa-calls-emergency-meeting-as-djw-accused-of-bungling-deal-for-tt-coach/

I weep for my country's football.  Even with grave misgivings, I initially gave DJW the benefit of the doubt.  But to paraphrase former Minnesota Vikings football coach Dennis Green......"He is what we thought he was". 

A snake is not a cat.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: asylumseeker on January 20, 2017, 03:45:52 PM
A snake is not a cat?
Therefore a shitsnake cyah be a lion.

Dark days.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: soccerman on January 20, 2017, 03:46:06 PM
http://wired868.com/2017/01/20/lawrence-i-am-out-ttfa-calls-emergency-meeting-as-djw-accused-of-bungling-deal-for-tt-coach/
Wow! DJW needs to do the right thing....and step down. He facking up we football. He doesn't have the wherewithal to lead and organization such as the TTFA.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: asylumseeker on January 20, 2017, 03:49:32 PM
What a way to treat a patriot, a national hero, a true son of the soil.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: Tiresais on January 20, 2017, 03:50:59 PM
What is this disgusting embarrassment? This is an utter shambles, I've not heard of incompetence like this in a long time. What the hell is Williams doing? How can he run W Connection in such a professional manner for so long and achieve what he did there, whilst presiding over this? Did the TTFA get the wrong brother/sister?

How can this have happened? Simple manners being found so lacking?

Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: palos on January 20, 2017, 04:02:53 PM
What a way to treat a patriot, a national hero, a true son of the soil.

You'd swear Stuart Charles Fevrier was the one who scored the goal that took T&T to the World Cup
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: Controversial on January 20, 2017, 04:04:26 PM
What is this disgusting embarrassment? This is an utter shambles, I've not heard of incompetence like this in a long time. What the hell is Williams doing? How can he run W Connection in such a professional manner for so long and achieve what he did there, whilst presiding over this? Did the TTFA get the wrong brother/sister?

How can this have happened? Simple manners being found so lacking?




He is a sell out, he is deliberately sabotaging our football... I'm glad people are finally seeing him for who he is..

The man sabotage negotiations with Dennis LoL what a fool, dennis was not my first pick but I would have supported him fully..

But the dictator and terrorizer don't want the best coach, how can they fix matches and sabotage our team with a coach like Dennis..

Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: gawd on pitch on January 20, 2017, 04:21:28 PM
Allyuh know how Trini is. That emergency meeting is going to divide the TTFA into factions that support DJW, and factions that dont. We go find out who in who pocket now. Stay tuned.

Everyone who is somebody in TT football is calling for DJW to pack up. From Sancho to Jack to Kelvin. As the days go by, DJW continues to lose allies and supporters. TTFA do your job and get rid of DJW.

Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: gawd on pitch on January 20, 2017, 04:22:58 PM
What is this disgusting embarrassment? This is an utter shambles, I've not heard of incompetence like this in a long time. What the hell is Williams doing? How can he run W Connection in such a professional manner for so long and achieve what he did there, whilst presiding over this? Did the TTFA get the wrong brother/sister?

How can this have happened? Simple manners being found so lacking?




He is a sell out, he is deliberately sabotaging our football... I'm glad people are finally seeing him for who he is..

The man sabotage negotiations with Dennis LoL what a fool, dennis was not my first pick but I would have supported him fully..

But the dictator and terrorizer don't want the best coach, how can they fix matches and sabotage our team with a coach like Dennis..



When you say terrorizer, you mean the man who just noticed that he has webbed feet?
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: Controversial on January 20, 2017, 04:30:59 PM
What is this disgusting embarrassment? This is an utter shambles, I've not heard of incompetence like this in a long time. What the hell is Williams doing? How can he run W Connection in such a professional manner for so long and achieve what he did there, whilst presiding over this? Did the TTFA get the wrong brother/sister?

How can this have happened? Simple manners being found so lacking?




He is a sell out, he is deliberately sabotaging our football... I'm glad people are finally seeing him for who he is..

The man sabotage negotiations with Dennis LoL what a fool, dennis was not my first pick but I would have supported him fully..

But the dictator and terrorizer don't want the best coach, how can they fix matches and sabotage our team with a coach like Dennis..



When you say terrorizer, you mean the man who just noticed that he has webbed feet?

You mean hoofed feet my brother ....

LoL ah thiefing old George W term for the evil axis in a comedy skit ...
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: gawd on pitch on January 20, 2017, 04:43:03 PM
What is this disgusting embarrassment? This is an utter shambles, I've not heard of incompetence like this in a long time. What the hell is Williams doing? How can he run W Connection in such a professional manner for so long and achieve what he did there, whilst presiding over this? Did the TTFA get the wrong brother/sister?

How can this have happened? Simple manners being found so lacking?




He is a sell out, he is deliberately sabotaging our football... I'm glad people are finally seeing him for who he is..

The man sabotage negotiations with Dennis LoL what a fool, dennis was not my first pick but I would have supported him fully..

But the dictator and terrorizer don't want the best coach, how can they fix matches and sabotage our team with a coach like Dennis..



When you say terrorizer, you mean the man who just noticed that he has webbed feet?

You mean hoofed feet my brother ....

LoL ah thiefing old George W term for the evil axis in a comedy skit ...

Lol. Well it was one or the other.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: Tallman on January 20, 2017, 04:51:15 PM
TTFA Statement
TTFA Media


The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) wishes to advise that the announcement of the newly appointed Head Coach of the Men’s Senior National Team will take place on Monday. January 23rd 2017

The TTFA has noted the large public interest in the selection of our new National Senior Men’s coach and we wish to assure  our supporters and stakeholders, the TTFA Technical Committee is working assiduously to complete the current process, to ensure the most appropriate selection, in the best interest of the National Senior Men’s Team Programme and our ongoing the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: Controversial on January 20, 2017, 04:52:12 PM
TTFA Statement
TTFA Media


The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) wishes to advise that the announcement of the newly appointed Head Coach of the Men’s Senior National Team will take place on Monday. January 23rd 2017

The TTFA has noted the large public interest in the selection of our new National Senior Men’s coach and we wish to assure  our supporters and stakeholders, the TTFA Technical Committee is working assiduously to complete the current process, to ensure the most appropriate selection, in the best interest of the National Senior Men’s Team Programme and our ongoing the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.

The propaganda machine marches on... the era of McCarthyism ...
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: Deeks on January 20, 2017, 05:33:53 PM
in the best interest of the National Senior Men’s Team Programme ......

 :bs: >:( :cursing: ??? :frustrated: :banginghead:
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: asylumseeker on January 20, 2017, 06:01:20 PM
Probably better for the TTFA to say "we will let you know when we know". This is third announced delay. Dot the i's and cross the t's first, then announce. Does no one learn?
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: palos on January 20, 2017, 06:31:49 PM
Probably better for the TTFA to say "we will let you know when we know". This is third announced delay. Dot the i's and cross the t's first, then announce. Does no one learn?

I wouldn't necessarily blame TTFA here.  I think it's a case of reporters wanting a "scoop", getting some "inside info" and rushing to be the first to break the news.

I remember reading somewhere where Skeene in particular kept saying words to the effect "we're working on it and will have an announcement soon".

What I will agree with is that they said an annoucement will be made on wednesday (2 days ago).  In hindsight, they shouldn't have given a definitive date.  But even then, how were they to know that decisions arrived upon would be overridden?

Sometimes the scoop supercedes all else.  But that's also what often passes for reporting in Trini
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: Insider on January 20, 2017, 06:36:42 PM
Lawrence has pull out of the race for T&T coach.

Skeene is upset with DJW but has a double tongue.

Stuart Charles is our next coach, T&T is doomed.

DJW is worst than Jack Warner.

Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: Tallman on January 20, 2017, 06:38:58 PM
Probably better for the TTFA to say "we will let you know when we know". This is third announced delay. Dot the i's and cross the t's first, then announce. Does no one learn?

I wouldn't necessarily blame TTFA here.  I think it's a case of reporters wanting a "scoop", getting some "inside info" and rushing to be the first to break the news.

I remember reading somewhere where Skeene in particular kept saying words to the effect "we're working on it and will have an announcement soon".

What I will agree with is that they said an annoucement will be made on wednesday (2 days ago).  In hindsight, they shouldn't have given a definitive date.  But even then, how were they to know that decisions arrived upon would be overridden?

Sometimes the scoop supercedes all else.  But that's also what often passes for reporting in Trini

The TTFA's PR is just plain poor. What's wrong with saying we have "x" candidates on the shortlist, interviews will conducted from this date to that date after which we'll whittle it down to "y", do a second round of interviews, and make a selection by this date? Or something to that effect.

They prompt more scrutiny, because somebody cyar talk, fraid to talk, not authorised to talk, no comment etc. Let dem take what dey get.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: palos on January 20, 2017, 06:58:36 PM
Lawrence has pull out of the race for T&T coach.

Skeene is upset with DJW but has a double tongue.

Stuart Charles is our next coach, T&T is doomed.

DJW is worst than Jack Warner.



If this is confirmed....then it also confirms....as if there was ANY doubt...that the TTFA is a sham.

I love my country.  I appreciate the players who turn out for national duty

But to support THIS T&T team would be condoning assness of the highest order.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: FF on January 20, 2017, 07:20:21 PM
They might as well wait till after carnival at this point.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: Anbrat on January 20, 2017, 07:30:05 PM
What is this disgusting embarrassment? This is an utter shambles, I've not heard of incompetence like this in a long time. What the hell is Williams doing? How can he run W Connection in such a professional manner for so long and achieve what he did there, whilst presiding over this? Did the TTFA get the wrong brother/sister?

How can this have happened? Simple manners being found so lacking?


Managing a parlour is totally different from managing a conglomerate entity.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: MEP on January 20, 2017, 07:39:52 PM
from what I heard DL pulled out because they offered him a short term contract....rumors are that was changed....
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: Deeks on January 20, 2017, 07:41:18 PM
How can he run W Connection in such a professional manner for so long and achieve what he did there, whilst presiding over this? Did the TTFA get the wrong

In W Connection, when he tell them jump, they reply "how high". In TTFA, they tell him "why you doh jump". He feels ttfa is his JV squad.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: pull stones on January 20, 2017, 08:03:07 PM
from what I heard DL pulled out because they offered him a short term contract....rumors are that was changed....
what was changed? could you be more specific.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: asylumseeker on January 20, 2017, 09:56:05 PM
Probably better for the TTFA to say "we will let you know when we know". This is third announced delay. Dot the i's and cross the t's first, then announce. Does no one learn?

I wouldn't necessarily blame TTFA here.  I think it's a case of reporters wanting a "scoop", getting some "inside info" and rushing to be the first to break the news.

I remember reading somewhere where Skeene in particular kept saying words to the effect "we're working on it and will have an announcement soon".

What I will agree with is that they said an annoucement will be made on wednesday (2 days ago).  In hindsight, they shouldn't have given a definitive date.  But even then, how were they to know that decisions arrived upon would be overridden?

Sometimes the scoop supercedes all else.  But that's also what often passes for reporting in Trini

I'm referring to the TTFA media releases, not other sources. The organization is not adhering to its deadlines based on internal dynamics that originate with the brass, not the foot soldiers.

I notice where the scooping is occurring, as a by-product of slow leaks under cover of anonymity and fear (on one side), and as an attempt at building a counter-narrative to the TTFA getting negative press (on the other side) ... but, I also notice the mockery each media release is having on confidence and credibility in the football association.

In politics, an opposition would be presenting a motion of no confidence on Monday, not waiting to endorse  the mediocrity of a salvaged outcome.

This saga has two more chapters. Watch de ride.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: Jumbie on January 20, 2017, 11:35:24 PM
Mr Lawrence... please keep far from those daytime vampires!
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: Flex on January 21, 2017, 02:40:06 AM
Lawrence refuses terms of T&T job.
T&T Newsday Reports.


The wait for the new national men’s football coach will be over on Monday when the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) finally announces who will succeed Belgium’s Tom Saintfiet following his short reign at the helm of local football.

It appears though that former T&T defender Dennis Lawrence is no longer an option as he has removed himself from contention a day after it appeared he was chosen as the candidate for the job. Fresh clauses inserted in the contract offered to him were deemed unacceptable to the former Everton first-team development coach.

A TTFA press release yesterday said, “The TTFA has noted the large public interest in the selection of our new national senior men’s coach and we wish to assure our supporters and stakeholders, the TTFA technical committee is working assiduously to complete the current process, to ensure the most appropriate selection, in the best interest of the national senior men’s team programme and our ongoing 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.”

According to football website wired868.com the clause in Lawrence’s contract was altered which led to Lawrence having a change of heart. Mike Berry, Lawrence’s agent told the local website, “On Wednesday night, we agreed in principle (over the phone) the basic terms (of the job) which is salary, length of contract, bonuses and so on. It was all systems go.”

As far as Lawrence’s team was concerned, it was already a done deal and they only asked the board to give them some time so Lawrence could resign from his two-year contract as Belgium national senior team scout where he is working with ex-Everton manager Roberto Martinez.

But his resignation had to be retracted after new clauses in the contract emerged.

“There were clauses that I never came across before in my 20-odd years as an agent,” said Berry. The two clauses that stood out, according to Berry, were that Lawrence could be terminated if T&T: (a) did not have a 40 percent success rate on a presumed annual basis; or (b) suffered a six-point drop in the FIFA rankings.

“So if, God forbid, we (T&T) lose against Panama and Mexico (in World Cup qualifiers in March) and we drop six points in the FIFA rankings as a result,” said Berry, “then his contract can be terminated at four months notice! Now bear in mind, Dennis has a two-year contract in Belgium.

Those clauses were unacceptable.” Berry added, “And not only were they in the termination section but they were under the heading of gross misconduct. So if he was sacked for one of those clauses, he would not only be sacked for non-performance but for gross conduct. That could destroy his career. How could he sign that?!”

Interestingly, another main contender for the T&T coaching job, Stuart Charles Fevrier, coach of W Connection, wished Lawrence the best in his new job yesterday afternoon while speaking to CNMG prior to his team’s Pro League game.

It is not clear whether the TTFA and Lawrence’s team have thrashed out their differences regarding the terms of the contract being offered.

The other candidates that were in the running for the T&T job are Englishman Terry Fenwick, Colombian Francisco Maturana and former T&T midfielder Russell Latapy.

Fevrier was reportedly recommended initially by the TTFA technical committee.

RELATED NEWS

Lawrence: I am out! TTFA board in uproar as DJW accused of bungling deal for new T&T coach.
By Lasana Liburd (wired868).


The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) is believed to be in crisis mode after World Cup 2006 hero and ex-Everton FC assistant coach Dennis Lawrence pulled out of a deal to be Men’s National Senior Team head coach, just 48 hours after both parties agreed in a principle.

The breaking point, according to Lawrence’s agent Mike Berry, was termination clauses inserted into the deal on Thursday as well as the TTFA’s failure to allay the prospective coach’s concerns.

“We have a very disappointed chap who spoke to [Belgium National Senior Team head coach Roberto] Martinez this morning,” Berry told Wired868. “[Martinez] was happy to welcome him back into the [Belgium] fold and he is getting back on with his career. He is very disappointed not to get the chance to do [the Trinidad and Tobago job] his way.”

Wired868 tried unsuccessfully to get comment from TTFA president David John-Williams and technical committee chairman Dexter Skeene.

However, a TTFA board member, who spoke on condition of anonymity, was furious to learn that the deal collapsed and revealed that an emergency board meeting was called for this evening. However the meeting was subsequently cancelled.

The TTFA issued a press release this evening, which promised to name its new coach on Monday. There was no word as to whether it would be Lawrence. It was a far cry from the optimistic mood on Wednesday night, as the two parties on either side of the Atlantic Ocean celebrated a deal to make Lawrence the two island republic’s top football coach.

“On Wednesday night, we agreed in principle [over the phone] the basic terms [of the job],” said Berry, “which is salary, length of contract, bonuses and so on. It was all systems go.”

The deal on offer that Wednesday night was what the TTFA felt should be given to the next Soca Warriors coach. But it is worth pointing out that, up to that point, that person looked like being W Connection coach Stuart Charles-Fevrier, who was recommended for the position by the technical committee.

John-Williams, of course, is W Connection’s co-owner and he recused himself from Wednesday’s deliberations because of his close, personal relationship with Fevrier.

Once, John-Williams returned to the room and learnt that Lawrence—and not Fevrier—was the board’s choice, he allegedly suggested a caveat. The contract, said the TTFA president, should have a termination clause. And, after their discussions Lawrence, the board agreed that there should be performance appraisals added to the deal.

As far as Lawrence’s team was concerned, it was already a done deal and they only asked the board to give them until 8am [TT time] so he could resign from his two-year contract as Belgium National Senior Team scout.

“I said let us get Roberto’s blessing because it was only right to let him know he was losing a member of staff,” said Berry. “We spoke to Roberto [Martinez] at noon English time. He was absolutely delighted and happy to endorse Lawrence. He said he would help as much as possible—except if [the two nations] met in Russia [at the 2018 World Cup]!”

Lawrence and Berry sat back and waited to hear from the TTFA. But, two hours later, there had been no contact from the local football body and a call to Skeene went straight to voicemail.

Wired868 understands that, at the time, Skeene was trying to engineer clauses that would satisfy John-Williams but not put off Lawrence.

Berry, who was unaware of the late developments, emailed Skeene and John-Williams and revealed that Roberto Martinez wanted to issue a press release congratulating Lawrence on his new post and explaining to the public why he rated the former Defence Force and Swansea defender so highly.

Lawrence played under Martinez at Swansea and then was a member of his coaching staff at Wigan Athletic, Everton and Belgium.

John-Williams, according to Berry, replied to the email within minutes to say: No press release please.

At 10am, Skeene phoned Lawrence to say there would be amendments to the initial deal but he could not say what those were.

Wired868 understands that Skeene phoned one ex-Trinidad and Tobago international for advice on performance markers for the contract. John-Williams allegedly wanted Lawrence to deliver either nine or 10 points from the CONCACAF Hex or be sacked. But Skeene allegedly felt that was unreasonable.

The advisor suggested instead that perhaps the FIFA rankings could be used as a gauge—but it must work both ways. A drop by a certain number of places could prompt a review while there would be a reward if Trinidad and Tobago climbed the rankings.

Three hours after their brief conversation, Skeene told Lawrence that the contract was on the way.

“There were clauses that I never came across before in my 20-odd years as an agent,” said Berry.

The two clauses that stood out, according to Berry, were that Lawrence could be terminated if Trinidad and Tobago: (a) did not have a 40 percent success rate on a presumed annual basis; or (b) suffered a six point drop in the FIFA rankings.

“So if, God forbid, we lose against Panama and Mexico [in March] and we drop six points in the FIFA rankings as a result,” said Berry, “then his contract can be terminated at four months’ notice! Now bear in mind, Dennis has a two-year contract in Belgium. Those clauses were unacceptable.

“And not only were they in the termination section but they were under the heading of gross misconduct. So if he was sacked for one of those clauses, he would not only be sacked for non-performance but for gross conduct. That could destroy his career. How could he sign that?!”

John-Williams emailed Berry on Thursday evening and ask Lawrence to call him, which the 42-year-old coach did.

The TTFA president did not congratulate Lawrence or say that he was looking forward to working with him. Instead, he simply wanted to know his choice for assistant coaches.

Wired868 understands that Lawrence gave John-Williams a six-man shortlist, which included two English coaches, one Dutch coach and locals: Stern John, Angus Eve and Hutson “Barber” Charles. Lawrence intended to interview the six coaches within the next week.

John, an assistant coach at Pro League champions Central FC, and Eve, the Club Sando head coach, were described as bright, upcoming coaches. While Charles, who worked with Lawrence at Defence Force, offered an immediate knowledge of the current player pool since he worked as Hart’s assistant for the past three years and served as head coach for a year and a half before then.

Lawrence also wanted his own goalkeeping coach, sports scientist and match analysis manager. But the Warriors coach-in-waiting had a question for John-Williams too.

What did the TTFA mean by a 40 percent success rate? Did that include draws, since a solitary point could be the difference between qualification and failure?

John-Williams, according to Berry, told Lawrence he did not know and would get back on to him. But they did not hear from the TTFA president again.

Berry spoke to Skeene on Thursday night too. He pointed to the clauses and suggested that, at the least, Lawrence should have the security of a 12-month pay off—even if the TTFA decided to sack him in the first week.

The football body, said Berry, ought to show some faith in a coach that was leaving a job to come and work for Trinidad and Tobago. Skeene, Barry alleged, said that was a reasonable request and promised to get back to them.

Neither John-Williams nor Skeene contacted them again on Thursday night. So, Berry sent an email to both TTFA officials and went to bed.

This morning, there was no emailed response from the TTFA and Lawrence’s enthusiasm had now become a deep unease. The defender rang up a few friends and associates for advice—including 2006 World Cup coach Leo Beenhakker—and then made his decision.

“It smelt fishy and he was very uncomfortable about the lack of response and the lack of courtesy,” said Berry. “And he said: ‘I am out.’ Perhaps if the clauses were in the performance appraisal section and not the termination section or if there was more security for him in the contract…

“He was also concerned about the lack of reference from the TTFA to the long term development of Trinidad and Tobago football, which he felt was equally important to the current World Cup campaign.

“He will do his damnedest to get us to the Russia World Cup but he told them from the start that he didn’t just want to be a quick fix.”

And so, Berry alerted the TTFA of his client’s change of heart, via an email to John-Williams, which read:

“In the absence of a response and on reflection, Dennis has decided to reject your offer of the position of national coach. Unfortunately, the philosophy of your technical committee, board and yourself do not match Dennis’ philosophy for Trinidad and Tobago football at this time.

“Dennis has asked me to convey his best wishes for the future success of Trinidad and Tobago football.”

Lawrence’s decision stunned board members who had not been kept abreast of developments since the Wednesday night meeting. As far as they were concerned, the board had already decided upon their coach and the only thing left for John-Williams and Skeene to do was get his signature on a piece of paper.

One source wondered aloud if the TTFA president had sabotaged the process. There is no concrete evidence to support that suggestion at this point in time.

“How can a clause lead to all these problems?” asked the source. “That is a matter of simple negotiation. Something has gone wrong somewhere.”

The TTFA board convened an emergency meeting this evening, presumably to discuss the deal. According to the constitution, only the board can hire or fire coaches. However, the meeting was scrapped—presumably because the late notice meant there was unlikely to be quorum.

At Wednesday night’s meeting, although the majority of the technical committee voted for Fevrier, the board members decided that Lawrence was the man they wanted.

Wired868 understands that there were five votes for Lawrence and two for former England World Cup defender and Central FC and San Juan Jabloteh coach Terry Fenwick. John-Williams’ two vice-presidents, Joanne Salazar and Ewing Davis, were the only members who voted for Fevrier, since the TTFA president had recused himself.

“The board decided that Dexter [Skeene] and the president should take the lead in signing the deal [with Lawrence],” said the anonymous board member. “The enthusiasm for Dennis is great and he shouldn’t let [the clauses] stymie him.

“There was no number two [for if we didn’t get Lawrence]. We agreed it would be him.”

After the initial interview, Berry revealed that Skeene phoned and apologised for the lack of response by the TTFA. But he was unable to relay whether there was a change of position by the football body on the controversial clauses.

This evening’s board meeting appeared to be the last chance for Lawrence. But there is still hope that John-Williams reopened discussions with the former Malick schoolboy, who was on Wigan’s coaching staff when they Manchester City in the 2013 FA Cup final.

“Roberto [Martinez] said don’t close the door totally [on Trinidad and Tobago],” said Berry. “He was in a similar position once when he left the Swansea job. It seems unlikely now but he said to leave the door open…

“It is not that we are against performance evaluations but you have to give him a reasonable time to do his job. Do a review after 12 months but not from day one!

“They have missed out on a top class guy, never mind a good coach. If Roberto Martinez rates him so highly, surely Trinidad and Tobago should as well.”

Twelve years ago, Lawrence’s headed goal against Bahrain in Manama won Trinidad and Tobago a historic berth at the Germany 2006 World Cup. But, months earlier, the lanky defender showcased his skills on the ground as he tore forward on the overlap to score a decisive item in a 2-0 win over Panama at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain.

The Panama triumph was the Warriors’ first competitive outing under Leo Beenhakker and it revitalised the nation’s World Cup qualifying campaign.

Should Lawrence agree terms with the TTFA, his first opponent—on 24 March 2017—will be Panama at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.

Wired868 asked John-Williams for an update on the vacant position on Men’s National Senior Team head coach and whether he was trying to sign Lawrence or discourage him from signing. The football president declined comment but promised that the TTFA would issue a press release later.

“All I can say is maybe your source on the board can answer that text,” said John-Williams. “I have nothing against you if you choose a particular road… All I am saying is don’t lie on me.”

The other coaches on the TTFA’s shortlist were: Francisco Maturana, Fenwick and Fevrier.

The current TTFA board of directors comprises: David John-Williams (president), Joanne Salazar, Ewing Davis and Allan Warner (vice-presidents), Samuel Saunders (Central FA), Sherwyn Dyer (Eastern Counties Football Union), Karanjabari Williams (Northern FA), Richard Quan Chan (Southern FA), Anthony Moore (Tobago FA), Joseph Taylor (Trinidad and Tobago Football Referees Association), Sharon O’Brien (Women’s League Football), Wayne Cunningham (Eastern FA) and Dexter Skeene (TT Pro League).

The TTFA technical committee consists of: Dexter Skeene (chairman), Dr Alvin Henderson (vice-chairman), Bertille St Clair (former World Youth Cup coach), Errol Lovell (former national goalkeeper), Jinelle James (ex-national player and current administrator) and Muhammad Isa (technical director).

“The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) wishes to advise that the announcement of the newly appointed Head Coach of the Men’s Senior National Team will take place on Monday 23 January 2017.

“The TTFA has noted the large public interest in the selection of our new National Senior Mens coach and we wish to assure the our supporters and stakeholders, the TTFA Technical Committee is working assiduously to complete the current process, to ensure the most appropriate selection, in the best interest of the National Senior Men’s Team Programme and our ongoing the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.”


Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: vb on January 21, 2017, 02:54:28 AM
Lawrence has a great job where he is.

You damn right, doh jeopardize yourself for these jokers.

VB
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: sjahrain on January 21, 2017, 04:17:47 AM
And again when I do the right in the beginning.I never have to justify the end
Hart they did you wrong and it's quite evident now..Talk about bachanal
If the priest could play then who is DJW

The macauel effect is in being decided by Company Yes
It's my way or it's not going down
If his choice get the job will those clauses remain or will he offer a rational why they are not
Terrorist in the city...Cry blood
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: Thomo on January 21, 2017, 04:25:52 AM
Ah really wonder if he boy SCF get in he'll have those clauses? Glad the Skeene and Co finally let themselves be be heard rather than let that idiot run roughshod. He shat on his tail now that Lawrence and Berry show him up for the fool he is. When I check the team that a national hero like Lawrence had behind him yuh know he was coming for business ie to qualify for 2018 and develop for the future and beyond. But de fat oaf cyah see dat, all he know is he is boss and he want SCF. Smfh
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: Controversial on January 21, 2017, 04:46:29 AM
Lawrence has pull out of the race for T&T coach.

Skeene is upset with DJW but has a double tongue.

Stuart Charles is our next coach, T&T is doomed.

DJW is worst than Jack Warner.



If this is confirmed....then it also confirms....as if there was ANY doubt...that the TTFA is a sham.

I love my country.  I appreciate the players who turn out for national duty

But to support THIS T&T team would be condoning assness of the highest order.

Family you know figure out this is a sham lol come nah Palos yuh way better than that..

This man goal was to sabotage the team with many underhanded factors coming into play.. match fixing, outside interference, bribery and paying off voting members of the ttfa

Everything that is happening now is to ensure we don't qualify for the World Cup...
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: trini_stallion on January 21, 2017, 06:51:40 AM
He purposely sabotage this process so scf cld get the bligh. Is there any way we cld start a petition for DJW to resign?? I'm being serious
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: injunchile on January 21, 2017, 07:02:43 AM
Watch it Sjahrain  with your comparisons. If the priest could play then who is DJW.
 Terribly out of Context . It is like comparing Apples and Oranges. DJW is in a league all by himself . He reminds me of Trump. Same personality type.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: sjahrain on January 21, 2017, 07:08:38 AM
Context safe because he actually doing it...Right before our very eyes
It's no longer a hypothetical
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: madness on January 21, 2017, 08:54:33 AM
this is crazy to see and witness real problems with the TTFA and Trinidad football.  :banginghead:
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: asylumseeker on January 21, 2017, 09:49:35 AM
Apparently the TTFA is not reliant on general counsel. Sure, I get Skeene asking a former pro questions related to contract clauses, but is that the final stop on the road?
Title: Dennis Lawrence thread
Post by: trini_stallion on January 21, 2017, 11:30:18 AM
Our new head coach guys. The TTFA was able to tell DJW to hull he ass and they appointed him with revised terms! Another slap in DJW tun tun!
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence thread
Post by: trini_stallion on January 21, 2017, 11:31:52 AM
TTFA agrees “Tallest” terms: Lawrence makes U-turn, “humbled” to be new T&T coach.
By Lasana Liburd (Wired868).


Former Trinidad and Tobago World Cup 2006 defender Dennis Lawrence has done a U-turn and will be unveiled as the new Soca Warriors coach, after he agreed terms with the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) on Saturday morning.

“I feel very honoured and humbled by this opportunity and the confidence placed in me by the Association,” said Lawrence, in a press release. “I have given my all for Trinidad and Tobago as a player and now relish this moment to contribute as head coach of the National Team.”

It is uncertain at this point whether he eventually agreed a two or three year deal.

Lawrence, who was employed as a scout for the Belgium National Senior Team at present, pulled out of talks on Friday morning after the football body amended their initial deal with controversial termination clauses and then seemed unable to explain them.

The TTFA wanted the right to sack the six foot seven Lawrence for gross misconduct if the Warriors slipped six places in the FIFA ranking or had less than a 40 percent success rate. But, in a subsequent phone call, Lawrence’s agent, Mike Berry, claimed TTFA president David John-Williams did not know if draws counted as success and promised to get back on to him.

John-Williams’ failure to do so in a timely fashion added to a growing unease about the sudden direction of the negotiations and Lawrence announced that the deal was off.

The scuppering of the talks led to a furious response from some TTFA board members who blamed John-Williams for bungling the talks.

John-Williams, who is the co-owner of W Connection football club, was allegedly keen to have his own employee, Stuart Charles-Fevrier, take over the National Senior Team.

It is uncertain what role, if any, was played by the board and the angry public response to John-Williams’ perceived meddling. But the TTFA president is believed to have subsequently applied fresh zeal to the pursuit of the 42-year-old coach.

And, by Saturday morning, the deal was concluded.

Remarkably, the TTFA tried to take credit for the supposed speed of the appointment, which came two months after the replacement of former head coach Stephen Hart and almost two weeks after the departure of his shambolic replacement, Tom Saintfiet.

“The TTFA has worked diligently to complete the selection process ahead of our intended next Monday deadline, and this press release is now being made in order to quell further speculation and keep our stakeholders informed.

“Dennis will arrive in the country next week where he will hold a press conference and meet with members of the local football fraternity to determine the rest of his support staff.”


Lawrence has never worked as a head coach although he served as assistant to Roberto Martinez at Wigan Athletic—where they edged Manchester City to the FA Cup title in 2013—and Everton FC.

Intriguingly, like his predecessor Tom Saintfiet, Lawrence was not the first choice of the TTFA’s technical committee. Or the second.

Fevrier was the coach who the technical committee felt was the best man for the job of leading the Warriors. Ex-Central FC and San Juan Jabloteh coach Terry Fenwick, a former England international defender, was next on the list.

However, in a meeting on Wednesday night, the TTFA board of directors decided to overrule its technical committee’s recommendations in favour of the lanky defender whose goal took Trinidad and Tobago to the 2006 World Cup.

Lawrence played or trained alongside several current Warriors including Kenwyne Jones, Marvin Phillip, Carlos Edwards, Khaleem Hyland, Jan-Michael Williams, Cornell Glen, Hughtun Hector and Radanfah Abu Bakr.

He has included former club and international teammates Stern John, Angus Eve and Hutson “Barber” Charles as potential assistants for his technical staff, along with two unnamed England coaches and one from the Netherlands.

Charles, a Strike Squad standout who played with Lawrence at the Defence Force, was a member of Hart’s coaching staff, which steered Trinidad and Tobago into the Concacaf Hex.

Eve, Trinidad and Tobago’s record appearance maker, is Club Sando head coach and a former National Under-23 Team head coach while John, the country’s all-time leading scorer, is assistant coach at defending Pro League and Caribbean champions, Central FC.

TTFA press statement (signed by president David John-Williams and new head coach Dennis Lawrence):

The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) is pleased to announce that Mr Dennis Lawrence has accepted the position of head coach of the Men’s Senior National Team.

The TTFA has worked diligently to complete the selection process ahead of our intended next Monday deadline, and this press release is now being made in order to quell further speculation and keep our stakeholders informed…

Dennis will arrive in the country next week where he will hold a press conference and meet with members of the local football fraternity to determine the rest of his support staff.

In accepting the appointment, Dennis Lawrence stated: “I feel very honoured and humbled by this opportunity and the confidence placed in me by the Association. I have given my all for Trinidad and Tobago as a player and now relish this moment to contribute as head coach of the National Team.

“Of course I am coming into a difficult situation and we have to take each game very seriously and put our best foot forward. The experience I gained working under different coaches during my 89 international caps for T&T and my exposure in coaching has all helped to shape me. I intend to give my very best towards this national effort.”

Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: Thomo on January 21, 2017, 11:31:58 AM
The fool DJW finally relented and Dennis is now the new coach. I guess after the idiot got exposed by Mike Berry and Lawrence he had to give in and not let his idiot pal Fevrier take charge. He didn't expect so much opposition from the public, the board of directors, technical committee, Lasana nd Wired868, Berry and Lawrence.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence thread
Post by: Thomo on January 21, 2017, 11:55:03 AM
"Dennis did not make a U-turn. DJW did. Dennis had initially accepted a contract offered by the TTFA Exec Committee but rejected the alterations made by TTFA president DJW.
However, he kept the door open and DJW, who is travelling to FIFA HQ in Zurich this evening, removed the controversial exit clauses he had added to ensure he had a signed document on mutually agreed terms to take to his FIFA bosses.
Monies for the contract (including asst coaches etc re Dennis’ proposal) will be accessed from FIFA Development Fund.
While in Zurich, DJW will also receive his official instruments of appointment to the FIFA Players’ Status Committee, on which he will serve as a member for a four-year term.
Dennis had retained the local law firm of Pamela Elder & Associates to vet his end of the contract"

LMFAO @ DJW. Damn IDIOT!! Public outrage caused this!!
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: che on January 21, 2017, 11:58:10 AM
This is a real pappy show going on now. But congrats DL. Let's see if we could salvage this campaign.
 
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence thread
Post by: Anbrat on January 21, 2017, 12:15:57 PM
"Public outrage caused this!!"


 ??? ???

Hardly!
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence thread
Post by: Controversial on January 21, 2017, 12:39:34 PM
FIFA paying for all of our coaches? No one has even stated what the govt has allocated to our football for 2017...

Furthermore, I am very skeptical of FIFA paying for all our national coaches, given FIFAs past admin woes and corruption..

Our coaches are indeed subject to outside interference.. I believe those funds should be solely for youth development and grassroots programs, the Feds should be paying for our own coaches either through govt allocations or sponsorship..

Like I said, the dictator is being controlled
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: Controversial on January 21, 2017, 12:50:40 PM
Apparently the TTFA is not reliant on general counsel. Sure, I get Skeene asking a former pro questions related to contract clauses, but is that the final stop on the road?

I'm stunned that skeene called a former player and not their in house attorney or an attorney contracted for the new appointment..

What the hell kinda nonsense is that? LoL the dictator taking all the money and sharing it with them and have no money for an attorney ...rubbish

Furthermore, the ttfa should be paying for that coach not FIFA, that leads me to believe that our coaches and president is subject to outside interference.. FIFA already has a record of corruption, the fed should be paying for its own coach, the development fund should be allocated for grassroots programs and youth development ...

Very skeptical about the man having to fly to Zurich to get the contract approved and get money for our coach..

Which is why I asked, how much money has the govt allocated to our football for 2017?
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: Tobago28 on January 21, 2017, 12:57:01 PM
We have a Coach that is acceptable to most of the public.  We need to turn this momentum into a MOVEMENT.

Time to put pressure on the TTFA to hire a competent Technical Director.  Isa must GO!
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence might be T&T coach soon.
Post by: Controversial on January 21, 2017, 01:22:11 PM
We have a Coach that is acceptable to most of the public.  We need to turn this momentum into a MOVEMENT.

Time to put pressure on the TTFA to hire a competent Technical Director.  Isa must GO!

Who paying for the new director? FIFA again?
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Flex on January 21, 2017, 02:01:37 PM
Some Reactions on Dennis’ appointment.
TTFA Media.


Some past teammates and recognised personalities in the game have issued their well wishes and congratulations to Dennis Lawrence on his appointment as head coach of the Trinidad and Tobago Men’s Senior Team. Lawrence was today officially announced as the new head coach by the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association.

Former national forward Stern John told TTFA Media “It’s a fantastic opportunity for Dennis. He has been coaching at a high level  for some time  and is good to see the Association has seen it fit to give him this opportunity now. I know he will give it one hundred percent and it is important that he also receives the fullest support of the FA which I am sure they will do, the players and everyone involved in the game locally as well as the country on a whole. It’s the only way we can move forward as a nation in football.

“Dennis is one  of the younger coaches on the scene now. He will bring  new ideas and philosophies and I am looking forward to see him in charge of our national team,” John added.

Carlos Edwards has been Lawrence’s teammate since their playing days at Defence Force, then at Wrexham and the National Team. He had the following to say.

“I think it’s a really good decision. His passion and commitment to the game is second to none. From the time he started accumulating his coaching badges, he dedicated everything to himself and his development in order to fulfil his ambitions,’ Edwards said.

“I think this opportunity now is the best thing for Dennis and the country on a whole. He will always be the man who played a critical role in taking us to the 2006 World Cup with his efforts throughout the campaign and the goal against Bahrain and now with his experience and being in the Premiership has made him into a better coach, rubbing shoulders with the best coaches and players in the world.

“Dennis is a very smart guy when it comes to the game and it’s different to just playing the game but also knowing the game and studying it. He  has the sixth sense about the game and  his leadership will be valuable. Obviously he will have his own methods of coaching and dealing with the players.

“From  his days at Defence Force where we played together, you could see something special in him and his desire to coach at the highest level and he has maintained that passion past his playing days,” Edwards added.

Former T&T 2006 World Cup teammate Densill Theobald also wished the big man the best in his new endeavour.

“I am really happy for him. We always spoke about his desires to coach and moreso coach a national team and he always told me when the time is right.

“I always asked him that question after his playing days and then while he was working with Roberto Martinez.

Trinidad and Tobago football is in a difficult stage after getting to a decent level over the past couple years with the performances at the Gold Cup and reaching the Hex, and what we need is someone good to continue the process and I think he will be able to contribute towards this. What will be important is him getting the support from the  FA, the players, his staff and the fans, in realising the dream of qualification for Russia 2018 which I believe is still alive. I am happy for our brother and wishing him all the best,” Theobald added.

More on the New Man in Charge of T&T Senior Men’s Team

Dennis Lawrence was today officially announced as the new Head Coach of the Trinidad and Tobago Men’s Senior Team.

On his appointment, Lawrence said today “I feel very honoured and humbled by this opportunity and the confidence placed in me by the Association. I have given my all for Trinidad and Tobago as a player and now relish this opportunity to contributes Head Coach of the National Team.”

Here are some interesting facts about the new man in charge of Men’s Senior Team.

-Between 1992-2000, he played locally in his homeland of Trinidad and Tobago with Barataria Ball Players, Caledonia AIA (now Morvant Caledonia United) and Defence Force.

-Lawrence won his first Professional League title as a player with Defence Force in 1999

– He had his first overseas trial with Newcastle United in 2000 under then manager Bobby Robson and then Bolton Wanderers. He would later sign for Wrexham in 2001, joining countryman Carlos Edwards and Hector Sam with Englishman Mike Berry as his representative and this relationship has been maintained up to this day.

-After Lawrence scored the winning goal that qualified T&T for the 2006 World Cup Finals, in a 1-o win over Bahrain in Manama on November 16th, 2005, Lawrence spent close to two hours away from his teammates as he was randomly selected for a drugs test after the match. All this time, Dwight Yorke and the rest of the squad were partying and celebrating their qualification in the dressing room. “It did took a bit of the shine off it,” he said at the time.

-Lawrence made 198 appearances for Welsh club Wrexham between 2001-2006

-He then made 84 appearances for Swansea City (2006-2009), 28 for Crewe Alexandra and 7 for San Juan Jabloteh in 2009-2010.

-He tasted English Football League One title success with Swansea City in 2007/2008.

-Born August 1st, 1974, he made 89 international appearances for Trinidad and Tobago.

-He was named Caribbean Cup Most Valuable Player after helping T&T to the regional title in 2001 under former head coach Ian Porterfield.

-Lawrence joined Wigan Athletic as a coach after impressing Spanish coach Roberto Martinez in October 2010. Lawrence then went on to become a first team development coach at Everton under Martinez and then a scout for the Belgium National Team of which Martinez is now the head coach.

-Lawrence holds a UEFA Pro License Coaching badge.

The UEFA Pro Licence is a coaching licence from UEFA, the official governing body of European football. The licence is the highest coaching certification available and follows the completion of the UEFA ‘B’ and ‘A’ licences.

A UEFA Pro Licence is required by anyone who wishes to manage a football club in the top level of a European nation’s league system on a permanent basis, i.e. more than 12 weeks (the amount of time an unqualified caretaker manager is allowed to take control). This applies to both the head coach or team manager, and such a licence is also required to manage in the UEFA Champions League or UEFA Europa League

Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Controversial on January 21, 2017, 02:49:23 PM
Drug test after the goal huh, they were trying anyway to get Trinidad and Tobago to not qualify lol what a set of crooks
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Controversial on January 21, 2017, 04:06:53 PM
Don't get too comfortable folks

The dictator will still try to undermine, sabotage and disrupt Dennis and his mission, especially with FIFA now paying our coaches smh
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: trini_stallion on January 21, 2017, 04:36:45 PM
I hope Dennis gets 2 friendlies before these matches
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on January 21, 2017, 05:39:45 PM
I hope Dennis gets 2 friendlies before these matches

That presents an interesting situation because the Pro League is almost done and there are no FIFA dates prior to our WC qualifier.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Big Magician on January 21, 2017, 05:53:07 PM
" 6 "

welcome home Legend...wishing you all the best...
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: sjahrain on January 21, 2017, 07:15:17 PM
Respect soldier.
You have the support of the people



Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: soccerman on January 21, 2017, 08:51:29 PM
Congrats Dennis, wishing you all the best :beermug:
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: samo on January 21, 2017, 08:54:46 PM
I heard Dennis has turned down the job. He initially agreed in principle, but apparently some terms in the contract were ridiculous and said no.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Controversial on January 21, 2017, 09:05:48 PM
I heard Dennis has turned down the job. He initially agreed in principle, but apparently some terms in the contract were ridiculous and said no.

The dictator supposedly removed the clauses and Dennis is now confirmed as the new coach.. so as of right now, we don't know the full terms of the new agreement
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: samo on January 21, 2017, 09:31:52 PM
Thanks Contro for the update
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: rotatopoti3 on January 21, 2017, 09:53:05 PM

u jeopardize your stable job to come home and deal with a pappyshow system where there is no accountability..

yuh not sure yuh getting ah paycheck...

broken potholes everywhere in the system....people talking behind yuh back....

nah boy..this not going to end nice..
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Deeks on January 21, 2017, 10:01:36 PM
We have a Coach that is acceptable to most of the public.  We need to turn this momentum into a MOVEMENT.

Time to put pressure on the TTFA to hire a competent Technical Director.  Isa must GO!

Who paying for the new director? FIFA again?

To be honest, we don't know what Issa really doing. What program has the TTFA implemented since DJW was elected?
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Controversial on January 21, 2017, 10:21:13 PM

u jeopardize your stable job to come home and deal with a pappyshow system where there is no accountability..

yuh not sure yuh getting ah paycheck...

broken potholes everywhere in the system....people talking behind yuh back....

nah boy..this not going to end nice..


The dictator already know this... lol he already planning his sabotage of Dennis...
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Controversial on January 21, 2017, 10:23:00 PM
We have a Coach that is acceptable to most of the public.  We need to turn this momentum into a MOVEMENT.

Time to put pressure on the TTFA to hire a competent Technical Director.  Isa must GO!

Who paying for the new director? FIFA again?

To be honest, we don't know what Issa really doing. What program has the TTFA implemented since DJW was elected?

The real question is how much funds have been allocated to the ttfa and what are they doing with that money they getting from the tv rights?

Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: maxg on January 21, 2017, 11:04:42 PM

u jeopardize your stable job to come home and deal with a pappyshow system where there is no accountability..

yuh not sure yuh getting ah paycheck...

broken potholes everywhere in the system....people talking behind yuh back....

nah boy..this not going to end nice..

wait ah minute,what does a scout for the Belgain National Team do or did ? Anyway, many of the ppl get what they wanted, here we go
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Tallman on January 21, 2017, 11:24:28 PM
WATCH: Dennis Lawrence confirmed as Soca Warriors Head Coach

https://www.youtube.com/v/r3uD8tOVQZw
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Controversial on January 21, 2017, 11:38:18 PM
WATCH: Dennis Lawrence confirmed as Soca Warriors Head Coach

https://www.youtube.com/v/r3uD8tOVQZw

The dictator live and love to lie, he support all coaches lol we wouldn't be in this situation if he didn't sabotage Hart...
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: soccerman on January 22, 2017, 01:02:50 AM
WATCH: Dennis Lawrence confirmed as Soca Warriors Head Coach

https://www.youtube.com/v/r3uD8tOVQZw

The dictator live and love to lie, he support all coaches lol we wouldn't be in this situation if he didn't sabotage Hart...
Yea I had to laugh when I heard his comments smh
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Controversial on January 22, 2017, 02:08:34 AM
WATCH: Dennis Lawrence confirmed as Soca Warriors Head Coach

https://www.youtube.com/v/r3uD8tOVQZw

The dictator live and love to lie, he support all coaches lol we wouldn't be in this situation if he didn't sabotage Hart...
Yea I had to laugh when I heard his comments smh

Signs of a pathological liar
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Thomo on January 22, 2017, 04:13:46 AM
WATCH: Dennis Lawrence confirmed as Soca Warriors Head Coach

https://www.youtube.com/v/r3uD8tOVQZw
Lol DJW think people stupid? He buss on he average when he got found out by Berry, Lawrence and Lasana now he's trying to chat s**t to save face. Gladly no-one believes him. Even his board and committee members had the balls to defy him and it all came out in the open. That Saintfeit hiring and firing issue did some good in de end it seems.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Flex on January 22, 2017, 07:38:42 AM
Players, sporting officials agree with TTFA decision.
By Jelani Beckles (Newsday).


MEMBERS of the national football team and the Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs Darryl Smith were all satisfied with the decision to appoint Dennis Lawrence as the new head coach of the national men’s football team.

Lawrence replaces Belgian Tom Saintfiet who resigned on January 11 after only one month on the job. National goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams was happy with the decision to appoint Lawrence. Williams said, “I think I could speak for a lot of the guys who are involved in the set up right now in saying that they are excited about the prospect of working with somebody like Dennis.

A high level coach, he has more than what it takes to take us to the next level and to take us to where we trying to go, so we excited and happy about it.” Williams said they are satisfied about the decision, despite Lawrence not being on the players list of a suitable replacement for Saintfiet.

“More than satisfied, we not disappointed at all. As the letter stated we would have been going based upon the little knowledge that we pooled together.”

After Saintfiet resigned, 23 current national players wrote a letter to the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association giving their opinion on who the next national coach should be. The players felt Stephen Hart, Stuart Charles-Fevrier, Terry Fenwick and Angus Eve (assistant coach) should have been also considered for the head coaching vacancy.

Carlos Edwards, who was recently recalled to the national team, said Lawrence will be an asset to the team. Edwards said, “Dennis is a very smart guy when it comes to the game, and it’s different to just playing the game, but also knowing the game and studying it. He has the sixth sense about the game and his leadership will be valuable.

Obviously he will have his own methods of coaching and dealing with the players.

Smith, who has been asking for a local coach to be hired said, “The experience that he (Lawrence) has gained in Europe under some of the best coaches in the world I think will do us well. I am happy it is a local, I am happy it is finally over. He does not have much time, but I think at this point in time (it is important) to have somebody who the players are relatively familiar with.”

Former manager of the national team Bruce Aanensen said, “I think Dennis is a very serious fella. He has done a lot of coaching in the short time with (Roberto) Martinez and he has the highest qualifications of coaching. He may not have all the experience but I think he will get the respect of the players.” Aanensen added that it is crucial that Lawrence has support around him.

“The important thing is that he gets the support of the administration (TTFA) and the players, because he will certainly need that if he is going to be effective. Let us hope this is the beginning of a turnaround on our fortunes, and we could see some positive things coming out of the football before March when we have those two important games.

“He needs some strong people around him to help him out, because notwithstanding the qualifications he has in coaching he does not have the experience, he is relatively new to it.

But you only get experience by coaching, so it is a good opportunity for him and let’s hope he can make the best of it and that everybody provides the level of support that he certainly is going to need.”

Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: sjahrain on January 22, 2017, 08:48:29 AM
The President said all coaches under his his tenure has received his fullest support contrary to popular belief...... really
Talk about lie that is lie...King liar. AKA...The great macauel
But King Liar the people will not crown you in this century unless you come clean on all of your lies
I take everything you say from day forward with five pounds of salt...Go away and take a bush bath
Go away..There is no shame in your pathetic game...You have singlehanded made us have to start over twice in this campaign..You are no patriot...The question to be asked is whom do you truly serve
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Thomo on January 22, 2017, 08:53:44 AM
The President said all coaches under his his tenure has received his fullest support contrary to popular belief...... really
Talk about lie that is lie...King liar. AKA...The great macauel
But King Liar the people will not crown you in this century unless you come clean on all of your lies
I take everything you say from day forward with five pounds of salt...Go away and take a bush bath
Go away..There is no shame in your pathetic game...You have singlehanded made us have to start over twice in this campaign..You are no patriot...The question to be asked is whom do you truly serve

All he wants to do is be boss. He come on the scene to do what he wants, not what needs to be done and treating his position of authority as if it's his own to run and no dog dare bark!! NEVER A PATRIOT! Only used it to further his ambitions for unbridled power.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: coache on January 22, 2017, 10:58:02 AM
No experience..no experience..coming from an orderly environment to one of chaos...he will have to have lots of good people around him.

Good Luck Dennis I wish you the best..it's a shame he didn't get an assistant position  with the National team before being put in the hot seat under this crapeaud DJW (he even look like a crapeaud).

Anyway get to work!!
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Storeboy on January 22, 2017, 12:17:11 PM
Drug test after the goal huh, they were trying anyway to get Trinidad to not qualify lol what a set of crooks
Trinidad and Tobago. At least you could respect the team captain, Dwight Yorke!
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Storeboy on January 22, 2017, 12:24:06 PM
The President said all coaches under his his tenure has received his fullest support contrary to popular belief...... really
Talk about lie that is lie...King liar. AKA...The great macauel
But King Liar the people will not crown you in this century unless you come clean on all of your lies
I take everything you say from day forward with five pounds of salt...Go away and take a bush bath
Go away..There is no shame in your pathetic game...You have singlehanded made us have to start over twice in this campaign..You are no patriot...The question to be asked is whom do you truly serve

All he wants to do is be boss. He come on the scene to do what he wants, not what needs to be done and treating his position of authority as if it's his own to run and no dog dare bark!! NEVER A PATRIOT! Only used it to further his ambitions for unbridled power.
Reminds me of another recently elected President!  :bs: ::)
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Controversial on January 22, 2017, 12:34:15 PM
Drug test after the goal huh, they were trying anyway to get Trinidad to not qualify lol what a set of crooks
Trinidad and Tobago. At least you could respect the team captain, Dwight Yorke!

My apologies, I corrected it, and before you throw a fit and assume something, it was unintentional and by accident
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: gawd on pitch on January 22, 2017, 12:37:35 PM
I think many are more happy with the coach not being Stuart Charles Fevrier than the actual appointment of tallest. Regardless, I feel tallest is the best man out of the current contenders.

He already take we to the world cup, maybe he might do it again  :beermug:
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: sub1 on January 22, 2017, 01:17:52 PM
Drug test after the goal huh, they were trying anyway to get Trinidad to not qualify lol what a set of crooks
Trinidad and Tobago. At least you could respect the team captain, Dwight Yorke!

For this reason I have always advocated a change of name to reflect one country, hence Trinbago, which comprises of two seperate island. My belief is that there is no exclusion in refering to a countryman as a Trinbagonian who can still identify as a Trinidadian, Tobagonian or just plain Trini.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Deeks on January 22, 2017, 02:03:08 PM
Drug test after the goal huh, they were trying anyway to get Trinidad to not qualify lol what a set of crooks
Trinidad and Tobago. At least you could respect the team captain, Dwight Yorke!

For this reason I have always advocated a change of name to reflect one country, hence Trinbago, which comprises of two seperate island. My belief is that there is no exclusion in refering to a countryman as a Trinbagonian who can still identify as a Trinidadian, Tobagonian or just plain Trini.

I like Trinto Republic. But Trinbago cool too.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: sub1 on January 22, 2017, 04:37:14 PM
Drug test after the goal huh, they were trying anyway to get Trinidad to not qualify lol what a set of crooks
Trinidad and Tobago. At least you could respect the team captain, Dwight Yorke!

For this reason I have always advocated a change of name to reflect one country, hence Trinbago, which comprises of two seperate island. My belief is that there is no exclusion in refering to a countryman as a Trinbagonian who can still identify as a Trinidadian, Tobagonian or just plain Trini.

I like Trinto Republic. But Trinbago cool too.

So what will you call yourself, a Trintotian? Just asking.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Deeks on January 22, 2017, 05:15:11 PM
Drug test after the goal huh, they were trying anyway to get Trinidad to not qualify lol what a set of crooks
Trinidad and Tobago. At least you could respect the team captain, Dwight Yorke!

For this reason I have always advocated a change of name to reflect one country, hence Trinbago, which comprises of two seperate island. My belief is that there is no exclusion in refering to a countryman as a Trinbagonian who can still identify as a Trinidadian, Tobagonian or just plain Trini.

I like Trinto Republic. But Trinbago cool too.

So what will you call yourself, a Trintotian? Just asking.

Trintonian
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: congo on January 22, 2017, 06:28:14 PM
So what happen to people who doh wanna come to Trinidad because of crime but happy to go Tobago? How we gonna market Trinbago when crime high in "Trinbago"?
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: gawd on pitch on January 22, 2017, 06:54:19 PM
Drug test after the goal huh, they were trying anyway to get Trinidad to not qualify lol what a set of crooks
Trinidad and Tobago. At least you could respect the team captain, Dwight Yorke!

For this reason I have always advocated a change of name to reflect one country, hence Trinbago, which comprises of two seperate island. My belief is that there is no exclusion in refering to a countryman as a Trinbagonian who can still identify as a Trinidadian, Tobagonian or just plain Trini.

I like Trinto Republic. But Trinbago cool too.

So what will you call yourself, a Trintotian? Just asking.

Hell no.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Deeks on January 22, 2017, 08:41:58 PM
Drug test after the goal huh, they were trying anyway to get Trinidad to not qualify lol what a set of crooks
Trinidad and Tobago. At least you could respect the team captain, Dwight Yorke!

For this reason I have always advocated a change of name to reflect one country, hence Trinbago, which comprises of two seperate island. My belief is that there is no exclusion in refering to a countryman as a Trinbagonian who can still identify as a Trinidadian, Tobagonian or just plain Trini.

I like Trinto Republic. But Trinbago cool too.

So what will you call yourself, a Trintotian? Just asking.

Hell no.

Breds, is Trintonians. Not trintoteeyans! Sam go like that name though.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Deeks on January 22, 2017, 08:48:06 PM
So what happen to people who doh wanna come to Trinidad because of crime but happy to go Tobago? How we gonna market Trinbago when crime high in "Trinbago"?

It is not complicated. It is just like New Zealand. North island and South Island.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Flex on January 23, 2017, 06:02:21 AM
Morris: Lawrence must stay long-term.
By Garth Wattley (Express).


Dennis Lawrence is the right man for national football coaching job. For the long term.

That’s the view of former national captain Clayton Morris. Lawrence, the 2006 World Cup qualifying hero, was confirmed as the successor to Belgian Tom Saintfiet by the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) on Saturday, and comes to the job with no head coach experience.

The length of Lawrence’s contract was not given in the TTFA release announcing his appointment, but Morris who captained the “Strike Squad” in the 1989 World Cup qualifying campaign said the selection of Lawrence should not be a short-term one.

“Miracles do happen, but I’m not looking for a miracle in this (World Cup) campaign anymore,” Morris told the Express. “I’m more looking for Dennis and his staff to bring us to a point where we could have hope for the next campaign (Gold Cup etc.)”

Noting the composition of the technical staff Lawrence was reportedly assembling for the T&T job, Morris said the new coach and his crew should be used to set a template for national teams at all levels.

“When I look at it, this is what I think is what we need for the entire football (programme),” Morris said.
“We need a long-term plan, so again, given the support that Dennis mentioned that he asked for, then I think this is what we should be looking for, that is what I’m pleased with. That is more important for me as one who has been through the sport and still am in the trenches.” He added for emphasis: “We need one philosophy going forward.”

Apart from utilising Lawrence and his staff to help chart a unified way of playing for national teams, Morris also has no qualms about the new man’s total lack of experience as a head coach. “Given that backing he has, that would make up for his lack of experience, the staff he‘s coming with,” Morris said.

He also noted that Lawrence would “have the ear” of his “Soca Warriors” coach Leo Beenhakker, so “I think it is the correct move we made by getting Dennis involved.” Morris also felt that because of Morris’ relatively recent experience with the national team, “total respect will be given to him.”

“The gap is not too far (with the payers) like with someone like myself. It means more to the present players to have someone they could identify with.”

Lawrence, 42, comes to the T&T job from his assignment as a scout for the Belgian national team under Roberto Martinez with whom he worked as a coach with English Premier League teams Everton and Wigan.

Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: elan on January 23, 2017, 11:40:17 AM
So TTFA learned nothing from Saintfiet apparently.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: trini_stallion on January 23, 2017, 12:15:45 PM
I hope DJW don't come rong tallest with no outta timin talk like he did with saintfeet...tallest is a man look like he doh play them game, and it would befit everyone if they cld have a mutually respectful relationship!
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: sjahrain on January 23, 2017, 01:55:24 PM
Hope the President learn something.... :devil:
There is a revolution taking place..
Better get in line and keep the pace
The voice of the people is the voice of Jah
Rastafari
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Thomo on January 23, 2017, 02:17:48 PM
DJW got owned and exposed with the hiring of Lawrence fiasco. If he didn't know before he knows now that he's not a well liked person, not that he cares to be honest.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Controversial on January 23, 2017, 04:10:01 PM
The dictator will still try, the question now is, when?
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: pull stones on January 23, 2017, 07:33:54 PM
latapy got another cobo appointment, how very funny. hope abgus eve gets to be assistant coach.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: injunchile on January 23, 2017, 09:04:47 PM
DJW mindset is- What you the Forumites think of me is none of my business. :yellowcard: :yellowcard: :yellowcard:
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Controversial on January 24, 2017, 03:48:47 PM
When is Dennis arriving and when is the press conference? Did the dictator return from Zurich after getting approval from his masters , I mean superiors for the agreement ?
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Thomo on January 24, 2017, 04:10:22 PM
Contro, for a person who proposes to be in the know and cusses every other poster calling them "dunce" among other names, how come you didn't read and find out that Dennis' original arrival date is was proposed as tomorrow, Wednesday? Just as well you didn't know that DJW met with Infantino today at FIFA Headquarters in Zurich so obviously he could not be back in TnT today as you suggested. I await you diatribe and name calling in 1, 2, 3...
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Controversial on January 24, 2017, 04:20:27 PM
Contro, for a person who proposes to be in the know and cusses every other poster calling them "dunce" among other names, how come you didn't read and find out that Dennis' original arrival date is was proposed as tomorrow, Wednesday? Just as well you didn't know that DJW met with Infantino today at FIFA Headquarters in Zurich so obviously he could not be back in TnT today as you suggested. I await you diatribe and name calling in 1, 2, 3...
Contro, for a person who proposes to be in the know and cusses every other poster calling them "dunce" among other names, how come you didn't read and find out that Dennis' original arrival date is was proposed as tomorrow, Wednesday? Just as well you didn't know that DJW met with Infantino today at FIFA Headquarters in Zurich so obviously he could not be back in TnT today as you suggested. I await you diatribe and name calling in 1, 2, 3...

Can you count higher? Yuh sure yuh able?

Hmmm.... interesting as I never asked for a date and was referring to the time instead of the press conference and arrival tormmorow, as I won't be home tomorrow, so I would like to catch it on the road as it happens, if they even bring it live... As I have a good memory and know it was Wednesday...

Love your presumptuous nature, it will take you very far  :D

Actually I didn't know when exactly he was leaving for Zurich to be honest.. I'm not the Dictators personal keeper or one of the resident ass kissers of the ttfa like yourself, so I don't understand why you're getting so emotional over my questions?

Did the master , opps I mean superior reference offend you? Well it shouldn't, unless you are also on the ttfa and playing by the house rules or just don't understand really what is going on or who is being controlled..

Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: royal on January 25, 2017, 07:16:07 PM
Touchdown !!!

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C3DxWYRUYAA5LBB.jpg)
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Tallman on January 25, 2017, 08:22:37 PM
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C3DwpaGUEAAjIsb.jpg)
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Controversial on January 25, 2017, 08:59:27 PM
So when is the press conference and is there any news on this?
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Tallman on January 25, 2017, 09:28:18 PM
WATCH: Extra Time TV’s Andre Sooklal and Kevon Campbell give their views on Dennis Lawrence’s appointment as Head Coach of Trinidad and Tobago

https://www.youtube.com/v/ZvhQOAPa45o
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: soccerman on January 25, 2017, 10:09:06 PM
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C3DwpaGUEAAjIsb.jpg)
TM how that look like Flex so ;D
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Controversial on January 25, 2017, 11:16:43 PM
WATCH: Extra Time TV’s Andre Sooklal and Kevon Campbell give their views on Dennis Lawrence’s appointment as Head Coach of Trinidad and Tobago

https://www.youtube.com/v/ZvhQOAPa45o

I'll wait for the actual news and press conference, no time to listen to jokers ...
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Tobago28 on January 26, 2017, 12:14:31 AM
WATCH: Extra Time TV’s Andre Sooklal and Kevon Campbell give their views on Dennis Lawrence’s appointment as Head Coach of Trinidad and Tobago

https://www.youtube.com/v/ZvhQOAPa45o

I'll wait for the actual news and press conference, no time to listen to jokers ...

Are these two clowns being paid for this nonsense?
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: MEP on January 26, 2017, 12:55:47 AM
the most interesting thing about that commentary was the end.....quite an attractive woman
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Controversial on January 26, 2017, 01:09:13 AM
the most interesting thing about that commentary was the end.....quite an attractive woman

Yeah boss, shes ah looker... best part of that whole video...
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: davyjenny1 on January 26, 2017, 01:35:11 AM
Forumites, Please don't create  no ....... Dennis Lawrence thread  ah begging allyuh! ::).   He need all the possible support.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on January 26, 2017, 01:52:21 AM
Forumites, Please don't create  no ....... Dennis Lawrence thread  ah begging allyuh! ::).   He need all the possible support.

:thinking:
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on January 26, 2017, 02:02:25 AM
Noted improvement by Andre Sooklal in getting "Trinidad & Tobago" correct ... unfortunately only to be scuppered by his sidekick's "Trinidad" call just before the clip ends. Lehwe call it a work in progress.

Since announcement of DL as head coach, we have had so many hours of peace and tranquility with no nonsense seeping from the powers that be ... May it so continue before kick-off on March 24 and beyond.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Flex on January 26, 2017, 05:47:15 AM
Lawrence arrives to begin duties as Men’s Senior Team Head Coach.
TTFA Media.


Newly appointed Trinidad and Tobago Men’s Senior Team Head Coach Dennis Lawrence arrived in the country on Wednesday night to begin his post as Head Coach of the Men;s Senior National Team.

Lawrence arrived from London shortly after 8pm and addressed the media briefly.

Video: Dennis Lawrence speaks after arriving home to start duties as Senior Team Head Coach

https://www.youtube.com/v/RAmwSsMA1BI

Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Jumbie on January 26, 2017, 08:53:57 AM
DL say.. ah gone oui!  :rotfl:  :rotfl:

Best of luck coach.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: trini_stallion on January 26, 2017, 09:23:47 AM
DL say.. ah gone oui!  :rotfl:  :rotfl:

Best of luck coach.

Man pull a premier league exit deyyyy ent!
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Cocorite on January 26, 2017, 02:07:51 PM
Allyuh like ting, eh? Ha ha ha.

Ah like de bredda though. And I am optimistic about him and what he is capable of accomplishing. Just praying that he is protected from bad mind bosses and people.

TNT is sooooooo blessed with creativity, rhythm, intelligence, and talent. . .would love to see these virtues nurtured and take on the world's best. I know we will lash dem.

All the best Tallest and T&T.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Flex on January 27, 2017, 04:53:30 AM
Lawrence calls for total support.
T&T Guardian Reports.


Dennis Lawrence, the new T&T football coach has described T&T’s chances of qualifying for the FIFA World Cup in Russia next year as difficult but not impossible.

Lawrence arrived at the Piarco International Airport on Wednesday night. He who got the nod for the high profile coaching job ahead of a competitive field that included Terry Fenwick, the ex Central FC coach, Colombian Francisco Maturana, W Connection coach Stuart Charles Fevrier and Russell Latapy, said he intends to play a brand of football that will be pleasing to the public.

He did not elaborate on whether it will be a short-passing, long-passing game or a combination of the two, but said all will have to be on the same page if the country is to achieve results in the game. “I am happy to be back home” noting he has always said that he wanted to give back to his country in the past.

He will hold a press conference at a date to be announced soon and at that time he will reveal who his assistant coaches will be.

T&T is second from bottom on the standing having started the Final Round of qualification with losses to Costa Rica 0-2 at home and later Honduras 1-3 away. The results have led to the dismissal of then coach Stephen Hart and the appointment of Belgian Tom Saintfiet as his replacement. But Tom lasted just 35 days in the job before resigning, saying he did not get the support from the TTFA and its president.

RELATED NEWS

Lawrence: This needs to be long term.
T&T Newsday Reports.


New national head coach Dennis Lawrence arrived in this country on Wednesday night and was greeted by a swarm of reporters and a number of curious onlookers. Speaking to the media briefly after his flight from Gatwick, England, the former T&T defender said he was happy to be home but was evasive when questioned about how the length of his contract.

Ironically, a few minutes prior, TTFA president David John-Williams strolled past the throng of media gathered but was grilled by the local flag man who asked him whether he had given Lawrence the same ultimatum he had given his predecessor Tom Saintfiet - get four points from the next two World Cup qualifiers vs Panama and Mexico in March or be fired.

John-Williams just smiled.

Lawrence, asked how long he will be here for, replied: “I am here for the duration. I am here to work. I think it is important that if you want to work properly with the boys, you need to be here so I’m going to based in here basically.” Asked specifically whether it was for the CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers alone or beyond, Lawrence stressed, “I’m here.

I’m home. I’m home to work.” Earlier, the ex-defender nicknamed “Tallest” due to his 6-foot, 6-inches frame, hinted that he has signed on for the long haul not necessarily a quick fix to get T&T ’s 2018 World Cup campaign on track.

“Obviously I’m delighted to be home at the moment and looking forward to get the work started. We all understand it is going to be a difficult challenge but one that is not impossible.

We’re going to give it our best and hopefully our best would be enough to try and get Trinidad and Tobago football at a level that I think we should be at.

“I think it’s important that everybody understands that we need to stop looking just beneath our nose because this needs to be a long term development plan in the end. I’m just delighted to be here,” he declared.

Discussing casually the style of football he hopes to incorporate, Lawrence, who worked under Spanish coach Roberto Martinez at Wigan Athletic and Everton in the English Premier League, said: “I hope to implement football that would make Trinidad and Tobago fans and Trinidad and Tobago people happy.

Make sure that the boys show to the public that we’re out here fighting for the national flag and we’re gonna do our best for the country.” After the ill-fated month-long Saintfiet reign, the T&T job may not have seemed enticing to many but Lawrence said it was not a difficult job to accept as he always wanted to give back to T&T.

Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Flex on January 27, 2017, 01:09:26 PM
Martinez applauds Lawrence on new T&T head coach position.
TTFA Media.


Belgium National Team manager Roberto Martinez has issued a note of congratulations and best wishes to Dennis Lawrence on his appointment as Head Coach of the Trinidad and Tobago Men’s Senior Team.

Martinez, who has played a significant part in grooming Lawrence into the coach he is today, offered his comments on Thursday, saying that he and his staff were delighted for the former Swansea City player.

Lawrence has worked with Martinez for the better part of the past six years years after being hired as a staff member and assistant coach at Wigan Athletic in the English Premiership in 2010. When Martinez took over as head coach at Everton, he took Lawrence with him where he served as  a first team assistant coach between 2013 and 2016. Martinez then made Lawrence a Belgium first team scout in 2016 after he was appointed as the new manager there.

“Dennis is the perfect fit for the Trinidad and Tobago National team,” Martinez said.

“He will be an inspiration to any young player and current player who can dream of representing their country in a World Cup finals. Dennis enjoyed that dream being a player who always carried the highest standards in everything he did.

“Those standards have been impeccable in the last six seasons working with elite footballers in the Premier League and in the last 5 months at international level with his contribution in the scouting department for the Belgium Red Devils,” the Spain-born Martinez added.

“I know through experience of working with Dennis that his passion and commitment to his role will be exemplary and with the support of the fans of the T&T National team and association, this new era will be very exciting. We are delighted with the appointment and wish Dennis the luck that his work and application deserves,” Martinez concluded.

Last week, former Netherlands, Real Madrid and Trinidad and Tobago head coach Leo Beenhakker also commended Lawrence on his latest appointment, wishing him well in his new journey.

Lawrence arrived in Port of Spain on Wednesday night and attended the National Under 20 Men’s Team training match against St Ann’s Rangers at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on Thursday. He met with staff members of the TTFA at its offices on Friday and will be unveiled at a media conference on Monday.

Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Thomo on January 27, 2017, 02:17:23 PM
Lawrence calls for total support.
T&T Guardian Reports.


Dennis Lawrence, the new T&T football coach has described T&T’s chances of qualifying for the FIFA World Cup in Russia next year as difficult but not impossible.

Lawrence arrived at the Piarco International Airport on Wednesday night. He who got the nod for the high profile coaching job ahead of a competitive field that included Terry Fenwick, the ex Central FC coach, Colombian Francisco Maturana, W Connection coach Stuart Charles Fevrier and Russell Latapy, said he intends to play a brand of football that will be pleasing to the public.

He did not elaborate on whether it will be a short-passing, long-passing game or a combination of the two, but said all will have to be on the same page if the country is to achieve results in the game. “I am happy to be back home” noting he has always said that he wanted to give back to his country in the past.

He will hold a press conference at a date to be announced soon and at that time he will reveal who his assistant coaches will be.

T&T is second from bottom on the standing having started the Final Round of qualification with losses to Costa Rica 0-2 at home and later Honduras 1-3 away. The results have led to the dismissal of then coach Stephen Hart and the appointment of Belgian Tom Saintfiet as his replacement. But Tom lasted just 35 days in the job before resigning, saying he did not get the support from the TTFA and its president.

RELATED NEWS

Lawrence: This needs to be long term.
T&T Newsday Reports.


New national head coach Dennis Lawrence arrived in this country on Wednesday night and was greeted by a swarm of reporters and a number of curious onlookers. Speaking to the media briefly after his flight from Gatwick, England, the former T&T defender said he was happy to be home but was evasive when questioned about how the length of his contract.

Ironically, a few minutes prior, TTFA president David John-Williams strolled past the throng of media gathered but was grilled by the local flag man who asked him whether he had given Lawrence the same ultimatum he had given his predecessor Tom Saintfiet - get four points from the next two World Cup qualifiers vs Panama and Mexico in March or be fired.

John-Williams just smiled.

Lawrence, asked how long he will be here for, replied: “I am here for the duration. I am here to work. I think it is important that if you want to work properly with the boys, you need to be here so I’m going to based in here basically.” Asked specifically whether it was for the CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers alone or beyond, Lawrence stressed, “I’m here.

I’m home. I’m home to work.” Earlier, the ex-defender nicknamed “Tallest” due to his 6-foot, 6-inches frame, hinted that he has signed on for the long haul not necessarily a quick fix to get T&T ’s 2018 World Cup campaign on track.

“Obviously I’m delighted to be home at the moment and looking forward to get the work started. We all understand it is going to be a difficult challenge but one that is not impossible.

We’re going to give it our best and hopefully our best would be enough to try and get Trinidad and Tobago football at a level that I think we should be at.

“I think it’s important that everybody understands that we need to stop looking just beneath our nose because this needs to be a long term development plan in the end. I’m just delighted to be here,” he declared.

Discussing casually the style of football he hopes to incorporate, Lawrence, who worked under Spanish coach Roberto Martinez at Wigan Athletic and Everton in the English Premier League, said: “I hope to implement football that would make Trinidad and Tobago fans and Trinidad and Tobago people happy.

Make sure that the boys show to the public that we’re out here fighting for the national flag and we’re gonna do our best for the country.” After the ill-fated month-long Saintfiet reign, the T&T job may not have seemed enticing to many but Lawrence said it was not a difficult job to accept as he always wanted to give back to T&T.
Hahaha DJW cyah ketch ah break boy lol Well done Flag Man for showing up de imps LOL
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: MEP on January 27, 2017, 06:51:58 PM
so who are to be his assistants ...are the Imperial fat one and the terrorist going to have a say in this?  maybe the terrorist might just skulk skunk around like he did with Santeef and just undermine DL. Maybe a thread is needed telling DL why needs needs to have his own handpicked staff. (Sam ..Contro get on it)
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: trini_stallion on January 28, 2017, 09:21:11 AM
so who are to be his assistants ...are the Imperial fat one and the terrorist going to have a say in this?  maybe the terrorist might just skulk skunk around like he did with Santeef and just undermine DL. Maybe a thread is needed telling DL why needs needs to have his own handpicked staff. (Sam ..Contro get on it)

Hutson Charles and fenwick ::)
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Deeks on January 28, 2017, 01:26:39 PM
so who are to be his assistants ...are the Imperial fat one and the terrorist going to have a say in this?  maybe the terrorist might just skulk skunk around like he did with Santeef and just undermine DL. Maybe a thread is needed telling DL why needs needs to have his own handpicked staff. (Sam ..Contro get on it)

Hutson Charles and fenwick ::)

Why the face? What wrong with two of them being his assistants
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Thomo on January 28, 2017, 01:27:50 PM
There is a press conference on Monday when Dennis will be officially unveiled to the public. Dennis has said he had shortlisted 2 Englishmen, a Dutchman, Hutson Charles, Angus Eve and Stern John for positions of Assistant Coach and intended to interview them all after he was in TnT. He also had his own goalkeeper coach and match analyst he wanted to bring on board. Hopefully then we can be informed of whom he has chosen to full the positions rather than jumping to conclusions.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Controversial on January 28, 2017, 03:33:06 PM
There is a press conference on Monday when Dennis will be officially unveiled to the public. Dennis has said he had shortlisted 2 Englishmen, a Dutchman, Hutson Charles, Angus Eve and Stern John for positions of Assistant Coach and intended to interview them all after he was in TnT. He also had his own goalkeeper coach and match analyst he wanted to bring on board. Hopefully then we can be informed of whom he has chosen to full the positions rather than jumping to conclusions.

But who's the technical director is my question?
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: coache on January 28, 2017, 04:07:39 PM
The Technical Director is John Williams.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Controversial on January 28, 2017, 04:26:54 PM
The Technical Director is John Williams.

The dictator? The big belly mans master? The terrorizer idol?

One and the same ...
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: SHOTTA on January 29, 2017, 02:51:45 AM
where is the press conference tho?
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: royal on January 30, 2017, 07:59:22 AM
did you'll here Sol Campbell is set to become the asst coach of de national team? 
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Thomo on January 30, 2017, 08:29:19 AM
did you'll here Sol Campbell is set to become the asst coach of de national team?

I'm at work bro, keep me posted. That's a great appointment I think. A world renowned, respected former defender who played at the highest level for club and country in the toughest league on the planet can only bode well during this campaign and the future!
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: soccerman on January 30, 2017, 08:56:52 AM
did you'll here Sol Campbell is set to become the asst coach of de national team? 
What will be great.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Mose on January 30, 2017, 09:20:48 AM
did you'll here Sol Campbell is set to become the asst coach of de national team?

I'm at work bro, keep me posted. That's a great appointment I think. A world renowned, respected former defender who played at the highest level for club and country in the toughest league on the planet can only bode well during this campaign and the future!

That's his player resume. I'd much prefer to know what his coaching resume is.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Dinner Mints on January 30, 2017, 09:39:43 AM
did you'll here Sol Campbell is set to become the asst coach of de national team?

I'm at work bro, keep me posted. That's a great appointment I think. A world renowned, respected former defender who played at the highest level for club and country in the toughest league on the planet can only bode well during this campaign and the future!

That's his player resume. I'd much prefer to know what his coaching resume is.
None.

“I’ve done all the badges. I’ve got a great history, but obviously haven’t got experience in a managerial job."

http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/sol-campbell-says-he-is-ready-for-his-first-job-in-management-as-he-dreams-of-succeeding-arsene-a7542881.html

This potential appointment all over the English news, though, so there seems to be something to it.

Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: royal on January 30, 2017, 09:45:22 AM
Sol Campbell set to return to football as assistant manager of Trinidad and Tobago national team

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-4171858/Sol-Campbell-Trinidad-Tobago-assistant-boss.html#ixzz4XGBw5q3r
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Thomo on January 30, 2017, 09:45:25 AM
He has no coaching resume but he has a UEFA A Licence like Lawrence. That coupled with his playing experience alongside Tony Adams and Martin Keown and playing against world class players week-in week-out for 19 years in the Premiership would surely give him a basic working knowledge of how defending works. I hear and respect what you say but I can't see anything wrong with this appointment on paper and really can't criticize it! His name and stature should help our defenders!
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: royal on January 30, 2017, 10:01:22 AM
Clydeen McDonald ‏

CONFIRMED: TTFA President David John-Williams has announced that Sol Campbell will work as T&T's assistant coach.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C3bIA5DUEAAl8qm.jpg)
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Trini _2022 on January 30, 2017, 10:07:26 AM
Sol campbell + mike berry + Dennis lawrance = a few British born players  joining the warriors
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Thomo on January 30, 2017, 10:14:21 AM
Sol campbell + mike berry + Dennis lawrance = a few British born players  joining the warriors

Isn't he Lawrence's agent?
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: FF on January 30, 2017, 10:37:23 AM
Where all this money coming from suddenly
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Flex on January 30, 2017, 11:39:50 AM
Lawrence officially unveiled as Head Coach.
TTFA Media.


Sol Campbell named as Assistant Coach

Dennis Lawrence was today officially unveiled by the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association as the head coach of the Men’s National Senior Team.

Lawrence’s first assignment will be the two 2018 World Cup Qualifying matches in Port of Spain against Panama and Mexico on March 24th and 28th and he is expected to oversee a home-based training camp late next month following the end of the T&T Pro League season.

Lawrence announced that ex-England and Arsenal defender Sol Campbell will be his first assistant on the team and details on the rest of the backroom staff will be announced in due course.

TTFA President David John-Williams officially welcomed Lawrence on board, extending well wishes to him and vowing the FA’s full support towards him and the team.

More Details to Follow

Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: palos on January 30, 2017, 12:15:28 PM
Where all this money coming from suddenly

Ding Ding Ding Ding Ding!
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: FF on January 30, 2017, 12:21:40 PM
Also interesting piece of news out of the press conference.

And there was an inkling of discord over the process today as technical committee chairman Dexter Skeene did not show up for the unveiling as was initially proposed by the TTFA over a week ago.

John-Williams confirmed that Skeene, his vice-chairman Alvin Henderson and Errol Lovell, a former national goalkeeper, all resigned last week, which represents exactly half of the board. He said no reason was given for their resignations and the football body is yet to replace them.



Mass resignation on the technical committee
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Controversial on January 30, 2017, 12:22:52 PM
Where all this money coming from suddenly

The govt allocation that the dictator was hiding and FIFA allocation .....

Money the dictator did not want to support Hart with, which could have made a big difference and we probably would be in a situation to qualify already...
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Controversial on January 30, 2017, 12:24:30 PM
Also interesting piece of news out of the press conference.

And there was an inkling of discord over the process today as technical committee chairman Dexter Skeene did not show up for the unveiling as was initially proposed by the TTFA over a week ago.

John-Williams confirmed that Skeene, his vice-chairman Alvin Henderson and Errol Lovell, a former national goalkeeper, all resigned last week, which represents exactly half of the board. He said no reason was given for their resignations and the football body is yet to replace them.



Mass resignation on the technical committee

Well when you work under a dictator, what do you expect lol
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Mose on January 30, 2017, 01:17:35 PM
Also interesting piece of news out of the press conference.

And there was an inkling of discord over the process today as technical committee chairman Dexter Skeene did not show up for the unveiling as was initially proposed by the TTFA over a week ago.

John-Williams confirmed that Skeene, his vice-chairman Alvin Henderson and Errol Lovell, a former national goalkeeper, all resigned last week, which represents exactly half of the board. He said no reason was given for their resignations and the football body is yet to replace them.



Mass resignation on the technical committee

Probably related to the fact that Dennis was chosen despite their recommendations.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: palos on January 30, 2017, 01:24:15 PM
Also interesting piece of news out of the press conference.

And there was an inkling of discord over the process today as technical committee chairman Dexter Skeene did not show up for the unveiling as was initially proposed by the TTFA over a week ago.

John-Williams confirmed that Skeene, his vice-chairman Alvin Henderson and Errol Lovell, a former national goalkeeper, all resigned last week, which represents exactly half of the board. He said no reason was given for their resignations and the football body is yet to replace them.



Mass resignation on the technical committee

Probably related to the fact that Dennis was chosen despite their recommendations.

Interesting that they NOW decide to resign while all the while staying silent during the hiring of Saintfiet.

So is either they DID in fact recommend Saintfiet, in which case, they should all be FIRED

OR

They had no input in the hiring of Saintfiet, and by staying silent, allowed themselves to be publicly ridiculed by the TTFA President when he said is the Technical Committee that hires coaches. 

Like they taking tips from Babwah and Isaac

Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Mose on January 30, 2017, 01:35:11 PM
Also interesting piece of news out of the press conference.

And there was an inkling of discord over the process today as technical committee chairman Dexter Skeene did not show up for the unveiling as was initially proposed by the TTFA over a week ago.

John-Williams confirmed that Skeene, his vice-chairman Alvin Henderson and Errol Lovell, a former national goalkeeper, all resigned last week, which represents exactly half of the board. He said no reason was given for their resignations and the football body is yet to replace them.



Mass resignation on the technical committee

Probably related to the fact that Dennis was chosen despite their recommendations.

Interesting that they NOW decide to resign while all the while staying silent during the hiring of Saintfiet.

So is either they DID in fact recommend Saintfiet, in which case, they should all be FIRED

OR

They had no input in the hiring of Saintfiet, and by staying silent, allowed themselves to be publicly ridiculed by the TTFA President when he said is the Technical Committee that hires coaches. 

Like they taking tips from Babwah and Isaac


My feeling, something along those lines. They were presented with Saitnfiet as the guy to do the job so they went with that, then got hung out to dry when DJW say he was their recommendation. So after that they decide to actually do they homework then they get dey hand slapped twice more when the board pull dem up for overstepping dey bounds on affordability of the coach, then de board disregard dey pick and hire DL... rest is history.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Controversial on January 30, 2017, 01:40:40 PM
Also interesting piece of news out of the press conference.

And there was an inkling of discord over the process today as technical committee chairman Dexter Skeene did not show up for the unveiling as was initially proposed by the TTFA over a week ago.

John-Williams confirmed that Skeene, his vice-chairman Alvin Henderson and Errol Lovell, a former national goalkeeper, all resigned last week, which represents exactly half of the board. He said no reason was given for their resignations and the football body is yet to replace them.



Mass resignation on the technical committee

Probably related to the fact that Dennis was chosen despite their recommendations.

Interesting that they NOW decide to resign while all the while staying silent during the hiring of Saintfiet.

So is either they DID in fact recommend Saintfiet, in which case, they should all be FIRED

OR

They had no input in the hiring of Saintfiet, and by staying silent, allowed themselves to be publicly ridiculed by the TTFA President when he said is the Technical Committee that hires coaches. 

Like they taking tips from Babwah and Isaac


My feeling, something along those lines. They were presented with Saitnfiet as the guy to do the job so they went with that, then got hung out to dry when DJW say he was their recommendation. So after that they decide to actually do they homework then they get dey hand slapped twice more when the board pull dem up for overstepping dey bounds on affordability of the coach, then de board disregard dey pick and hire DL... rest is history.

Good points but more importantly, they will now be replaced with his yes men...no opposition, no resistance to his decisions
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Mose on January 30, 2017, 02:40:17 PM
Also interesting piece of news out of the press conference.

And there was an inkling of discord over the process today as technical committee chairman Dexter Skeene did not show up for the unveiling as was initially proposed by the TTFA over a week ago.

John-Williams confirmed that Skeene, his vice-chairman Alvin Henderson and Errol Lovell, a former national goalkeeper, all resigned last week, which represents exactly half of the board. He said no reason was given for their resignations and the football body is yet to replace them.



Mass resignation on the technical committee

Probably related to the fact that Dennis was chosen despite their recommendations.

Interesting that they NOW decide to resign while all the while staying silent during the hiring of Saintfiet.

So is either they DID in fact recommend Saintfiet, in which case, they should all be FIRED

OR

They had no input in the hiring of Saintfiet, and by staying silent, allowed themselves to be publicly ridiculed by the TTFA President when he said is the Technical Committee that hires coaches. 

Like they taking tips from Babwah and Isaac


My feeling, something along those lines. They were presented with Saitnfiet as the guy to do the job so they went with that, then got hung out to dry when DJW say he was their recommendation. So after that they decide to actually do they homework then they get dey hand slapped twice more when the board pull dem up for overstepping dey bounds on affordability of the coach, then de board disregard dey pick and hire DL... rest is history.

Good points but more importantly, they will now be replaced with his yes men...no opposition, no resistance to his decisions

Remember this is the same group that selected DJW's preference of SCF for head coach. Replacing these guys with yes men is not likely to have much effect as long as the board, which overruled the technical committee's choice, does its job effectively and don't allow themselves to be pushed around by DJW (or led around by the nose either).
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Mose on January 30, 2017, 02:55:12 PM
Hmmm... What jack wants...?

... Jack used to get. :P

Yuh was saying...

Warner: TTFA boss should resign too.
By Stephon Nicholas & Jelani Beckles (Newsday).


Former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner has called on president of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) David John-Williams to follow Belgian Tom Saintfiet out the door.
...

They should fire him now. The guy has poor judgement, he doesn’t understand football...He believes football is of course like Nescafe - quick fix. He doesn’t know that in football there is no quick fix. There is instant coffee, there is instant chocolate, there is not instant in football.” Warner believes Saintfiet was asked to resign after losing three out of his first four matches with the team not gelling and squabbles with several senior players.

Is there anything the current TTFA boss could do to get football back on the right track? “Except to resign and to appoint a coach as Dennis Lawrence to guide the football for the next five years,” Warner replied.

Lawrence, who headed the winning goal against Bahrain 12 years ago to get T&T to the 2006 World Cup in Germany, has made a name for himself in England as an assistant coach to ex-Everton manager Roberto Martinez.
...
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on January 30, 2017, 03:08:30 PM
Yeah, I suss that too ... hence tongue in cheek. In T&T I discount nothing. Doh feel Uncle clueless as to the comings-in and the goings-out.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Mose on January 30, 2017, 04:30:49 PM
 :beermug:
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Controversial on January 30, 2017, 04:31:16 PM
Teflon still holds substantial weight in world and TT football... doh get tie up with that
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: FF on January 30, 2017, 05:33:46 PM
https://youtube.com/v/gigjpoD6jsY
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Jumbie on January 30, 2017, 06:06:05 PM
re: Bloggers.. I assume he means SW.net

allyuh on the fella mind boy  :rotfl:
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: coache on January 30, 2017, 10:56:25 PM
Ah feel fuh Dennis..at least he gettin ah good payday..
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: palos on January 30, 2017, 11:24:43 PM
https://youtube.com/v/gigjpoD6jsY

I probably missed it..but...if I didn't....not a single reporter ask DJW about his alleged sabotage of the initial contract and what led to his subsequent change of mind to remove the offending terms and conditions of Lawrence's contract?
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Bourbon on January 31, 2017, 03:10:19 AM
Being a Yes Man is a prerequisite it seems. And no the media doesnt have the spine to ask the hard questions generally.

I honestly cant wait until DJW term is over. Then again for some reason Dave Cameron continues to be WICB president...so...maybe that would be in a  time further advanced than I think.

Ah mean...look at the initial post in this thread. Insider made it in 2013. And used the words "soon'. Things change.....and things happen.

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Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Quags on January 31, 2017, 11:17:55 PM
So what about the offence ppl ,we have the defensive coaches on luck but we need a offensive minded coach to help score some goals .
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: maxg on February 01, 2017, 01:17:51 AM
Henry will send Anelka, hold on
Title: A tall order for Tallest
Post by: Tallman on February 02, 2017, 09:41:54 AM
A tall order for Tallest
T&T Newsday


THE EDITOR: I was prepared to stand on the sideline and not give my two cents on football matters, allowing the recent foul wind to blow over. But being a lover of the beautiful game,a patriot, supporter of several World Cup campaigns by our national teams and a former player(not professional), I have been energised by the selection of Dennis “Tallest” Lawrence as our national coach. I know you will put your best foot(no pun intended) forward.

At times I am tempted to roll back the years, lace up my boots and stake a claim for national selection, but Father Time won’t allow.

I have got to be realistic. Since the 60s all the way up to the present, I have seen the evolution of local football, and the development of top-class players. I have fond memories of the glory days -the 1972 era,Strike Squad era and the 2006 era.I have seen coaches come...and go, even kicked out.

Since that time,the senior football has become like an old PTSC bus,breaking down without warning.

The tenure of Stephen Hart offered hope, but the players let him down with their attitude .

Tom Saintfeit was thrown in the Bocas without a TT FA liferaft or jacket, and was rescued by his common sense.He knew he was swimming against the rough waters of criticism and long knives so he “duss it”. The Donald Trump approach(ultimatum) by Presisident David John Williams added to his discomfort. No one likes to hear...”You’re fired!” Your mission “Tallest”, and you have accepted it, is to rekindle the pride of of the’ 72 era of professsionalism, Strike Squad era of tenacity, and the true grit of 2006.

Don’t be afraid to tap into the brain of Everard “Gally “ Cummings, even Russell “Latas” Latapy.

Have Stern John give players some tips on scoring goals. You have gotten a tall order, “Tallest”.

As a former military man, you will know that surrender is not an option.

Let’s be realistic, you will win some, and lose some in the upcoming World Cup matches. However, the fans want to see attractive football, players stinging the palms of goalkeepers, and a defence stronger than the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation( NATO). Be careful not to bring “friend thing” into the football, but give deserving players their opportunity.

Keith Anderson via e-mail
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Controversial on February 02, 2017, 01:09:49 PM
Tallest have to understand that if the national team is not treating the players right, providing the best flights and other things that are necessary or paying them, someone else will pay them  ;)
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Flex on February 03, 2017, 12:54:39 PM
Russia 2018, Kenwyne, the media, DJW… Wired868 reviews Lawrence’s unveiling.
By Lasana Liburd (Wired868).


“His head took us to the World Cup in 2006,” said Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president David John-Williams, “now he is charged with using that same head in a different way to take us to Russia 2018.”

So began the era of new Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team head coach Dennis Lawrence at a press conference yesterday morning at the TTFA’s headquarters in the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain.

“I have known Dennis for quite a while, we have had a very close relationship,” said John-Williams. “Let me put it on the table one time, he once played for W Connection…”

Lawrence, whose headed goal against Bahrain clinched Trinidad and Tobago’s place at the Germany 2006 World Cup, never actually represented W Connection in a competitive match and only wore their colours at an invitational tournament in 2000.

But the wisecrack from the TTFA president—whose role as Connection co-founder and owner has been a source of concern for football stakeholders—was delivered with flawless precision and set the tone for a cosy affair.

Unlike Tom Saintfiet’s maiden press conference last month, there was no exaggerated bluster from the football president or unnecessary preening by the new coach.

“I am absolutely honoured and delighted,” said Lawrence, “to be chosen by the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation…”

John-Williams interjected with a chuckle: “Association… Federation is a bad word.”

Lawrence was not the TTFA president’s first choice, of course. Or the technical committee’s for that matter. That was W Connection head coach Stuart Charles-Fevrier.

And, notably, half of the TTFA technical committee—chairman Dexter Skeene, vice-chairman Alvin Henderson and ordinary member Errol Lovell—resigned almost immediately after the board of directors overturned their recommendation to appoint Lawrence, who the advisory body had also ranked below former Central FC and San Juan Jabloteh coach Terry Fenwick.

All the same, Lawrence can surely count on the goodwill earned by his decade long career as an international footballer. At six foot seven, he looked like a giraffe in a football boots at first glance. But he had decent feet, a good football brain and was as brave and dedicated as they came.

After the instability of Saintfiet’s brief yet tumultuous reign, the Soca Warriors would probably be comforted by his warm tones in the dressing room and the initial response from the players was encouraging.

More than anything, though, Lawrence has always been a guy who embraces the status quo—he was among the first players to withdraw from action against the TTFA over the 2006 World Cup bonus offer—and, noticeably, he appeared to be singing from the same hymn sheet as his football president.

Twice, John-Williams was moved to thump the table in support of his coach’s oratory. And neither occasion was in any way related to the promise of getting to the Russia 2018 World Cup or winning matches.

John-Williams’ first display of support came when Lawrence suggested that his international players should not be motivated by money.

“To play for Trinidad and Tobago is a privilege and a honour,” said Lawrence. “[…] The first time I ever got a penny to play football was when I signed for Wrexham. All throughout my career, I played football for the love of the game. And I think the players need to understand that football is a passion.

“Trinidad and Tobago is our country. We are here to represent Trinidad and Tobago… There are going to be a group of 25, 30 players who will have an opportunity to represent this beautiful nation, so they need to embrace that.”

Lawrence was, arguably, being economical with the truth of his professional career though. He was not a paid footballer in Trinidad and Tobago. But then it was football that got him into Defence Force, which has always been one of the most stable jobs possible for a local player.

Ironically, John-Williams later admitted that his football body still has not paid the 22 players who represented Trinidad and Tobago over the Christmas holidays in Nicaragua and then in the Gold Cup play offs earlier this month.

Typically, the debt was met with a breezy response from the football president who did not even offer a deadline for when the Soca Warriors would be paid.

“The players have not been paid as yet,” said John-Williams, “but they will be paid in the coming weeks.”

Lawrence also cheered up his football president when he refused to reveal the length of his contract.

“The length of my contract is the length of my citizenship. I am here and I am committed to Trinidad and Tobago, if it takes the rest of my life…”

Lawrence gave away little else when pressed further.

“I think the length of the contract is not important to me. What is important to me is trying to prepare the team for the next game, which is against Panama. The length of the contract is irrelevant and I think it is something that is personal between myself and the Federation.”

The first part was surely untrue. Lawrence, according to his agent Mike Berry, initially refused to take the job until he had the desired job security. Now that he is happy, though, it is nobody else’s business.

“I am here to work with the media,” said Lawrence, “and I will like to let the media know that I will not conduct my business through the media.”

Lawrence allowed John-Williams to make the biggest announcement of the press conference, which was the signing of his assistant coach, Sol Campbell, a former England and Arsenal legend.

“Through the hard work of the president,” said Lawrence, “I think it is only fair that he makes the announcement…”

Campbell subsequently told CNC3 that he would arrive in Trinidad to start work on 10 March, which is likely to be weeks after Lawrence’s first training session with the local-based squad.

While, the new Warriors coach deferred to his president on his assistant coach, he made it clear that the future of former national captain and his World Cup 2006 teammate Kenwyne Jones would be his call.

“Kenwyne is a player that I know very well. I played with Kenwyne, I spoke to Kenwyne. I have got a relationship with Kenwyne.

“Kenwyne gave yeoman service to Trinidad and Tobago football… Football players will have ups and downs in their careers. I need to support the player and encourage the player to get back to where he can be.”


John-Williams, whose own relationship with Jones is known to be strained, looked straight ahead and blinked repeatedly.

Lawrence hinted too at a better working relationship with Pro League clubs than his predecessor. Of course, Saintfiet’s problems seemed to revolve around one team, Central FC—who the Belgian compared unfavourably with Bangladesh—but it did not help his cause that they were the defending Caribbean and Pro League champions and obviously possessed some of the nation’s top players.

Lawrence was more statesmanlike.

“I have got to be respectful to the players’ football clubs,” said Lawrence. “They are all in competition at the moment. So I plan to sit down with them and find out when it will be appropriate to have the players available.”

Okay, let’s get down to brass tacks… Saintfiet was told to either muster four points from two games against Panama or Mexico in March or get lost.

So what does Lawrence need to achieve?

“There is only one promise I can make. I am here as a very proud and passionate Trinidad and Tobago citizen. I am a son of the soil and I promise to give everything to make sure we prepare our best for not just today but the future.”

Can you give us a bit more detail, coach?

“First and foremost [my job] is to prepare the players, mentally, physically and tactically, for the task at hand. And the task at hand is the next game which is Panama. This is the only focus that we can have. I am here to try to unite a country and encourage the fans to support the players…”

Well, what would success be for you as national coach?

“Success for me is longevity in terms of our development. But, as I said before, first and foremost, we have the Russia campaign in front of us and we need to make sure that the players are prepared and we are ready for this challenge and ready for these games…

“The players must demonstrate to the public that when we take to the pitch on the 24th of March; the public can see a team fighting for our country, fighting for our flag and fighting to get a victory.”

Anything more tangible than that coach? Maybe even the Caribbean Cup?

“I think the intelligent people in the room will understand that the last time we won the Caribbean Cup, I was still playing, which was 2001… It is time to put a foundation in place where we can now propel ourselves; where we can dominate the Caribbean again.

“That is where my aim is. But the prominent thing in front of us now is Russia.”

In short, there was no question that could get past his long legs. And nothing short of waterboarding seemed capable of forcing anything more than a cliched response.

Of course, Lawrence comes from an environment of 24/7 football stations and would have seen hundreds of press conference in his time. His mentor, Roberto Martinez, was savaged by the English media for being cheery to the point of naive about his Everton football club, just before he was sacked for a dismal run of matches.

It was Lawrence’s last coaching job as Martinez could only offer him the position of scout at the Belgium National Senior Team. And “Tallest” seems to be happy to err on the side of the caution, as far as the media goes.

It is a default position that would suit John-Williams and his current TTFA board down to the bone.

The resignations of Skeene, Henderson and Lovell—who slunk away with nary a word after being involved in three controversial decisions: the sacking of Stephen Hart and the appointments of Saintfiet and Lawrence—would be a prime example.

Of course, the most important aspect of Lawrence’s job from here on, ought not to be his relationship with the football president or the media but with the players.

And, despite offering little sympathy for their financial considerations, Lawrence spoke about his future players with respect and enthusiasm. He suggested that his six years at Wigan Athletic and Everton, as well as his career as an international player, prepared him for just this moment.

“It has been a long journey for myself with regards the preparation for this appointment—a journey that was started a long while aback… I’d like to thank Roberto Martinez and Graeme Martinez, which is the staff that invited me onboard at the Wigan Athletic coaching set up and allowed me to be part of an incredible team and to develop myself…

“I want the players to understand that it is important to enjoy this challenge because this is the challenge that will change Trinidad and Tobago football from here on in.”

When asked about his ability to instil discipline in the Warriors’ dressing room, Lawrence pointed to his four and a half year career in the Army as well as his own spotless record as an international player.

But, unlike his predecessor, he was far too professional to risk straining his relationship with the players so as to show off for the cameras.

“We need to work with the players because the players are young players,” said Lawrence. “And when you deal with human beings, there will always be errors but it is about how you deal with the errors… There will be clear guidelines about what I expect…

“I believe in the players’ ability. I wouldn’t take this job if I didn’t have belief… At this moment in time, my belief is if we come together and all pull in one direction […] then everything is possible.

“And of course, the most important thing is we need a bit of luck and we need good guidance from the Man up above.”

By measure of his towering frame, Lawrence is probably closer to the Man up above than most.

And, with that, Trinidad and Tobago football was into the Tallest era.

Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Bourbon on February 03, 2017, 01:58:32 PM
He getting any friendly games before the qualifiers at least?
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: palos on February 03, 2017, 02:06:57 PM
He getting any friendly games before the qualifiers at least?

Equatorial Guyana March 23 away
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Deeks on February 03, 2017, 03:36:35 PM
He getting any friendly games before the qualifiers at least?

Equatorial Guyana March 23 away

Isn't that's the place where they send The Gambia leader into exile. Equatorial Guinea is a oil rich country. DJW wanted to play them a long time now. He probably have some connection. I think is a good call. And why not arrange a game with Gabon or Cameroon. They close by. When we go play Venezuela, boy. Less than an hrs pirogue ride to the mainland.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: maxg on February 03, 2017, 03:48:09 PM
He getting any friendly games before the qualifiers at least?

Equatorial Guyana March 23 away

Isn't that's the place where they send The Gambia leader into exile. Equatorial Guinea is a oil rich country. DJW wanted to play them a long time now. He probably have some connection. I think is a good call. And why not arrange a game with Gabon or Cameroon. They close by. When we go play Venezuela, boy. Less than an hrs pirogue ride to the mainland.
???  :rotfl:
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Controversial on February 03, 2017, 06:38:53 PM
He getting any friendly games before the qualifiers at least?

Equatorial Guyana March 23 away

Lol
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Flex on February 11, 2017, 07:51:03 PM
Lawrence names his Senior Team Backroom Staff.
TTFA Media.


Head coach Dennis Lawrence has finalised his backroom staff for the Trinidad and Tobago Men’s National Senior Team.

Following a comprehensive and detailed review of the Technical positions, Lawrence has agreed to his full staff list.

Lawrence, who was appointed as head coach of the Men’s Senior Team last month, had only previously named Sol Campbell as his assistant coach but was today delighted to finalise this task  of naming his extended backroom staff and is also working on his plans for the build up to the 2018 World Cup Qualifying matches against Panama and Mexico on March 24th and 28th.

Several candidates were interviewed by Lawrence for each position and the successful ones were informed this week.

The National Team Staff is as follows:

Head Coach - Dennis Lawrence
Assistant Coaches – Sulzeer “Sol” Campbell, Stuart Charles Fevrier
Coach – Stern John
Goalkeeper Coach – Ross Russell
Fitness Conditioning Coach - Riedoh Berdien
Team Doctor -Israel Dowlat
Football Therapist - Dave Isaac
Massage Therapist - Saron Joseph
Evaluation Science GPRS - Stephen Bradley
Match Analyst - Matthew Hawkes
Media Officer – Shaun Fuentes
Equipment Manager - Michael Williams

RELATED NEWS

Lawrence names Warriors coaching staff: Stern, Fevrier, Ross and Berdien included.
By Lasana Liburd (wired868)


Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team head coach Dennis Lawrence has appointed former 2006 World Cup teammate Stern John and W Connection coach Stuart Charles-Fevrier to his backroom staff, which was finally released this morning by the TTFA.

John and Fevrier join former Arsenal legend and England captain Sol Campbell as Lawrence’s three assistant coaches.

John, who is Trinidad and Tobago’s all-time record goal scorer, is in his second season as assistant coach at Central FC, which just won their third successive Pro League title.

Fevrier, a St Lucian by birth, is one of the Pro League’s most successful coaches and managed Lawrence during his own stint as national head coach, just over a decade ago.

Lawrence named Ma Pau Stars head coach Ross Russell as his goalkeeping coach. Russell played alongside Lawrence for Defence Force and, briefly, with the National Senior Team. Russell also serves as goalkeeping coach for the National Under-20 Team.

Israel Dowlat replaces Dr Terence Bawbah as team doctor although Dave Isaac keeps his place in the squad.

Babwah and Isaac were both embroiled in controversy after their perceived role in the dismissal of former head coach Stephen Hart and a letter from the Soca Warriors, which was delivered by national goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams, called for both medical staff members to be removed.

In another eye-raising appointment, the local football body has kept South Africa fitness conditioning coach Riedoh Berdien who worked under Belgian coach Tom Saintfiet.

Football Fitness Ltd, a South African fitness company closely associated with Berdien, mocked Trinidad and Tobago football’s football—just three weeks ago—and spoke disparagingly of Hart.

“T&T will never play a WC again,” tweeted Football Fitness. “Maybe qualify for the hockey WC [hysterical laughter emoticon].”

Berdien claimed the controversial tweets were not his own although the account regularly retweeted from the fitness trainer and displayed a close knowledge of Trinidad and Tobago football matters.

And now the South African is set to return to Trinidad for more employment, just days after national forward Cornell Glen blamed the pre-Gold Cup play off training under Saintfiet for a string of injuries in the camp.

Glen, Carlos Edwards, Hughtun Hector, Carlyle Mitchell and Maurice Ford all carried injuries into last month’s Gold Cup play offs when the Warriors were eliminated after home defeats to Suriname and Haiti.

The rest of the technical staff comprises of: Saron Joseph (massage therapist), Stephen Bradley (evaluation science GPRS), Matthew Hawkes (match analyst), Michael Williams (equipment manager) and Shaun Fuentes (media officer).

Hawkes is believed to have worked with Lawrence at Everton while Bradley is a former Arsenal scout.
Trinidad and Tobago lost their two opening CONCACAF Hex matches against Costa Rica and Honduras and need a result at home to Panama and Mexico—on 24 and 28 March respectively—to revamp their chances of qualifying for the Russia 2018 World Cup.

Lawrence is believed to have a two and a half year deal with the TTFA, although neither the football body nor the new coach have revealed any details about their arrangement.

(Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team staff)

Head Coach: Dennis Lawrence

Assistant Coaches: Sulzeer “Sol” Campbell, Stuart Charles-Fevrier, Stern John

Goalkeeper Coach: Ross Russell

Fitness Conditioning Coach: Riedoh Berdien

Team Doctor: Israel Dowlat

Paramedic: Dave Isaac

Massage Therapist: Saron Joseph

Evaluation Science GPRS: Stephen Bradley

Match Analyst: Matthew Hawkes

Media Officer: Shaun Fuentes

Equipment Manager: Michael Williams

Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: soccerman on February 11, 2017, 08:08:13 PM
Good staff glad to see from fresh faces but he rally select SCF ???
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on February 11, 2017, 08:16:36 PM
Riedoh Berdien? The same man who made caustic remarks about the TTFA? What to say?!!!!! Lil bit more, Saintfiet coulda geh an assistant coach wuk.

No Dr. Babwah.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: maxg on February 11, 2017, 08:25:11 PM
Riedoh Berdien? The same man who made caustic remarks about the TTFA? What to say?!!!!! Lil bit more, Saintfiet coulda geh an assistant coach wuk.

No Dr. Babwah.
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since we iz now Rockso warriors, nah
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: soccerman on February 11, 2017, 11:23:02 PM
Riedoh Berdien? The same man who made caustic remarks about the TTFA? What to say?!!!!! Lil bit more, Saintfiet coulda geh an assistant coach wuk.

No Dr. Babwah.
Yuh know I clean forget about him...very strange ???
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: palos on February 12, 2017, 01:18:52 AM
Riedoh Berdien? The same man who made caustic remarks about the TTFA? What to say?!!!!! Lil bit more, Saintfiet coulda geh an assistant coach wuk.

No Dr. Babwah.

To recap about Berdien

FULL ARTICLE (http://wired868.com/2017/01/17/maybe-youll-qualify-for-hockey-wcup-saintfiets-staff-insults-tt-eyes-swaziland-job/)

The reason why Berdien could get a wuk is because he was primarily ridiculing Stephen Hart

Very interesting that Lawrence would stand for that. Also interesting that Charles Fevrier could get an assistant coach wuk

DJW gets his way....hook or by crook

Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Controversial on February 12, 2017, 01:30:31 AM
Riedoh Berdien? The same man who made caustic remarks about the TTFA? What to say?!!!!! Lil bit more, Saintfiet coulda geh an assistant coach wuk.

No Dr. Babwah.

To recap about Berdien

FULL ARTICLE (http://wired868.com/2017/01/17/maybe-youll-qualify-for-hockey-wcup-saintfiets-staff-insults-tt-eyes-swaziland-job/)

The reason why Berdien could get a wuk is because he was primarily ridiculing Stephen Hart

Very interesting that Lawrence would stand for that. Also interesting that Charles Fevrier could get an assistant coach wuk

DJW gets his way....hook or by crook



Berdbrain could wash he mouth on Hart because the dictator sabotage Hart and didn't give him a full support staff like Tallest...

So everyone could come wash their mouth on Hart when he had a depleted staff...

It's an insult that Tallest accepted him and the other idiot doctor ... wasn't he with babwah as well?
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on February 12, 2017, 05:06:19 AM
Riedoh Berdien? The same man who made caustic remarks about the TTFA? What to say?!!!!! Lil bit more, Saintfiet coulda geh an assistant coach wuk.

No Dr. Babwah.

To recap about Berdien

FULL ARTICLE (http://wired868.com/2017/01/17/maybe-youll-qualify-for-hockey-wcup-saintfiets-staff-insults-tt-eyes-swaziland-job/)

The reason why Berdien could get a wuk is because he was primarily ridiculing Stephen Hart

Very interesting that Lawrence would stand for that. Also interesting that Charles Fevrier could get an assistant coach wuk

DJW gets his way....hook or by crook

One could certainly get that impression. And now well-positioned for when they ready to sever Dennis throat. House ah Cards ting. Yuh executioner is yuh unwilling and willing accomplice(s).

Trump style move. Appoint and court your detractors. Nikki Haley. Interview Romney and hire Tillerson.

All ah that stated doh ... players in and out of the NT seem to have high regard for SCF. The person they doh respect is "New Jack City".
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: sjahrain on February 12, 2017, 07:45:36 AM
Dennis watch your back
Better yet give Stern that job...I know he will have your best interest at heart....
You could have a traitor on board
It's a good to keep your enemies with in your eyesight
Remember Lucifer doh sleep and always plotting your demise.....
The snake is the most suttle beast...Do not be afraid to step on his head
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Cocorite on February 12, 2017, 06:22:01 PM
I held on to some optimism until I saw Lawrence's support staff . . . He can't be serious. . .

It is hard to be a footballer

It is frightening to be a T&T footballer

With the poor excuses for an administration making decisions with these people futures and with a nation's pride . . .injustice
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: maxg on February 12, 2017, 09:21:12 PM
Riedoh Berdien? The same man who made caustic remarks about the TTFA? What to say?!!!!! Lil bit more, Saintfiet coulda geh an assistant coach wuk.

No Dr. Babwah.

To recap about Berdien

FULL ARTICLE (http://wired868.com/2017/01/17/maybe-youll-qualify-for-hockey-wcup-saintfiets-staff-insults-tt-eyes-swaziland-job/)

The reason why Berdien could get a wuk is because he was primarily ridiculing Stephen Hart

Very interesting that Lawrence would stand for that. Also interesting that Charles Fevrier could get an assistant coach wuk

DJW gets his way....hook or by crook


I could only assume he proved he was NOT football Fitness ltd, however, for what reason we needed to hire this man anyway. We have many local and National foreign trained fitness trainers. Are the national selectees that much unfit ? Is this individual the best in the world but willing to do volunteer work? if Not, why take the chance of ppl being disgruntled, and in addition not giving a National the experience ?   ::)
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Controversial on February 13, 2017, 12:36:20 AM
Riedoh Berdien? The same man who made caustic remarks about the TTFA? What to say?!!!!! Lil bit more, Saintfiet coulda geh an assistant coach wuk.

No Dr. Babwah.

To recap about Berdien

FULL ARTICLE (http://wired868.com/2017/01/17/maybe-youll-qualify-for-hockey-wcup-saintfiets-staff-insults-tt-eyes-swaziland-job/)

The reason why Berdien could get a wuk is because he was primarily ridiculing Stephen Hart

Very interesting that Lawrence would stand for that. Also interesting that Charles Fevrier could get an assistant coach wuk

DJW gets his way....hook or by crook


I could only assume he proved he was NOT football Fitness ltd, however, for what reason we needed to hire this man anyway. We have many local and National foreign trained fitness trainers. Are the national selectees that much unfit ? Is this individual the best in the world but willing to do volunteer work? if Not, why take the chance of ppl being disgruntled, and in addition not giving a National the experience ?   ::)

Tallest towing the line, that's why, he here to develop, not qualify lol

Build his resume at the expense of our national team...
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Controversial on February 13, 2017, 12:38:44 AM
I held on to some optimism until I saw Lawrence's support staff . . . He can't be serious. . .

It is hard to be a footballer

It is frightening to be a T&T footballer

With the poor excuses for an administration making decisions with these people futures and with a nation's pride . . .injustice

Imagine, hart couldn't even get a full staff to support him under this house negro the dictator ...

Them men spiteful
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Sam on February 13, 2017, 05:34:03 AM
Lawrence names his Senior Team Backroom Staff.
TTFA Media.


The National Team Staff is as follows:

Head Coach - Dennis Lawrence
Assistant Coaches – Sulzeer “Sol” Campbell, Stuart Charles Fevrier
Coach – Stern John
Goalkeeper Coach – Ross Russell
Fitness Conditioning Coach - Riedoh Berdien
Team Doctor -Israel Dowlat
Football Therapist - Dave Isaac
Massage Therapist - Saron Joseph
Evaluation Science GPRS - Stephen Bradley
Match Analyst - Matthew Hawkes
Media Officer – Shaun Fuentes
Equipment Manager - Michael Williams

If Stuart Charles coach W Connection for ova 20 years and cant do no wrong, how long allyuh feel he go coach T&T if DJW is de President?

Is only a matter of time Dennis Lawrence go be out and Stuart Charles go slip right in.

Expect to see Tyrik John in de team soon, he done running out for Central because he daddy there.

Ross Russell is de worst of of all these selection.

De only good thing about this is Terrance Badwah and Dave Isaac get fired.

Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Tallman on February 13, 2017, 06:29:50 AM
Lawrence names his Senior Team Backroom Staff.
TTFA Media.


The National Team Staff is as follows:

Head Coach - Dennis Lawrence
Assistant Coaches – Sulzeer “Sol” Campbell, Stuart Charles Fevrier
Coach – Stern John
Goalkeeper Coach – Ross Russell
Fitness Conditioning Coach - Riedoh Berdien
Team Doctor -Israel Dowlat
Football Therapist - Dave Isaac
Massage Therapist - Saron Joseph
Evaluation Science GPRS - Stephen Bradley
Match Analyst - Matthew Hawkes
Media Officer – Shaun Fuentes
Equipment Manager - Michael Williams

If Stuart Charles coach W Connection for ova 20 years and cant do no wrong, how long allyuh feel he go coach T&T if DJW is de President?

Is only a matter of time Dennis Lawrence go be out and Stuart Charles go slip right in.

Expect to see Tyrik John in de team soon, he done running out for Central because he daddy there.

Ross Russell is de worst of of all these selection.

De only good thing about this is Terrance Badwah and Dave Isaac get fired.

Isaac still dey.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Controversial on February 13, 2017, 11:23:11 AM
Lawrence names his Senior Team Backroom Staff.
TTFA Media.


The National Team Staff is as follows:

Head Coach - Dennis Lawrence
Assistant Coaches – Sulzeer “Sol” Campbell, Stuart Charles Fevrier
Coach – Stern John
Goalkeeper Coach – Ross Russell
Fitness Conditioning Coach - Riedoh Berdien
Team Doctor -Israel Dowlat
Football Therapist - Dave Isaac
Massage Therapist - Saron Joseph
Evaluation Science GPRS - Stephen Bradley
Match Analyst - Matthew Hawkes
Media Officer – Shaun Fuentes
Equipment Manager - Michael Williams

If Stuart Charles coach W Connection for ova 20 years and cant do no wrong, how long allyuh feel he go coach T&T if DJW is de President?

Is only a matter of time Dennis Lawrence go be out and Stuart Charles go slip right in.

Expect to see Tyrik John in de team soon, he done running out for Central because he daddy there.

Ross Russell is de worst of of all these selection.

De only good thing about this is Terrance Badwah and Dave Isaac get fired.



I just waiting to see the team selection and what type of football they playing ....

The dictator selling cat in bag
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: sjahrain on February 13, 2017, 07:59:11 PM
I am prepared to give the soldier some space...This shituation is not ideal
I hope we can qualify...But it will take more than prayers at this space in time
The sabotage is in full effect...We will only know if the challenge has been accepted when we play Panama...The first sour note and it's on to the rebuilding phase for Tallest
Rastafari
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on February 14, 2017, 06:22:47 AM
I am prepared to give the soldier some space...This shituation is not ideal
I hope we can qualify...But it will take more than prayers at this space in time
The sabotage is in full effect...We will only know if the challenge has been accepted when we play Panama...The first sour note and it's on to the rebuilding phase for Tallest
Rastafari

There it is. Leh de man do his work. Hold him accountable for the product.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Mose on February 14, 2017, 12:57:55 PM
I am prepared to give the soldier some space...This shituation is not ideal
I hope we can qualify...But it will take more than prayers at this space in time
The sabotage is in full effect...We will only know if the challenge has been accepted when we play Panama...The first sour note and it's on to the rebuilding phase for Tallest
Rastafari

There it is. Leh de man do his work. Hold him accountable for the product.

Cheers to that!  :beermug:
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: palos on February 14, 2017, 02:49:41 PM
It will be very interesting to see the squad DJW he comes up with.  He said the squad will be named this week.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Storeboy on February 14, 2017, 03:47:17 PM
I am prepared to give the soldier some space...This shituation is not ideal
I hope we can qualify...But it will take more than prayers at this space in time
The sabotage is in full effect...We will only know if the challenge has been accepted when we play Panama...The first sour note and it's on to the rebuilding phase for Tallest
Rastafari

There it is. Leh de man do his work. Hold him accountable for the product.

Cheers to that!  :beermug:

Totally agree. Give the man space and buss him if he not up to it, not before!
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: trini_stallion on February 15, 2017, 12:48:02 PM
Local squad announced! Cummings is back!!!


Goalkeepers: Jan-Michael Williams, Marvin Phillip, Glenroy Samuel, Adrian Foncette, Andre Marchan;

Defenders: Carlyle Mitchell, Julius James, Radanfah Abu Bakr, Daniel Cyrus, Jelani Peters, Alvin Jones, Curtis Gonzales, Jesus Perez, Triston Hodge,

Midfielders: Leston Paul, Sean De Silva, Jared London, Hughtun Hector, Tyrone Charles, Akeem Humphrey, Jomoul Francois, Nathan Lewis,

Forwards: Keron Cummings, Hashim Arcia, Akeem Roach, Jameel Perry, Jamille Boatswain.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: trini_stallion on February 15, 2017, 12:48:56 PM
Boatswain, James and Cummings in Lawrence’s first squad; Carlos and Ford out
Lasana Liburd  Wednesday 15 February 2017 Global Football, National Football, Volley Leave a comment


Defence Force striker Jamille Boatswain and Police FC forward Jameel Perry were rewarded for their fine form this Pro League season with their first international call-ups to the Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team.

The 27-man squad, which was announced by Soca Warriors head coach Dennis Lawrence at a press conference this afternoon, consisted entirely of local-based players.

Photo: Defence Force striker Jamille Boatswain (centre) celebrates the second goal of his treble against Police FC during the Pro Bowl semifinals at the Ato Boldon Stadium on 12 February 2017. Looking on (right) is his teammate and captain Jerwyn Balthazar. Defence Force won 4-0. (Courtesy Sean Morrison/Wired868)
Photo: Defence Force striker Jamille Boatswain (centre) celebrates the second goal of his treble against Police FC during the Pro Bowl semifinals at the Ato Boldon Stadium on 12 February 2017.
Looking on (right) is his teammate and captain Jerwyn Balthazar. Defence Force won 4-0.
(Courtesy Sean Morrison/Wired868)
Lawrence hopes to get two practice games for his local-based contingent before he decides which players will advance to his full team for next month’s World Cup qualifiers against Panama and Mexico.

Boatswain scored 16 goals in all competitions—eight with his former club, Point Fortin Civic—and is the joint second highest domestic scorer, alongside fellow national recruit Hashim Arcia, while Perry managed just one goal less for the “Lawmen”.

Club Sando attacker Akeem Roach, who managed a league high 11 goals, is in the squad too and keeps his place from the Trinidad and Tobago team which played in last month’s 2017 Gold Cup Play Offs under former coach Tom Saintfiet.

However, Lawrence omitted former 2006 World Cup teammate Carlos Edwards, who captained the national team under Saintfiet, as well as defender Maurice Ford who was also a regular starter under Saintfiet. Winger Aikim Andrews is also out although he is believed to be unavailable due to overseas commitments.

Defence Force poacher Devorn Jorsling, whose 16 goals in all competitions was the highest tally in the domestic game, was also overlooked from the 27-man squad.

Photo: Defence Force striker Devorn Jorsling (right) cushions the ball while San Juan Jabloteh defender Jevon Morris stands guard during Pro League action at the Ato Boldon Stadium on 18 September 2016. (Courtesy Sean Morrison/Wired868)
Photo: Defence Force striker Devorn Jorsling (right) cushions the ball while San Juan Jabloteh defender Jevon Morris stands guard during Pro League action at the Ato Boldon Stadium on 18 September 2016.
(Courtesy Sean Morrison/Wired868)
Lawrence said he spoke to Defence Force coach Marvin Gordon before deciding on Jorsling’s fate and suggested that he felt the time was not right to consider the 33 year old forward at present. The burly striker has just returned to full fitness from an injury.

Lawrence did not offer an explanation for the exclusion of Edwards or anyone else, though.

“This is the group I am starting with,” said Lawrence, at today’s press, “but not necessarily the list I am going to end with.”

Other significant returnees are the Central FC pair of defender Julius James and midfielder Keron “Ball Pest” Cummings.

James, a former Columbus Crew player in the MLS, has not represented Trinidad and Tobago since 11 November 2011 when the Warriors lost 2-1 away to Guyana. But he caught the eye with a series of steady showings for the “Couva Sharks” as they clinched their third successive Pro League title.

James joined Central just last month.

Photo: Central FC defender Julius James (right) looks for passing options during Pro League action against Defence Force at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva on 24 January 2017. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: Central FC defender Julius James (right) looks for passing options during Pro League action against Defence Force at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva on 24 January 2017.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Cummings has not worn red, black and white strip since he was shot in his leg, just over a year ago. The stylish midfielder has not consistently commanded a starting role for Central this season and, arguably, his call-up might hint at the shortage of potential number 10s.

Lawrence was certainly happy to be unconventional in his initial squad. Cummings apart, Defence Force goalkeeper Andre Marchan is not even a regular starter at his club while defender Jesus Perez has not always held on to a first team spot at W Connection.

There were more debutantes too as Club Sando midfielders Jared London and former National Under-20 player Akeem Humphrey were also selected.

Central goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams and midfielders Leston Paul and Sean De Silva are in as well, although club captain Darren “Chucky” Mitchell—who scored nine goals from a variety of positions across the midfield and even full back—was another surprise omission.

Lawrence explained that his coaching staff comprised of all people he felt comfortable working with and who he felt shared his vision.

Photo: W Connection coach Stuart Charles-Fevrier (second from right) and assistant coach Earl Jean (far right) speak to their players during a break between the action against Atlantico FC in 2016 Caribbean Club Championship action. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: W Connection coach Stuart Charles-Fevrier (second from right) and assistant coach Earl Jean (far right) speak to their players during a break between the action against Atlantico FC in 2016 Caribbean Club Championship action.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Lawrence said Connection coach Stuart Charles-Fevrier—who was initially recommended for his job by the TTFA technical committee—had valuable knowledge of the local league and its players while Central assistant coach Stern John, who is Trinidad and Tobago’s record goal scorer, was a bright upcoming coach who can impart his goalscoring knowledge to the squad.

Lawrence said he decided to appoint South African fitness trainer Riedoh Berdien based on the positive feedback of people who worked with him in Trinidad.

The Warriors squad had their first meeting this afternoon at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.

(Trinidad and Tobago 27-man squad)

Goalkeepers: Jan-Michael Williams, Marvin Phillip, Glenroy Samuel, Adrian Foncette, Andre Marchan;

Defenders: Carlyle Mitchell, Julius James, Radanfah Abu Bakr, Daniel Cyrus, Jelani Peters, Alvin Jones, Curtis Gonzales, Jesus Perez, Triston Hodge,

Midfielders: Leston Paul, Sean De Silva, Jared London, Hughtun Hector, Tyrone Charles, Akeem Humphrey, Jomoul Francois, Nathan Lewis,

Forwards: Keron Cummings, Hashim Arcia, Akeem Roach, Jameel Perry, Jamille Boatswain.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Controversial on February 15, 2017, 01:46:03 PM
Let the support staff work with Cummings and get him back to where he was, he needs a physio as well..

I wonder if the dictator will allow Tallest to select bostock since bostock didn't answer his call
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Tallman on February 19, 2017, 06:33:03 PM
WATCH: Russell Lately is confident that Dennis Lawrence is the right man to lead the Soca Warriors

https://www.youtube.com/v/BENvtDeW264
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Controversial on February 19, 2017, 09:25:27 PM
WATCH: Russell Lately is confident that Dennis Lawrence is the right man to lead the Soca Warriors

https://www.youtube.com/v/BENvtDeW264

What was latas opinion about hart?
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Deeks on February 20, 2017, 03:18:07 PM
Latas was "confident that Hart was the right man for the job" .......that was  then.   Right now he is confident DL is the right man for the job.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Sam on February 20, 2017, 04:22:06 PM
Latapy look like a drunk uneducated f00king idiot.

DJW and Jamaal have he bazodee..

Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Flex on February 21, 2017, 04:50:57 AM
Lawrence satisfy after holding first training session.
T&T Guardian Reports.


National football coach Dennis Lawrence held his first training session with his squad of players at the Larry Gomes Stadium in Malabar Arima, yesterday, ahead of the two FIFA World Cup Qualifiers on March 24-28 against Panama and Mexico at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo.

Only defenders Julius James and Radanfah Abu Bakr were missing from an otherwise full turn-out of players and staff members. The session lasted an hour and 10 minutes and according to Lawrence, they will train everyday this week until Saturday, where they will break for the Carnival festivities and return on Ash Wednesday.

He noted that both Abu Bakr and James are both out of the country, having made arrangements to be abroad long before the training session was called.

He said both players and coaches were excited to begin training yesterday, which they used basically to acquaint themselves with each other, as well as formalise how they will function going forward. Before yesterday’s session, members of the staff-that included assistant coaches Ross Russell (goalkeeper coach), Stern John (assistant coach) and Stuart Charles-Fevrier, were briefed on what was expected of them.

Lawrence, a former national stand-out defender is not expecting any challenges due to the Carnival season, promising he will keep his players focused by doing his job on a daily basis. “I cannot put a string on them and tell them don’t go parties, as they are all grown men, they are all professionals, so they know exactly what I expect of them, so I expect them to carried it out,” Lawrence said.

The T&T team is second from bottom on the six-team standing and are in need of victories in their coming two matches next month, following losses to Costa Rica 2-0 and Honduras 3-1 last year.

They are scheduled to face Suriname in an International Friendly encounter on March 10 at the Andre Kamperveen Stadium in Paramaribo, Suriname. The match has been arranged specifically for the local based players.

Lawrence pointed out that while he faces a difficult task of taking the country to the World Cup, he believes it is not an impossible one and promised to ensure the team is properly prepared to give a good account of themselves on match days and hopefully get the required results.

Sol Campbell, the team’s other assistant coach is expected to join them on March 10.

RELATED NEWS

Lawrence starts work with T&T players.
By Joel Bailey (Newsday).


RECENTLY APPOINTED Trinidad and Tobago football team coach Dennis Lawrence got his stint underway with a training session at the Larry Gomes Stadium, Arima yesterday morning.

Lawrence and his technical staff, including assistants Stuart Charles-Fevrier, Stern John and Ross Russell (goalkeeping coach), had an hour long session under cloudy conditions.

“The players are looking forward to get started,” said Lawrence, moments before his session began.

“I am looking forward to working with the players.” The former T&T central defender said that his intention yesterday was “more or less, to make an introduction to myself and to the players, to get an idea of how we want to work (and) how things are going to be done from now on.”

Trinidad and Tobago are set to face Suriname in a friendly fixture in Paramaribo on March 10 before a pair of FIFA World Cup CONCACAF Zone Final Round qualifiers at home to Panama (March 24) and Mexico (March 29).

“We’re going to be working,” Lawrence pointed out.

“I think it’s important that, no matter what type of session we’re doing, we need to always work on something. So we’ve got particular things - the staff and myself - that we’re going to be looking for. And hopefully players will enjoy (it).

Lawrence called up 27 players for the training squad but central defenders Radanfah Abu Bakr and Julius James were absent from yesterday’s session.

“They had already arranged prior engagements,” said the T&T coach. “Radanfah is away, Julius James is away, but apart from that, everybody else is here.” Asked about the chemistry among the technical staff, Lawrence replied, “they all know each other and I think they all know exactly where we’re at.

We had meetings prior to this session and everybody knows exactly what we expect of them.” Sessions will take place daily until Saturday, and will resume on Ash Wednesday, after the Carnival festivities.

Lawrence said he is not adopting a ‘big stick’ approach towards the players during this Carnival period.

“I can’t put a string on them and say don’t go to a party,” said the T&T coach.

“They’re all grown men. They’re professionals so they know exactly what I expect of them. I expect them to carry it out.”

Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Flex on February 26, 2017, 07:13:31 AM
Lawrence wants players and fans to be as one.
By Shaun Fuentes (Guardian).


“I wants the players out on the pitch and the fans up in the stands to be as one.”

That was the clear signal of T&T Senior Team head coach Dennis Lawrence, who took to the field on Monday as T&T senior men’s team began its preparations for its friendly against Suriname on March 10, then its two 2018 World Cup qualifying matches on March 24 and 28 here at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.

“I don’t just want the boys to go out and perform for the sake of it,” he said. “We’re not England or Brazil, but our fans have a special way of loving the game. They want success and I want to give it to them again,” Lawrence said this week in a FIFA feature article.

The former Wrexham man spoke of the influence Leo Beenhakker has had on him.

Lawrence paid close attention to his chain-smoking boss back in those glory days, the colourful Dutchman who masterminded T&T’s qualifying campaign.

“In my eyes, Leo Beenhakker has no equal when it comes to influence on a football team,” Lawrence said. “The way he conducted himself, his discipline, and the way he managed the men was incredible.”

Beenhakker was the first person Lawrence called after being offered the national team post. “He just told me ‘you’re ready, so go and do it.”

Lawrence began his first training camp with a provisional squad on Monday ahead of the March 24 and 28th World Cup qualifiers in Port of Spain against Panama and Mexico.

Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Controversial on February 26, 2017, 12:03:47 PM
Tallest doing plenty talking and I not seeing anything happening lol

Them men limin steady for the carnival, pretty soon pictures of him and stern will surface playing mas
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Flex on February 26, 2017, 03:54:28 PM
Lawrence completes first week of Training with Senior Men.
TTFA Media.


Head coach Dennis Lawrence has completed his first week of training with the National Senior Men’s Team ahead of the upcoming international friendly with Suriname on March 10th in Paramaribo.

Lawrence began his sessions on Monday at the Larry Gomes Stadium and closed off the first part on Saturday at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.

During this period, he welcomed back W Connection defender Alvin Jones who returned from a trial with MLS club Minnesota United while Central FC’s Darren Mitchell was also drafted into the provisional squad.

“The payers have applied themselves in the right way. I think this week was important for us getting together as a group for the players to understand the way myself and the staff wants to work. I think they have showed a fantastic attitude towards the work and hopefully it’s been beneficial towards the players with regards to fitness first and foremost,” Lawrence told TTFA Media.

“Technically we have to improve on things but in generally the players have showed a good attitude. I am pleased with the progress but there’s still a long way to go,” Lawrence told TTFA Media on Saturday.

This week also saw the introduction of the General Packet Radio System (GPRS) into the senior team programme overseen by football scientist Stephen Bradley who was named as a member of Lawrence’s backroom staff.

The GPRS is a software designed to analyze players’ physical condition in detail. The jacket worn by the players during the training has a  tiny radio inside it which sends all the data of the player’s physical condition to the computer, operated by Bradley. GPRS Trackers clarifies everything, from the player’s pulse rate, blood pressure, his endurance capacity, the blood circulation, the condition of important bones in his body and Lawrence and his staff will be able to know every aspect after using GPRS tracking system.

“I think it’s been fantastic. We allowed the players to feel themselves into it. We did a full presentation on it and the players are fully clear on what the GPRS does and I am hoping to see a reaction to that,” Lawrence said.

The Training camp will continue on Ash Wednesday following a break between today (Sunday) and Tuesday.

“I think it is important to work in trust in any organisation. I have given the players trust. They all understand and they know exactly what I expect of them over the next three days. We have worked hard over the past six days.

“They are going to be back on Ash Wednesday. I understand as well that Carnival is part of our culture and I think it was necessary to allow the players some time with their family and Ash Wednesday we will be back on the training ground working hard again,” Lawrence added.

Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: FF on February 26, 2017, 09:05:16 PM
Money for GPRS and ting now.

WASA fete. $$$oca flowing like water again
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Tallman on February 26, 2017, 10:16:18 PM
Money for GPRS and ting now.

WASA fete. $$$oca flowing like water again
I want tuh know how come Hart couldn't get it when he was asking for it long time.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: soccerman on February 26, 2017, 11:05:56 PM
Money for GPRS and ting now.

WASA fete. $$$oca flowing like water again
I want tuh know how come Hart couldn't get it when he was asking for it long time.
Shows how much of a raw deal Hart got, he had very minimal resources to work with.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: maxg on February 27, 2017, 11:56:25 AM
seeker, yuh must one day explain to me the benefits of the GPRS system in National team selection and training. Maybe I just don't understand. As a exercise sciencetist and understand it's uses, but not benefits
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Mose on February 27, 2017, 12:24:11 PM
Sounds to me like fitness will be a significant factor in National team selection.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Thomo on February 27, 2017, 02:38:37 PM
Just goes to show how wicked and nasty DJW is. Hart begged for this but the narcissistic oaf that was DJW never obliged.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: sjahrain on February 27, 2017, 03:30:06 PM
Well Hart got much more done with less
Let's see if the soldier can prosper with all the goods at his disposal
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on February 27, 2017, 04:25:40 PM
seeker, yuh must one day explain to me the benefits of the GPRS system in National team selection and training. Maybe I just don't understand. As a exercise sciencetist and understand it's uses, but not benefits


Yuh sure yuh eh want tuh ask, Dennis? :devil:
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: palos on February 27, 2017, 04:45:25 PM
Look ting!

Tallest get GPRS


Hart had to rely on.............................................................................BABWAH!  :rotfl: :rotfl:
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: maxg on February 27, 2017, 05:09:22 PM
seeker, yuh must one day explain to me the benefits of the GPRS system in National team selection and training. Maybe I just don't understand. As a exercise sciencetist and understand it's uses, but not benefits


Yuh sure yuh eh want tuh ask, Dennis? :devil:
nah..he might hit meh an answer that ah doh wha hear..if it come from you we can debate Ultimate Reject style - Full Extreme, from him is Machel & Bunji - Busshead, he go get...in the spirit of Carnival nah    :devil:
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: soccerman on February 27, 2017, 06:34:50 PM
Just now is nutritionist and massage therapist or umm masseuse to keep the players happy
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: maxg on February 28, 2017, 11:28:34 AM
Just now is nutritionist and massage therapist or umm masseuse to keep the players happy
only nutritionist missing, hopefully a USA/local, who know bout doubles and blue food, will probably be from Scotland doh   :devil:
National and International staff, and this is just for the local, we local boys go be playing like Engirltt sa, then we bring back the foreigners and start over  ;D

guess we have to start somewhere, to bad, Hartie didn't get all that free rein, hope he could at least get paid.

Team Staff
Head Coach – Dennis LAWRENCE (TT)
Assistant Coach – Sulzeer “Sol” CAMPBELL (ENG)
Assistant Coach – Stuart Charles Ferrier (St Lucia)
Coach – Stern JOHN (T&T)
Goalkeeper Coach – Ross RUSSELL (TT)
Fitness Conditioning Coach- Riedoh BURDEN (South Africa)
Team Doctor-Israel DOWLAT (TT)
Football Therapist- Dave ISAAC (TT)
Massage Therapist- Saron JOSEPH (TT)
Sport Scientist – Stephen BRADLEY (Ireland)
Match Analyst- Matthew HAWKES (ENG)
Media Officer – Shaun FUENTES (TT)
Equipment Manager- Michael WILLIAMS (TT)
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Flex on March 02, 2017, 05:35:03 AM
Lawrence looks to T&T youths.
By Joel Bailey (Newsday).


TRINIDAD AND Tobago men’s football team coach Dennis Lawrence has shown his intention to build for the future as he has called up a few members of the national Under-20 squad to join his training squad.

The men’s team resumed training yesterday for a friendly international match against Suriname on March 10, in Paramaribo, which will be followed up by a pair of 2018 FIFA World Cup CONCACAF Zone Final Round qualifiers at home to Panama, on March 24, and Mexico four days later.

The Under-20 players made favourable impressions based on their performances at the current CONCACAF Under-20 Championships in Costa Rica. The national Under-20 team missed out on qualifying for the quarter-finals last weekend, drawing against Bermuda 1-1, losing to Costa Rica 0-1 and beating El Salvador 2-1 in group play. The trio includes St Ann’s Rangers forward Kathon St Hilaire, English-born goalie Montel Joseph and Ma Pau defender Taryk Sampson.

St Hilaire, a St Anthony’s College player, scored the winner in TT ’s 2-1 victory over El Salvador in their final group game. Lawrence, who was appointed as the men’s team coach in January, began training sessions with a group of 27 players on February 20. Midfielder Darren Mitchell, captain of three-time T&T Pro League champions Central FC, was added to the training squad late last week.

In related news, former England central defender Sol Campbell, who was named by Lawrence as one of his three assistant coaches (alongside ex-national striker Stern John and veteran W Connection tactician Stuart Charles-Fevrier), is expected to join the technical staff in Trinidad this month, after undertaking a brief coaching stint at Queens Park Rangers.

According to a story on Sky Sports yesterday, “Campbell has been spending time coaching the club’s academy and Under-23 players but it has been on an informal basis. “The former Arsenal and Tottenham defender has been out of professional football since 2012 and spent time in politics, including a failed bid to become the Conservative Party candidate for Mayor of London,” the story continued.

“His time at QPR has been partially used to practice the training drills he could be using alongside Lawrence when he takes up the role later this month.

“Campbell (said) that he was thankful to QPR director of football Les Ferdinand and technical director Chris Ramsey for the chance to hone his coaching skills,” the story ended.

Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Sam on March 02, 2017, 06:53:25 AM
Good going Dennis, Ah like Kathon St Hilaire and Taryk Sampson to, but I feel Noah Powder and Nicholas Dillon deserve a call up to.

Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on March 02, 2017, 09:28:06 AM
Good going Dennis, Ah like Kathon St Hilaire and Taryk Sampson to, but I feel Noah Powder and Nicholas Dillon deserve a call up to.

Dillon just signed a contract in Europe. Logistically, one would imagine his club wishes his return (and that seems the advisable path). There's time enough for a subsequent call-up, if he's a consideration. Local-based players don't have this issue.

Consider the date of the Suriname engagement. It's outside the FIFA dates.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Sam on March 02, 2017, 09:59:48 AM
I hear yuh seeker, however Dillion is not a regular, he did get release for de Under 20 games and he didn't get his clearance yet, so I find he coulda play vs Suriname, de man was T&T best player vs Costa Rica.

Powder have a serious free kick and left foot.

Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Controversial on March 02, 2017, 11:59:17 AM
I hear yuh seeker, however Dillion is not a regular, he did get release for de Under 20 games and he didn't get his clearance yet, so I find he coulda play vs Suriname, de man was T&T best player vs Costa Rica.

Powder have a serious free kick and left foot.



Maybe they don't fit into Tallest style of play or strategy? Who knows ...
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Flex on March 02, 2017, 05:12:07 PM
Players respond positively to Lawrence in opening training camp.
TTFA Media.


Men’s National Team goalkeeper Marvin Phillip and teammates Sean De Silva and Alvin Jones have all given a positive outlook to the first few days of the ongoing Training Camp ahead of the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers against Panama on March 24th and Mexico on March 28th.

Phillip and De Silva have 65 caps between them with the Morvant/ Caledonia United custodian playing 59 games and the Central FC midfielder playing six games for the national team. Jones, the younger brother of Seattle Sounders player Joevin Jones, has five international caps and is back home from a recent trial with MLS club Minnesota United

Phillip was ruled out of the recent Caribbean Cup qualifiers due to injury but is back to full fitness and has been involved in the current sessions alongside fellow goalkeepers Jan Michael Williams, Glenroy Samuel, Adrian Foncette, Andre Marchan and T&T Under 20 Montell Joseph who joined the training on Thursday along with U-20 defender Taryk Sampson.

“Things are going great thus far. Dennis is getting familiar with us since taking over, trying to instil and implement his style and the way he wants us to play,” Phillip told TTFA Media on Thursday.

“For some of us as senior players, we understood Dennis as a player when we played with him so it’s  for us to now transfer what we learned from Dennis to the younger players and give him that respect now as a coach as we look ahead to March 24th and 28th.”

Phillip spoke about the team getting the Carnival Monday and Tuesday off before resuming training on Ash Wednesday morning at Larry Gomes Stadium.

“I think it was not a bad idea. We are professionals so we definitely know what needed to be done. It was not a big issue. It actually had guys who came out to training with Dennis over the two days,” he added.

“Now we have to focus on building the team spirit and focusing on the games coming up.”

De Silva stated: “So far the training sessions have been fantastic. The intensity has been really good every day and it’s been good getting to know some of the new faces around the team and working under Dennis. Everything we do right now has been geared towards the two upcoming games. Coach Dennis has made it clear that the only thing that should be on our minds right now is that Panama game and then Mexico to follow.”

Ahead of the friendly away to Suriname on March 10th, the former National U-17 and U-20 midfielder added: “It is going to be crucial for him to have an idea of what players he sees playing in what positions or what he thinks certain players can bring to the game and how he wants to play. I think it’s a fantastic opportunity for the local players to show themselves and maybe show they deserve a chance or not.”

Connection defender Jones is back home after a trial with MLS club Minnesota United.

“I am very pleased with the training so far. It’s been very intense and professional. It’s been great working with the entire staff. It’s been particularly good working with the fitness trainer (Riedoh Berdien) because he alway wants it intense and with full effort. It’s been intense for the players, a different level to the Pro League clubs that we are adapting to,” Jones added.

“I think national players should lead by example when they go back to their clubs and always be at a high level so when they are back in the national team set up, they are always ready. I think every player should always give their best when the opportunity comes.”

The team continues with sessions at Ato Boldon Stadium on Friday and return to Larry Gomes on Saturday.

Video - Players React Positively to Senior Team Training Camp (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmikoaY7yE4)

Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Fyzoman on March 02, 2017, 09:43:34 PM
What?!?!
Who come out and train during the carnival??
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Controversial on April 08, 2017, 03:23:00 PM
"Dennis did not make a U-turn. DJW did. Dennis had initially accepted a contract offered by the TTFA Exec Committee but rejected the alterations made by TTFA president DJW.
However, he kept the door open and DJW, who is travelling to FIFA HQ in Zurich this evening, removed the controversial exit clauses he had added to ensure he had a signed document on mutually agreed terms to take to his FIFA bosses.
Monies for the contract (including asst coaches etc re Dennis’ proposal) will be accessed from FIFA Development Fund.
While in Zurich, DJW will also receive his official instruments of appointment to the FIFA Players’ Status Committee, on which he will serve as a member for a four-year term.
Dennis had retained the local law firm of Pamela Elder & Associates to vet his end of the contract"

LMFAO @ DJW. Damn IDIOT!! Public outrage caused this!!

Where is the source of this article again? I also read this but couldn't find where it was, or remember what news source I read it from..
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Flex on May 10, 2017, 01:44:50 AM
Lawrence off to Denver.
TTFA Media.


Trinidad and Tobago Men’s Senior Team head coach Dennis Lawrence departed for Denver today to conduct site visits ahead of this country’s 2018 World Cup Qualifying game against the United States on June 8th  at Dick’s Sporting Good Park.

Lawrence will conduct visits at the team’s potential training facilities as well as hotel base and other related facilities.

The T&T Team will begin assembling in Denver for a training camp around May 23rd and Lawrence will also explore acclimatisation strategies during his current visit.

Dick’s Sporting Good Park is the largest and most state-of-the-art professional stadium & soccer complex in the world. The soccer-specific stadium and the complex, comprised of 24 additional fields surrounding it, is the largest professional complex in the USA as well. The venue also comprises fully-lit sports fields, including 22 natural grass and 2 synthetic turf fields.

Situated near the base of the Rocky Mountains and sitting elevation over 5,200 ft above sea level (1,600 m), the stadium last hosted an international friendly between Brazil and Panama in May, 2016 with the South Americans coming away 2-0 winners. It lasted hosted a World Cup qualifier in March, 2013 with United States defeating Costa Rica 1-0.

Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Sam on May 10, 2017, 04:20:00 AM
Lawrence off to Denver.
TTFA Media.


Trinidad and Tobago Men’s Senior Team head coach Dennis Lawrence departed for Denver today to conduct site visits ahead of this country’s 2018 World Cup Qualifying game against the United States on June 8th  at Dick’s Sporting Good Park.

Lawrence will conduct visits at the team’s potential training facilities as well as hotel base and other related facilities.

The T&T Team will begin assembling in Denver for a training camp around May 23rd and Lawrence will also explore acclimatisation strategies during his current visit.

Dick’s Sporting Good Park is the largest and most state-of-the-art professional stadium & soccer complex in the world. The soccer-specific stadium and the complex, comprised of 24 additional fields surrounding it, is the largest professional complex in the USA as well. The venue also comprises fully-lit sports fields, including 22 natural grass and 2 synthetic turf fields.

Situated near the base of the Rocky Mountains and sitting elevation over 5,200 ft above sea level (1,600 m), the stadium last hosted an international friendly between Brazil and Panama in May, 2016 with the South Americans coming away 2-0 winners. It lasted hosted a World Cup qualifier in March, 2013 with United States defeating Costa Rica 1-0.



 :applause:

Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Tallman on June 21, 2017, 06:10:55 AM
WATCH: Shaka Hislop sits down with current Trinidad and Tobago Head Coach Dennis Lawrence to discuss his plans for Russia 2018 and beyond (http://www.espnfc.com/international/55/video/3146360/caribbean-corner-tandt-under-dennis-lawrence)
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Deeks on June 21, 2017, 07:35:05 AM
For some reason my feed gets cut off halfway.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Jumbie on June 21, 2017, 09:20:46 AM
there's a quiet confidence about DL.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Controversial on June 21, 2017, 09:35:53 AM
there's a quiet confidence about DL.

Quietly confident we are not qualifying and we are rebuilding for Qatar  :D
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Jefferz on June 21, 2017, 08:58:18 PM
there's a quiet confidence about DL.

Quietly confident we are not qualifying and we are rebuilding for Qatar  :D

How can you root for our own to fail? You really are a self absorbed nut job.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: andre samuel on June 21, 2017, 11:58:48 PM
there's a quiet confidence about DL.

Quietly confident we are not qualifying and we are rebuilding for Qatar  :D

How can you root for our own to fail? You really are a self absorbed nut job.

His behavior is shameless Jefferz.........Just ignore him.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Controversial on June 22, 2017, 10:20:58 AM
there's a quiet confidence about DL.

Quietly confident we are not qualifying and we are rebuilding for Qatar  :D

How can you root for our own to fail? You really are a self absorbed nut job.

His behavior is shameless Jefferz.........Just ignore him.

So your blind support for the dictator initially which you retracted after wasn't shameless?

Allyuh men delusional, I'm not rooting for us to fail, it's already happening, if you guys are blind and can't see the writing on the wall and what's going to happen.. I can't help you.. continue to be manipulated and fooled..
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Tallman on June 27, 2017, 08:50:03 AM
WATCH: Interview with Dennis Lawrence on CNMG's Good Morning T&T

https://www.youtube.com/v/gmc8sKqQb58
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Flex on July 22, 2017, 12:43:55 AM
Lawrence keeping tabs on CONCACAF opponents.
By Joel Bailey (Newsday).


DENNIS LAWRENCE, coach of the Trinidad and Tobago football team, is keeping tabs on his opponents, even though the national squad are not involved at the CONCACAF Gold Cup in the United States.

Trinidad and Tobago are still involved at the 2018 FIFA World Cup CONCACAF Zone Final Round Qualifiers, but are rooted at the bottom of the six-team standings with three points from six games. T&T will be meeting Honduras on September 1, followed by an away clash against Panama on September 5.

They will also face United States (at home) and Mexico (away) in October.

During a media conference on Tuesday, at the Larry Gomes Stadium in Arima, Lawrence said, “I’ve got my match analyst who is working closely with me, where I’m taking notes of the games. He’s there watching some of the games.

“The idea is we’ll try and build our reports,” he added. “If you look at the Gold Cup, apart from Honduras, most of the teams are using relatively different squads.

But we are keeping our eyes on it and making sure that we are prepared.” Recently, the trio of goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams, defender Daneil Cyrus and Jamille Boatswain have earned professional contracts in Central America, with Williams and Cyrus based with Juticalpa in Honduras, while Boatswain is plying his trade with Deportiva Alajuelense in Costa Rica.

“I’ve (spoken) to (all three) players,” noted Lawrence. “I think it’s fantastic for them to go out and get a different experience.

I’m hoping that the experience that they’re going to have will help them to become better players, because every opportunity for a player to improve on himself, I think, it’s a good thing for him.

“I’m pleased for the boys.

They’ve worked hard. I think they deserve whatever rewards they’re getting. And, as long as they remain focus, I’ll be delighted for them. Hopefully it will benefit Trinidad and Tobago football.” Lawrence played most of his professional career in the United Kingdom, with Wrexham (2001- 2006) and Swansea City (2006- 2009).

Currently, there are no T&T player involved in the top leagues in England.

According to Lawrence, “I’ve got mixed feelings with the contractual situation because what I’ve come to know is that the players now are trying to focus on obtaining contracts and not focus on being the best player that they can be at their football clubs. And I think that hampers (their) chances.

“I think everybody understands that to get to the UK now for us is not (an easy) situation because FIFA rankings, for the first thing, affects where the situation with the boys getting work permits. So I think the first thing that we need to do is make sure that the boys are performing for their clubs.

“Once they start performing for their clubs, it benefits the national team, then we can improve, we can progress, we can climb up the FIFA rankings and the doors are open again. So I think the most important thing, especially for the young players to understand, (is that) you have to do well for your football club. Just concentrate on playing for your football club and the rest will take care of itself,” Lawrence ended.

Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Flex on August 19, 2017, 01:39:11 AM
Lawrence firm with his approach ahead of crucial qualifiers.
TTFA Media.


Trinidad and Tobago Dennis Lawrence is implementing the right approach towards getting this country’s National Senior Men’s team adequately ready for its upcoming International three-game schedule with Jamaica, Panama and Honduras.

This is according to a trio of home-based players who are currently in the squad to face Jamaica on Thursday at the Hasely Crawford Stadium from 8pm.

Lawrence will finalise his roster to face Honduras next week but in the meantime he is balancing his squad between home-based and overseas-based players heading into the Jamaica clash. The likes of Cordell Cato, Mekeil Wiliams and Aubrey David are all expected to be in the mix for Thursday’s encounter.

“At the moment the head coach is putting the puzzle together and working with the right approach to get the best possible team ready for the qualifiers coming up against Honduras and Panama,” W Connection midfielder Hughtun Hector told TTFA Media on Friday.

“We know how important preparation is and having the Jamaica game is a major boost for us to really put our work into practice before the qualifier. It is important that we put our heads down and implement the things he is asking of us in training on the actual playing field on gameday. It is a process we are working on and hopefully getting it right in time for the matches,” Hector added.

San Juan Jabloteh winger Nathan Lewis is also looking forward to his first international against the Reggae Boyz.

“This will be my first encounter with Jamaica so yes I am pretty excited because I know it’s a big rivalry and players live for these kind of clashes. I think they will come hard but we will also have to show what we are made of. The intensity of the game I think should make it a really good preparation game for us against Honduras,” Lewis said.

“Overall the training sessions are well thought out and planned by the coach. He is getting to know the players better everytime we come together and he is making decisions based on what he observes in the sessions and also the games. The Ecuador game was a good in more ways than one even though we lost it 3-1 but he (Lawrence) would have seen what he needed to. Now it is down to him to pick the best team to take us forward and hopefully get the results we need in the next two qualifiers,” Lewis added.

Experienced goalkeeper Marvin Phillip has had to contest for the number one spot over the past few years and has worked under several past head coaches. But the challenge is never one that overrides his drive to protect the T&T goal at all costs.

“My ambition inspite of what is to always represent to the best of my ability once I am called upon to serve. And Dennis Lawrence has a similar style both when he was a player and now as a coach he is trying to instil that into the players. I think he has a drive that really pushes us,” Phillip said. “These games coming up will be a very demanding period for us but I think we are up to the task and he will know which are the best players best ready to answer the call and give their all in the next set of games.”

The team continues training this weekend at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.

Tickets for T&T vs Jamaica are available at all NLCB Lotto Locations at $100 (covered) and $50 (uncovered) Early bird ticket purchases for the T&T versus Honduras World Cup qualifier will access the Jamaica friendly free of charge. Those tickets cost $300 (covered) and $150 (uncovered) up until August 24th. T&T will face Honduras at the Ato Boldon Stadium at 8pm on Friday September 1st.

Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Tobago28 on August 20, 2017, 02:11:42 PM
That WConnection defense will leak goals like WASA
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: maxg on August 21, 2017, 08:51:56 PM
We can't afford Pep, so we have to back who we have
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Flex on September 28, 2017, 01:46:20 AM
Lawrence shifts focus to development.
By Walter Alibey (Guardian).


With two games left on the FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, coach Dennis Lawrence has already shifted his focus to 2022 in Qatar, which is evident from the squad selected on Tuesday for the coming matches, consisting mainly of newcomers.

Former T&T defender was again in defensive mood at a press conference at the National Cycling Centre (NCC) in Balmain Couva yesterday, saying the change came from a two-tier decision made when he became national coach. “We discussed the two-tier plan which was (1) We knew we had Russia so we were going to give Russia our best shot, and in the second tier we haven’t qualified for Russia, so how do we move forward with respect to developing a football philosophy for our country and how are we going to develop players.”

Lawrence who took over the team in the midst of controversial circumstances that included the removal of Stephen Hart following two successive defeats, as well as the retiring of Belgian Tom Saintfiet for lack of support from the TTFA and its president David John Williams, called for a development process that will enable the country to be dominant in the Caribbean first, as he revealed the country has not won anything in the Caribbean for 16 years.

He explained the selection of the team was based on the direction the team is heading, noting that it is now an ideal opportunity to integrate the young players in the team set-up, which will expose them to what it will be like to play at top international football. Among his inexperienced team to face Mexico on October 6 at the Estadio Alfonso Lastras and four days later against the United States at the Ato Boldon Stadium, are Kathon St Hillaire of MIC St Ann’s Rangers and Josiah Trimmingham from Club Sando.

Lawrence also has his eyes focused on Keston Julien who plays for AS Trencin in Slovakia and central midfielder Neveal Hackshaw who represents Charleston Battery in the USL, but Julien he said, has not played with his club since August 12. He believes it will be unfair to select an international player who has not been getting playing time ahead of players in the TT Pro League who have been performing well.

He also sought to defend the non-selection of defender Sheldon Bateau who has been bugged down by club commitments. He later fended off blame attributed to him for the team’s early exit from the world cup, saying “Unfortunately we did not qualify for Russia for many obvious reasons.

“The first thing I started to do was to look at myself and question what can I do better and how can I improve. As regards to my experience as a coach, I don’t think it was the reason we did not qualify, I think it was our performance.”

Though no decision has been made on the status of the team’s technical staff to date, Lawrence said he will sit with assistant coach Sol Campbell to find out if the ex England international will want to stay on board for the long term, as he was initially taken in for the qualifiers.

Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Flex on October 12, 2017, 01:41:24 AM
New era for T&T football—Lawrence.
By Gyasi Merrique (Guardian).


Arena takes responsibility for US defeat

It is a term more readily applied to West Indies cricket. But could T&T football now be turning the proverbial corner?

Soca Warriors head coach Dennis Lawrence would like to think so based on Tuesday night’s performance in a disciplined 2-1 win against the United States as he indicated such during his post-match press conference at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva on Tuesday night.

Lawrence declared that the result finally provided closure on T&T’s 1-0 defeat to the USA on November 19, 1989, which derailed T&T from the Road to Italy 1990 while needing just a draw.

“Everything was at stake for the US. I think 1989 is now behind us so we can go forward now.” Lawrence declared.

Since taking over as T&T head coach in February from Tom Saintfiet, when T&T had little more than a mathematical chance of qualifying for Russia 2018, Lawrence had just one qualifying win under his belt, 1-0 against Panama in March, but lost his next six qualifying matches consecutively before Tuesday night’s encounter. The former assistant coach at Everton F.C seemed to have finally found his groove as he commanded his troops to the historic win over the USA from the sideline.

He said: “I would like everyone to look at tonight’s (Tuesday) match and understand that this is the beginning of our new era. We’ve had a rough time, everyone knows we’ve had a rough time and taken a few punches. Tonight we punched back. Unfortunately the USA had to fall victim but that is not my concern.”

Like he did against Mexico in a 3-1 defeat in San Luis Potosi on Friday night, Lawrence left out some of his regulars against the USA, opting instead to continue to blood some of his less experienced talents onto the international scene.

His faith was repaid with two goals in the first half as T&T stunned the visitors, playing with an unfamiliar level of composure and purpose.

“Something we’ve been trying to work on is belief. The belief that as players we are as good as anyone,” Lawrence explained. He added: “I’ve been trying to educate the boys once we lost to Panama, the idea is to start to think about going forward. The Panama defeat wasn’t a failure, it was the beginning of what we’re going to start to do next. And that started tonight.”

With no major competitions in sight for the Warriors it is unclear just when Lawrence will have a chance to continue building on Tuesday’s result, but from all indication he has started plotting a new course.

“What I would like to happen is we have to play an international friendly on every FIFA date. That is part of the programme because I would like to have more contact time with the players.

I’ve told the boys that when they leave and come back, they must not drop their standard.”

While the T&T coach sounded purposeful and clear on what is his team’s future, USA coach and legend Bruce Arena was more contemplative when it came to the performance by his team which will now miss its first FIFA World Cup since 1986.

“It’s a blemish for us, we should not be staying home for this World Cup and I take the responsibility. This game in my view was perfectly positioned for the US to win and we failed on the day, we have no excuses. There are no excuses for us not qualifying for the World Cup.” he stated flatly.

Arena had previously coached the US to the 2002 and 2006 World Cups before US Soccer Federation decided against a contract renewal for the 65-year-old. The Federation had a change of heart in November 2016, however, when it removed former coach and German standout, Jurgen Klinsmann and recalled Arena on a two-year contract with the sole mandate of getting the United States to an eighth consecutive World Cup tournament.

Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: congo on October 12, 2017, 02:26:08 PM
Why we insist to go to people like Gally etc for an opinion. His time has long passed. Time the country move on and move forward. Steupsss
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Deeks on October 12, 2017, 02:51:55 PM
Why we insist to go to people like Gally etc for an opinion. His time has long passed. Time the country move on and move forward. Steupsss

Would Maradona's opinion be rejected because he is from the bygone days.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: palos on October 12, 2017, 09:58:20 PM
Why we insist to go to people like Gally etc for an opinion. His time has long passed. Time the country move on and move forward. Steupsss

Would Maradona's opinion be rejected because he is from the bygone days.

Yuh realize hardly anybody,including Argentinians, asking Maradona his opinion of this Argentine team even though they were in a desperate position going into their last qualifying match?

They respect Maradona the player for sure. But Maradona the coach?  Eh eh

Latas is a legend as a player.  He is also a coach.  When last you see any article or hear an interview with Latas regarding his opinion on the performances of the senior men's national team?
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Deeks on October 12, 2017, 11:42:05 PM
As far as I know TT is still a free country where you can express your opinion. Even Jack >:(. I don't think Gally all local squad and coaches go wuk in today's football. If by some miracle , ManU, Liverpool, PSG, Madrid or Barca come and give your locals contract. What Gally go tell them .... Doh sign. Man, every manjack gone. Plus, it is true most local coaches need more work as far as taking the squad to WC level. On the other hand, TTFA has chosen some good foreign coaches. But they have also selected some duds.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: congo on October 13, 2017, 02:48:52 AM
Why we insist to go to people like Gally etc for an opinion. His time has long passed. Time the country move on and move forward. Steupsss

Would Maradona's opinion be rejected because he is from the bygone days.
This was actually posted in the wrong foreign. Was supposed to be for an article where he spoke about an all local team or something so.

What has Gally ever achieved as a manager/coach? That game back in 89 was over 26 years ago. We also qualified back in 2006 rendering his  1 point miss irrelevant. The man is almost 70 years. No spring chicken by today's standards. What's next? Bertille to tell us about youth football? Give some young upcoming coaches some airtime too nah...Everything Gally say MUST make news, be printed and reproduced for wider viewing? Steups.
The way this country going he might even get a state funeral when he passes. As a country we continue to grasp at straws.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Flex on November 04, 2017, 05:32:35 AM
Lawrence aims to conquer Caribbean.
By Jonathon Matouk (Guardian).


T&T men’s football head coach, Dennis Lawrence was in a confident mood during his pre-match press conference at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, yesterday. Lawrence identified the two upcoming regional friendlies against Grenada and Guyana, which will occur on the 11th and 14th of this month respectively, as a perfect opportunity for the team to finish the year on a positive note.

The purpose of the two games he said, is for T&T to begin the process of conquering the Caribbean.

“Until we can conquer the Caribbean again, I will welcome any Caribbean team as an opponent, and these are two good teams so I look forward to the games”.

‘Tallest” alluded to the fact that it will be a great opportunity to give some of the players that missed out on World Cup qualifying action, a chance to prove themselves moving forward.

In response to a few notable exclusions in the team, he affirmed that those players who were not called up for the matches would still be in his plan moving forward.

Apart from focusing on the matches itself, he focused on the long-term development of the team.

One area of concern addressed was that of assistant coach Sol Campbell’s status with the team moving forward.

Lawrence said that the TTFA will try to find a resolution to Campbell’s current contract, which states that he only needs to be available for World Cup qualifying campaign matches, but he pointed out that to do the job he should be living in Trinidad.

Campbell currently resides in England, which could create problems moving forward.

When alluding to the future development of the football program, he identified the home for football as a key platform.

“The home for football will hopefully serve as a platform for the team in terms of training sessions, coach meetings, nutritional balance, match analysis, and everything which needs to be instilled for success,” he said.

According to Lawrence, the TTFA will also hopefully announce something that is happening with the youth team that he said will be a fantastic opportunity for the development of the program.

In addition to the two matches, the TTFA confirmed that a third match will be added to the program.

It will feature the national under-20 women’s team playing against a select team from the senior women and the under-17 team dubbed the President’s Eleven.

The match will take place at 4 pm prior to the senior men’s match against Grenada.

T&T’S LAST MATCH AGAINST GRENADA:

T&T 2 - 2 Grenada
April 29, 2017
St Georges, Guyana
International Friendly

T&T’S LAST MATCH AGAINST GRENADA IN T&T

T&T 2 - 0 Grenada
April 26, 2008
Macoya
International Friendly

T&T’S LAST MATCH AGAINST GUYANA

T&T 3 - 0 Guyana
November 15, 2011
PoS (forfeited match)
T&T 1 - 2 Guyana
November 11, 2011
St Georges

*Both matches were FIFA World Cup 2014 Preliminary Competition COCACAF Zone qualifying matches.

T&T’S 24-MAN SQUAD FOR THE INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES:

GK – Adrian Foncette, Gregory Ranjtsingh, Glenroy Samuel,

DEF – Sheldon Bateau, Aubrey David, Curtis Gonzales, Triston Hodge, Alvin Jones, Josiah Trimmingham, Kevon Villaroel, Mekeil Williams,

MID – Hashim Arcia, Neil Benjamin, Levi Garcia, Nathaniel Garcia, Kevan George, Nathan Lewis, Jared London, Neveal Hackshaw, Kathon St Hilaire, Kevin Molino,

FWD – Jamille Boatswain, Akeem Roach, Shahdon Winchester.

Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Flex on November 07, 2017, 02:46:30 AM
Lawrence calls for improvement in Pro League, SSFL.
By Joel Bailey (Newsday).


Dennis Lawrence, coach of the Trinidad and Tobago men’s football team, has made a call for improvements, within both the TT Pro League and the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL).

Lawrence was speaking at a media conference at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva on Friday.

Asked about his view on the state of the Pro League, TT’s top domestic football league, Lawrence acknowledged, “I think the League is in a state at the moment (in) that it needs assistance.

“The League is not where it should be, in my view, and I think we’ll like to see that improved. One of the biggest things (affecting) the League at the moment is the funding.

“If we can try and come together, working with the League, working with the TTFA (TT Football Association), if we can try and help in the funding department, that can only improve the League,” Lawrence continued. “If you have a strong League, it helps the national team.”

The ex-national central defender noted, “We need to try somehow or the other to come together to try and improve the Pro League. The people who are working in that League, I’m very sure they’re working very hard, but they need help. The idea is to try and be able to help them (to) improve the Pro League.”

Another local football tournament which have been in the news lately, albeit for the wrong reasons, is the SSFL.

Questioned as to what can serve to improve the competition, Lawrence, the ex-Malick Senior Comprehensive (now Malick Secondary) player, replied, “I think people need to start taking responsibility and recognise that they are students.

“We cannot afford to sacrifice winning by any means necessary. We need to do the right things. These are students and they must remain students, who are allowed to play in a curricular activity, away from school. We cannot afford to lose the focus on that.

“The idea is now for the League to just understand that we need to keep it as a Schools League and not run it as a top professional league. Hopefully, they would get that sorted and that would only help to develop players for the Trinidad and Tobago team.”

Lawrence was appointed as the TT men’s coach in January, but failed to guide the team to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

He admitted, “I think the two games that let us down in that World Cup campaign (were) the Honduras and Panama ones (in September) because, up until Panama, we were still in with a chance to qualify for Russia.”

Lawrence said, “What I would probably do different is try now to see if I can have more contact time with the players. That would be probably the biggest change I would make. The idea now is to put together a programme that will give us that opportunity (so) when competition-time comes around again, we’re ready.”

Recently, football administrator, match commissioner and announcer Wayne Cunningham has been performing duties as the team’s media official.

But he stated, “It’s temporary. Shaun (Fuentes) is still on leave. We have some big events coming up. We should see him back soon, according to what I’m hearing. But I’m just doing what I’m appointed for.

“(I was) asked to be here as the media consultant for various things, with my main focus on the men’s national team. And that’s where it is up to now,” Cunningham ended.

Title: Lawrence supplies football gear
Post by: Tallman on July 19, 2018, 06:42:28 PM
Lawrence supplies football gear, says “I want to create better human beings”
TTFA Media


National senior men’s head coach Dennis Lawrence, is challenging the football team at his alma mater Barataria North Secondary School, to stay focused and disciplined both on and off the field and more gifts will come their way.

The team at Barataria North Secondary received an extra boost towards their training as Lawrence donated footballs to his former school earlier this month. Lawrence, who was part of the T&T senior football team that competed at the 2006 World Cup in Germany, attended the school when it was called Barataria Junior Secondary School.

Among those present to accept the gift from Lawrence were captain Dimitri Gidaree, midfielder Jahquille Phillip, defender Keian Joseph, coach and PE teacher Johan Redhead, acting principal Colette Somarsingh-Phillip and TT Football Association media consultant Wayne Cunningham, another past student of the school. Barataria North will compete in the East Zone senior grade division next season.

Lawrence said the determination being showed by the team encouraged him to help his former school.

“One of the things that stood out to me was the drive by the vice-principal and the ambition of some of the players and the head coach,” Lawrence said.

“We are in a situation now where I want to support in all aspects. I want to create national players for our country and I want to create better human beings and better young adults. These boys have ambition to represent TT at some level, most of them at senior level. I think it is important that myself as an ex student of the school (to help), not just this school but schools across TT – we have to support them.”

Lawrence said he will give more to the school if they conduct themselves properly. “We spoke about discipline, communication and attending classes and we all agreed that we are going to do a contractual agreement.

If these students apply themselves correctly in terms of coming to school on time, coming to school attired properly, attending classes etcetera, I will continue to support them,” Lawrence said.

Lawrence explained he will give more footballs throughout the season if the players show dedication by attending training with a full complement of players.

Somarsingh-Phillip was thankful for the gesture by Lawrence saying, “Our school appreciates this generous gift that you Mr Dennis Lawrence have made towards our boys football team today. We are aware Mr Lawrence, that this gift is really a display of your support towards your alma mater and also a showing of your desire to motivate and uplift our boys football team.”
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: maxg on July 20, 2018, 06:56:10 AM
He for real ?
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: kounty on July 20, 2018, 08:30:17 AM
He for real ?
why not? let all of us individually match it with all of our different conditions and motivations.. how much better it would be!?
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Flex on September 19, 2018, 12:54:58 AM
Lawrence to feature at FIFA Conference.
TTFA Media.


Trinidad and Tobago Senior Men’s Head Coach Dennis Lawrence will represent the Concacaf Confederation on a five-person panel to discuss the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018. This is a feature event of a special conference hosted by football’s governing body on September 23 in London, which will sum up the results of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.

Lawrence and Technical Director Anton Corneal will be amongst the head coaches and technical directors of all 211 member associations, as well as the technical experts of all six confederations, who were invited by FIFA to the conference, which aims to analyse the FIFA World Cup from a technical and tactical point of view, identify trends and compare the main findings with previous editions of the FIFA World Cup based on the report by FIFA’s Technical Study Group (TSG) and assess the impact of VAR on the game.

The other participants in the special panel will be Gareth Southgate (Coach of England), Tite (Coach of Brazil), Aliou Cisse (Coach of Senegal) and Juan Antonio Pizzi (Coach of Saudi Arabia). The discussion will be moderated by ex- players Clarence Seedorf (Netherlands) and Alex Scott (England)

“It is indeed an honour and privilege to be in this illustrious group of coaches but it’s also good for Trinidad and Tobago as we would be front and centre on the world stage once more” Lawrence told TTFA Media. “For me, this is another learning experience which will serve us well as we aim to take Trinidad and Tobago Football forward on and off the pitch. The knowledge which will be gained from this conference could only be helpful and it’s up to us to apply said knowledge in ways which will benefit our football” added the Head Coach.

The FIFA website has indicated that World Cup winning coach Didier Deschamps will share his view on France’s path to glory at the Conference in London.

Besides Deschamps and Southgate, the other FIFA World Cup semi-finalist coaches Croatia’s Zlatko Dalic and Belgium’s Roberto Martinez as well as Russia’s Stanislav Cherchesov and 2014 FIFA World Cup champion manager Joachim Low have registered for the conference. More than 140 coaches have already signed up and the list is set to increase.

“I obviously responded favourably to FIFA’s invitation as soon as it was received,” said Deschamps. “This kind of meeting is always a privileged moment to see my colleagues from other nations and share our experiences. I have always felt the utmost respect for all of them and our title of world champions will not change that point of view.”

T&T Technical Director Corneal also sees tremendous benefits coming out of the conference, “This will give us an idea of all the new trends that you see happening in the game today and allow us to analyse them and the effects, such as the VAR. We will also take a look at the preparation of players coming off long domestic seasons and this will be done region by region, so we will be interested in the comparisons.” Corneal expressed to TTFA Media.

The TD will be in a dual role at the gathering as a FIFA Technical expert and intends to garner the information from the conference with a view of sharing with coaches locally and regionally, paying special attention to goals scored and where they came from and the role of key players throughout the tournament.

Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Flex on September 26, 2018, 12:46:24 AM
Lawrence featured in review of FIFA Conference.
TTFA media.


Trinidad and Tobago head coach Dennis Lawrence was featured in a FIFA TV review titled “Coaches of the World United” following last weekend’s FIFA Football Conference in London during which a thorough review and analysis of the 2018 World Cup in Russia as done. Featuring in the clip was FIFA President Gianni Infantino, France World Cup winning coach Didier Deschamps. England manager Gareth Southgate, Germany’s Joachim Low, Spain’s Luis Enrique, Belgium’s Rpberto Martinez, Iran’s Carlos Queroz and head of FIFA Technical Study Group, Carlos Alberto Perreira.

While on stage for a panel discussion which lasted just around 90 minutes, Lawrence had to speak on trends he observed during the World Cup and how it would affect CONCACAF in the future.

“I think when we look back over a few years, a lot of the emphasis was on pressing the ball high up the pitch, stopping the opposition from playing out of the back. I think in this World Cup a lot of the teams decided to drop a bit deeper and start their line of confrontation and allow the team to stay compact,” Lawrence said.

At the end of the event, some of the participants shared their thoughts and experiences and stressed the importance of holding gatherings of this nature, which bring together the football family and leave room for reflective analysis.Attendees also held working sessions and discussed topics such as the number of goals scored in Russia, corners are taken, the number made from outside the area and the relationship between penalties awarded and marked, among other details.

Nearly 200 member associations were represented at the FIFA Football Conference
On the agenda was an analysis of the prevalent tactics and trends at Russia 2018 while some of the coaches in attendance gave their opinion on the event and its findings

“It’s very important to hold events like this. It gives us access to analysis carried out by highly experienced coaches and figures, which will undoubtedly be of great use to us. It’s also a fantastic opportunity to spend a bit of time with other coaches, because, normally, when we see each other for a match, we don’t have much time, whereas at an event like this one we can relate to each other better,” said France’s Deschamps.

Title: A NOTE TO DENNIS LAWRENCE
Post by: pull stones on October 17, 2018, 12:24:46 PM
Good day mr lawrence.

i am hoping that you visit this site from time to time to see what's taking place in the world of football or maybe even what's taking place domestically. i know i do, and i am extremely happy to have such a valuable asset and a constant flow of information at my disposal thanks to flex and tallman, god bless these guys.

my reason for penning this letter is because of a particular concern i have with our goal keeping situation. i remember watching you on our road to south africa campaign when you were there playing along side mr marvin phillip so i know you're very familiar with his capabilities both pro and cons, and my question would be to you, since the blind could see that mr phillip is such an inconsistent custodian why do you continue with him when we have much better options?

i know marchan may not be one for the future as well as the many other young talents coming out of the pro and super league, but by golly why not actually give greg ranjitsingh a chance before canada does the unthinkable and snatch up this promising custodian?

i've never seen this goalie in person, but i have watched a couple of his games and his stats also give credence that he is a worthy opponent, so why pussy foot and linger with this player?

IMO marvin phillip is done and washed up and would never be a top notch goal keeper. just remember the most successful teams have two things in common, a prolific goal scorer or two, and a solid nerves of steel goal keeper, and we saw this in the last campaign with navas.

the USA lost out on the world cup to us because tim howard was washed up and had lost a step or two. and we know all too well that there was absolutely no way those goals were going in vs a younger tim howard a keeper we've never had the privilege of scoring on until that faithful night. there was also no way those two goals were scoring on navas or loris, especially the second goal. we saw it when we went to costa rica how navas tended goal like his life was on the line.

we all know marvin is a capable goal keep, but not capable enough as a first choice international custodian, and even if you may not feel the same about greg, then please do find another goalie that has what it takes to keep us in contention because IMO marvin should be given his leave and a nice gold watch thanking him for his services.

come on dennis, we could do much better than marvin phillip, why not give greg ranjitsingh a chance just for the hell of it.

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Title: Re: A NOTE TO DENNIS LAWRENCE
Post by: pull stones on October 18, 2018, 11:07:26 AM
Am I the only one disturbed by the fact that Marvin Phillips is still a main stay goalie on our national team? this man is known for leaking some soft text book goals while saving the difficult ones and this has been happening for over a decade, case and point the soft goal he allowed on sunday.

this guy is 35 yrs old, it’s time for Marvin to call it a day on international football. give Greg a shot.
Title: Re: A NOTE TO DENNIS LAWRENCE
Post by: soccerman on October 18, 2018, 12:16:51 PM
No you're not. I'm puzzled as to how Greg hasn't been called into any friendlies yet when he's consistently playing at a higher level than our other gk's, this is the time to evaluate players not during GC.
Then again, I know the federation broke and it presents a challenge during friendlies but I know DL will benefit from playing 2 games during int'l break even if one of the games is an unofficial friendly against a club or U23's in the countries we visit. This way he can get a better look at the fringe players who don't get much playing time so he can evaluate them to see if they're capable of executing his tactics. Then he knows if to bring them back or identify other players. I saw a guy came off the bench in the 90th minute of the last friendly, how does the coach know if he's capable?
Title: Re: A NOTE TO DENNIS LAWRENCE
Post by: pull stones on October 18, 2018, 06:28:58 PM
No you're not. I'm puzzled as to how Greg hasn't been called into any friendlies yet when he's consistently playing at a higher level than our other gk's, this is the time to evaluate players not during GC.
Then again, I know the federation broke and it presents a challenge during friendlies but I know DL will benefit from playing 2 games during int'l break even if one of the games is an unofficial friendly against a club or U23's in the countries we visit. This way he can get a better look at the fringe players who don't get much playing time so he can evaluate them to see if they're capable of executing his tactics. Then he knows if to bring them back or identify other players. I saw a guy came off the bench in the 90th minute of the last friendly, how does the coach know if he's capable?
i feel you. as much as i like lawrence and wants to see him continue because i don't think we will get anywhere by changing coaches on a consistent basis when they don't live up to our expectations, he also has to make wise decisions and continuing with marvin phillips and even to some extent adrian foncete is a bit challenging and ridiculous, though foncete is acceptable phillips is certainly not.

these lads are not serious and so too is the whole football fraternity in TT. they have to start biting the bullet from now if there's to be any success in the game, just imagine a player hitsting his stride at 28 and 29 ala (cummings, nathan lewis and boatswain) this is totally absurd, in the UK if a player doesn't blossom and bloom by 24 then is good bye to all things international and hello league one. they can't be serious about football in trinidad and tobago, they just can't.

Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Flex on October 22, 2018, 03:41:16 AM
Football for a Cause.
TTFA Media.


Dennis and Friends come together for football match in aid of flood victims

In a concerted effort to provide support and assistance to citizens who have suffered in parts of Trinidad and Tobago due to the disastrous flooding over the past couple days, a group of former National footballers and sporting enthusiasts have joined together to host a fundraiser for flood victims.

“Dennis Lawrence and Friends” led by current National Senior Team head coach and player whose goal took T&T to the Germany 2006 World Cup Finals, will be staging a charity football match on Friday 26th, October at a venue to be announced.

Right now the event is in its planning stages and any interested parties are welcomed to join.

“We’ve decided to come together for the cause because it’s hit home and touched a lot of us. It is unimaginable to see our own people having to go through this kind of experience that they’ve had to over the past two days. People are stranded, they are suffering and they need us now, We will use the power of sport and football to make our contribution,” Lawrence said.

“What we’ve done is gotten a group of former national players from the Strike squad come right up, including a few of my teammates from the 2006 squad to come together to put on the game and we have a few local personalities and celebrities who have come on board as well. And whoever else is interested in being part of this drive and can offer assistance, you are all welcomed at this time,” said the former Defence Force man.

“You don’t need to be a footballer, contributions of any kind will be accepted because it’s all going to the victims.”

All Proceeds from the event will go towards flood victims. Further details on the event will be forthcoming over the next couple days. Interested persons can contact 720 4188, 352 0729 or 681 5429.

Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Tallman on October 22, 2018, 06:40:44 PM
Stars Line up for Friday’s “Football for a Cause” relief match at Hasely Crawford Stadium
TTFA Media


The interest continues to grow towards Friday’s “Football for a Cause” flood relief football match hosted by Dennis Lawrence and Friends. The match takes place at the Hasely Crawford Stadium with a kick off time of 7:30pm.

Several of this country’s top national team players of the past as well as guest personalities have made themselves available to participate in the match including Kenwyne Jones, Stern John, Cyd Gray, Lawrence, Arnold Dwarika, Gary Glasgow, Ansil Alcock, Anthony Wolfe, Clayton Ince, Clint Marcelle, Wesley Webb, Kevin Ollivierre and Earl Jean. Among those from the Strike Squad era who will line up include Michael Maurice, Floyd Lawrence, Clayton Morris, Marvin Faustin, Larry Joseph, Hutson Charles, Kerry Jameson and Brian Williams along with Russell Munroe, Adarryl John and Keyeno Thomas. Some of this country’s women footballers will also be on show including Tasha St Louis, Mariah Shade, Janine Francois, Ayanna Russell and Karyn Forbes among others as well as Netball personalities Anika La Roche-Brice, Tia Bruno, Fiona Holder and Sue Anne Cordner and cricketer Kevon Cooper.

Other local sporting bodies have also accepted the invitation to join in support including Cricket, NAAA, Swimming Association, Rugby, Netball and Volleyball.

Maximus Dan and Ultimate Rejects are also on board to provide entertainment on the night.

Former Trinidad and Tobago topscorer John, currently a National Team assistant coach added, “The response has been very encouraging so far. It’s all for a great cause and we’re gathering any amount of support that we can to reach people as far and wide as possible. I know a lot of the guys are really looking forward to the event and the match to come out and put on a good show of football and humanity for our fellow citizens.”

Tickets for the match can be purchased at the venue on the day and patrons are encouraged to contribute items at the venue (on gameday only) or any of the Healthnet Locations nationwide at Saddle Road in Maraval, Eastern Main Road, Barataria, Eastern Main Road in Tacarigua, Munroe Road, Cunupia, JTA Plaza in Couva and South Coast at Princess Margaret street in San Fernando as well at Lounge 63 on Ariapita Avenue between now and Saturday.

https://www.youtube.com/v/PIkurCPKxwo
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Flex on December 03, 2018, 01:34:37 AM
Lawrence calls for discipline among youths.
By Joel Julien (Guardian).


Ded­i­ca­tion, de­ter­mi­na­tion, and dis­ci­pline are the three traits nec­es­sary to be suc­cess­ful in life, the head coach of the T&T Men's Na­tion­al Se­nior Foot­ball team Den­nis Lawrence point­ed out to the young foot­ballers from the Mor­vant area. How­ev­er, he stressed that of all these dis­ci­pline is the key.

He made the state­ments dur­ing the Church on the Rock Foot­ball Awards cer­e­mo­ny held in Mor­vant on Fri­day night as he chal­lenged the young foot­ballers to turn the neg­a­tives in their lives in­to pos­i­tives be­cause as a young­ster he left school at age 15.

"I didn't have the op­por­tu­ni­ty to play in the Sec­ondary Schools Foot­ball league, I played 12 min­utes in the In­ter­col, that was it, 12 min­utes," he said.

"I was told by the coach at the time that you will nev­er make it in foot­ball be­cause you're too small, these were the things that were told to me," Lawrence said.

At age 17 Lawrence said he got his first job work­ing at a su­per­mar­ket for $135 a week.

He stayed there for four years while al­so play­ing foot­ball for Cale­do­nia AIA.

Lawrence even­tu­al­ly left that job when he got in­to the Trinidad and To­ba­go De­fence Force.

Af­ter spend­ing four years in the TTDF he went to the Unit­ed King­dom to play foot­ball.

And at age 24 Lawrence fi­nal­ly got his first chance at play­ing for the T&T Se­nior Men's Foot­ball team and wore the na­tion­al colours 89 times.

The lanky de­fend­er point­ed out to the gath­er­ing that among those ap­pear­ances were the World Cup fi­nals in Ger­many in 2006. In fact, it was his goal against Bahrain in the away match on No­vem­ber 15, 2005, that qual­i­fied the So­ca War­riors as one of the 32 fi­nal­ists.

He thanked God and laud­ed his team-mates for that op­por­tu­ni­ty. "What was great about it is I learnt how to change the neg­a­tives to pos­i­tives and make it part of my process," Lawrence said about his jour­ney through life.

He con­tin­ued, "So what I did was every sin­gle time some­body said to me Den­nis you can­not do this, I took it and I showed them that I can. You have to be­lieve in your­self. For me it's you ei­ther win or you learn," he said.

Lawrence ad­vised the young foot­ballers that an im­por­tant part of life is learn­ing to dif­fer­en­ti­ate be­tween "friends and as­so­ciates".

He point­ed out, "It took me a while to un­der­stand the dif­fer­ence be­tween friends and as­so­ciates. Your friends will en­cour­age you to do the right thing," he said. "You need to be able to dif­fer­en­ti­ate them very quick­ly be­cause if you want to achieve things in your life if you want to ac­com­plish things if you want to be part of the process to great things you have to be­come in­de­pen­dent."

The teams ho­n­oured at the cer­e­mo­ny on Fri­day were Mor­vant Foot­ball Acad­e­my, Sha­ka F.C., Mal­ick Sec­ondary School, East Mu­cu­rapo Sec­ondary and Church on the Rock F.C.

Church on the Rock, which is part of the Open Bible Stan­dard Church­es, be­lieves it can utilise foot­ball to help the youth in Mor­vant, se­nior pas­tor Rev. Dr Ben­jamin Agard said.

And as such has placed an em­pha­sis on de­vel­op­ing the sport in the area, he said.

Title: Dennis Lawrence installed as favourite for the Wrexham manager's job
Post by: Tallman on December 04, 2018, 11:41:35 AM
Dennis Lawrence installed as favourite for the Wrexham manager's job
By Dan Heald (the Leader)


The former Reds captain is currently 2/1 with SkyBet and Bet Victor to succeed Sam Ricketts, whose departure for Shrewsbury Town was confirmed by the club on Monday.

Lawrence, who made 198 appearances for the Reds in a five year spell between 2001-2006, has been slashed from odds of 8-1 to take the role.

Currently in charge of his native Trinidad and Tobago, the 44-year-old has moved ahead of current assistant manager Graham Barrow whose odds are currently 3/1.

The two coaches have worked together previously at both Wigan and Everton under Roberto Martinez.

Club officials have assured fans that they will move swiftly to fill the managerial vacancy, with a slew of other potential candidates available at longers odds.

A statement issued following Ricketts' exit said: "Wrexham AFC are in a strong position after 22 league games of the 2018-19 season. We would like to thank Sam for his efforts and for the work he did while at the football club.

“We are fully focused on further improving upon this situation going forward.

"Wrexham AFC have already begun the process to appoint Sam’s successor with Graham Barrow taking charge of the first team on an interim basis.

“We will make further announcements regarding this matter as soon as possible.”

Recently-sacked Shrewsbury boss John Askey is available at 6/1, with the likes of Kevin Nolan and former Reds striker Andy Morrell priced at 8/1.

Darren Ferguson is another ex-Red in the running, with former Ebbsfleet boss Daryl McMahon available at the same price of 12/1.

A wealth of experienced managers comprise the mid-market options, with Russell Slade (14/1), Phil Brown (16/1) and Gary Bowyer (16/1) all in the running.

Outsiders for the role include the more youthful Craig Bellamy and Harry Kewell (both 20/1), while Ian Holloway, Owen Coyle and Russell Wilcox available at a healthy 25/1 price.

Wrexham will hold a press conference on Friday morning to provide further updates ahead of their home clash with Eastleigh.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on December 04, 2018, 01:13:06 PM
 :)
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Cocorite on December 04, 2018, 03:02:06 PM
Wow! Didn't expect that.
Let's wait and see what happens.

If he is offered and accepts, well . . .

For T&T back to instability . . .under current TTFA leadership
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on December 04, 2018, 03:28:18 PM
Wow! Didn't expect that.
Let's wait and see what happens.

If he is offered and accepts, well . . .

For T&T back to instability . . .under current TTFA leadership


What you think will happen?
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Controversial on December 04, 2018, 03:47:58 PM
Dennis Lawrence installed as favourite for the Wrexham manager's job
By Dan Heald (the Leader)


The former Reds captain is currently 2/1 with SkyBet and Bet Victor to succeed Sam Ricketts, whose departure for Shrewsbury Town was confirmed by the club on Monday.

Lawrence, who made 198 appearances for the Reds in a five year spell between 2001-2006, has been slashed from odds of 8-1 to take the role.

Currently in charge of his native Trinidad and Tobago, the 44-year-old has moved ahead of current assistant manager Graham Barrow whose odds are currently 3/1.

The two coaches have worked together previously at both Wigan and Everton under Roberto Martinez.

Club officials have assured fans that they will move swiftly to fill the managerial vacancy, with a slew of other potential candidates available at longers odds.

A statement issued following Ricketts' exit said: "Wrexham AFC are in a strong position after 22 league games of the 2018-19 season. We would like to thank Sam for his efforts and for the work he did while at the football club.

“We are fully focused on further improving upon this situation going forward.

"Wrexham AFC have already begun the process to appoint Sam’s successor with Graham Barrow taking charge of the first team on an interim basis.

“We will make further announcements regarding this matter as soon as possible.”

Recently-sacked Shrewsbury boss John Askey is available at 6/1, with the likes of Kevin Nolan and former Reds striker Andy Morrell priced at 8/1.

Darren Ferguson is another ex-Red in the running, with former Ebbsfleet boss Daryl McMahon available at the same price of 12/1.

A wealth of experienced managers comprise the mid-market options, with Russell Slade (14/1), Phil Brown (16/1) and Gary Bowyer (16/1) all in the running.

Outsiders for the role include the more youthful Craig Bellamy and Harry Kewell (both 20/1), while Ian Holloway, Owen Coyle and Russell Wilcox available at a healthy 25/1 price.

Wrexham will hold a press conference on Friday morning to provide further updates ahead of their home clash with Eastleigh.

Christmas come early lol good news for TT football, next is djw, hopefully...
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Controversial on December 04, 2018, 03:49:53 PM
Wow! Didn't expect that.
Let's wait and see what happens.

If he is offered and accepts, well . . .

For T&T back to instability . . .under current TTFA leadership


What you think will happen?

Removing stooges translates to stability, instability is having these yes men around longer
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: congo on December 04, 2018, 04:31:28 PM
Your national team coach about to be poached by a team playing in the conference. Laughable.

We really need to stop pretending we are anything in football.

Are they suppose to pay compensation if they take DL? Can they even afford it?

Does that mean that we should look for our next coach in the league 2 and conferences of the world. Is that our true level? Seriously asking
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: soccerman on December 04, 2018, 04:35:58 PM
Good for him if he gets it, he'll develop from the day to day consistent duties and responsibilities of a manager, dealing with players and decision making. That type of experience is essential for a NT coach iMO. He'll most likely be getting paid on time as well.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Cocorite on December 04, 2018, 05:12:08 PM
Wow! Didn't expect that.
Let's wait and see what happens.

If he is offered and accepts, well . . .

For T&T back to instability . . .under current TTFA leadership


What you think will happen?

Under current Administration? The likes of Tom Saintfiet . . .Shabazz
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Flex on December 05, 2018, 01:51:01 AM
T&T may lose Lawrence to Wrexham.
The Leader.


T&T se­nior men's foot­ball team pro­gramme may face a se­ri­ous set back if Wrex­ham Foot­ball Club in the Unit­ed King­dom gets its wish to lure and sign T&T coach Den­nis Lawrence. Re­ports out in the Unit­ed King­dom press sug­gests that coach Lawrence has emerged as the book­mak­ers’ favourite to be in­stalled as the next per­ma­nent Wrex­ham man­ag­er.

How­ev­er, a source close to the TTFA said that Lawrence has un­fin­ished busi­ness with the So­ca War­riors and the chances of him sign­ing for the Wrex­ham job is very, very slim and not in his fu­ture plans. T&T has no games sched­uled un­til Feb­ru­ary and af­ter that, the team's fo­cus is on the Gold Cup in mid-year.

Ef­forts to con­tact Lawrence for a state­ment proved fu­tile.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port Lawrence, the for­mer Reds cap­tain is cur­rent­ly 2/1 with Sky­Bet and Bet Vic­tor to suc­ceed Sam Rick­etts, whose de­par­ture for Shrews­bury Town was con­firmed by the club on Mon­day.

Lawrence, who made 198 ap­pear­ances for the Reds in a five-year spell be­tween 2001-2006, has been slashed from odds of 8-1 to take the role.

Cur­rent­ly, in charge of his na­tive T&T, the 44-year-old has moved ahead of cur­rent as­sis­tant man­ag­er Gra­ham Bar­row whose odds are cur­rent­ly 3/1.

The two coach­es have worked to­geth­er pre­vi­ous­ly at both Wigan and Ever­ton un­der Rober­to Mar­tinez.

Club of­fi­cials have as­sured fans that they will move swift­ly to fill the man­age­r­i­al va­can­cy, with a slew of oth­er po­ten­tial can­di­dates avail­able at longers odds.

A state­ment is­sued fol­low­ing Rick­etts’ ex­it said: “Wrex­ham AFC is in a strong po­si­tion af­ter 22 league games of the 2018-19 sea­son. We would like to thank Sam for his ef­forts and for the work he did while at the foot­ball club.

“We are ful­ly fo­cused on fur­ther im­prov­ing up­on this sit­u­a­tion go­ing for­ward.

“Wrex­ham AFC have al­ready be­gun the process to ap­point Sam’s suc­ces­sor with Gra­ham Bar­row tak­ing charge of the first team on an in­ter­im ba­sis.

“We will make fur­ther an­nounce­ments re­gard­ing this mat­ter as soon as pos­si­ble.”

Re­cent­ly-sacked Shrews­bury boss John Askey is avail­able at 6/1, with the likes of Kevin Nolan and for­mer Reds strik­er Andy Mor­rell priced at 8/1.

Dar­ren Fer­gu­son is an­oth­er ex-Red in the run­ning, with for­mer Ebb­s­fleet boss Daryl McMa­hon avail­able at the same price of 12/1.

A wealth of ex­pe­ri­enced man­agers com­prise the mid-mar­ket op­tions, with Rus­sell Slade (14/1), Phil Brown (16/1) and Gary Bowyer (16/1) all in the run­ning.

Out­siders for the role in­clude the more youth­ful Craig Bel­lamy and Har­ry Kewell (both 20/1), while Ian Hol­loway, Owen Coyle and Rus­sell Wilcox avail­able at a healthy 25/1 price.

Wrex­ham will hold a press con­fer­ence on Fri­day morn­ing to pro­vide fur­ther up­dates ahead of their home clash with East­leigh.

Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: maxg on December 05, 2018, 02:24:05 AM
Hype ? Or just Tan-ta-na
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Deeks on December 05, 2018, 07:59:24 AM
Hype ? Or just Tan-ta-na


Hype.
Title: TTFA Statement on Lawrence’s link to Wrexham job
Post by: Tallman on December 05, 2018, 04:13:43 PM
TTFA Statement on Lawrence’s link to Wrexham job
TTFA Media


The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association has taken note of the contents of reports emanating out of Wrexham, Wales indicating that National Senior Men’s Team head coach Mr Dennis Lawrence is a leading candidate to take up the manager’s role at his former club.

The TTFA wishes to state that it has no intentions of allowing its current employee, Mr Lawrence, to engage in discussions with the club regarding the possibilities of a move and a subsequent step down from his position as Head Coach of the Men’s Senior National Team. The FA has engaged in discussions with Mr Lawrence on this matter and is pleased to have his understanding and cooperation.

Wrexham is at present taking steps towards  an appointment and Lawrence is currently odds on with BetVictor to be the latest to take the position.

Lawrence, who made 198 appearances for the Reds in a five year spell between 2001-2006, is currently ahead of assistant manager Graham Barrow, whose odds are currently 16/1.Other potential candidates include John Barnes (6/1), John Askey, who Ricketts has replaced at Shrewsbury, at 8/1, Darren Ferguson and Dave Challinor (16/1), Kevin Nolan and Andy Morrell (20/1).Other notable names linked include Craig Bellamy and Harry Kewell (25/1), Brian McDermott and Ian Holloway (33/1).
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on December 05, 2018, 05:17:25 PM
Never thought I would see the day a TTFA media release referenced gambling ratios.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Deeks on December 05, 2018, 06:21:32 PM
Never thought I would see the day a TTFA media release referenced gambling ratios.

You know they more than likely cut and paste from a Brit. newspaper.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on December 05, 2018, 10:53:44 PM
Never thought I would see the day a TTFA media release referenced gambling ratios.

You know they more than likely cut and paste from a Brit. newspaper.

Resonates the same elsewhere.

"Slightly bizarrely for a national football association, they also give a quick break down of the current betting odds for the job, including other potential candidates."

http://www.wrexham.com/news/reds-managerial-favourite-big-dennis-lawrence-ruled-out-by-trinidad-and-tobago-fa-160122.html
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: maxg on December 06, 2018, 01:01:37 AM
Hype ? Or just Tan-ta-na


Hype.
and Tan-ta- na.. as if they really care.and Contro buy cat in bag like Stevie Wonder
http://guardian.co.tt/sports/lawrence-stays-put-as-soca-warriors-coach-6.2.730730.43f9be9968
Title: Wrexham's Graham Barrow would relish Dennis Lawrence reunion
Post by: Tallman on December 09, 2018, 07:39:26 PM
Wrexham's Graham Barrow would relish Dennis Lawrence reunion
bbc.com


Wrexham assistant manager Graham Barrow says it would be "fantastic" to work with Dennis Lawrence again.

The national league side are without a manager following the departure of Sam Ricketts, but Trinidad and Tobago coach Lawrence has been told he cannot talk to Wrexham about the job.

Barrow and Lawrence worked together at Wigan Athletic with manager Roberto Martinez.

"We got on really well and became very good friends," said Barrow.

He admitted he almost went to Trinidad and Tobago with Lawrence when he was appointed head coach last year.

"I did think we would get together again at some stage," said Barrow.

Lawrence played 198 games for Wrexham and is among bookmakers' favourites to replace Ricketts.

Speaking of their time together at Wigan, Barrow said "it was a surprise partnership" and described them as "the unlikely lads".

Barrow added: "I'd be fine working with him.

"I'm sure it would be a good working relationship because it's all about respect in this game and he's got the same respect for me as I have for him.

"We have a good rapport about the game, it would be fantastic for me, but we'll have to wait and see."

Amid speculation of who will become the new manager, Barrow says his immediate focus was on results.

"I just said to the board I wanted to get on with the games and after Tuesday we'll sit down and talk to see what they're up to.

"They have a knack here of picking managers here. This is a big club with so much to offer."

Under Barrow's guidance, Wrexham beat Eastleigh 2-0 on Saturday and go to Newport in an FA Cup second-round reply on Tuesday.

The winners of the all-Welsh tie play Leicester City in the third round from 4-7 January.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Flex on December 11, 2018, 02:59:38 AM
DJW asks board to offer Lawrence contract extension; members object to email procedure.
By Lasana Liburd (Wired868).


Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president David John-Williams has allegedly asked the local football board to approve a new contract for Soca Warriors head coach Dennis Lawrence.

Lawrence, who took up the National Senior Team post in January 2017, will be out of contract on 31 January 2019; and, on Tuesday, he emerged as the top candidate for the vacant managerial position at Welsh club, Wrexham AFC, which competes a rung below England League Two in the National League.

On Wednesday, the TTFA issued a release stating that “it has no intentions of allowing its current employee, Mr Lawrence, to engage in discussions with [Wrexham] regarding the possibilities of a move” and indicated that Lawrence was “pleased” with its position on the matter.

The missive was unsigned but is believed to have been made by John-Williams. Two days later, the football president finally involved the board in a discussion on the Warriors head coach—and it involved two sentences, sent individually to each member.

“As you are aware [Wrexham] are trying to lure our coach to be their manager,” stated John-Wiliams, in an email. “I am kindly seeking your approval to extend his and his staff’s contracts by two and a half years with the same terms and conditions in the circumstances.”

The proposed extension would mean that Lawrence will remain in charge until near the end of Trinidad and Tobago’s Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign. Remarkably if he were to see out such an contract, Lawrence would become the longest serving head coach in Trinidad and Tobago’s football history.

Only Conrad Braithwaite (1965-67), Zoran Vranes (1994-96), Bertille St Clair (1997-2000) and Stephen Hart (2013-16) are recorded to have lasted more than two consecutive years on the job.

However, TTFA board member Keith Look Loy was displeased that John-Williams, his approach to the board, did not inform his colleagues of the value of Lawrence’s contract or the yardstick by which his performances as coach were to be judged.

And, more to the point, he was aghast that the football president would again try to appoint a head coach by email, just two months after the confusion caused by a similar attempt to select Shawn Cooper as Women’s National Senior Team head coach.

“This is a major decision that requires careful collective consideration of many factors,” stated Look Loy, in an email sent to the entire board. “I caution you to proceed very carefully with this matter, and to call a meeting of the board to discuss this, which would be a major financial commitment by the TTFA—not to mention the technical considerations.”

Fellow board member Collin Partap, who represents the Central Football Association (CFA), echoed Look Loy’s position.

“Dear Mr President, please let us have a special board meeting to discuss this issue of an extension,” stated Partap. “This is a multi-year deal and I think it would be wise to first do a performance appraisal before we discuss this extension. This will tie into whatever plan we have to put Trinidad and Tobago back on the world stage, i.e. World Cup 2022.

“A decision like this cannot be made via email round robin; it is too important.”

Another board member, Pro League CEO Julia Baptiste, said she believed Lawrence deserved an extension but felt it should not be done via email.

“My personal belief is that Mr Lawrence should be given an extension,” stated Baptiste. “However, despite that, I also believe that it is a matter for the board of directors and should be ventilated at that forum before a final decision is made.”

Look Loy, whose FC Santa Rosa club have moved a motion of no confidence in the football president, described John-Williams’ approach to the board over his head coach as another example of his poor leadership.

“This is a multi-million dollar decision that cannot be taken by email from individuals,” said Look Loy. “I don’t what [Lawrence] is making and what are the terms; but you want me to say ‘yes’ by email for a multi-million dollar decision?

“He did not even copy the entire board into the email; he sent it to each member individually. So there was no attempt to even have the most minimal discussion. That is leadership as far as he is concerned and it is ridiculous.”

With the TTFA struggling financially and facing several High Court suits over its failure to satisfy employment contracts, Look Loy urged John-Williams to take a collaborative approach and avoid doing more harm to the local game.

“This is how we end up in problems,” said Look Loy. “We go and make an agreement with someone, we don’t know if we can pay him; and then we end up in problems. The issue here is how we go about our business.

“We need to have a full discussion, we need to have an analysis [of the situation]. But in the jaws of a motion to remove you, you are still moving like you don’t care.

“I am going to be raising it at the reconvened AGM [on Sunday]. This is not leadership.”

John-Williams is likely to be fighting for his own job on Sunday, with a no confidence motion among the tabled items at the TTFA’s reconvened AGM.

Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Tallman on January 17, 2019, 06:22:00 PM
WATCH: Head Coach Dennis Lawrence talks about his tenure so far with the Men's Senior Team
https://www.tv6tnt.com/news/7pmnews/dennis-lawrence-on-tenure/article_24ef641c-1aa7-11e9-a6cf-ab95362b1271.html
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Deeks on June 03, 2019, 08:54:31 PM
Somebody what’s app me with a message saying tha DL going to ManU to be a youth coach after the GC. Is this rumour or what?
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: soccerman on June 04, 2019, 07:57:28 AM
Somebody what’s app me with a message saying tha DL going to ManU to be a youth coach after the GC. Is this rumour or what?
I got the same thing, I think it's a rumor.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Deeks on June 04, 2019, 08:32:22 AM
Somebody what’s app me with a message saying tha DL going to ManU to be a youth coach after the GC. Is this rumour or what?
I got the same thing, I think it's a rumor.

Yes, the person who relay it to me, told me is fake news.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on June 05, 2019, 11:21:32 PM
4-2-3-1

4-3-2-1 or 4-3-1-2 depending on the circumstances and with a defined interpretation of how and where the '2' move as a unit. Yeah, there will be defensive concerns to be considered regarding width but those are not immensely different from what  we are facing now. Don't necessarily think of the '3' as flat, but as being arced (and it can be arced like a 'u' ish or a 'n' ish depending on the moment in the game).

This may also offer a way of getting Khaleem to the area of the pitch where he's a natural at troubling GKs?

Lots of attacking benefits even if we only get them on counters.



Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: lefty on June 06, 2019, 11:14:21 AM
Doh know nah...being ah advocate for "stretchin d pitch" not a big fan on "narrow" formations especially since I feel levi and or joevin can have plenty joy makin late runs unto diagonal passes behind defenses or into the d box via d cutback zone...also think molino might make ah better false 9, if we really considering dat route....doh feel levi have d um ... awareness for dat role
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on June 06, 2019, 11:28:29 AM
Two way game.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on June 06, 2019, 01:04:25 PM
Doh know nah...being ah advocate for "stretchin d pitch" not a big fan on "narrow" formations especially since I feel levi and or joevin can have plenty joy makin late runs unto diagonal passes behind defenses or into the d box via d cutback zone...also think molino might make ah better false 9, if we really considering dat route....doh feel levi have d um ... awareness for dat role

Our football (club included) needs to be more mature than merely exploiting speed and pace and chasing balls. The thing that we need to bring into our DNA is positional play. Not referring to positional discipline but to moving the ball without it necessarily always having to be in advance of us yet the ball and the team still manage to work progressively to the opposing goal. We have lots of speed and pace but it doesn't translate into foregone conclusions.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: lefty on June 06, 2019, 05:28:48 PM
Doh know nah...being ah advocate for "stretchin d pitch" not a big fan on "narrow" formations especially since I feel levi and or joevin can have plenty joy makin late runs unto diagonal passes behind defenses or into the d box via d cutback zone...also think molino might make ah better false 9, if we really considering dat route....doh feel levi have d um ... awareness for dat role

Our football (club included) needs to be more mature than merely exploiting speed and pace and chasing balls. The thing that we need to bring into our DNA is positional play. Not referring to positional discipline but to moving the ball without it necessarily always having to be in advance of us yet the ball and the team still manage to work progressively to the opposing goal. We have lots of speed and pace but it doesn't translate into foregone conclusions.

agreed.....I am however advocating deploying speed tactically, hence all d zones stretching and angles talk, still though, that would require players to execute on a level higher "than kick d ball so" "chase d ball dey" again it requires positional and tactical awareness not limited understanding how to break lines as well as playing between them aaaaanddd most importantly opposition research.....real opposition research, possible exploits threats etc
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on June 18, 2019, 04:07:18 AM
Just viewed Dennis and Leston Paul's presentation to the media regarding the match today.

Kudos to Dennis. His messaging is really good to impressive. With the right magic on the field, DL is going places as his own man. No doubt.

I like the tone he has set. Today we will see how the deliverables fare when the rubber meets the road, but it appears he has set an appropriate psychological frame for the squad.

If we use tradition as a guide, it would appear that LP is among the starting XI.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Cocorite on June 18, 2019, 10:53:35 AM
Ok Seeker,

Ah see yuh doh sleep. A tort I was alone with dat.

What was it that you saw in DL's tone and words to frame a fitting atmosphere?

Wah yus seein that separates DL as his own man, doy?

Just want to see it too, nah ;D
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on June 18, 2019, 03:31:04 PM
Ok Seeker,

Ah see yuh doh sleep. A tort I was alone with dat.

What was it that you saw in DL's tone and words to frame a fitting atmosphere?

Wah yus seein that separates DL as his own man, doy?

Just want to see it too, nah ;D

Overall, I think he struck the correct tone and posture. He was positive. He rejected what needed to be rejected, rather than merely deflecting (comparisons to the 2006 team). He set clear expectations (win, but not in a "pie in the sky" sense).

His bearing and demeanor struck the right chords and he managed to add a bit of levity as well (PAN starting XI).

Look, it wasn't the most rigorous questioning as would occur with some of the heavyweight nations, but it was handled at a level that eclipsed some of the interactions I've seen.

The key thing though is what he transmits to the players. Put it like this, politicians are coached how to engage the media because some of the simplest questions can trip them up. But they also need to set the tone and project authority. Coaches need to master this task too. I listened to the questions and construed instinctive responses in my head as to what the response should be and I found DL provided a high percentage response rate of what should be said. He picked the sword he would die with and went with it.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Cocorite on June 18, 2019, 05:30:33 PM
Cool thanks.

Yes I thought he was lil more composed this rounds.

Japan ask some tough questions
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: grskywalker on June 18, 2019, 07:22:42 PM
THIS IS PURE SHIT. WE CANNOT BEAT ANYONE IN THIS GROUP AND WE WOULD BE KNOCKED OUT. GOOD JOB LAWERENCE
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: elan on June 18, 2019, 07:29:39 PM
What have Lawrence been doing with this team all this time?
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Sando prince on June 18, 2019, 07:32:48 PM
Sorry but NOTHING Lawrence has done since he took over has impressed me and his record as T&T coach is very poor. After watching that game against Panama, and keep in mind this is a tournament game for Gold cup I still cannot figure out or understand what is Denis strategy to make this team into a winning team and have them ready to compete at a high level for WC qualification. He has been a failure!
Title: Pro League problems for Lawrence
Post by: Tallman on July 03, 2019, 09:46:09 PM
Pro League problems for Lawrence
By Walter Alibey (T&T Guardian)


Dis­ap­point­ed and hurt sum up the way na­tion­al foot­ball coach Den­nis Lawrence feels fol­low­ing a dis­as­trous CON­CA­CAF Gold Cup cam­paign in the Unit­ed States re­cent­ly, but he in­sist­ed Wednes­day that the re­sults are a con­se­quence of the non-func­tion­al T&T Pro League.

At a press con­fer­ence at the Na­tion­al Cy­cling Cen­tre (NCC) in Bal­main, Cou­va, Lawrence said the team faced nu­mer­ous chal­lenges go­ing in­to the tour­na­ment, rang­ing from visa is­sues, a mix-up in the Cana­da friend­ly match which re­sult­ed in in­juries for some of the play­ers be­fore the start of the Gold Cup, poor at­ti­tude by play­ers and a goal-scor­ing prob­lem.

And with the CON­CA­CAF Na­tions League set to kick off in Sep­tem­ber, the T&T coach ad­mit­ted he will be mak­ing a num­ber of changes to his squad, which will in­clude call-ups to new lo­cal and in­ter­na­tion­al play­ers, while at­tempts will al­so be made to se­cure in­ter­na­tion­al friend­ly match­es against our re­gion­al neigh­bours.

At this year's Gold Cup, the T&T team was beat­en 0-2 in its open­ing match to Pana­ma be­fore a 0-6 rout by the Unit­ed States, which sparked calls for Lawrence to step down as coach. The So­ca War­riors then fin­ished Group D with an­oth­er dis­ap­point­ing 1-1 tie with Guyana.

Lawrence, a for­mer na­tion­al de­fend­er, said he called the press con­fer­ence be­cause he want­ed to give the me­dia the op­por­tu­ni­ty to ad­dress its con­cerns to him and not any­one else.

"Foot­ball is a very un­pre­dictable game. If we had man­aged to put in the per­for­mances we did against Thai­land, Iran, Japan, Wales, then prob­a­bly we would have gone fur­ther, but foot­ball is not like that when you go in­to a tour­na­ment. When you go in­to a tour­na­ment, you have to look at it in two ways, do you want to go and sur­vive, or do you want to com­pete and win the tour­na­ment."

He added, "When we went in­to the tour­na­ment, we un­der­stood that one of the biggest chal­lenges we had was that we were not scor­ing goals and we weren't cre­at­ing enough chances. So by hav­ing the op­por­tu­ni­ty to in­tro­duce play­ers like Kevin Moli­no back in­to the fold, it gave us a dif­fer­ent di­men­sion. It al­lowed us more to be on the cre­ative side."

Lawrence said ide­al­ly he would have liked to have a core group of lo­cal play­ers to make up his team, but that broke down with the is­sue of fi­nance which the Pro League has been suf­fer­ing with for the longest while.

In draw­ing ref­er­ence to this, he said: "I was still in Trinidad in the year of 1999 when the Pro League came in­to ex­is­tence. Our core base for the na­tion­al team was a lot of lo­cal play­ers like An­gus Eve, Lyn­don An­drews, Stoke­ly Ma­son, Shur­land David and my­self. And dur­ing that pe­ri­od, we man­aged to do some good things. At one point we were ranked 25th on the FI­FA rank­ings and we won Caribbean Cups at that time, so we saw the ben­e­fits of the Pro League."

He added, "We go to 2016 when the gov­ern­ment's sub­ven­tion was pulled and we saw the league start­ing to strug­gle, the league be­came short­er and I as­sessed it and looked at all our re­sults from 2016 to now. So 2016, no sub­ven­tion, clubs in prob­lems, salary is­sues, all these things. Re­sults start­ed to go in the op­po­site di­rec­tion. In 2017, no sub­ven­tion, short­er leagues, then we go to 2018, the same sit­u­a­tion. In my opin­ion, your na­tion­al pro­grammes are as strong as your league. We are the on­ly coun­try to take part in the Gold Cup that did not have a league."

Due to this, Lawrence said he be­lieves the coun­try's lo­cal foot­ballers are not re­ceiv­ing the amount of foot­ball they need, which is a sad re­al­i­ty of part-time foot­ballers go­ing up against pro­fes­sion­als when they play.

He, how­ev­er, dis­missed con­cerns that T&T did not have the qual­i­ty of play­ers to com­pete with their in­ter­na­tion­al coun­ter­parts, say­ing what our play­ers need is to play more foot­ball.

RELATED NEWS

T&T coach concerned over lack of local football.
By Joel Bailey (Newsday).


DENNIS Lawrence, coach of the T&T men’s football team, is concerned over the lack of an active league for the local-based players.

The Pro League ended in November and the Super League concluded a month later. However, a proposed T-League (merger of Pro League and Super League) is expected to begin in late August or early September.

At the moment, the local-based players will have to rely mostly on their physical fitness when it comes to competing at the international level.

At a media conference on Wednesday, at the Media Room, National Cricket Centre, Couva, Lawrence reflected on his time with Defence Force, during the infancy of the Pro League (1999-2000) before he embarked on a club career in Britain with Wrexham, Swansea and Crewe Alexandra.

“I’ve been trying to assess T&T football,” Lawrence said. “We go to 2016 and I think that’s when the (government) subvention was pulled.

“The clubs started to struggle, the League period became shorter and then I assessed it and looked at all our results to now.”

He continued, “It’s 2019 and there is not even a league at the moment. The last I’ve heard it’s going to start in August or early September.

My question then remains is it coincidence that the moment that the Pro League is suffering that our national teams, and senior team by extension, the results have started to suffer. My honest opinion is 100 per cent.

Lawrence said, “Your national programmes are as strong as your leagues.

We were the only country to take part in the Gold Cup that did not have a league.

“I feel sorry for the local (based) players because, eventually, you start looking at foreign (based players who are) given an opportunity because (they’re) playing in an active league compared to the local players,” added the TT coach. “What we find ourselves doing is selecting a player based on potentially what he can do and not what he’s actively doing.”

Lawrence revealed that the quartet of Shahdon Winchester (striker), Jomal Williams and Akeem Humphrey (both midfielders) and Curtis Gonzales (defender), who were part of the 23-man TT team at the Gold Cup, suffered as a result.

The T&T coach admitted that both himself and TT Football Association (TTFA) president David John-Williams met with the Pro League executive in January, to explain how important it was to get the season started in March.

“It was then explained to me why that was going to be a challenge and it reverted back to financial difficulties and no government subventions,” Lawrence said. “I have to accept it.”

The former T&T central defender said that he is yet to have a say in the proposed T-League.

“There was a commission put in place to discuss the new league,” noted the T&T coach. “I wasn’t even consulted or asked anything about my opinion.”

Lawrence will be turning his focus towards the resumption of the Concacaf Nations League in September.

“The only thing we can do is continue to train and prepare these boys as best as we can,” he said.

Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Tallman on July 03, 2019, 09:59:10 PM
WATCH: Dennis Lawrence talks to the media in the aftermath of Trinidad and Tobago's disappointing performance at the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup (Pt. 1)

https://www.youtube.com/v/ORwZwQFdWB4

WATCH: Dennis Lawrence's post Gold Cup press conference (Pt. 2)

https://www.youtube.com/v/ShHdLnE1_ts
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: ffisback on July 04, 2019, 04:21:00 AM
It sounds like DL and DJW is partners now they better not let this guy get reelected.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Deeks on July 04, 2019, 07:53:02 AM
It sounds like DL and DJW is partners now they better not let this guy get reelected.

So you now know that DJW is in charge of the TTFA. DJW has to be removed to restart the organization. The sad thing is, I have some sympathy for DL because a lot was he said about getting the right players is true. But you are judged by wins and losses. DL stats are abysmal.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Trini _2022 on July 04, 2019, 08:03:22 AM

In my opin­ion, your na­tion­al pro­grammes are as strong as your league. We are the on­ly coun­try to take part in the Gold Cup that did not have a league."


he only picked 3 local player in this squad i think phillips winchester a defender forgot his name .. all the rest were foreign . And its the same team he has been picking for the last 2 years




Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: pull stones on July 04, 2019, 09:18:13 AM

In my opin­ion, your na­tion­al pro­grammes are as strong as your league. We are the on­ly coun­try to take part in the Gold Cup that did not have a league."


he only picked 3 local player in this squad i think phillips winchester a defender forgot his name .. all the rest were foreign . And its the same team he has been picking for the last 2 years
dont mind this turkey. he’s blaming the local league for his woes yet he hand picked two local inactive goalies ( according ti him) to play infront of an active MLS goalie who’s active as we speak with his club. this man have no shame. he should just admit that he’s incapable and step aside and give another coach a crack at it.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: ffisback on July 04, 2019, 09:51:47 AM

In my opin­ion, your na­tion­al pro­grammes are as strong as your league. We are the on­ly coun­try to take part in the Gold Cup that did not have a league."


he only picked 3 local player in this squad i think phillips winchester a defender forgot his name .. all the rest were foreign . And its the same team he has been picking for the last 2 years





This guy is being deceptive I can't ever remember the core of the NT being pro league players it seems he has now joined forces with DJW.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: soccerman on July 04, 2019, 11:19:25 AM
Maybe I missed it but who's the player DL that had issues in the camp? He making seem like public knowledge.
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on July 04, 2019, 11:51:20 AM
It sounds like DL and DJW is partners now they better not let this guy get reelected.

So you now know that DJW is in charge of the TTFA. DJW has to be removed to restart the organization. The sad thing is, I have some sympathy for DL because a lot was he said about getting the right players is true. But you are judged by wins and losses. DL stats are abysmal.

The same rationale used to hang the U23s out to dry can be applied to refute DL's claims regarding the Gold Cup. In life we all live with the hands we are dealt and the issue of accountability is always relevant.

Also, there is a difference between mitigating circumstances (those things which we would weigh as tempering the critique of the coach) and exculpatory circumstances (things which would render the outcome not the coach's responsibility or exonerate the coach of responsibility in the outcome).

DJW and DL are obviously circling their wagons, but it's a fairly small circle.

There is no exonerating DL's role here. Cannavaro had two matches with China and then had to say goodie bye bye. DL has had 10 times that. Cannavaro is not the only example of a NT coach having to face the music under imperfect circumstances. Say goodbye, Dennis. This is a job you will/can get again down the road, but by lingering on the doorsteps at the Ato Boldon, you're actually contributing to a diminishing of standards at the federation ... and that says a lot where new depths have already been ploughed by the Big Man at de Ato. Be a patriot and go. 
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Trini _2022 on July 04, 2019, 12:12:26 PM
How­ev­er, Lawrence took of­fence to calls head­ed by Look Loy, a for­mer na­tion­al play­er and coach, for him to step down, say­ing, "Had I tak­en his ad­vice then, I wouldn't be where I am to­day. When I was 15-years-old, that was the same guy who said to me, you would not make it in foot­ball. I didn't take his ad­vice then.

In 1998, while serv­ing as Joe Pub­lic's Tech­ni­cal Di­rec­tor, that team was beat­en 8-0 by DC Unit­ed in the CON­CA­CAF Cham­pi­ons Cup, but he (Look Loy) did not re­sign then, in­stead, he got an­oth­er pro­mo­tion."

Ac­cord­ing to Lawrence, Look Loy, the for­mer FC San­ta Rosa coach, was al­so ap­point­ed man­ag­er of the coun­try's youth teams in 1999, where, in three con­sec­u­tive games the side was beat­en by six goals, but still he was pro­mot­ed a sec­ond time to the coun­try's se­nior team as an as­sis­tant, where there were al­so un­favourable re­sults.

Dis­ap­point­ed by Look Loy's in­sis­tence that he is not the man for the T&T coach­ing job, Lawrence said Look Loy was then el­e­vat­ed to the po­si­tion of tech­ni­cal ad­vis­er and ap­point­ed a Ger­man coach who failed to get T&T to the Hex stage of the World Cup Qual­i­fiers.



Yuh see this is why  he not stepping down
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Cowen on July 05, 2019, 07:06:07 AM
How­ev­er, Lawrence took of­fence to calls head­ed by Look Loy, a for­mer na­tion­al play­er and coach, for him to step down, say­ing, "Had I tak­en his ad­vice then, I wouldn't be where I am to­day. When I was 15-years-old, that was the same guy who said to me, you would not make it in foot­ball. I didn't take his ad­vice then.

In 1998, while serv­ing as Joe Pub­lic's Tech­ni­cal Di­rec­tor, that team was beat­en 8-0 by DC Unit­ed in the CON­CA­CAF Cham­pi­ons Cup, but he (Look Loy) did not re­sign then, in­stead, he got an­oth­er pro­mo­tion."

Ac­cord­ing to Lawrence, Look Loy, the for­mer FC San­ta Rosa coach, was al­so ap­point­ed man­ag­er of the coun­try's youth teams in 1999, where, in three con­sec­u­tive games the side was beat­en by six goals, but still he was pro­mot­ed a sec­ond time to the coun­try's se­nior team as an as­sis­tant, where there were al­so un­favourable re­sults.

Dis­ap­point­ed by Look Loy's in­sis­tence that he is not the man for the T&T coach­ing job, Lawrence said Look Loy was then el­e­vat­ed to the po­si­tion of tech­ni­cal ad­vis­er and ap­point­ed a Ger­man coach who failed to get T&T to the Hex stage of the World Cup Qual­i­fiers.



Yuh see this is why  he not stepping down

Im disappointed by this response from DL. Pointing fingers at this stage is unproductive. Seems like an axe is out the toolshed
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Flex on July 06, 2019, 07:46:53 AM
Lawrence tackles criticisms after Gold Cup exit.
By Joel Bailey (Newsday).


TT MEN’S football team coach Dennis “Tallest” Lawrence yesterday fired back at criticisms, specifically from TT Football Association (TTFA) board member and FC Santa Rosa owner/president Keith Look Loy, who has been vocal in his call for the ex-T&T defender to step down after a poor run of form.

T&T were eliminated in the first round of the Concacaf Gold Cup last week, following a 2-0 loss to Panama, a 6-0 trouncing by joint-hosts United States and a 1-1 draw against Guyana in Group D.

Lawrence, in a media conference yesterday, at the Media Room, National Cycling Centre, Couva, highlighted Look Loy’s coaching tenure, both with the national men’s and youth teams.

“Keith Look Loy, if I (took) his advice, I wouldn’t be sitting where I am today,” Lawrence said. “When I was 15 years old (at then Malick Senior Comprehensive), that’s the same guy who said to me ‘you would not make it in football’. I didn’t take his advice then. I continued to keep going.

“Look at 1998, he got (beaten with Joe Public) 8-0 against DC United. He didn’t resign then, he got promoted. He then went on to manage our national junior teams. (In) 1999, three consecutive games he got (beaten) by six goals. He didn’t resign, he got promoted again.

“He then joined the national senior team as an assistant. What happened then? We all know. He didn’t resign, he got promoted again.”

Lawrence touched on Look Loy’s time as the then TTFF (TT Football Federation) technical advisor (2011-2012), with the experienced Otto Pfister as men’s team coach.

Pfister’s stint will be remembered for T&T’s shock exit, in the second round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Concacaf Zone Qualifiers, following a 2-1 defeat away to Guyana on November 11, 2011.

“He became the technical advisor and he appointed a German coach and paid him US$50,000/month,” said Lawrence. “When questioned he said it was shop change. We all knew what happened then. We didn’t even get to the Hex. He didn’t resign. Today, he’s still involved in our football, making decisions.”

Lawrence acknowledged that he sets high standards, both for himself and the team.

“I expect high things of myself,” said the T&T coach. “When we suffer, we all suffer together. I will always be here to face it. I am going to demand from these players that we have to improve. Our footballers have to play more football.”

Dennis Lawrence talks to the Media about #GoldCup2019 Part 1 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORwZwQFdWB4)

Dennis Lawrence Press Call - Part 2 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShHdLnE1_ts)

Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on July 16, 2019, 04:01:54 PM
It sounds like DL and DJW is partners now they better not let this guy get reelected.

So you now know that DJW is in charge of the TTFA. DJW has to be removed to restart the organization. The sad thing is, I have some sympathy for DL because a lot was he said about getting the right players is true. But you are judged by wins and losses. DL stats are abysmal.

The same rationale used to hang the U23s out to dry can be applied to refute DL's claims regarding the Gold Cup. In life we all live with the hands we are dealt and the issue of accountability is always relevant.

Also, there is a difference between mitigating circumstances (those things which we would weigh as tempering the critique of the coach) and exculpatory circumstances (things which would render the outcome not the coach's responsibility or exonerate the coach of responsibility in the outcome).

DJW and DL are obviously circling their wagons, but it's a fairly small circle.

There is no exonerating DL's role here. Cannavaro had two matches with China and then had to say goodie bye bye. DL has had 10 times that. Cannavaro is not the only example of a NT coach having to face the music under imperfect circumstances. Say goodbye, Dennis. This is a job you will/can get again down the road, but by lingering on the doorsteps at the Ato Boldon, you're actually contributing to a diminishing of standards at the federation ... and that says a lot where new depths have already been ploughed by the Big Man at de Ato. Be a patriot and go. 


Look Seedorf get dismissed with a record of 4 wins out of 12 and a Round of 16 exit in the Africa Cup. How serious are we?
Title: Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
Post by: Deeks on July 17, 2019, 03:17:09 PM
It sounds like DL and DJW is partners now they better not let this guy get reelected.

So you now know that DJW is in charge of the TTFA. DJW has to be removed to restart the organization. The sad thing is, I have some sympathy for DL because a lot was he said about getting the right players is true. But you are judged by wins and losses. DL stats are abysmal.

The same rationale used to hang the U23s out to dry can be applied to refute DL's claims regarding the Gold Cup. In life we all live with the hands we are dealt and the issue of accountability is always relevant.

Also, there is a difference between mitigating circumstances (those things which we would weigh as tempering the critique of the coach) and exculpatory circumstances (things which would render the outcome not the coach's responsibility or exonerate the coach of responsibility in the outcome).

DJW and DL are obviously circling their wagons, but it's a fairly small circle.

There is no exonerating DL's role here. Cannavaro had two matches with China and then had to say goodie bye bye. DL has had 10 times that. Cannavaro is not the only example of a NT coach having to face the music under imperfect circumstances. Say goodbye, Dennis. This is a job you will/can get again down the road, but by lingering on the doorsteps at the Ato Boldon, you're actually contributing to a diminishing of standards at the federation ... and that says a lot where new depths have already been ploughed by the Big Man at de Ato. Be a patriot and go. 


Look Seedorf get dismissed with a record of 4 wins out of 12 and a Round of 16 exit in the Africa Cup. How serious are we?

How serious are we ?

Who is we ? We as in this forum are serious. DJW is not. As it pertains to DL he is not. There no PanAM games. No Olympic qualifying tournament. So DL will be there for the WC qualifications which starts some time in 2020 after the Olympics.