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« on: August 12, 2014, 09:12:23 PM »
I've heard that Defence Force coach, Ross Russell has had a stroke.

I sincerely hope this is not true, but it came from a good source. I have no news of the severity of the stroke.

All at Central F.C. pray that Ross will be on the touchline in September for Army's first game of the season.

How much more does this Defence Force squad have to suffer this year?

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Re: Ross Russell
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2014, 03:58:30 AM »
Positive vibes for Russel.
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Re: Ross Russell
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2014, 04:15:22 AM »
He was at a fete match yesterday for All Together Youths according to the missus and she hadn't heard. I'm texting a mutual friend to find out the deal. Hope it's not true, wish him well and good health :)

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Re: Ross Russell
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2014, 09:41:17 AM »
Just heard he's okay, no specifics :)

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Re: Ross Russell
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2014, 09:43:44 AM »
Just heard he's okay, no specifics :)

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Re: Ross Russell
« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2014, 10:09:49 AM »
He dint get a stroke jus was feeling sum pains on the left side of his chest so he is at the hospital precautionary

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Re: Ross Russell
« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2014, 10:23:24 AM »
Phew!
Get well bro. They need you.
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Re: Ross Russell
« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2014, 11:42:08 AM »
D/Force and T&T U-17 coach, Russell, recovers from suspected mild stroke.
By Lasana Liburd (wired868).


Trinidad and Tobago national under-17 and Defence Force coach Ross Russell is believed to have suffered a mild stroke at his Diego Martin home yesterday and is awaiting word from doctors today after spending the night at the West Shore Medical Hospital in Port of Spain.

National youth team manager Christo Gouveia said that he visited Russell today and found him in good spirits and physically uninhibited. However, the national youth team assistant coach and Defence Force Staff Sargeant is still awaiting results from a MRI scan to discover what triggered his health scare yesterday.

“The doctor said his symptoms were similar to a mild stroke but they are waiting for results from a MRI and so on,” Gouveia told Wired868. “He is in good spirit and laughing and showing full use of his all limbs.”

The national under-17 team is due to leave for St Lucia on Monday for the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) qualifying stage of their Chile 2015 Under-17 World Cup campaign. The national team does not have a specialist goalkeeper coach and Russell, a former national goalkeeper, plays a dual role with the team’s technical staff.

Gouveia explained that Russell called to complain about dizziness and blurred vision yesterday.

“When he got up at his home, he was feeling dizzy and experiencing blurred vision,” said Gouveia. “And he was feeling a little bit of numbness on his left side.”

Defence Force assistant coach Marvin Gordon ran yesterday morning’s session in Russell’s absence. He said the entire Pro League squad expects the coach to make a swift and complete recovery.

“He call yesterday morning and said he wasn’t feeling up to it, so I ran the session,” said Gordon. “But the guys can’t wait for him to come back out on the park with us. We understand that everything is alright with him, so we hope to see him soon.”

The Defence Force football team had a traumatic 2013/14 season as 30-year-old vice-captain Kevon Carter died of a heart attack on 28 February 2014 while, two months earlier, defender Rawle Fletcher was murdered outside a bar in Couva.

However, the “Teteron Boys” are hoping for a flying start to the 2014/15 Digicel Pro League season, which is expected to kick off on September 20 with the Charity Shield fixture that pits defending champion club DIRECTV W Connection against runner-up and bitter Couva rival Central FC.

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Re: Ross Russell
« Reply #8 on: August 13, 2014, 04:07:08 PM »
latest; first time his bar in Diego been closed since the missus can remember :p Glad to hear he's on the mend

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Ross Russell
« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2015, 05:06:29 PM »
Army part ways with Ross Russell.
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Marvin Gordon to serve as interim head coach

Staff Sergeant Ross Russell’s tenure with the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force (TTDF), which falls under the Ministry of National Security, has come to an end after 26 years, which also means that, at present, the 47-year-old will not be able to serve the army-coast guard combination of Defence Force Football Club as head coach or in any official position.

Unless, Russell – the most successful coach of the Defense Force football set-up in recent years – is subsequently promoted to the rank of Warrant Officer. Only then would he be able to serve the TTDF and its top-flight football team for three more years—something Russell has been very optimistic about over the past year.

At present, Russell’s able apprentice and close friend, 36-year-old Lance Corporal Marvin Gordon, will serve as interim head coach and will lead the soldiers out against Play Whe San Juan Jabloteh from 7 pm at the Marvin Lee Stadium on Saturday in Round One Match Day Eight of the 2014-2015 Digicel Pro League.

While another former player, Anton Joseph, will continue to serve as assistant coach of the top-flight Defence Force football team.

Last month Russell served out his final days as a member of the TTDF prior to December 18 when the Staff Sergeant reached his 47th birthday – the retirement age based on his last rank – two days after his last match in charge which ended in a 1-1 draw with Point Fortin Civic.

Russell’s successes as head coach of Defence Force’s top-flight team includes winning the soldiers’ two (Digicel) Pro League championships (2010-2011 & 2012-2013), the First Citizens Cup (2009) and the Digicel Pro Bowl (2012) during his spell, which began in 2009.

Last season, Defence Force, interrupted by issues relating national security, went trophy-less for Defence Force, but more so a traumatic season after 30-year-old club winger and Trinidad and Tobago player Kevon Carter died of a heart attack on 28 February 2014, and two months earlier defender Rawle Fletcher was murdered in his hometown, Couva.

However Russell’s accomplishment’s in the new era of professional football in Trinidad and Tobago isn’t unnoticed.

“He (Russell) was a dedicated soldier… both to country and organisation,” said Lieutenant Basil Thompson, who serves as the team manager.

“He usually puts country first (opting to various national football team coaching duties) during times of military courses where he could have been promoted in the service. He served the country in football and even in the service he has always been diligent, never once having a problem. And with the current squad of footballers we have, the motivation he inspires is unparallel.”

Despite being away from the job, it is also understood that Russell, who presently serves the Trinidad and Tobago Men’s Under-17 team as assistant coach/goalkeeper coach, continues to unofficially share advice with the current coaching staff at Defence Force FC.

“I think I’ve served the service well and never brought it under any disrepute,” said Russell, who has also served Trinidad and Tobago Men’s and Women’s teams from youth to senior levels in various coaching positions. “I thought I deserved the promotion to serve a few more years.”

Today, the former Trinidad and Tobago goalkeeper said he holds no regrets over his decision 26 years ago to join the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force.

Russell, back then a 19-year-old captain of the Trinidad and Tobago Under-20 team, enrolled in the army in 1988 and went on to serve the Defence Force admirably as a soldier and footballer.

“I think the Defence Force was good to me,” Russell added. “I enjoyed every moment in the Defence Force… all 26 years of it and I won’t change anything even if I had the chance. I think I was a very good soldier and served the Defence Force and country to the best of my ability.”

Russell, during his early time as a soldier, was at the time the only national footballer serving the infantry battalion of the TTDF but went on to have an exciting and well-accomplished playing career. He won every title on offer domestically, which included multiple national league titles and the FA Trophy, as well as the Caribbean Club title.

But for Russell his most precious memory is “leading Defence Force to 10 straight league wins then winning the (2010-2011 Digicel Pro) league title as coach”, while his fondest military memories includes being a member of Echo Company (military unit) and being a footballer while serving in the front line, as well as “being the fittest recruit in my time.”

Russell’s son, Ross Russell Jr., a left-footed defender/winger, has already followed some of his father’s footsteps, representing T&T at youth level, and joining the military where he also serves the Defence Force top-flight team.

Russell Sr. said he plans to continue coaching for as long as he can, and there are already offers from local clubs, but plans to weigh his options carefully.

Digicel Pro League 2014-2015 Round One Match Day Eight

Saturday 10 January 2015

Marvin Lee Stadium
North East Stars vs St. Ann’s Rangers—5 pm
Defence Force vs San Juan Jabloteh—7 pm

Sunday 11 January 2015

Ato Boldon Stadium
Central FC vs Point Fortin Civic—5 pm
W Connection vs Caledonia AIA—7 pm

Round One Match Day Nine Tuesday 13 January 2015

Marvin Lee Stadium
North East Stars vs Caledonia AIA—6 pm
San Juan Jabloteh vs W Connection—8 pm

Ato Boldon Stadium
Defence Force vs St. Ann's Rangers—6 pm
Police FC vs Point Fortin Civic—8 pm

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Re: Ross Russell
« Reply #10 on: January 08, 2015, 05:25:41 PM »
This is a major loss to Defence Force football. I honestly believe that this team will self implode without Ross. When you consider what Ross achieved when he has a very small pool of talent, he is a decent coach. A real gentleman too.
I really hope he gets to stay in professional football.

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Re: Ross Russell
« Reply #11 on: January 09, 2015, 07:10:12 AM »
Ross is a top bloke - met him both times I was in the country, and from what I've seen and heard he's a good coach too. I hope he isn't out of the game too long - TT footy needs more coaches as professional as him.

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Re: Ross Russell
« Reply #12 on: January 09, 2015, 07:40:21 AM »
Yuh mean they couldn't find SOME way to keep this special talent?
Why this blaring failure to understand the value of special human resources so badly?
Why FS as a T&T implant (and a good one mind you) had to be the first person to recognize the value of Russell?
What is wrong with T&T boy? Why boy?
Cyah see this shite happening in Jamdown, Haiti, Antigua just so.
Just letting a top sports institution go down, with the result seen way in advance and with corrective measures possible long ago.
Why only the foreign based touting his value?
Why?
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Re: Ross Russell
« Reply #13 on: January 09, 2015, 02:43:53 PM »
Ross is a good one....had some dealings with him personally and professionally....Defence Force HR couldn't do something????

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Re: Ross Russell
« Reply #15 on: May 26, 2015, 01:55:57 AM »
Russell appointed Women Soca Warriors coach.
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Former national goalkeeper Ross Russell has been appointed coach of the Women’s Soca Warriors for the upcoming Pan American Games in Canada in July as well as the Caribbean Football Union Olympic qualifying tournament.

Russell, a former Defence Force Staff Sargent and coach was confirmed in the post by the members of the T&T Football Association’s Executive Committee serving on the federation’s Technical Development Committee headed by chairman Richard Quan Chan, following its special meeting held to discuss its 10-year development plan.

Earlier this year, Russell who led Defence Force to two Digicel T&T Pro League titles was replaced as the team’s Pro League coach after his tenure with Defence Force came to an end, 26 years after he first enrolled.

Russell served out his final days of his 26 years as a member of the Defence Force prior to December 18 last year when he reached his 47th birthday–the retirement age based on his last rank–two days after his last match in charge which ended in a 1-1 draw with Point Fortin Civic. His successes as coach of Defence Force’s top-flight team includes winning the Digicel Pro League in 2010/2011 & 2012/2013), the First Citizens Cup (2009) and the Digicel Pro Bowl (2012) during his coaching spell, which began in 2009.

The decision to appoint Russell, a former national youth team goalkeeping coach came after the T&TFA failed to reach a decision with former coach, American Randy Waldrum due to his club commitments with the Houston Dash in the US National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). Last December, Waldrum led the Women Soca Warriors to the brink of qualification to the Canada 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and had stated his intention to continue coaching the squad, however, Russell has been given the task of leading the team forward instead.

The other coaching announcements made by the T&TFA includes Jason Spence, coach of defending Women’s League Football champions, St Ann’s Rangers’ being named as coach of Under-20 women’s squad for the upcoming FIFA Under-20 World Cup qualifying campaign. Prior to the disclosure from the T&TFA, Spence, 44 was the assistant coach to both senior and Under-20 teams.

And Ken Elie, a past national youth team coach, being appointed to oversee the preparations of the team for the Concacaf Under-15 Championship as well as prepare for future tournaments which will see the team graduate to the Under-17 team for World Cup qualification.

Other decisions taken by the T&TFA Executive Committee

T-League

The Executive Committee voted to grant provisional approval to the promoters of the T-League, a master’s competition that will be held for 12 weeks from May to July 2016 throughout Trinidad and Tobago.

Women’s Premier League

The Executive Committee has granted permission to the Women’s Premier League to hold a Cup Tournament from June—July 2015. The Executive Committee also established a position paper on the Women’s Premier League initiative that sets forth the conditions for approval of the competition.

T&T National Youth League

The Executive Committee voted to support the creation of a national youth league through the expansion of the Republic Bank Youth Tournament. Age groups for boys and girls will include u13, u15, and u17 levels. The youth league will begin play in late June.

Super League Championship League

Consideration has been given to explore the feasibility of creating a division below the current National Super League for the purpose of presenting a promotion/relegation system consisting of a Super League Premier Division and a Super League Championship Division.

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Re: Ross Russell
« Reply #16 on: May 26, 2015, 06:17:32 AM »
Ross Russell?

Wow, we just keep recycling the same old coach.

New TTFA, same TTFF.


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Re: Ross Russell
« Reply #17 on: May 26, 2015, 06:23:09 AM »
Ken Elie, wow, forgotten about this dude. Played with him in Essex.

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Re: Ross Russell
« Reply #18 on: May 26, 2015, 07:11:27 AM »
From a women's "professional" league to now a "cup tournament"...

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Re: Ross Russell
« Reply #19 on: May 26, 2015, 09:52:38 AM »
Somebody should run up in de TTFA office and drag Tim Key dong de step and put some hard clout in he ass.

They hire another free coach and with no money to play any games de team go fail and they go fire him then next year they go hire him again to coach de under 20 men.

Even Defence Force don't wan him.

Like we really short on local coaches boy.

Ross Russell cant coach, allyuh ever see de bob hope style he does coach, kick to de foward.

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Re: Ross Russell
« Reply #20 on: June 01, 2015, 05:15:54 AM »
Russell hopes to improve Women Soca Warriors
By Nigel Simon (Guardian).


Newly appointed Women’s Soca Warriors coach Ross Russell says he hopes to improve the overall standard of the team as they continue preparations for the upcoming Pan American Games in Canada in July as well as the Caribbean Football Union Olympic Games qualifying tournament for Rio 2016.

The 47-year-old Russell, a former Defence Force Staff Sargeant and coach was confirmed in the post by the members of the T&T Football Association’s Executive Committee serving on the federation’s technical development committee headed by chairman Richard Quan Chan, following its special meeting held to discuss its 10-year development plan last week.

Commenting on his appointment, Russell who led Defence Force to two Digicel T&T Pro League titles and was replaced as the team’s Pro League coach after his tenure with Defence Force came to an end, 26 years after he first enrolled said he took his new position in stride and was quick to point out that the team was already at a very good standard in terms of quality.

A former national goalkeeper Russell said his main aim for now will be improving the sharpness and fitness levels of the players as they ready themselves for a very tough group campaign at the Pan American Games in Canada in July.

“In Canada we will face three top quality teams in Argentina, Colombia and Mexico and our first target is to qualify from the group to the semifinal phase of the competition and against these teams we will need to be at our peak physically,” said Russell.

“Once we take each match as it comes and manage to qualify from the round-robin stage then our next target will be to get among the medals. I believe we have the quality players and team in general to achieve that goal and we will be trying our best to do so.”

Russell said he was also looking forward to the new Women’s Professional League which is set to kick off next month so he can have a chance of seeing a few more players with Olympic qualifiers coming soon after the Pan American Games.

“So far all the girls have responded to my appointment very well. I must say its been’s a smooth transition for me, and I think having been around as a goalkeeper coach and helping out with national teams in the past made it very easy for me to communicate with the team and their captain Maylee Attin-Johnson.

“They have been very professional as well and all know my work.

“We are now into our second week of training and the girls are all working as hard as possible to get into peak form and with me being a new coach it gives them the extra motivation of wanting to make a good impression.

According to Russell, who conducted another training session at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo on Thursday, he has not selected a final squad for the Pan American Games as yet, even though a list of players have been shortlisted and submitted to the T&T Olympic Committee with the final team set to be named by mid June.

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Russell takes charge of Central FC
« Reply #21 on: July 23, 2015, 07:50:42 AM »
Russell takes charge of Central FC
By Nigel Simon (T&T Guardian)


Former T&T Defence Force Staff Sergeant Ross Russell will be unveiled as the new coach of reigning Digicel T&T Pro League and Caribbean Football Union Club champions, Central FC, as soon as he returns home from the 28th Pan American Games in Canada, where he coached the Women Soca Warriors.

This was confirmed by the club’s newly-appointed Football Operations manager, former national defender and captain Anthony Rougier, yesterday.

And Russell will have little time to relax as his first major assignment will be the 2015/2015 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League, which kicks off in two weeks time, with Central FC set to debut against US Major League Soccer Cup champions LA Galaxy and Guatemalan champions CSD Comunicaciones in Group D.

Central FC will play its first match of the three-team home-and-away round-robin group against LA Galaxy on August 6 and will more than likely face a star-studded line-up inclusive of former England and Liverpool captain Steven Gerard, Ireland striker Robbie Keane, and Mexico’s Giovani Dos Santos, who signed for the club last week from Spanish La Liga side Villarreal.

Commenting on the appointment, Rougier, who first noted that he was brought on board because of former Operations Manager, Kevin Harrison and Minister of Sports, Brent Sancho, the former club co-owner, political commitments, said all that was waiting on was for Russell to put pen to paper on his contract when he returns from Canada.

He added: “We have been in discussion with him (Russell) for a while and things are now in place for him to take up his position. But in the meantime, assistant coach Saunders, who served under Vranes and Fenwick, has been conducting the sessions as we are preparing to face LA Galaxy, and at the moment we have close to 22 players in training.

“We are also in discussions with a few other players with a view to strengthening our squad. But we cannot reveal their names at the moment, because they are attached to other clubs, however, we are confident we should be ready by August 6,” stated Rougier, a former England-based player and manager of the now defunct South End FC.

Russell’s tenure with the T&T Defence Force, which falls under the Ministry of National Security, came to an end after 26 years, prior to December 18, 2014, when the Staff Sergeant reached his 47th birthday—the retirement age based on his last rank—two days after his last match in charge, which ended in a 1–1 draw with Point Fortin Civic.

This meant, he was unable to serve the Army-Coast Guard combination as coach of its Digicel T&T Pro League football team or in any official position.

Only if Russell, the most successful coach of the Defence Force football set-up in recent years, was promoted to the rank of Warrant Officer would he have been able to serve the TTDF and its top-flight football team for three more years—something Russell has been very optimistic about over the past year.

In his absence, close friend, 36-year-old Lance Corporal Marvin Gordon, served as coach, while another former player, Anton Joseph, was his assistant.

Russell’s successes as coach of Defence Force’s top-flight team included winning two (Digicel) Pro League championships (2010-2011 and 2012-2013), the First Citizens Cup (2009) and the Digicel Pro Bowl (2012) during his spell, which began in 2009.

Central FC on the other hand, began the season under former T&T coach Zoran Vranes and retained the First Citizens Cup, after Englishman Terry Fenwick quit the post for greener pastures in the Belgium Third tier with CS Vise, where local players Willis Plaza, Rundell Winchester, Elton John and Kevon Villaroel subsequently followed.

With the club sitting nicely at the top of the Pro League table and two trophies already won, Vranes was surprisingly replaced by the returning Fenwick, and elevated to the position of Technical Director.

The move to bring back Fenwick worked wonders as he went on to add the Akeem Adams and Kevon Carter trophies for winning the remaining two rounds in the league, the Pro League title and the Digicel Pro Bowl, before capturing a first ever CFU Club Championship title.

However, at the end of last season, Fenwick along with a number of players saw their contracts with the club expire while there were also issues over bonus payments for tournaments won.

Matches

Central FC’s Concacaf Champions League

August 6: LA Galaxy (USA) vs Central FC
August 27: CD Comunicaciones (GUA) vs Central FC
September 17: Central FC vs CD Comunicaciones (GUA)
September 23: Central FC vs LA Galaxy (USA)
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Re: Russell takes charge of Central FC
« Reply #22 on: July 23, 2015, 08:57:14 AM »
Another useful exercise!
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Re: Russell takes charge of Central FC
« Reply #23 on: July 23, 2015, 09:22:30 AM »
Most anticipated a different sort of revolutionary announcement, and now could only conclude that Ross Russell comes cheaper than Terry Fenwick.

That he's Central's first T&T bred coach is an unfortunate tie-in with the above conclusion.

On the theory that we get what we pay for, I wish Ross well.

It's undoubtedly a great platform for him.

One has to note though ... that Central is showing an indulgent degree of composure with Pan Ams closing a few days away and kick-off v. LA mere days after that.

Congrats to Rougier.
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Re: Russell takes charge of Central FC
« Reply #24 on: July 23, 2015, 09:47:40 AM »
Most anticipated a different sort of revolutionary announcement, and now could only conclude that Ross Russell comes cheaper than Terry Fenwick.

That he's Central's first T&T bred coach is an unfortunate tie-in with the above conclusion.

On the theory that we get what we pay for, I wish Ross well.

It's undoubtedly a great platform for him.

One has to note though ... that Central is showing an indulgent degree of composure with Pan Ams closing a few days away and kick-off v. LA mere days after that.

Congrats to Rougier.

Actually, we approached Ross before Vranes was appointed but he wanted to stay with Army to see if they could find a way to keep him on board. I always felt that if he could achieve what he did with a limited pool of players, what could he achieve with access to a wider selection? I also liked the team spirit and discipline (off the pitch) of the Army team.

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Re: Russell takes charge of Central FC
« Reply #25 on: July 23, 2015, 09:59:03 AM »
So what that means? He won't be with the Women's team who stay in Canada to prepare for Olympic qualifiers?
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Re: Russell takes charge of Central FC
« Reply #26 on: July 23, 2015, 10:03:55 AM »
I really hope Central or Connection buy Kadeem Corbin. He needs to be at a top local club if he is going to play in Trinidad.

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Re: Russell takes charge of Central FC
« Reply #27 on: July 23, 2015, 10:18:14 AM »
So what that means? He won't be with the Women's team who stay in Canada to prepare for Olympic qualifiers?

He has no contract with TTFA or any salary. What would you do? We actually wanted him to start with Central before PanAms but he ia a man of integrity and wanted to fulfill his duty to the women first.  :salute:

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Re: Russell takes charge of Central FC
« Reply #28 on: July 23, 2015, 11:04:07 AM »
Not blaming him, just wondering what that meant in terms of the women's programme.

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Re: Russell takes charge of Central FC
« Reply #29 on: July 23, 2015, 11:30:47 AM »
Actually, we approached Ross before Vranes was appointed but he wanted to stay with Army to see if they could find a way to keep him on board. I always felt that if he could achieve what he did with a limited pool of players, what could he achieve with access to a wider selection? I also liked the team spirit and discipline (off the pitch) of the Army team.

I recall you making this observation a while back.
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