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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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« 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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« 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.
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« 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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« 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.

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« 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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« 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!
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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.

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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.
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« 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.
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« 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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« 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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« 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.
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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.
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« 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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« Reply #617 on: December 21, 2021, 12:47:04 AM »
Slippery ground: Draws not servicing the main cause. Getting first half goals likely would/could be more influential on the match outcomes. COV has pulled off some late match rescues or bids for points.

Meanwhile:

Official Statement: League schedule to continue

The EFL can confirm that its programme of games in the League, Carabao Cup and Papa John's Trophy will continue with fixtures to be played where it is safe to do so, and the set squad criteria can be fulfilled by Clubs.

While the League acknowledges there will likely be future postponements to navigate where Covid-19 cases are identified, there is optimism that disruption can be minimised following implementation of RED protocols, a daily testing regime and ongoing vaccination rollout.

Commenting, EFL Chief Executive Trevor Birch said:

“Throughout the pandemic, our two priorities have been ensuring the welfare of those involved in EFL competitions and ensuring the fixture schedule can continue where it is safe to do so.

“We will continue to work with clubs, authorities and other agencies to monitor the Covid-19 case rate and be prepared to respond accordingly, yet for now the view remains that we can continue to deliver games safely where clubs have sufficient healthy personnel in place, on and off the pitch.

“With club mitigation measures, the mass adoption of booster jabs and Covid certification now required for larger crowds, we are sure many fans will continue to feel confident in attending matches over the Christmas period and we look forward to welcoming them.”

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« Reply #618 on: January 23, 2022, 01:25:07 AM »
Likely won't provide another update until the January break.

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Deep into January ... the paint hasn't dried on Coventry's promotion ambitions, but - at best - the club is within a thin margin of the promotion conversation. Key: a couple matches in hand.

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« Reply #619 on: March 13, 2022, 08:46:00 AM »
Dennis Lawrence oversees Coventry City's 4-1 come-from-behind victory over Sheffield United
By Andy Turner (Coventry Telegraph)


Stand-in boss Dennis Lawrence hailed absent manager Mark Robins and his assistant Adi Viveash for masterminding Coventry City’s emphatic victory over Sheffield United.

The Sky Blues battled back from behind in another memorable performance at the CBS Arena where they pulled level in the first half before putting the Blades to the sword with three more goals in an outstanding and dominant second-half display.

That was on a day when the players were without their manager and assistant who both tested positive for Covid in the morning, leaving first team coach Lawrence in charge of the team, assisted by Under-23s coach Luke Tisdale.

“First and foremost, the most important thing is that the Gaffer and Adi have a good recovery because we know how this Covid thing works and affects people in different ways,” said the former Trinidad and Tobago boss, speaking after the sensational 4-1 thrashing courtesy of goals from Viktor Gyokeres, Matty Godden and two from Callum O’Hare.

“The majority of the preparation was done in the build up to the game and so the manager and Adi did the prep with myself so it was more or less down to me to just reinforce everything we wanted to do today.

“I spoke to the manager by phone this morning and we all knew what the game plan was, so just about reinforcements and the manager letting me know he was there and supporting me, telling me to be brave and just enjoy the occasion.

“During the game he communicated with our match analyst by phone who then passed on the messages to me, and the same thing happened with Adi, so there was a lot of information coming and that was very good for myself because it was just reinforcements and positivity, making sure we kept doing the good things we were doing.”

He added: “I rang them both afterwards because I think it’s important because you have to congratulate them for the work that they did before the game.

“They congratulated me as we do because we work very closely as a staff and ultimately we all did it together, from the medical team, the staff, the players who were phenomenal today, and it was good for the fans to be here and get behind the team today. That’s what we need to get through these periods.”

Sheffield United had only conceded four goals in their last 11 games going into the game, only to concede four in one against the Sky Blues.

“That’s football for you,” said the 47-year-old Lawrence.

“I said to the boys before the game that if they put in the performance then hopefully the result will follow, and today to a man, I thought they put in a performance.

“We were disappointed to go a goal down  but we will look at it and do better in how we set up and deal with it, but we showed that strength of character to come back and win against a very good team who I think will be there or thereabouts when it’s time for the play-offs.

“The players were outstanding.”

City survived an indirect free-kick from about seven yards out before the break which Lawrence felt was a turning point in the game.

“We had to deal with the indirect free-kick where, looking back at it now I can see why the referee gave it,” he said.

“But we got in at half time and we knew were were in a good position. All of a sudden it gave us a second wind and we came out in the second half and performed the way we did.”

Asked whether he knows if he will be in charge again against Hull on Wednesday night, Lawrence said: “What I would like to do today is enjoy some Nandos and think about Wednesday when it comes.

“But I am sure there will be communication with the manager over the next few days and we’ll assess it and prepare for the game together.”

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« Reply #620 on: March 13, 2022, 09:24:11 AM »
Congrats Dennis. You are still paying your due. Carry on. Maybe if Dwight had gone to lesser known or smaller clubs for an apprenticeship, like what Dennis is doing, he may have gotten a job with a championship team by now. :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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« Reply #621 on: March 13, 2022, 01:32:17 PM »
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Asked whether he knows if he will be in charge again against Hull on Wednesday night, Lawrence said: “What I would like to do today is enjoy some Nandos and think about Wednesday when it comes.

Haha. DL feeling de call of a peri peri sauce.   ;D Last time ah recall Nandos getting trumpeted on this forum was ... FF? Probably 8 to 10 years ago?

Game, set, match oui. DL for a Nandos advert soon.  :rotfl:
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« Reply #622 on: March 14, 2022, 08:19:16 PM »
Dennis Lawrence has been named to the EFL Championship Team of the Week for overseeing Coventry's 4-1 come-from-behind win over Sheffield United.

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« Reply #623 on: March 15, 2022, 06:26:35 AM »
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Asked whether he knows if he will be in charge again against Hull on Wednesday night, Lawrence said: “What I would like to do today is enjoy some Nandos and think about Wednesday when it comes.

Haha. DL feeling de call of a peri peri sauce.   ;D Last time ah recall Nandos getting trumpeted on this forum was ... FF? Probably 8 to 10 years ago?

Game, set, match oui. DL for a Nandos advert soon.  :rotfl:


Wayyy. Good memory. It mighta be longer than that.
I should be going over in May. Will reacquaint myself with Nandos.

Well done Dennis.
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« Reply #624 on: March 15, 2022, 07:32:19 AM »
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Asked whether he knows if he will be in charge again against Hull on Wednesday night, Lawrence said: “What I would like to do today is enjoy some Nandos and think about Wednesday when it comes.

Haha. DL feeling de call of a peri peri sauce.   ;D Last time ah recall Nandos getting trumpeted on this forum was ... FF? Probably 8 to 10 years ago?

Game, set, match oui. DL for a Nandos advert soon.  :rotfl:


Wayyy. Good memory. It mighta be longer than that.
I should be going over in May. Will reacquaint myself with Nandos.

Well done Dennis.

I remembered that because shortly after I was in Liverpool City Centre and people were jostling for position to get through the door.  :rotfl:

What I didn't recall iz how the discussion emerged or how profound it got.

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These days yuh doh have to wait til May. Deeks could sort yuh out. Apparently a genius took them to the Greater DC-MD-VA area.
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« Reply #625 on: April 09, 2022, 06:45:12 PM »
Former National Senior Men’s Head Coach, Dennis Lawrence, has received a favourable judgement against the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association in the High Court after a two-year wait.

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Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
« Reply #626 on: April 10, 2022, 11:47:47 AM »
Lawrence wins Court judgment against TTFA for breach of contract
By Keith Clement (T&T Guardian).


Former national player and T&T head coach Dennis Lawrence has won a multi-million-dollar High Court judgment against the T&T Football Association (TTFA) which fired him on December 15, 2019. The judgment was issued on March 7 after Lawrence’s former employers failed to file a defence in the matter.

The sum, which represents a breach of contract, outstanding salaries and bonuses, now carries the TTFA debt to over $100 million.

The T&T High Court judgment ordered the payment to the former coach with interest.

The judgment also stated that if the TTFA ignored this order “your goods may be removed and sold or other enforcement proceedings may be taken against you. If this happens further costs will be added.”

Lawrence was fired by William Wallace’s United TTFA which took over the organisation from David John-Williams following its annual general meeting (AGM) on November 24, 2019.

However, in March 2020 FIFA removed Wallace’s executive from office and replaced it with a Normalisation Committee (NC) which comprises businessman Robert Hadad (chairman), business executive Nigel Romano, attorney Judy Daniel (deceased) and Nicholas Gomes, a chartered accountant.

Meanwhile, St Lucia’s Stuart Charles Fevrier, who was Lawrence’s assistant coach and head coach of the T&T’s Under-15 boys’ team, and who was also sacked by Wallace’s board, took his matter to FIFA, who ruled in his favour since he was a non-national of T&T. He was paid in full.

Lawrence also followed Fevrier and went to FIFA, but he was deemed a national of T&T and therefore his matter was not considered. He then turned to the T&T High Court for redress.

Lawrence, 47, who was represented by attorney Dave Williams explained to Guardian Media Sports on Saturday that the TTFA was represented by attorney Hobsons, who filed an appearance notice but no written defence was filed so the judgment was due to the TTFA’s failure to file a defence which they were required to present within 28 days after filing the notice of appearance.

The court judgment, which was seen by Guardian Media Sports, states:

To: Trinidad and Tobago Football Association– Defendant–You have not filed a Defence to the Claimant’s Claim Form and Statement of Case and the time for doing so has expired. It is therefore ordered that you must pay the Claimant:

1. The sum mentioned in US currency for debt and interest to the date of entry of this judgment together with interest at the rate of five per cent per annum after the date of entry of this judgment to the date of payment.

2. The sum which represents costs and court fees to date of entry of this judgment together with interest at the rate of five per cent per annum after the date of entry of this judgment to the date of payment.

*Warning–If you ignore this order your goods may be removed and sold or other enforcement proceedings may be taken against you. If this happens further costs will be added.

Mike Berry, Lawrence’s agent, told Guardian Media Sports yesterday, “I am delighted that Dennis has finally received this judgment from the T&T High Court after the lengthy ordeal he has been put through by initially the so-called “United” TTFA and then by Hadad and his Merrymen and also the bizarre decision by FIFA to declare his case inadmissible because there was no international dimension after living in the UK for 20 odd years and also holding a British passport whilst paying his assistant, Stuart Charles Fevrier, a St Lucian, in full even though he had worked most of his life in T&T. Let’s now wait and see what the Trustee comes up with regarding her planned proposal to the creditors of a debt resolution before any further action is considered.”

Lawrence, a former Defence Force standout player, had been under fire following a string of poor performances by the Soca Warriors during the Concacaf Gold Cup and the Nations League. However, he refused to step down during the tenure of TTFA president David John-Williams.

So as its first item of business on December 14, the United TTFA slate of Wallace (president), Clynt Taylor, Susan Joseph-Warrick, Sam Phillip (vice-presidents) at a Board meeting made 11 decisions.

The highlight of those decisions was terminating Lawrence’s contract with immediate effect despite him having 18 months left. He was also not paid five months of outstanding salaries up until his termination.

The then TTFA release read: “Following a marathon session of nine hours on Saturday, the board, after a majority vote, decided to sack Lawrence, a decision that was later communicated to the coach via a phone call by Wallace. It was also agreed that Wallace will meet with Lawrence’s representatives to complete the separation soon. They did not name a replacement for Lawrence but said they would do so soon.”

Lawrence, who became a hero after he helped T&T secure its first and only World Cup qualification when he scored the only goal, a header, in the home-and-away qualifier against Bahrain in 2006, was nearly three years on the job and posted a record of six wins, eight draws and 21 losses.

Lawrence, who has played and coached in England had replaced Belgian Tom Saintfiet who resigned, took over a struggling T&T side that was one from the bottom of the CONCACAF final round of qualifying for the 2018 Russia World Cup.

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« Reply #627 on: April 12, 2022, 11:57:51 AM »


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« Reply #628 on: May 26, 2022, 01:50:07 AM »
In the end, disappointing season for Coventry after a promising bout some months ago. However, in the scheme of things they can still walk away with some smiles. Comfortably mid-table.

Only 3 teams in the entire division played to more draws than COV (Millwall, Preston and Birmingham). Only 1 team below COV has a record of having earned more wins than defeats (Preston). Below that the negative balance sheet kicks in. The post-season assessment at those clubs will be entirely different.

All in all, that's enough mixed evidence to inspire confidence at COV in climbing the hill next season.

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« Reply #629 on: May 26, 2022, 01:06:46 PM »
In the end, disappointing season for Coventry after a promising bout some months ago. However, in the scheme of things they can still walk away with some smiles. Comfortably mid-table.

Only 3 teams in the entire division played to more draws than COV (Millwall, Preston and Birmingham). Only 1 team below COV has a record of having earned more wins than defeats (Preston). Below that the negative balance sheet kicks in. The post-season assessment at those clubs will be entirely different.

All in all, that's enough mixed evidence to inspire confidence at COV in climbing the hill next season.

Gone are the days of us expecting to have a player in the mix to wear the club's new kit.
Wouldn't say disappointing. What they did earlier on in the season was unexpected of them, they punched above their weight. If anyone offered them mid table at the beginning they would have accepted that as they were a relegation favorite