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Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
« Reply #600 on: July 05, 2021, 12:16:10 PM »
Coventry City boss on studious and standout backroom candidate with great contacts
By Andy Turner (Coventry Telegraph)


Mark Robins says Coventry City’s newly appointed first team coach was the outstanding candidate applying for the job.

The Sky Blues boss believes former Trinidad and Tobago player and manager Dennis Lawrence has “diverse experience” and revealed he'll have a wide ranging role at Ryton, as well as on a matchday.

The 46-year-old former Wrexham and Swansea City centre-half was appointed to City’s backroom last month, and started work last week when the players returned for pre-season training.

Asked about the selection process for the position, which is to assist the manager and his No.2 Adi Viveash, Robins said: “We had a process where we interviewed a number of people face to face on the computer and then we whittled it down and got six candidates in to speak to in a final interview, and Dennis was very, very good.

“He’s got a diverse experience. Obviously he was manager with Trinidad and Tobago and he’s coached with Roberto Martinez (at Wigan and Everton), and done a lot of work with the Football Association of Wales, so there’s a lot of good work there, delivering on A and B licence courses.

“He’s a really good and studious guy who no-one says anything but good things about.”

As for his character, and whether he’s someone the players will enjoy working with, the City boss said: “Absolutely, because of the way he is.

“He is studious and wants to be the best that he can be, and the players that he’s coaching to be the best they can be as well.

“He’s just a really good guy who was absolutely committed straight away to the process but also what he could bring to the club going forward.

“There’s no doubt about it, he stood out, and that’s not because he’s 6ft 8,” he joked, “it’s because of his knowledge and experience that has moulded him into what he is.

“And he’s a top, top guy.”

Asked about his role and whether his background as a centre-back will mean he’ll focus on the defensive side of coaching, Robins said: “He will have a remit of developing players either as individuals or within a group or team setting.

“And he’ll also have an input to what we are doing on a daily basis or match preparation basis as well.
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Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
« Reply #601 on: July 05, 2021, 12:46:29 PM »
What!?????!!!!!! Men on the forum praising DL now that he get a job with Coventry. My oh my!!!!!!!

Who is praising him? How many non-white coaches are there in British football, far less Europe as a whole? He was awful as our NT manager but he didn't hire himself. That is squarely on DJW/TTFA.

If coaching Coventry is his level should he not be given the opportunity, or does he not look the part??

Nothing wrong with being happy for Dennis getting another opportunity. His run with T&T did not go as any of us had hoped but many coaches fail at their first opportunity at the top. He will get some more experience and become a better coach. Good for him! Maybe in a few years he will be the ideal person to return to to lead our Warriors. Who knows
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Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
« Reply #602 on: July 05, 2021, 04:43:51 PM »
Maybe in a few years he will be the ideal person to return to to lead our Warriors. Who knows

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Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
« Reply #603 on: August 28, 2021, 11:02:27 AM »
Coventry faced QPR in a battle of 4th vs 5th. QPR (3-2-0) won 2-0 to climb the table, while Coventry (3-0-2) slipped a flew places.
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, the outgoing president of Croatia, said corruption was so embedded in her country that at school children who cheated in tests were celebrated as “heroes”. A recent Eurobarometer survey found that a majority of Croatians felt affected by corruption.

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Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
« Reply #604 on: September 22, 2021, 11:13:19 AM »
'Knuckle down' - Mark Robins on new Coventry City coach's impact at the club
By Andy Turner (Coventry Telegraph)


Coventry City coach Dennis Lawrence joined the Sky Blues backroom team this summer and already appears to have made an impact at the club

Mark Robins and his Coventry City players have quite rightly earned high praise from the fans and neutral observers for their early season success.

The Sky Blues boss would be the first to insist it’s a collective effort after a busy summer in the transfer market that saw eight new additions improve the quality of his Championship squad, paving the way for an impressive opening eight league games.

His first signing, however, was to his backroom with the arrival of first team coach Dennis Lawrence.

The 47-year-old former Wrexham and Swansea City centre-half was appointed in June and given the remit of developing players, either as individuals or within a group or team setting.

He also has an input on the training pitch on a daily basis and with match preparation, supporting Robins and his assistant Adi Viveash, who generally takes the lead with the coaching.

Robins describes it as a “very rounded role” for Lawrence who has managed his country, Trinidad and Tobago - for whom he has 89 international caps as a player, and worked under Belgian boss Roberto Martinez at Wigan and Everton.

Three months into his appointment, CoventryLive asked Robins how Lawrence has settled in and what influence he has had on the group so far.

“Dennis is, first and foremost, a brilliant individual,” he said.

“He’s a top, top person; genuine, loyal and trustworthy. But also, he’s honest and has a really strong work ethic.

“He’s principled in his life and in his coaching he has his way of doing things which is allied to what we do.

“And he has a real understanding of the types of approaches and implementing them.”

He added: “He’s worked with Roberto Martinez for a long time and picked up things along the way, not only from Roberto, but also other people he has worked with.

“He’s got his own influences from his time as manager of Trinidad and Tobago and those experiences have shaped the type of coach he is, and he’s bright. He’s a really bright coach, and calm as well, which is sometimes important.

“He has a good manner, a good way with the players and really good understanding.

“He’s been part of the mentoring programme with the Welsh FA and delivers on the A Licence for players that are undertaking their qualifications, so he has a broad understanding and broad experiences in the game which are valuable to us.

“He studies things and he’s a top, top guy and someone who stood out in the recruitment process.”

Asked, after such a glowing appraisal, if he’s had the desired impact the manager wanted, Robins chuckled, saying: “He’s started, but I don’t want him to read this and get carried away."

Breaking into laughter, he added: “He needs to knuckle down and improve!”
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Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
« Reply #605 on: October 02, 2021, 04:01:05 AM »
Coventry faced QPR in a battle of 4th vs 5th. QPR (3-2-0) won 2-0 to climb the table, while Coventry (3-0-2) slipped a flew places.

Similar sort of match-up today after COV slipped in the table. COV face FULHAM today. A point separates the teams. A win would catapult COV to the top (level on points with Albion) if Sheffield defeat Bournemouth.

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, the outgoing president of Croatia, said corruption was so embedded in her country that at school children who cheated in tests were celebrated as “heroes”. A recent Eurobarometer survey found that a majority of Croatians felt affected by corruption.

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Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
« Reply #606 on: November 13, 2021, 05:51:07 AM »
Seven weeks have passed and the gap, between Coventry's ambition and where it is placed on the table, has widened. The next outing is versus a modestly positioned Sheffield. The only way to repair the damage is to rack up wins and hope those above lose their footing.

Let's see how this plays out. The good news from a Coventry viewpoint is that the club remains 4th in the table despite haemorrhaging points.

Details: Kick-off: 8:30 am T&T time. November 20th. After the break.
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Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, the outgoing president of Croatia, said corruption was so embedded in her country that at school children who cheated in tests were celebrated as “heroes”. A recent Eurobarometer survey found that a majority of Croatians felt affected by corruption.

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Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
« Reply #607 on: November 16, 2021, 05:45:23 AM »
At the non-business end of the table, Derby is now truly screwed - US investment or not. Less than zero points. Ah doubt the other former Evertonian will join them in the 3rd tier!
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, the outgoing president of Croatia, said corruption was so embedded in her country that at school children who cheated in tests were celebrated as “heroes”. A recent Eurobarometer survey found that a majority of Croatians felt affected by corruption.

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A sad historic day for T&T football
« Reply #608 on: November 16, 2021, 11:44:04 AM »
A sad historic day for T&T football
By Mike Berry (T&T Guardian)


Dear Editor,

Tuesday marks the 16th anniversary of the iconic 2006 World Cup Qualifying (WCQ) victory in Bahrain when Dennis Lawrence scored the historic winning goal to help Trinidad and Tobago to book its spot in Germany 2006 World Cup.

The first leg on November 13th ended 1-1 with the Chris Birchall rocket of an equaliser at the Hasley Crawford Stadium in Mucurapo and three days later in Bahrain, T&T came away with a 1-0 victory courtesy of a Dennis Lawrence header.

It’s truly is sad for Dennis and also T&T football the current state of affairs that now nearly two years after having his (Lawrence) contract terminated by “United” TTFA in favour of the infamous Englishman, Terry Fenwick, he still has not received even one brass cent on his outstanding salary, bonuses and balance of his contract which incidentally includes his bonus payment for the historic WCQ win over the USA more than four years ago…..Yes, 4 years!

While United pledged to settle the amounts due by way of several misguided proposals which never transpired and inevitably led to their demise at the helm of T&T Football, their successors the so-called “Normalisation” Committee after 18 months of being in charge have treated the matter of Dennis’s arrears with total disrespect, apathy and unprofessionalism.

Their lack of concern, contact and communication while banking their monthly FIFA stipend/fees is a disgrace and a shocking way to treat a son of the soul and National Hero who has contributed more to T&T football than all of them put together.

What on earth are they doing to earn their stipend/fees with no apparent debt repayment plan, no press conferences or any plans to relaunch local and indeed National football in T&T.

To appoint another National Coach recently and let two FIFA windows pass by without any games that would benefit the players of T&T is ludicrous and just another example of their erratic and costly decision making.

How can FIFA/CONCACAF condone this lack of action while the whole football fraternity of T&T waits patiently for some leadership, motivation and guidance designed to resurrect the “corpse” of the “Beautiful Game” and give young aspiring footballers some hope once again?

The NC should be ashamed of themselves as they have so far patently not shown any sign of any positive moves to justify their appointment in March 2020 but are happy to pick up their monthly United States dollars stipends/fees while others get nothing.

If the NC does not do something tangible very soon the youngsters in T&T will lose interest in football and regretfully look elsewhere.

They have had enough time and action is way overdue for the NC to justify its appointment to the stakeholders, players and people of T&T not to mention the numerous creditors who have been treated abysmally by them. Thank God T&T can still celebrate its historic 2006 World Cup qualification.

Regards,

Mike Berry,
Football Intermediary (The FA)
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Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
« Reply #609 on: November 21, 2021, 12:40:19 PM »
Seven weeks have passed and the gap, between Coventry's ambition and where it is placed on the table, has widened. The next outing is versus a modestly positioned Sheffield. The only way to repair the damage is to rack up wins and hope those above lose their footing.

Let's see how this plays out. The good news from a Coventry viewpoint is that the club remains 4th in the table despite haemorrhaging points.

Details: Kick-off: 8:30 am T&T time. November 20th. After the break.

Coventry drops to 5th after leaving two points on the field, following a nil-nil affair at Sheffield United.

Stoke defeated visitors Peterborough (2-0), earned three points and inserted themselves into 4th on the basis of superior goal difference.

Fulham are 10 points clear and consolidating. Coventry face a Top 5 opponent next weekend (Bournemouth away after a midweek engagement with Birmingham - who have lost to all the teams above Coventry barring Stoke ... drawn nil-nil).

In sum, by next Sunday there'll be a clearer idea as to whether Coventry will be in the promotion pic or out of it.
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, the outgoing president of Croatia, said corruption was so embedded in her country that at school children who cheated in tests were celebrated as “heroes”. A recent Eurobarometer survey found that a majority of Croatians felt affected by corruption.

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Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
« Reply #610 on: November 21, 2021, 12:50:52 PM »
At the non-business end of the table, Derby is now truly screwed - US investment or not. Less than zero points. Ah doubt the other former Evertonian will join them in the 3rd tier!

Having mentioned Bournemouth in the prior post, I should add Derby's defeat of Bournemouth today (3-2) takes Derby to 0 points. Incredible stuff and certainly a trivia question in the making in a decade or so. It would be a serious story if Derby starts ruffling feathers and ascends the table, clear of the relegation zone.
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, the outgoing president of Croatia, said corruption was so embedded in her country that at school children who cheated in tests were celebrated as “heroes”. A recent Eurobarometer survey found that a majority of Croatians felt affected by corruption.

Sound familiar, T&T?

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Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
« Reply #611 on: November 22, 2021, 01:05:12 AM »
I remembered them winning the old Div. 1 in the 70s. I think twice. and a Euro Cup semis. Roy MacFarlan was their stopper who played a couple times for England. Had some in jury problems, I think.

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Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
« Reply #612 on: November 22, 2021, 10:26:58 AM »
At the non-business end of the table, Derby is now truly screwed - US investment or not. Less than zero points. Ah doubt the other former Evertonian will join them in the 3rd tier!

Having mentioned Bournemouth in the prior post, I should add Derby's defeat of Bournemouth today (3-2) takes Derby to 0 points. Incredible stuff and certainly a trivia question in the making in a decade or so. It would be a serious story if Derby starts ruffling feathers and ascends the table, clear of the relegation zone.

Sky Sports has mentioned Rooney as a viable candidate for UtD's interim manager position. If he's lured in and leaves it would make for another major obstacle for Derby.

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« Reply #613 on: November 22, 2021, 01:48:13 PM »
At the non-business end of the table, Derby is now truly screwed - US investment or not. Less than zero points. Ah doubt the other former Evertonian will join them in the 3rd tier!

Having mentioned Bournemouth in the prior post, I should add Derby's defeat of Bournemouth today (3-2) takes Derby to 0 points. Incredible stuff and certainly a trivia question in the making in a decade or so. It would be a serious story if Derby starts ruffling feathers and ascends the table, clear of the relegation zone.

Sky Sports has mentioned Rooney as a viable candidate for UtD's interim manager position. If he's lured in and leaves it would make for another major obstacle for Derby.

Was unaware of that. However, reading he is not interested in the role. Wise on his part.
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Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, the outgoing president of Croatia, said corruption was so embedded in her country that at school children who cheated in tests were celebrated as “heroes”. A recent Eurobarometer survey found that a majority of Croatians felt affected by corruption.

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« Reply #614 on: November 26, 2021, 05:56:40 PM »
I remembered them winning the old Div. 1 in the 70s. I think twice. and a Euro Cup semis. Roy MacFarlan was their stopper who played a couple times for England. Had some in jury problems, I think.

Yuh bawl Coventry and I start thinking about Ipswich. Similar sort of tale. Ipswich I'm betting will be back to the Championship soon.
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, the outgoing president of Croatia, said corruption was so embedded in her country that at school children who cheated in tests were celebrated as “heroes”. A recent Eurobarometer survey found that a majority of Croatians felt affected by corruption.

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« Reply #615 on: November 29, 2021, 07:52:02 PM »
Seven weeks have passed and the gap, between Coventry's ambition and where it is placed on the table, has widened. The next outing is versus a modestly positioned Sheffield. The only way to repair the damage is to rack up wins and hope those above lose their footing.

Let's see how this plays out. The good news from a Coventry viewpoint is that the club remains 4th in the table despite haemorrhaging points.

Details: Kick-off: 8:30 am T&T time. November 20th. After the break.

Coventry drops to 5th after leaving two points on the field, following a nil-nil affair at Sheffield United.

Stoke defeated visitors Peterborough (2-0), earned three points and inserted themselves into 4th on the basis of superior goal difference.

Fulham are 10 points clear and consolidating. Coventry face a Top 5 opponent next weekend (Bournemouth away after a midweek engagement with Birmingham - who have lost to all the teams above Coventry barring Stoke ... drawn nil-nil).

In sum, by next Sunday there'll be a clearer idea as to whether Coventry will be in the promotion pic or out of it.

Ah think we have the answer. COV rescued a point in a 2-2 draw on the back of two late goals (85' and 90+5'). It looks like it will keep scrappy over the coming months.
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, the outgoing president of Croatia, said corruption was so embedded in her country that at school children who cheated in tests were celebrated as “heroes”. A recent Eurobarometer survey found that a majority of Croatians felt affected by corruption.

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Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
« Reply #616 on: December 05, 2021, 03:32:37 PM »
Likely won't provide another update until the January break. Unfortunately, Coventry lost the match yesterday (1-2 vs West Brom) on a costly first half.

Of note: Coventry held the ball more than Brom (notable ratio of 2:1), couldn't get shots on target and couldn't restrict Brom's more efficient SOG (despite inferior possession).

Match highlights.
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Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, the outgoing president of Croatia, said corruption was so embedded in her country that at school children who cheated in tests were celebrated as “heroes”. A recent Eurobarometer survey found that a majority of Croatians felt affected by corruption.

Sound familiar, T&T?