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Football / Re: Nigel Grosvenor Thread
« on: Today at 07:05:32 PM »
WATCH: Queen's Royal College continues to honour the memory of Nigel Grosvenor. It's been a year since the football coach and father figure passed on, however his memory looms large in the halls of the institution where he ended his coaching career.

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Football / Re: Women Warriors Thread
« on: Today at 11:12:38 AM »
WATCH: Lauryn Hutchinson looks ahead to a pair of international friendlies against Panama.

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Gols Galore Trinbago Style / Re: Dante Sealy
« on: Today at 09:04:50 AM »
Jong Roda JC vs Jong PSV (October 15, 2021)

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Football / Re: Dante Sealy Thread
« on: Today at 09:03:13 AM »
WATCH: Dante Sealy curls one into the top left corner to earn Jong PSV a 2-2 draw with Jong Roda JC.

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Gols Galore Trinbago Style / Re: Marcus Joseph
« on: October 12, 2021, 09:22:21 AM »
Mohammedan SC vs United Sports Club (October 12, 2021)

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Football / Re: Marcus Joseph Thread
« on: October 12, 2021, 09:21:47 AM »
WATCH: Marcus Joseph successfully converts his spot kick to earn Mohammedan SC a 1-0 win over United Sports Club

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Football / T&T Women to face Panama
« on: October 11, 2021, 04:02:48 PM »
T&T Women to face Panama
TTFA Communications

On the International Day of the Girl child, the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association is pleased to announce that this country will host two international friendlies on October 21st and 25th as the Senior Women’s National team takes on Panama’s Senior Women at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva. The kick off time for both matches will be 4:00pm.

The United Nations General Asssembly, back in 2011, declared October 11th as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.The International Day of the Girl Child focuses attention on the need to address the challenges girls face and to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights. In this light, the TTFA remains committed to providing a platform for our women and girls footballers to continuously develop their skill and have opportunities to showcase their talent on the international stage.

The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association received approval from the Ministry of Health for the staging of the matches which will see international football return to these shores for the first time since November, 2019 and the duration of the Pandemic thus far.

Both nations will be using the exercise as preparations for the start of the CONCACAF W Qualifiers which have been shifted from November to the  FIFA Women’s Window of February 2022.

No spectators will be allowed at the upcoming matches which will take place in a bio-secure bubble with both teams being housed at the Home of Football hotel, using the Stadium and Training pitch for all activities. In the build up to the encounters, the T&T Women’s Team will enter a residential camp on October 15th.

Panama defeated Trinidad and Tobago 3-0 in Group stage action at the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying championship. The Central Americans subsequently advanced to the inter-continental playoff against South America’s Argentina but lost 5-1 on aggregate in November, 2018.

For the upcoming CONCACAF W Qualifiers, T&T are in Group F along with Guyana, Nicaragua, Dominica, and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Further details on the two-match series and the appointment of a Senior Women’s Team head coach will be forthcoming.

Football / Re: Victoria Swift Thread
« on: October 11, 2021, 02:47:21 PM »
Club León defender Victoria Swift called up for a pair of Trinidad and Tobago international friendlies against Panama on October 21st and 25th.

Gols Galore Trinbago Style / Re: Marcus Joseph
« on: October 11, 2021, 01:32:44 PM »
Bhawanipore FC vs Mohammedan SC (October 9, 2021)

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Football / Re: Marcus Joseph Thread
« on: October 11, 2021, 01:31:38 PM »
WATCH: Marcus Joseph nets two in Mohammedan SC's 7-0 thrashing of Bhawanipore FC.

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Gols Galore Trinbago Style / Re: Willis Plaza
« on: October 11, 2021, 12:53:35 PM »
Corbett FC vs Delhi FC (October 9, 2021)

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Football / Re: Willis Plaza Thread
« on: October 11, 2021, 12:52:52 PM »
WATCH: A Willis Plaza header sparks Delhi FC's 5-1 come-from-behind win over Corbett FC.

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Football / George: UFCTT ready to move T&T football forward
« on: October 11, 2021, 11:47:48 AM »
George: UFCTT ready to move T&T football forward
By Nigel Simon (T&T Guardian)

Jefferson George, president of the Unified Football Coaches of T&T (UFCTT), says he is happy that the organisation has been finally admitted to the T&T Football Association (TTFA).

Having had a decision on their application delayed at last month’s annual general meeting (AGM), the UFCTT was admitted as a member of the TTFA at its Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) held virtually on Sunday.

Commenting on the Sunday’s process, George explained that it was just a matter of formalities with regards to the UFCTT’s admittance as part of the local football body.

He added, “The only issue that came up really was with the expulsion of the old Coaches Association and if it was really required because to be honest they are non-existent.

“At the end of the day we are very happy to be part of the TTFA and looking forward to working with all other members and playing our role in moving T&T football forward,” said George, a former national youth goalkeeper.

During the 2018 AGM, the TTFA Membership attempted to expel the Coaches Associations from the membership based on inactivity/dormancy.

However, this motion was not properly executed as per the TTFA constitution, and was deferred to Sunday’s EGM.

At present, the UFCTT has no fewer than 136 applications while its constitution was adopted and ratified by an EGM of its members on Sunday, August 15, 2021.

It was was drafted by Osmond Downer, president of the T&T Football Referees Association, who is also responsible for drafting the existing T&TFA constitution.

Other members of UFCTT includes Wayne Sheppard (first vice-president), Rayshawn Mars (general secretary), Johan Contaste (assistant secretary), Curtis Orr (treasurer), James Saunders (media officer), and Justin Reid (public relations officer).

In addition to the expulsion of the Coaches Association and admittance of the UFCTT to the TTFA, the other issue that was discussed at Sunday’s EGM was the approval of the audited financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2019.

Football / Re: TTFA News Thread.
« on: October 11, 2021, 11:29:15 AM »
Big Stick Diplomacy: FIFA threatens withholding subvention; TTFA members approve audited financials
By Ian Prescott (T&T Express)

A subtle reminder that Trinidad and Tobago would have to do without FIFA monies was enough incentive to get most delegates voting in favour of passing 2019 financials, presented by the FIFA-appointed normalisation committee (NC), headed by local businessman Robert Hadad.

Under fire NC chairman Hadad established firmly his point at yesterday’s Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) emergency general meeting (EGM) with an input from a FIFA official, who indicated that FIFA would only release its subvention to the TTFA —the local football association’s only source of income—if the audits were approved by the membership.

Subsequently, 24 Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) delegates voted in favour of approving the accounts statements, which had been rejected at the TTFA’s AGM just two weeks earlier. Thirty delegates also voted to delist the inactive former football coaches’ association and later voted for the installation of the year-old Unified Football Coaches of Trinidad and Tobago (UFCTT).

The intentions of the NC, appointed by world football’s governing body in March 2020, was questioned by Veteran Footballers Foundation of Trinidad and Tobago (VFFOTT) president Selby Browne. Hadad indicated that although the course of the FA was uncertain, the normalisation committee were not currently on a pathway to declare the TTFA insolvent.

Further, an argument was put forward that the only persons who could arrange affairs to dissolve the Association was the TTFA membership, and that neither the FIFA nor the NC had the power to wind up the Association, which was incorporated by an act of Parliament.

Former president David John-Williams also questioned the actual debt of the TTFA, which chairman Hadad estimated at $50 million. Responding to John-William’s query, Hadad admitted that on the books, the debt stood at $35 million, but with pending court matters and other contingencies, was likely to swell to his previous estimation.

Hadad was again chided for his lack of communication with local football stakeholders and as the NC president he was reminded of his duty to report to the membership. It was strongly suggested that he should regularly communicate with TTFA members, at least on a monthly basis. Despite several issues being ventilated, the consensus was that TTFA members are still in the dark over many other TTFA matters.

The TTFA subsequently issued a media release, stating: “The NC reiterated that management decisions related to the 2019 audited financials were all guided by International Financial Reporting Standards issued by the International Accounting Standards Board and adopted by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Trinidad and Tobago.”

The communique added: “The NC also outlined that these standards were used to address the matter of the accounting of the grant of the 17.51 acres of leasehold land in Balmain, Couva, which was valued at $42.5 million. Accounting for Government Grants, which this land falls under, is covered under International Financial Reporting Standards. When the lease is perfected, the TTFA will determine the most appropriate accounting treatment, in accordance with good financial governance practices.”

Football / Hadad must go: TTFA delegates discuss issues at EGM today
« on: October 10, 2021, 10:07:36 AM »
Hadad must go: TTFA delegates discuss issues at EGM today
By Ian Prescott (T&T Express)

FIFA appointed him. However, the guns might be trained on Robert Hadad when well over 60 delegates of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) meet at today’s virtual extraordinary general meeting, which begins at 10 a.m.

One of those stakeholders, Selby Browne of the Veterans Football Association of Trinidad and Tobago (VFFOTT), thinks local businessman Hadad has some explaining to do.

“The public pronouncement of Robert Hadad on the TTFA being insolvent can only be considered grounds for his immediate removal as chairman of the TTFA normalisation committee,” Browne has stated.

“The chairman of the normalisation committee had a responsibility to make his statements at his first AGM of the TTFA held on September 26, 2021, and he unfortunately failed to do so,” Browne said.

While admitting Hadad might have done some work, such as running the TTFA’s daily affairs, the VFFOTT president thinks the businessman has failed in at least two major areas of his mandate—to formulate a procedure for liquidation of the TTFA’s near-$100 million debt, and also reforming the TTFA constitution to meet FIFA statutes. Browne also accused Hadad of communicating with no one—TTFA board members, delegates, clubs, creditors, national footballers or coaches.

“The TTFA belongs to its membership and is not the personal asset of any individual,” Browne declared. “Finally on Sunday, it’s all up to the delegates, the membership who are owners of the TTFA, to take the decision on the TTFA and no one else.”

Two weeks ago, at the first AGM since the Hadad-led normalisation committee was installed, TTFA members refused to approve the 2019 financials presented by the NC. Of concern to the membership was the de-listing of the $42 million Home of Football as one of the TTFA’s assets, because the NC citied the lack of an official Government deed for the State-donated land on which the Couva HoF is located.

Browne said that from private discussions among delegates, some feel the normalisation committee is intent on dissolving the TTFA, as it now stands.

“They have decided this is a lost cause and it’s insolvent,” said Browne, himself a businessman.

Browne further stated that before acceding to the approval of the TTFA’s 2019 financial statements, VFFOTT will like certain assurances.

“Is the normalisation committee prepared to make a declaration to delegates of the EGM, which states: “The normalisation committee shall not take any action to declare the TTFA insolvent upon approval of the audited financial.”

Like James Thomas, whom the normalisation committee allowed to leave his TTFA role in the last few days, Browne, at least, wouldn’t mind seeing Hadad ride off into the sunset as well.

However, he also suggested in ending: “Maybe the NC will bear great tidings from the finances of FIFA or the GovTT to be the recommendations for treating with the debt.”

Football / Membership to vote for FIFA funding or insolvency
« on: October 09, 2021, 08:55:23 PM »
Membership to vote for FIFA funding or insolvency
By Walter Alibey (T&T Guardian)

Mixed expectations have been given ahead of Sunday’s Emergency General Meeting (EGM) of the T&T Football Association (TTFA) with an urgent need for the association’s audited financial statement to be approved, if monies from FIFA are to be forthcoming.

Eastern Football Association (EFA) president Keiron Edwards believes the accounts will be approved while two other members Lee Davis of the T&T Super League (TTSL) and Selby Browne of the Veteran Football Foundation of T&T (VFFOTT) are unsure that approval will be granted.

Both men are desirous of receiving more information on the reasons why a $42 million price-tag for the piece of land housing the controversial Home of Football in Balmain, Couva was left out of the audited statements, and why Robert Hadad, the chairman of the Normalisation Committee, did not approach the relevant authorities to achieve a certificate of title for the auditors, ahead of the EGM.

According to Davis, questions will have to be asked to former president David John-Williams about why the land has no deed, saying: “The thing about it is, who has the deed for the land? And what access does the TTFA have to do whatever they need to do to convert the land to any business.

"The last thing I would have heard is that nobody could really say who has the title to the land, which is a serious issue since we've gone and build aspects of the TTFA on the land, and that’s a serious thing. Who really owns the title to the deed or property, that needs to be clarified.”

Davis, who recently got the nod over Edwards and Ryan Ottley for the presidency of the Super League, noted: “We have to wonder what Mr David John-Williams was doing and the kind of considerations might have gone his way for certain things to go how they went.

"We know in T&T a lot of the institutions are literally almost corrupted. People could do things and hope for the best down the road. The mere fact that the auditor doesn’t have that to present as to the exact title and deed, for me it should be even more disconcerting.

"All this was done and we still don’t have no statement or no deed or no letter of comfort to say that we have access to this property. I am wondering now if the land is really ours or because of some administrative issue we don’t have the title or the deed or they playing smart."

Browne, on the otherhand, was one of two members who wrote to the Normalisation Committee requesting answers to the financials and the land. Browne also told Guardian Media Sports that questions of why a certificate of title was not requested, was also not responded to or acted upon.

The VFFOTT boss said Hadad’s recent statement that the TTFA is insolvent has further compromised his position.

“What I expect is that, as I stated in my letter, the situation as is would suggest that the NC would be prepared to give a declaration to the membership that, should the membership approve the 2019 audited statement, the NC would not entertain any question of solving the issues of the TTFA.

"Subsequent to that an announcement by Mr Hadad that the TTFA is insolvent, has brought further concerns on his ability to hold the appointment that was made of him by FIFA.

"The TTFA is owned by the membership of the TTFA. I think that our initial expectation to have Mr Hadad and the NC do that declaration in the effort to move forward amicably, has now been compromised and it would really be left in to the delegates to determine whether they accept or reject any proposal from Mr Hadad or the NC."

Meanwhile, Edwards is calling for the approval of the audited financials, believing that all will be sorted out with the TTFA once approval has been granted for financial statement to be sent to FIFA.

"I think the auditors would adhere to the questions the membership would’ve asked and I think the audit would be approved. I think everybody understands the importance of the audit being approved in terms of finances."

He added: "It’s a simple matter of the deed not being finalised, if it is not finalised, they cannot put it on the financial statement. It’s a process that the normalisation committee, now doing what is required to ensure that the deed is finalised and once that happens then it will be placed back on the financial statement to be audited in a year to come.

"I’m not seeing that as a major problem. It was a concern for members seeing that it was not finalised in totality. I think the justification behind it is clear right now, so they would approve the audit and that would be sorted out in time to come.

"However, what the membership would have to do is to get an undertaking by the normalisation committee to ensure that they would sort out the situation,” Edwards explained.

Football / Shawn Cooper: Thomas unprofessional, disrespectful
« on: October 09, 2021, 08:38:42 PM »
Shawn Cooper: Thomas unprofessional, disrespectful
By Walter Alibey (T&T Guardian

"Unprofessional." It's how former national and Presentation College coach Shawn Cooper has described the sudden resignation of Welshman James Thomas as the T&T women’s coach to pick up an offer in the United Kingdom with a club side.

Thomas' resignation came some five months after he was officially appointed following a rigorous recruitment and selection process that took almost the same amount of time he has been in the job ahead of several top local coaches.

Cooper, the only coach to have won national InterCol titles with two schools, said in an interview with Guardian Media Sports yesterday that Thomas was only concerned about boosting his resume to get a better job.

With T&T women set to enter the World Cup Qualifiers close to the end of next month (November), Cooper, a former national women's coach, said: “Clearly, he wasn’t concerned about that, because I can't see any professional coach resigning a job that he was so passionate in taking up because it would have been his first assignment as a head coach, so you know he would have been eager, and it is an international job, but you let go that job for a club job.

"I mean it’s the UK and it’s paying more and whatever, but this is international football we’re talking about, so it shows that he just wanted the title of head coach on his resume so that he could go further and pursue other jobs.

"He wasn’t really concerned about T&T football. If he was, as he said before, he would not have left the job at this time. Any coach would know that one month before a tournament is a very crucial time.

"The only reason you would leave a job in a month’s time is probably because you weren’t paid or you were disgruntled with the association.”

The T&T women’s team has been drawn in Group F, which also includes Guyana, Nicaragua, Dominica and the Turks and Caicos Islands. They are scheduled to open against the Nicaraguans.

But with assistant coach Charlie Mitchell, who is also from Wales, set to take over until a new head coach is sought after, the team will have very little time to prepare.

The parent body, T&T Football Association which is being managed by a Normalisation Committee led by Robert Hadad, will have to decide whether it wants to recruit an international coach or revert to the local coaches.

According to Cooper, who is also a former national boys' Under-17 coach: “They thought none of our coaches was qualified enough to take the job, so I can’t see them now going back to the same set of coaches to ask them to be a head coach.

"If you weren’t good enough to be an assistant coach before, how on earth you can be good enough to be a head coach?

"You know, we keep doing our local coaches that because we feel that it is our country and we would like to serve, but you keep disrespecting the coaches. So, I am waiting and holding my breath to see which one of them now will take up the mantle as the head coach.”

Football / Re: U-19 Community Invitational Tournament
« on: October 09, 2021, 08:05:31 PM »
Next Level Consulting, Limited U-19 Community Invitational Tournament welcomes Tobago!
NLCL Media

Soon many of the nation’s top under 19 football teams will be able to get back on the football field to compete for the Next Level Consulting, Limited U19 Community Invitational Tournament 2021_22 Championship title. The tournament expects to kickoff on December 18th of this year, once the organizing committee receives requisite approvals from the Ministry of Health, Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Ministry of Sport and the Normalization Committee of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA).

Tournament Chairman, Mr. Jordan stated, “We had a very cordial meeting with Mr. Hadad of the TTFA Normalization Committee, as well as, the TTFA General Secretary, Mr. Mohammed, and the Technical Director, Mr. LaFoucade recently. We appreciated them taking the time to meet as part of their due diligence. Like their predecessors, they now have a better idea as to our organization and how advanced and detailed our planning is. They were made aware we have also sent to the CMO, and Minister of Health, a very stringent set of Covid-19 protocols for review, input, and potential approval ahead of kickoff. In accordance, with our safety first and foremost approach, our committee would have developed those protocols with the assistance of experienced local based medical professionals.”

He added, “We now officially have the best Tobago youth teams and talent registered. Also, quite a few teams, including a few from the Secondary School Football League, have reached out to us inquiring about participating this season. With only a few remaining slots, we expect to be closing out registrations soon in both islands.”

Co-owner of Next Level Consulting, Limited, and Tournament Public Relations Officer (PRO), Mrs. Germaine Jordan announced, “We are incredibly happy that so many stakeholders continue to see the value in this tournament, including our fantastic teams, match officials, supporters, communities and last but not least, our valued sponsors. Everyone can again expect a professionally run tournament showcasing many of our young talent vying for national selection, scholarships, and furthering their careers in a sport we all love.”

The NLCL tournament committee, which includes Ms. Sandra Pompey, Mr. Don Griffith, as well as, Mr and Mrs Jordan, would like to thank the National Lotteries Control Board, National Energy Corporation, Comfort Keepers Assisted Living Facility, and all other supporters for their generous and kind sponsorship and partial underwriting of tournament costs.

Teams interested in registering to participate: 
Ms. Sandra Pompey, Team Co-ordinator
(868) 495-8302

Companies or Individuals interested in sponsorship opportunities:
Mr. Brian K. Jordan, Chairman
(868) 389-0516

President of the Veteran Footballers Foundation, Selby Browne, says the FIFA appointed normalization committee is an excellent one comprised of competent individuals in their respective fields. But he's now calling for a more collaborative relationship to take shape between the committee and the TTFA membership in the best interest of football in T&T.

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Football / Re: Kennya Cordner Thread
« on: October 09, 2021, 03:07:51 PM »
WATCH: Kennya Cordner rounds off the scoring in IL Sandviken's 3-0 win over Stabæk.

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Gols Galore Trinbago Style / Re: Kennya Cordner
« on: October 09, 2021, 03:06:55 PM »
IL Sandviken vs Stabæk (October 9, 2021)

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Gols Galore Trinbago Style / Re: Malcolm Shaw
« on: October 09, 2021, 07:37:32 AM »
York United vs Atlético Ottawa (October 8, 2021)

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Football / Re: Scouting for Talent Thread
« on: October 09, 2021, 07:36:41 AM »
WATCH: Ryan Telfer earns the penalty, and Malcolm Shaw buries it. York United 1-1 Atlético Ottawa.

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Football / Schedule change announced for Concacaf W Qualifiers
« on: October 08, 2021, 05:23:46 PM »
Schedule change announced for Concacaf W Qualifiers

Concacaf has announced that the Concacaf W Qualifiers will now begin play during the FIFA Women’s Window of February 2022. The first round of the region’s qualifiers to the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup and 2024 Women’s Football Olympic Tournament were originally scheduled to kick off next month, during the FIFA Women’s Match Window of November 2021. 
The scheduling change has been made by Concacaf due to challenges associated with travel into and within certain countries in our region due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Confederation believes this is in the best interests of the tournament, players and officials. 
These matches are the first stage of Concacaf new women’s national teams ecosystem and will be part of a hugely important year of Women’s football in our region. In addition to the Concacaf W Qualifiers, 2022 will also include the Concacaf W Championship, the Concacaf Women’s U-20 and U-17 competitions and the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica. 
The schedule for the matches taking place during the FIFA Women’s Match Window of April 2022 remains unchanged. 
In total, 30 Concacaf Member Associations will participate Concacaf W Qualifiers (all ranked 3 and below in the FIFA Women’s Ranking as of July 2021). The draw for the competition took place on August 3. The groups are as follows:
Group A: Mexico, Puerto Rico, Suriname, Antigua and Barbuda and Anguilla
Group B: Costa Rica, Guatemala, Saint Kitts and Nevis, US Virgin Islands, and Curacao
Group C: Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Bermuda, Grenada and Cayman Islands
Group D: Panama, El Salvador, Barbados, Belize and Aruba
Group E: Haiti, Cuba, Honduras, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and British Virgin Islands
Group F: Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana, Nicaragua, Dominica and Turks and Caicos Islands
After group stage play, where each nation will play two matches at home and two matches away, the top finisher in each of the groups will advance to the Concacaf W Championship, joining the top two ranked Concacaf nations (USA and Canada) who have received a bye straight to the W Championship which takes place in July 2022.

The new schedule for the Concacaf W Qualifier is as follows (host country appears first):

James Thomas appointed Bristol City Women and Girls Development Manager

James Thomas has returned to Bristol City Women as Women and Girls Youth Development Manager.

Thomas returns to the West Country where he previously spent four years within the academy set-up.

The Welshman has previously worked as assistant to City Women Head Coach Lauren Smith with the WSL Development side at City, before taking over from Smith as Head Coach and then going on to lead the BCWFC and SGS College programme.

In 2018 Thomas departed for the national set-up in Wales where he fulfilled the role of assistant coach in the under-17, under-19 and senior sides.

Thomas’ most recent role took him to the Caribbean, where he was Head Coach of the Trinidad and Tobago Women’s National Team.

Head Coach Lauren Smith said: “A key pillar of our long-term vision for the club is to have a strong core of homegrown players in our first team squad, which means it’s imperative our player pathway provides the right environment and opportunities for players to progress to the top level.

“James brings a wealth of experience in developing the next generation of talent in the women’s game. Having worked closely with him both at here Bristol City and with Wales I believe he’s going to add great value to the future of our club.”

James Thomas said: “I am delighted to have been presented with the opportunity of re-joining the club, and to work alongside Lauren once again as we re-establish the club’s reputation of being able to build a sustainable first team squad with a strong core of homegrown players. 

“Bristol City WFC has played a huge part in my development as a coach, and to be given the responsibility to create and manage a successful pathway within the club is something I am very proud of.”

Bitter Taste: Richard Hood unsure about applying for Thomas’ post
By Ian Prescott (T&T Express)

RICHARD HOOD felt so disenfranchised following the process that appointed James Thomas as Trini­dad and Tobago senior women’s national team coach in June that he is undecided whether to declare his candidacy as a replacement for the Welshman, who quit five months into the job, and is headed to a club in England’s Women’s Super League.

The news that the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) is on the lookout for a new coach—with CONCACAF World Cup qualifying due to start next month—has not excited former national senior and Under-20 women’s coach Hood.

He is unsure if he will apply for the job.

“I am not ruling out the possibility, but it is not at the top of my mind at this time,” Hood told the Express yesterday.

“The whole experience has left a rather bitter taste in my mouth.”

When Thomas came out top of 195 candidates for the T&T head coach position, it was later revealed that Hood and another local coach, former senior national midfielder Dernell Mascall, would fill the assistant coaches’ position—a way of benefiting from the presumed experience Thomas had. But following objection from the Unified Football Coaches of Trinidad and Tobago (UFCTT) to the process which the TTFA took to appoint Hood and Mascall as Thomas’ two assistants, the FA decided to redo the process.

On paper, Hood had even more experience than Thomas, who was never a head coach and served mainly as a performance analyst and development coach with the Wales FA. Hood is the long-time coach of the Police FC men’s Pro League team, has coached the senior national women, and led the Under-20 women to a quarter-final spot at the 2019 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship.

The TTFA later announced that inexperienced Welshman Charlie Mitchell was appointed as Thomas’s assistant. The TTFA also announced that past T&T women’s footballers would benefit from the work of the British duo, via a yet-to-be-explained process. Hood and Mascall were no longer considered.

“Before they decided to go the way of an interview process, I was offered the job and I accepted the job of the assistant coach, and then they changed the process for whatever reason,” stated Hood.

“Based on my record with the national team, I should have been the obvious candidate,” stated Hood, of at least the assistant coach position.

With Thomas’ sudden departure, his assistant Mitchell is now holding on as interim head coach. Like Thomas, Mitchell also worked at the Welsh FA as a performance analyst. He has never held a head coach position and has served only as assistant coach in Cyprus and lately T&T over the last month.

“I don’t believe that I was eliminated based on my resume, “ Hood continued, “I felt the head coach (Thomas) wanted his compatriot (Mitchell) to do the job with him, and I think that was the decision they (TTFA) took based on the urging of the head coach.”

Hood said he did not have a problem with the TTFA redoing the process via the interview process. But between being appointed assistant coach and then having the offer rescinded, Hood said the most distasteful part was his treatment by the TTFA’s interviewing panel.

“I myself went through an interview for about two and a half hours and I felt from feedback from the interviewing panel that I had a good interview,” he said. “Then I heard nothing from the panel, nothing from anybody in the TTFA, until I read in the (news)paper that basically they had hired someone else. From that point of view, I felt a bit disenfranchised,” he said.

“It was a rigorous interview,” Hood stressed. “At the end of it, we were told that we would be contacted by the following week and then you hear absolutely nothing. So, the communication aspect of it needs to improve.”

Football / TTFA Normalisation Committee, what is really going on?
« on: October 07, 2021, 06:51:26 AM »
TTFA Normalisation Committee, what is really going on?
By Colin Murray (T&T Guardian)

The annual general meeting (AGM) of the Trinidad & Tobago Football Association (TTFA) held recently seemed to have stirred up a hornet's nest with the football fraternity in the country seeking answers on the 2019 financials.

Admittedly, I am perplexed by the normalisation committee and its role. You see, I thought this committee was instituted to oversee the finances of the TTFA and to be totally transparent when it came to revenue (if any) and expenditure. Therefore, to read that members are seeking answers on financials is extremely disappointing.

FIFA’s media release dated March 17, 2020, noted that the committee was to fulfil four specific aims: (1) To run the TTFA’s daily affairs; I suppose that this is ongoing, for the most part, as every now and again, a release is published from the general secretary (Ag.) Amiel Mohammed or the chairman of the committee Robert Hadad making a statement on the news with either an appointment or the clarification of a query.

(2) To establish a debt repayment plan that is implemented by the TTFA; I will have to address that a little later on because I am completely baffled by that in terms of some statements attributed to Hadad.

(3) To review and amend the TTFA Statutes (and other regulations where necessary) and to ensure their compliance with the FIFA Statutes and requirements before duly submitting them for approval to the TTFA Congress; - I do not have a clue if and when this is supposed to be done so naturally, I reached out to two individuals closely linked with football in T&T. One laughed sarcastically and said, “Boy I really don’t know. This normalisation committee is looking to shut down football in the country.” The other person said, “I have no idea.” At that point, I did not feel too bad as, to be honest, I did not want to admit that I, too, did not have a clue.

(4) To organise and conduct elections of a new TTFA executive committee for a four-year mandate. It appears elections of a new executive is not on the short term agenda of this normalisation committee. Perhaps, it is because they have not completely fulfilled their mandate given to them by FIFA. The normalisation committee was appointed in March 2020 and their mandate clearly states: “The specified period of time during which the normalisation committee will perform its functions will expire as soon as it has fulfilled all of its assigned tasks, but no later than 24 months after its members have been officially appointed by FIFA”. The clock is slowly ticking for Hadad and his team as their 24 month term ends in March 2022.

Let us now focus on this debt repayment plan. Since the normalisation committee was appointed, presumably their most important mandate was to establish this plan, I would have assumed that the first order of business was to get all of TTFA’s financials in order.

Therefore, I was taken by surprise when I saw the Guardian headline on September 27, 2021 which read, “TTFA members seek answers on 2019 financials”. The audit was rejected at the AGM and I genuinely cannot understand why the normalisation committee failed to get approval for the 2019 audited financial statement. Maybe I am being totally naive but here is a committee appointed by the highest body in football with their mandate to look after the finances and debt repayment and they cannot even get the finances passed.

Further, if no approval of the audited financials are given, then decisions had to be deferred on the debt repayment plan if it even exists. As a result, TTFA is also unlikely to receive further funding from FIFA. Naturally, with the debt estimated at $98.5Million, some members enquired about the current debt and why a title or lease for the land that houses the so-called ‘Home of Football’ has not been acquired by the normalisation committee.

Why would the committee exclude the value of the land which is estimated at around $42Million? Something is not sitting right here. Wasn’t the land given to the TTFA by the government? FIFA gave the money and TTFA built the ‘Home of Football’. Everybody posed and smiled at the opening and gave lavish speeches and praises on this beautiful structure that was going to take TTFA out of debt and was supposed to be the shining light for the future of Trinidad & Tobago's football development.

From then to now, no deed or lease has been obtained by anyone. So let us be fair to the normalisation committee. They only came into office in March 2020 but from then to October 2021, they cannot get some documents from the government to satisfy the auditors? Stakeholders complain about footballing decisions made by the normalisation committee and while I can understand that they may lack the footballing knowledge, it is beyond me that when it comes to decisions not pertaining to football, they seem to get it all wrong. Who is responsible for obtaining this certificate? I cannot believe that football is at a standstill because of this.

Now, without that $42Million in the accounts and with the debt at $98.5Million, Hadad has admitted that the TTFA is insolvent but it is not something they are looking at right now.

I am even more confused - is it now that the normalisation committee is looking to raise funds? Is it now that the normalisation committee is looking at some sort of process to repay the debt that suddenly came upon them? Is it now they are looking for donations? Is it now they are looking for sponsors some 19 months into its two-year term?

Hadad goes on, “there are many ways to deal with this debt but it’s not going to happen overnight”. Really? Why is the government now getting involved? Surely, one should have been having dialogue with the government one year ago. All of a sudden the Minister of Sport and Community Development needs to be part of a discussion to clear the debt. I know that when I am allowed to go back into the sea (bizarre that waterparks are allowed to open before beaches), once the water starts to go from my feet to my knee to my waist to my head, it might be too late for me to survive so from the time I go into the water, I should have a plan.

Once more, football has remained at rock bottom. Meanwhile, Jamaica's premier division is in full flow with good, competitive matches played weekly while our football is at a standstill. No payment of players, no tournaments for the teams, no training and we are going nowhere fast. Well, as they say, another day in paradise.

James Thomas quits: Women’s Head Coach leaves for UK club job
By Ian Prescott (T&T Express)

Without playing a single match, recently hired Welsh coach James Thomas has quit the Trinidad and Tobago senior national women’s team and is heading to England to take up another job.

And Unified Football Coaches of Trinidad and Tobago (UFCTT) president Jefferson George is hoping that the normalisation committee running the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association undergoes a more thorough and transparent process when selecting Thomas’ replacement. George said the best procedure must be done, to select the best qualified person for the job.

“Our issue was never whether local or foreign,” George said.

He stated that “a fair, a balanced, and an open process” would entail multiple persons applying for the job and a technical committee selecting the person that best suits what T&T need.

The questions also arises as to what sort of contract Thomas signed with the TTFA, which would see him abandon the team before a tournament. UFCTT vice-president Wayne Sheppard is in Taiwan with Second Division Inter Taoyuan. Sheppard believes the normalisation committee needs to shed some light on the type of contract Thomas signed.

“I can’t walk away from mine until it has ended or unless the club fails to satisfy terms of the contract. So he is a lucky guy....or the contract was foolishly drafted,” Sheppard replied via Whatsapp.

Having previously been attached to the Wales women’s programme mainly as an analyst, Thomas arrived in T&T in mid-June to take up official duty. Following a period of quarantine, he began work with a provisional squad list of locally based senior team players in mid-July and was due to have his first assignment against Nicaragua in a CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifier on November 24.

However, yesterday, the local FA stated by media release: “...Senior women’s national team head coach James Thomas has resigned to take up a role at a club in the professional women’s league in the UK. The move, which will be formally confirmed by the club later this week, will see Thomas accept a multi-year contract.

“While the TTFA is disappointed to lose Thomas, we thank him for the work he has done with the senior women’s programme and we will be building on that foundation into our CONCACAF W Qualifying campaign which begins in November 2021.”

The TTFA also reported that another Welshman will take over temporarily while another head coach is sought. The national women’s team has been inactive since October 2019, when drawing goalless with the Dominican Republic in an Olympic qualifier under former coach Stephen De Four.

“Senior women’s national team assistant coach Charlie Mitchell will run the team’s training sessions while the TTFA explores its options to appoint a head coach to lead the team into the October 2021 International Women’s football window, the CONCACAF W Qualifiers versus Nicaragua on the 25th November 2021 and Dominica on 28th November 2021,” stated the TTFA.

According to the Association, Thomas turned down multiple approaches from the UK based club over the last few weeks; however, their latest offer proved too good for the Welshman to refuse.

“This has been an incredibly tough decision to make. It’s disappointing because you have a fantastic group of players here,” said Thomas via the TTFA release. “This is an opportunity that came up for the third time and it was too difficult to turn down again.

“Stepping away, I know the Trinidad and Tobago team will go on and be successful and continue on the route that we have been working on over the last few months. I wish the normalisation committee, Association’s staff, the team staff and the players the absolute best.“

The TTFA also confirmed that the senior women’s will play two friendly international matches in the October 2021 window at the Ato Boldon Stadium after receiving permission from the Ministry of Health to stage the games. These friendlies will provide welcome match preparation for the team in the build-up to the November Qualifiers.

Gols Galore Trinbago Style / Re: Marcus Joseph
« on: October 06, 2021, 07:36:38 PM »
Mohammedan SC vs Tollygunge Agragami FC (October 6, 2021)

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Football / Re: Marcus Joseph Thread
« on: October 06, 2021, 07:35:40 PM »
WATCH: A Marcus Joseph brace leads Mohammedan SC to a 3-1 win over Tollygunge Agragami FC.

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