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Re: Sheldon Phillips fired!
« Reply #120 on: December 02, 2015, 09:54:52 AM »
Re: Press Officer - I think we should give SF some credit. He's really up his game lately and have worked with the founders of this forum (as far as I can tell - but I stand to be corrected). Lasana is more investigative and at times his articles seems to be personally motivated. We do need him on the outside keeping the Fed on check.


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Re: Sheldon Phillips fired!
« Reply #121 on: December 02, 2015, 10:35:06 AM »
Alibey's article regarding Khan has been refuted.
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Re: Sheldon Phillips fired!
« Reply #122 on: December 02, 2015, 11:23:25 AM »

Stuart Charles coming soon.


How would hiring Stuart Charles help W Connection?
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Re: Sheldon Phillips fired!
« Reply #123 on: December 02, 2015, 12:13:52 PM »
Amm.. Walter, the man name is Azaad Mohammed-Khan, not Azard Khan. On another note, this to me is a big step down, not only in the abilities and competence of a general secretary. Azaad well and truly covered up and/or ignored the bobol of the SSFL, especially in the Central Zone. And one word for Ewing Davis - arrogant! He doesn't answer to anyone. Let's see how this unfolds.

He have a maiden name?

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Re: Sheldon Phillips fired!
« Reply #124 on: December 02, 2015, 12:40:29 PM »
OMG. I heard of the Azaad's proposed appointment since during the campaign (as reward for being campaign manager for DJW) and  was hoping that it doesn't come to pass. He does not have the competencies for such a critical position. (And I'm saying it nicely). Please 'Presi' reconsider that.   
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Re: Sheldon Phillips fired!
« Reply #125 on: December 02, 2015, 02:18:46 PM »
Yuh know, when yuh come tuh think of it,
What really have VPs been contributing at TTFF, now called TTFA?
Got the impression that all the action was with the President and General secretary, as in case of Uncle Tim and Shello.
In past years Scampito and others.
These latest VPs, the average disengaged fan has never even heard of them. What the hell did they do except be silent facilitators of the crime syndicate? Maybe they will be delegated more constructive roles in a truly busy hard working administration and speak more to the press. That last administration seemed very iffy to say the least. Cyah geh any worse. Look, Hurry up and pay Pellirud before T&T get banned and Sam tooz heself.
Still a salary for the General Secretary only? Or did the constitution change that?
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Re: Sheldon Phillips fired!
« Reply #126 on: December 02, 2015, 10:04:58 PM »
trinidadians and some tobagonians are so fickle..... everybody is a freaking critic 

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Re: Sheldon Phillips fired!
« Reply #127 on: December 03, 2015, 03:34:52 AM »
Just hope we don't go from playing friendlies against Mexico in Salt Lake city, to warm-ups against Pres or Naps in Mahaica Oval...
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Re: Sheldon Phillips fired!
« Reply #128 on: December 03, 2015, 09:08:33 AM »
Yuh know, when yuh come tuh think of it,
What really have VPs been contributing at TTFF, now called TTFA?
Got the impression that all the action was with the President and General secretary, as in case of Uncle Tim and Shello.
In past years Scampito and others.
These latest VPs, the average disengaged fan has never even heard of them.
What the hell did they do except be silent facilitators of the crime syndicate? Maybe they will be delegated more constructive roles in a truly busy hard working administration and speak more to the press. That last administration seemed very iffy to say the least. Cyah geh any worse. Look, Hurry up and pay Pellirud before T&T get banned and Sam tooz heself.
Still a salary for the General Secretary only? Or did the constitution change that?


Good question... What really are the VP's role in TTFA? Why not re-structure it similar to FIFA , that all Presidents of each Football Association, Eastern, South, Central, North, Tobago automatically become appointed as TTFA VP's which would give them more imput in the overall decision and policy making on a National scale

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Re: Sheldon Phillips fired!
« Reply #129 on: December 11, 2015, 06:38:35 AM »
General secretary chaos slows new TTFA; Phillips claims long-term contract.
By Lasana Liburd (wired868).


New Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president David John-Williams should announce an interim general secretary before the end of this week, as the local football body has found itself handicapped by a debatable, existing arrangement between ex-president Raymond Tim Kee and his estranged former general secretary, Sheldon Phillips.

Phillips, according to TTFA sources, has informed John-Williams that he still has a valid contract which has another two years to run.

The suggestion from the controversial general secretary is that, although he serves at the whim of the football president, Tim Kee somehow gave him a contract for longer than his own term in office.

And, despite being dismissed almost two months ago, Phillips still allegedly wants his contract to be honoured or to be paid off by the TTFA.

Phillips, the son of former TTFA technical director and star goalkeeper Lincoln “Tiger” Phillips, received a salary of roughly TT$24,000 a month plus a monthly housing allowance of TT$21,000 and a company vehicle.

John-Williams declined comment on the matter but admitted that an unresolved issue with Phillips had delayed his appointment of a general secretary.

“We are thinking about appointing somebody temporary (for the post of general secretary) between now and Friday,” John-Williams told Wired868, “because the matter has not been resolved with the former General Secretary.

“There is some confusion but it is very delicate. Right now, it remains a private matter between the general secretary and the TTFA.”

Phillips confirmed that he had what he considered a valid and existing contract as TTFA general secretary. He refused to comment further.

“I am just dealing with the new administration to work things out,” said Phillips. “We are in the process of resolving the transition. Until that matter clears up, hopefully sometime this week, I won’t be making any comment.”

The TTFA has operated without a general secretary, who is effectively the CEO of the organisation, since Tuesday 20 October 2015 when Tim Kee sacked Phillips for his: “failure to adhere to directives regarding the operational activities of the FA.”

The legality of Tim Kee’s decision was immediately questioned by the TTFA executive committee.

“He has the authority to propose the appointment and dismissal of the general secretary,” an executive committee member told Wired868, on the condition of anonymity, “but he cannot fire anybody. That is the prerogative of the executive committee.”

Tim Kee refused to back down on the grounds that the old TTFA constitution did not specifically address how a general secretary could be dismissed but only how one could be hired.

Article 13.3 of the old constitution stated: “The General Secretary shall be appointed by the Executive Committee on the recommendation of the President.”

But, three months before Phillips’ dismissal, the updated and existing TTFA constitution stated, in article 36 (f), that: “The Board of Directors (previously known as the TTFA Executive Committee) shall appoint or dismiss the General Secretary on the proposal of the President.”

And, since Tim Kee never consulted the TTFA’s directors before sacking Phillips, the directors and Phillips himself argued that it was an illegitimate decision.

However, conversely, a former TTFA executive committee member suggested that, by virtue of the same clauses in the new and old constitutions, Phillips’ contract might have been illegal.

The TTFA executive agreed to Phillips’ appointment in May 2013 but never saw his contract. Tim Kee’s term of president should have ended in November 2014 but, bizarrely, Phillips apparently had a contract that ran until April 2015.

And, even stranger, Phillips claimed that, at an unspecified time this year, Tim Kee gave him a two year extension, although his own presidential term in office had just months to run.

Phillips’ claim has not been supported so far by the TTFA’s office staff, who had never heard about his supposed new contract and did not have a copy of it.

“The executive committee never saw or approved that contract,” ex-TTFA vice-president Rudolph Thomas told Wired868. “We approved (Phillips) as the general secretary when the president proposed him in 2013 but we never saw the terms of the contract. And (Tim Kee) never proposed an extension to us…

“His contract cannot go longer than the president’s. His job is at the prerogative of the president, so a president cannot sign a contract (for his general secretary) for longer than he is president. That is simple logic…

“You hold office on the behest of the president. So when the president goes out of office, you obviously go out of office as well. (But) since the beginning of Raymond’s term, he doing dotishness…”

Thomas, who stepped down as Southern Football Association (SFA) president last month and was replaced by Richard Quan Chan, took a parting shot at Tim Kee for boasting about pushing for a new TTFA constitution.

“The erstwhile (former TTFA) president is always going on about how he proposed a new constitution,” said Thomas. “He didn’t propose anything. That was a mandate by FIFA and we were practically threatened by FIFA that, if we didn’t see about it, they would send a normalisation committee.

“Even the new rule that gives clubs a vote was a FIFA mandate from as far back as 2013 when it was decided at a FIFA congress in Mauritius.”

Tim Kee, who is also Port of Spain mayor and PNM treasurer, did not stick around long enough to see the new constitution in action at the TTFA’s election on 29 November 2015.

After the first round of voting at the Hasely Crawford Stadium’s VIP room, John-Williams led presidential delegates with 18 votes followed by Tim Kee (13.), Taylor (8.) and Browne and Ramdhan, who received three votes each.

And Tim Kee left the room before the second round of voting and never returned; not even to support his own prospective vice-presidents, Colin Murray, Keston Nancoo and Kamau Bandele, who faced the electorate afterwards.

John-Williams was subsequently elected president while all three of his vice-presidential candidates, Ewing Davis, Joanne Salazar and Allan Warner, were also elected.

In a subsequent Trinidad Guardian interview, Tim Kee described John-Williams’ elevation as a “misnomer.”

John-Williams confirmed to Wired868 that the outgoing president never contacted him to offer congratulations on his new post.

Although the new TTFA president has not yet named his potential general secretary, current Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) general secretary and San Juan Jabloteh CEO Azaad Khan is believed to be favoured for the post.

Khan is part of the SSFL executive committee, headed by president Anthony Creed, that recently landed a multi-million dollar five year contract with Digicel SportsMax, which starts in 2016 with a TT$1.4 million payment and gradually increases annually to reach close to TT$2 million by the final year.

The deal includes weekly broadcasts of SSFL matches throughout the Caribbean region and in the United States and Canada as well as coaching programmes, all star games and increased social media presence.

The new SSFL contract also allows the football body to continue to engage title sponsors like First Citizens Bank.

Khan told Wired868 that the SSFL board will sit down early next year to decide how to use the sponsorship money to attain particular goals for the schools’ game.

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Re: Sheldon Phillips fired!
« Reply #130 on: December 11, 2015, 06:45:23 AM »
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« Reply #131 on: December 13, 2015, 05:28:04 AM »
Finger pointing start but some people pointing at the wrong person. Lasana have some sort of personal agenda against Phillips and it is clouding his objectivity.

The contract Phillips has was always a four year contract. Why would the man move from US for a two year contract? So there was no “extension”.

Also, I know the TTFA hasn’t paid any monthly rent for $22,000. His rent was lower, more like 15,000. The TTFA owes him  $243,000.

What Sheldon did was get the rent free offices at the stadium because at the time the TTFA was paying over $40,000 rent in their Ana Street office.

He found games for the teams. It was up to Tim Kee to make sure the players stipends and fees were paid by the ministry or a sponsor.

The real culprit here is Tim Kee. The only time players got money was when Phillips worked with Gary Griffith to get cabinet notes for the $10 million for the Men arrears and Gold Cup and $50,000 bonus for the women.

Tim Kee did nothing to get money for the players and I also hear that when asked to call on his contacts to help the players, it was like pulling teeth.

Fair is fair. Lots to be angry about but the person who was actually getting things done shouldn’t be the one to blame for the latest issues. Lasana has to be better and more professional.

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Re: Sheldon Phillips fired!
« Reply #132 on: December 13, 2015, 10:17:37 AM »
sounds like we already have a General Secretary (COO, not CEO). Put him to work...rather than pay him the same salary to go away. Cause it sounds like he was not fired at all.

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« Reply #133 on: December 13, 2015, 10:28:30 AM »
Finger pointing start but some people pointing at the wrong person. Lasana have some sort of personal agenda against Phillips and it is clouding his objectivity.

The contract Phillips has was always a four year contract. Why would the man move from US for a two year contract? So there was no “extension”.

Also, I know the TTFA hasn’t paid any monthly rent for $22,000. His rent was lower, more like 15,000. The TTFA owes him  $243,000.

What Sheldon did was get the rent free offices at the stadium because at the time the TTFA was paying over $40,000 rent in their Ana Street office.

He found games for the teams. It was up to Tim Kee to make sure the players stipends and fees were paid by the ministry or a sponsor.

The real culprit here is Tim Kee. The only time players got money was when Phillips worked with Gary Griffith to get cabinet notes for the $10 million for the Men arrears and Gold Cup and $50,000 bonus for the women.

Tim Kee did nothing to get money for the players and I also hear that when asked to call on his contacts to help the players, it was like pulling teeth.

Fair is fair. Lots to be angry about but the person who was actually getting things done shouldn’t be the one to blame for the latest issues. Lasana has to be better and more professional.



I telling allyuh about Lasana long time... it's shocking to read some of the things he writes about Phillips.  And then he'll turn around and say "well if it not true, sue mih nah?"  Disgraceful.  He tried all kinda way to make it seem like Phillips was in cahoots with Millien in thiefing the Argentina money, deliberately giving Atiba Charles a pass, time after time.  At any rate, he keeps putting out stuff like Phillips "alleges" he had a contract extension, and how this was done in secret without the ExCo knowing anything.  There never was an extension, it indeed was a four-year contract.  The one person who was actually holding down the fort now being made out to the bad guy.  When people 'bad mind' yuh ish a hell of a thing yes.

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Re: Sheldon Phillips fired!
« Reply #134 on: December 13, 2015, 10:54:02 AM »
Why does JohnWilliams not come out and clarify Sheldon status. Legal or otherwise.

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« Reply #135 on: December 13, 2015, 12:04:47 PM »
It's not Williams' call.  The old ExCo already spoke and said the termination was illegal, as has FIFA.  I think Williams doesn't want Phillips back in the position or else he would have reinstated him already.  I think they're stalling to find a some way to put their own GS in place... but if they do so they'll have to pay Phillips for the years remaining on his contract.

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« Reply #136 on: December 13, 2015, 01:05:22 PM »
It's not Williams' call.  The old ExCo already spoke and said the termination was illegal, as has FIFA.  I think Williams doesn't want Phillips back in the position or else he would have reinstated him already.  I think they're stalling to find a some way to put their own GS in place... but if they do so they'll have to pay Phillips for the years remaining on his contract.

Bakes, if that is the case, then TTFA in more debt. They are obligated to pay off Sheldon. Thanks to RTK.

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Re: Sheldon Phillips fired!
« Reply #137 on: December 13, 2015, 05:10:35 PM »
It's not Williams' call.  The old ExCo already spoke and said the termination was illegal, as has FIFA.  I think Williams doesn't want Phillips back in the position or else he would have reinstated him already.  I think they're stalling to find a some way to put their own GS in place... but if they do so they'll have to pay Phillips for the years remaining on his contract.

You can't blame DJW for wanting to bring in his own team.

However, I think Sheldon would do much better than Azaad Khan even though Khan would cost cheaper to hire because he already lives in T&T, with Sheldon you have to pay a hefty rent, his pay, a vehicle and other expenses that he is not worth.

I am not fund of Sheldon especially his last year, his trust in Tim Kee back fired.

But I heard worst about Azaad Khan??



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Re: Sheldon Phillips fired!
« Reply #138 on: December 16, 2015, 10:53:49 AM »
I say give Sheldon de wok, once he accept a same pay as a local.

Sheldon go do better under a better management. Tim Kee f00ck up de man and DJW might just end up to be a little better, ah hoping.



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Re: Sheldon Phillips fired!
« Reply #139 on: December 16, 2015, 01:01:17 PM »
I say give Sheldon de wok, once he accept a same pay as a local.

Sheldon go do better under a better management. Tim Kee f00ck up de man and DJW might just end up to be a little better, ah hoping.





Why does he want to continue in the post?
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« Reply #140 on: December 16, 2015, 01:34:38 PM »
I say give Sheldon de wok, once he accept a same pay as a local.

Sheldon go do better under a better management. Tim Kee f00ck up de man and DJW might just end up to be a little better, ah hoping.


Why does he want to continue in the post?

I doubt he does. Probably just wants to get paid.
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Re: Sheldon Phillips fired!
« Reply #141 on: March 30, 2016, 08:17:07 PM »
Resolved to everyone's satisfaction?
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« Reply #142 on: March 30, 2016, 08:19:05 PM »
Don't know ?

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« Reply #143 on: April 08, 2016, 03:23:43 AM »
This matter was feverishly batted about in the public domain - with some good reason - as various components stood in the public interest. As such, a definitive pronouncenent on where things stand seems timely and in order. That is, of course, unless we prefer the pappyshow and bacchanal of the moment to the "inconvenience" of transparency. Or maybe no one is interested in locating the rug under which this was swept.
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Re: Sheldon Phillips is TTFF’s New General Secretary.
« Reply #144 on: May 24, 2016, 03:08:31 AM »
Sheldon Phillips sues TTFA.
By Walter Alibey (Guardian).


Former general secretary of the T&T Football Association (TTFA), Sheldon Phillips, is taking legal action against his ex employers for wrongful dismissal.   

Phillips, described by the former TTFA president Raymond Tim Kee as competent and efficient before he was fired, told the Guardian that he has submitted proposals to the David John-Williams administration outlining ways to resolve the issue, which he feels were not considered. “I was fired, not because of my performance or because I failed to follow procedures but because I wrote to the FIFA about the manner in which the election process was being managed.

There were erroneous information being sent out to the electorate and the administrators failed to adhere to my advice, which was to follow Articles 10.1 of the constitution, so I wrote to the FIFA,” Phillips said.

He made it clear he received no warnings to suggest that he was not following directives.

Phillips’ case was picked up by other executive members of the TTFA, who agreed he was wrongfully dismissed. Phillips pointed to an agreement of the TTFA executive after a meeting on November 13, 2015 which advised the president to seek FIFA’s assistance on his matter via a written request.

He said Tim Kee failed to do this and though it was suggested to John-Williams, he has no info that a letter was sent from him.

The inception of the new TTFA administration in September, saw Azaad Khan, a long-serving general secretary of the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) being given  an interim position. Attempts to confirm Khan via a board meeting of the TTFA a month ago failed after two members, Anthony Moore, the Tobago Football Association (TFA) president and Allan Warner, the second vice president of the TTFA, voted against it. 

This development led to concerns by members of the board and other executives as rumours circulated of a plot to remove Khan. The Guardian learnt the position of general secretary is to be advertised, but one board member said the constitution did not make provision for the post to be advertised.

John Williams explained discussions must take place before the appointment of a general secretary, adding Khan will first be properly assessed on his work.

Asked whether there was an expectation that Khan would accept the position based on an expectation to be confirmed, John-Williams said ‘there was no general secretary and Khan was appointed in an interim position. I cannot say if he will be kept or not but there will soon be a another meeting of the board where that decision will be made.’

Questioned on an update on Phillips’ situation, the local football boss confirmed the ex general secretary will be taking legal action against his association.

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Re: Sheldon Phillips fired!
« Reply #145 on: September 23, 2016, 02:47:30 AM »
Phillips, Latapy in toss up for top TTFA post.
By Walter Alibey (Guardian).


Sheldon Phillips, former general secretary of the T&T Football Association (T&TFA) and Justin Latapy, director of sports at the Tobago House of Assembly (THA), are front runners for the position of general secretary of the TTFA.

The duo is among a shortlist of eight candidates selected from a field of 57 for the post. The Guardian learnt that two international candidates, including one from Europe will be in the toss-up for the top job, expected to offer a salary of between $25, 000 to $30, 000 monthly, along with a vehicle and other perks. The other six candidates are from T&T, it was said.   

The candidates will  face a rigorous interviewing process from a three-member panel that will comprise an independent consultant, a member who does work for the world governing body for football- FIFA and is known locally, and a member of the Board of Directors of the TTFA, said Joanne Salazar, third vice president of the TTFA.

Salazar refused to divulge the names of the candidates or the committee to conduct the interviews, but said the football association will ensure that the person selected will be able to withstand the scrutiny which the Association expects after the choice is made.

Phillips, who held the position under the previous Raymond Tim Kee-led administration before being sacked for his failure to follow directives, could hold the upperhand due to his knowledge and experience in the past, but Latapy, who is the brother of T&T’s midfield maestro Russell Latapy, has worked in sports for his entire life and is considered an excellent administrator in the field.

 Azard Khan, who has been interim general secretary since the inception of the David John-Williams-led administration assumed office in November last year, has withdrawn his application for a more lucrative offer in one of the five positions up for grabs over the next month or so.

Surprisingly, Anthony Moore, president of the Tobago Football Association (TFA) who made it public that he intended to contest the position did not apply.

Contacted Moore said he did not apply as he has too much on his plate presently. “Because of my commitment to Tobago, I decided against going up for the position, as I am part of a foundation to have embarked on a project to offer remedial classes to children in the sister-isle, which for me is also part of giving back to the island.

“Apart from that, I am also actively involved in farming, while at the same time, have to do my job as president of the TFA, so I think I have my plate full,” Moore explained.

He noted that since the Association was making the transition to the new FIFA constitution, it was imperative he remained in the sister isle.

In addition to the general secretary, four other positions are being contested.

These include manager of finance and administration, public relations and communications manager, marketing and commercial manager and manager of national teams.

Salazar said a total of 370 applications were received for the five positions.

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Re: Sheldon Phillips fired!
« Reply #146 on: September 23, 2016, 06:24:09 AM »
Phillips, Latapy in toss up for top TTFA post.
By Walter Alibey (Guardian).


Sheldon Phillips, former general secretary of the T&T Football Association (T&TFA) and Justin Latapy, director of sports at the Tobago House of Assembly (THA), are front runners for the position of general secretary of the TTFA.

The duo is among a shortlist of eight candidates selected from a field of 57 for the post. The Guardian learnt that two international candidates, including one from Europe will be in the toss-up for the top job, expected to offer a salary of between $25, 000 to $30, 000 monthly, along with a vehicle and other perks. The other six candidates are from T&T, it was said.   

The candidates will  face a rigorous interviewing process from a three-member panel that will comprise an independent consultant, a member who does work for the world governing body for football- FIFA and is known locally, and a member of the Board of Directors of the TTFA, said Joanne Salazar, third vice president of the TTFA.

Salazar refused to divulge the names of the candidates or the committee to conduct the interviews, but said the football association will ensure that the person selected will be able to withstand the scrutiny which the Association expects after the choice is made.

Phillips, who held the position under the previous Raymond Tim Kee-led administration before being sacked for his failure to follow directives, could hold the upperhand due to his knowledge and experience in the past, but Latapy, who is the brother of T&T’s midfield maestro Russell Latapy, has worked in sports for his entire life and is considered an excellent administrator in the field.

 Azard Khan, who has been interim general secretary since the inception of the David John-Williams-led administration assumed office in November last year, has withdrawn his application for a more lucrative offer in one of the five positions up for grabs over the next month or so.

Surprisingly, Anthony Moore, president of the Tobago Football Association (TFA) who made it public that he intended to contest the position did not apply.

Contacted Moore said he did not apply as he has too much on his plate presently. “Because of my commitment to Tobago, I decided against going up for the position, as I am part of a foundation to have embarked on a project to offer remedial classes to children in the sister-isle, which for me is also part of giving back to the island.

“Apart from that, I am also actively involved in farming, while at the same time, have to do my job as president of the TFA, so I think I have my plate full,” Moore explained.

He noted that since the Association was making the transition to the new FIFA constitution, it was imperative he remained in the sister isle.

In addition to the general secretary, four other positions are being contested.

These include manager of finance and administration, public relations and communications manager, marketing and commercial manager and manager of national teams.

Salazar said a total of 370 applications were received for the five positions.

Ah backing Sheldon for this job.



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Re: Sheldon Phillips Thread
« Reply #147 on: January 27, 2017, 09:54:04 AM »
Anyone know where's Sheldon Phillips now?

I thought he would have been a good GS to bring back instead of Justin Latapy. He did pretty well with us.


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« Reply #148 on: March 07, 2017, 12:31:53 PM »
See Sheldon Phillips Former General Secretary of Football interviewed on Field of Dreams

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« Reply #149 on: April 11, 2017, 01:54:31 AM »
High Court orders TTFA to pay $.2 million to ex-GS; Hart, Corneal, Walkes could be next.
By Lasana Liburd (Wired868.com).


The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) has until 30 April 2017 to make its first payment to former general secretary Sheldon Phillips or face the possibility of seizure of property, after a legal defeat in the High Court on 3 March 2017.

The total figure owed to Phillips is TT$227,194.87 plus interest at five percent per annum for debt, interest and costs. The money represents one month’s salary for Phillips at TT$26,400 plus three months’ rent and a host of payments made by the ex-general secretary on behalf of the football body, which included arrears on the salary of former coach Stephen Hart and one month’s payment of the TTFA staff’s salaries.

The debt was incurred during the tenure of former local football president Raymond Tim Kee but current TTFA president David John-Williams and his board must take responsibility for the issue ending up in court.

Despite several requests for payment and a demand letter sent on 15 July 2016, according to Phillips’ statement of case, the TTFA refused to settle “nor has it proffered any reasonable grounds for failing to do so.”

Yet, remarkably, once the matter reached the High Court, the football body didn’t even bother to defend itself. The court subsequently delivered “Judgment in default of defence against the defendant.”

It is, arguably, part of a cavalier attitude to legal matters by the John Williams-led administration, which can arguably lead to a handful of lawsuits over the next month.

Wired868 was reliably informed that the TTFA’s attorneys are handling financial grievances by Hart as well as former technical directors Kendall Walkes and Anton Corneal. And the combined cost of their unpaid wages is believed to be in excess of TT$10 million.

And, although some of the matters precede John-Williams’ term in office, the bombastic attitude of the current president was identified as a factor for the frustration of all the potential claimants.

At the head of the queue, though, is United States television giant Telemundo, who are suing for protection of their contract to exclusively broadcast Trinidad and Tobago’s 2018 and 2022 World Cup qualifiers to a Spanish-speaking US audience.

The TTFA has refused to accept the validity of the contract, which they are party to after signing their rights over to the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) in 2012. John-Williams, on behalf of the TTFA, argued that the contract should be voided due to a bribe paid by Traffic USA president Aaron Davidson to former CFU normalisation committee chairman Jeffrey Webb.

The High Court granted an injunction to Telemundo, which ensured that the local football body would not interfere with their broadcast rights for recent qualifiers against Panama and Mexico on 24 and 28 March respectively.

Timothy Hamel-Smith SC, who represented Telemundo in the High Court, slammed John-Williams’ behaviour in the impasse.

“That is not the conduct of an honest commercial man,” said Hamel-Smith. “The conduct of an honest commercial man is that he respects the rights of somebody who is bonafide and he gets what he can get from the people who took advantage of him if he truly believes that.”

In Phillip’s case, it is revealing that, after forcing the general secretary into court to settle a TTFA debt to him, John-Williams and his body did not even attempt to defend their actions.

There is more than a whiff of the stalling tactics that Trinidad and Tobago Super League (TTSL) interim president Keith Look Loy and Central Football Association (CFA) general secretary Clynt Taylor both complained about in their own dealings with the local football body.

Hart, according to close sources, allege that the TTFA owed him five months’ salary as well as money for the rest of his contract, which expires in 2018. It works out to close to TT$4 million.

Crucially though, John-Williams repeatedly claimed that Hart was fully paid up while head coach. Both men cannot be telling the truth.

Corneal is owed roughly TT$3.5 million for his contract as technical director as well as reimbursements for money spent on accommodation and stipends for several national youth teams. He left his post, after being unpaid for more than a year, in April 2014.

Corneal’s exit occurred more than a year before John-Williams took office. But, again, John-Williams’ bullish attitude is believed to have exacerbated matters according to another source close to the coach who steered Trinidad and Tobago to the 2007 Under-17 World Cup tournament.

The current president made payments of TT$50,000 and TT$25,000 respectively to Corneal, soon after he took office in November 2015. But relationships soured when John-Williams allegedly decided he did not like the tone of the former technical director—although Corneal was the victim of the football body’s financial irresponsibility.

“[John-Williams allegedly told Corneal] you should be happy that you’re getting anything at all,” a source close to the issue told Wired868, on condition of anonymity. “[Corneal replied] with all due respect, two and a half percent of the money you owe me isn’t plenty money.”

Walkes, who replaced Corneal as technical director, got even less. John-Williams, he claimed, refused to even acknowledge him as technical director—although, ironically, the TTFA sent Walkes to Brazil to lead the Women’s National Senior Team within weeks of the president’s election.

The TTFA never paid Walkes since John-Williams took office. As in the case of Telemundo, the new administration simply ignored its contract with the employee.

“If nothing is said to you on anything you try to get from the TTFA, it is just as good as a loud F-U,” said Walkes. “Silence speaks volumes. John-Williams never said anything to me [and] he never wrote anything to me. It is as if I never existed.

“The only person who I ever had communication with is [former TTFA interim general secretary] Azaad [Khan]. That is how they were treating me and still treating me.”

The TTFA fired Walkes—although they still claim he wasn’t properly hired in the first place—in April 2016. The former Trinidad and Tobago international and US NCAA coach explained that it was the middle of the US university term and the timing meant there would be no job openings in his old field for months.

In the meantime, Walkes’ renewal for his United States Soccer Federation ‘A’ licence coaching badge came up. He said he was required to provide proof of his international experience as a player for Trinidad and Tobago as well as his role within the football body as technical director.

Walkes claimed that he wrote the TTFA to provide him with the necessary information in December 2016 for the requisite information. But a formal response did not come until last week after—with the help of former international teammate Everald “Gally” Cummings—he was able to contact Sport Minister Darryl Smith, who made a personal intervention.

Even then, a frustrated Walkes, who is assisting with coaching at the Philadelphia Union youth teams and their subsidiaries, thinks the information provided to him might be insufficient.

“Without my file being complete, when you go into the digital coaching centre I would be graded as a ‘B’ license coach,” said Walkes, “because I have not provided enough authentication to get my ‘A’ license renewed. And if that goes until a certain time, I will have to pay over US$4,000 to get my license from scratch.

“So, as far as I know, I am in the system as a ‘B’… I explained that to Azaad Khan and it still took between December of last year to last Thursday to superimpose some information for me on a letterhead because they didn’t want to do it.

“I explained to the TTFA and the TTOC (Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee) why I wanted this letter. Brian Lewis never responded to me. I sent it to Anthony Creed at SPORTT and he never responded to me.”

Walkes said he certified over 130 coaches in Trinidad during his time as technical director. It is a process that he said has not continued under his successor, Muhammad Isa.

Now, he is left incensed at the treatment meted out by his countrymen, which threatens to even affect his livelihood.

“I wasn’t a guy who just happened to play for Trinidad after a good domestic season,” said Walkes. “I was a constant presence in the Trinidad and Tobago team for years and I have well over 50 caps. If they want to verify that they can talk to Gally or Steve David, Ron La Forest, Selwyn Murren…

“There are 12,000 ‘A’ level coaches in the entire country [in the United States]. It is a privileged license to have and I have had my ‘A’ license since 2000… I cannot do State level coaching courses to earn money because my ‘A’ is not updated…”

On Monday 10 April, FIFA president Gianni Infantino is due to visit Trinidad and John-Williams will take him on to courtesy calls to President Anthony Carmona and Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley.

Wired868 understands FIFA has increased FAP payments to national associations from US$250,000 per year to US$750,000 plus another US$140,000 for national team travel. This figure has not been confirmed by FIFA or the TTFA.

If accurate, it is a whopping climb from the annual subvention offered by Infantino’s predecessor, Sepp Blatter. Ironically, this funding—and, in particular, the lack of oversight regarding its use—was fingered as one of the ways that Blatter bought votes from national associations.

The FAP money means the TTFA can run its house without needing a cent from the government or commercial sponsors—the local football body often requested TT$6 million per year from the government although, in a best case scenario, they would hope to have a war chest of around TT$10 million.

But, if the complaints of Phillips, Hart, Corneal, Walkes, Look Loy, Taylor and Telemundo, have any merit, money is the least of the problems facing the John-Williams-led TTFA. It is about the shortfall in respect, integrity and appreciation for the efforts of employees and stakeholders as well as for the democratic process.

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