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Re: Dwight Yorke Official Thread
« Reply #390 on: July 11, 2020, 06:04:43 AM »
Yorke urges students: 'You can achieve like me'
By Walter Alibey (Guardian).


Dwight Yorke, who is undoubtedly one of T&T's most prolific and accomplished goalscorer, is now urging young footballers at the nation's schools, that they too can achieve as he did.

"It is achievable if you are prepared to work for it," Yorke said.

Speaking at the Virtual Faith and Confidence Ceremony of the Caribbean Association of Principals of Secondary Schools (CAPSS) webinar on Thursday, which was called to bless the students ahead of the CSEC and CAPE examinations next week, Yorke said: "The opportunity is down for the younger generation now to achieve what they want to achieve. It's up to the individual how hard they want to work for it."

'The Smiling Assassin' as he is passionately known, due to his famous smile after goals, Yorke said the path to the English football leagues are a lot easier today than it was back in his times because of the work done by people like Shaka Hislop, Russell Latapy and himself in clearing the path for those coming after.

Yorke scored 123 goals in the Premier League, a record for a non-European which was not broken until Sergio Aguero in 2017. Throughout his club career, he played for Aston Villa, Manchester United, Blackburn Rovers, Birmingham City, Sydney FC in Australia and Sunderland mainly as a forward between 1988 and 2009.

He was the assistant manager of the T&T team until the completion of the qualifying matches for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

At the international level, Yorke represented T&T on 74 occasions between 1989 and 2009, scoring 19 goals. Through it all, he said he had to find a balance between his academics and the sports he played, particularly at Signal Hill Secondary where he ran marathon, played football, table tennis, badminton and played cricket. Yorke said it was because of the dedicated teachers, who gave up extra hours to ensure that he caught up with his academics.

"It is achievable if you're prepared to work for it. It was hard work to try and balance everything. At the age of 15, I moved to Trinidad and I went to St Augustine Comprehensive at the time, and the reason I moved to Trinidad was that I was already on the national senior team, so they moved me to Trinidad so that I could balance my school work as well as represent the country.

"We were one point away from qualifying for the 1990 World Cup. So it was achievable if you were prepared to work for it and I was prepared to work, both with my football and my academics at the time."

According to Yorke, there should be no excuses for youngsters not balancing their academics and sports now, due to the technology at this time.

He said, "I encourage the kids, yes play your sports if you can and if you have any ambition to follow in my footsteps, but it is equally important that your academics are up to par to balance them both because just in case the sports do not work out you make sure you have your qualification going forward."

Meanwhile, Yorke said he is interested in becoming a manager now and will put out the same determination he had as a player, to become a manager. The 48-year-old said although he has had a few failed attempts at becoming a manager in Europe, he will not give up, saying he will "continue trying and trying until he achieves".

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Re: Dwight Yorke Official Thread
« Reply #391 on: July 12, 2020, 06:42:48 PM »
Katie Price reveals her son Harvey is in intensive care
By Chris Edwards (Yahoo News).


Katie Price has revealed her son Harvey is in intensive care.

On Sunday (July 12), a representative confirmed that the 18-year-old was rushed to hospital with difficulty breathing, and is at risk of organ failure.

Katie has since taken to social media to reassure her fans that Harvey is in a stable condition.

Alongside an image of the two of them, she wrote on Twitter and Instagram: "I can confirm Harvey is in intensive care and in the best hands.

"I would like to thank the ambulance services and the hospital staff for the quick response and making him stable."

A spokesperson for Katie told The Sun: "His condition is very dangerous and Katie is terrified.

"He has a temperature of 42 degrees and is struggling to breathe. One of his conditions is adrenal failure that could cause his organs to fail and is very dangerous."

Harvey has a number of health conditions, including the rare genetic disorder Prader-Willi Syndrome, partial blindness due to Septo-optic dysplasia, diabetes, and an an underactive thyroid.

This is Harvey's second health scare in recent weeks, having previously been rushed to hospital during his sister Princess' 13th birthday party last month.

At the time, a representative told The Mail Online: "He has complex medical requirements that require close monitoring and from time to time an alert flags up.

"Katie was deeply concerned. Harvey had a temperature and presented chest pains - thankfully on this occasion his symptoms are that of picking up a common bug.

"But Katie did fear the worst - yesterday was a highly emotional day with Princess' birthday and then the sudden decline of Harvey’s health."



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Re: Dwight Yorke Official Thread
« Reply #392 on: July 12, 2020, 09:10:00 PM »
Hope everything turns out well for him. Blessings.

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Re: Dwight Yorke Official Thread
« Reply #393 on: July 17, 2020, 05:53:39 AM »
'F*ck off & get lost' - Yorke asked Sir Alex Ferguson for paid year off while at Man Utd.
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Dwight Yorke has revealed he asked legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson for a year off after helping the club to their historic treble triumph in 1999.

The Trinidad and Tobago international forward was a key figure as United won the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League in the 1998-99 campaign, a trio of trophies which has never since been matched by an English club in the same season.

Yorke scored 29 goals in 52 appearances in all competitions that season - and clearly felt his efforts warranted a significant rest, revealing he made the bold move of going into Ferguson's office and asking for a year off to celebrate and recuperate.

He told the UTD Podcast: "Yeah, with pay. I mean what else is there to do in football after winning the treble?

"I was on such a high. It was ridiculous. Concorde was flying back then and I remember we went to New York. Back in the days they used to put you up with the pilot. I got to New York and I thought 'what else is there to achieve after this?' because everything else will be a failure or deemed as a failure.

"I went into the gaffer's office and said 'what are we doing? After winning the treble there's nothing to do. Can I have a year off from football with pay? Then I'll come back the next year and rejoin the team'.

"I honestly don't know what made me think that. What more could we possibly do as a team? Yeah we could repeat it but if you don't then the team is a failure. If there was a time you were going to ask the gaffer for anything, that was it. I didn't have anything to lose.

"He could only tell me to f*** off, which he did. He said 'f*** off and get lost'. It was jokingly but if he had said to take a year off then I would have done. But I knew that wasn't going to happen so I thought it was worth a try."

United won the Premier League by a single point from Arsenal in the 1998-99 season, before defeating Newcastle United 2-0 in the FA Cup final.

The treble was completed in dramatic style in the Champions League final at Barcelona's Camp Nou, with injury-time strikes from Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer earning a 2-1 victory over Bayern Munich.

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Re: Dwight Yorke Official Thread
« Reply #394 on: September 23, 2020, 09:24:59 AM »
Rio Ferdinand story about Dwight Yorke shows Alex Ferguson's ruthless streak.
By Patrick McCarry (joe.co.uk).


"That conversation stayed with me for the rest of my career"

In July 2002, Manchester United paid a then record English fee £29m to Leeds United to take Rio Ferdinand off their hands. It was an apt response to United finishing second to Arsenal, the previous season, and having an impressive streak of league success broken.

Dwight Yorke was still on United's books at the time but Ferguson had made up his mind about the striker. Yorke had scored 65 goals in 152 games for United (winning the Golden Boot in the treble-winning 1998/99 season in the process) but switched into cruise control from around 2001.

Ferdinand recalled being shown around the United training facilities by Yorke when he first arrived at the club. Ferguson was monitoring the pair closely.

Ferdinand said: "Dwight had won the treble a couple of years before and him and Andy Cole had been on fire up front. I was walking around the training ground with him and remember Alex Ferguson walking out of his office and saying, 'Alright boys. Good morning!'

"We both said good morning back. I went and had breakfast with Yorkie and we headed out to training. As we were going out, Ferguson called me - 'Rio. Rio! Come over here'.

"It's Alex Ferguson so the respect levels are crazy high anyway. It's like the head teacher at school calling you over on your first day.

"I walked over and he said, 'Do you want to be here a long time?' I said, 'Yeah. I want to win everything and do as well as I can, boss.'

"Ferguson then said, 'Well the first thing you should think about doing is not hanging around with him [Yorke] because he ain't going to be here'. Wow. I said, 'What?' Ferguson says, 'He was unbelievable. He won everything but he's got complacent now'.

"When he said that, it really hit home to me that no one is safe at this club. Dwight Yorke was walking around as the king of Manchester as he'd won the treble and had been a big part of that. But if you start letting standards slip or if the intensity is not there at the training ground, you've got to go. That conversation stayed with me for the rest of my career at Man United. That fear of being pushed out the door because I wasn't as intense as I was at the beginning."

Ferguson was true to his word as Yorke was sold to Blackburn Rovers a week later. The United boss had tried to ship him off to Middlesbrough in January of 2002 but the deal fell through.

As if to drive home to Yorke that he would not be part of his 2002/03 plans, Ferguson did not give the striker a squad number for the new season. After two great seasons and two underwhelming seasons, Yorke was on the move.

As for Rio Ferdinand, he played 12 seasons at United, won six league titles and a European Cup in 2008.

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Yorke working with Manchester United Under-23s
« Reply #395 on: September 25, 2020, 09:19:44 AM »
Yorke working with Manchester United Under-23s
By Adam Marshall (manutd.com)


Manchester United legend Dwight Yorke has been working with the club's Under-23s and will attend Friday night's live MUTV encounter with Liverpool.

The Treble hero, top scorer in that incredible 1998/99 season, is gaining some coaching experience over the next two weeks, with a view to hopefully obtaining a managerial post in the near future.

By passing on some of his expertise to lead coach Neil Wood's group, it is clearly a win-win situation for both parties.

United are privileged to be able to accommodate visits from former players during the season, with Patrice Evra another Old Trafford great who has spent time with the youngsters.

Quinton Fortune, of course, recently worked as assistant to Wood before joining Reading, while Nicky Butt spends a lot of time working with the boys, in his role as head of first-team development.

Yorke will appreciate more than most that a game with Liverpool at any level is one to relish, he scored against them in the 2-2 Premier League draw at Anfield in 1999 and the famous FA Cup victory in the same year, equalising late on before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's dramatic winner.

United will face a real challenge in Premier League 2, following promotion last term, with a number of key players moved out on loan to further their development. It means Wood is working with a youthful squad, as shown by the fact that 16-year-old Shola Shoretire came off the bench to make his Under-23s debut in the opener against Leicester City.

Friday's game at Leigh Sports Village, which kicks off at 19:00 BST, should provide another real test for the team, with the match against Liverpool being shown live in full on MUTV.

There will be another chance to gain valuable experience in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday (19:45 BST), when Rochdale provide the opposition at the Crown Oil Arena, following our 6-0 win at Salford City in the opening group fixture.

Meanwhile, the game away to Blackburn Rovers in Premier League has been moved from Monday 5 October to Friday 2 October with a 14:00 BST kick-off.
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Re: Dwight Yorke Official Thread
« Reply #396 on: September 25, 2020, 11:39:08 AM »
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Re: Dwight Yorke Official Thread
« Reply #397 on: September 25, 2020, 11:46:32 PM »
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He was wasting time. Should have done that years ago.

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An ode to Dwight Yorke & successfully combining playing with partying
« Reply #398 on: November 03, 2020, 12:26:42 PM »
An ode to Dwight Yorke & successfully combining playing with partying
By Benedict O’Neill (planetfootball.com)


Dwight Yorke enjoyed a brilliant career, tearing up the Premier League with Aston Villa, winning the treble with Manchester United and playing until he was 37. And he did it all despite being labelled a playboy.

Everybody knows what former Aston Villa manager John Gregory said about Dwight Yorke in the summer of 1998.

Having recently lost his star striker to Manchester United for £12.6million, Gregory confessed to some dark thoughts.

“Dwight openly stated to me that he wanted to play for Manchester United and not Aston Villa,” he said. “That really hurt me, and if I had a gun I would have shot him.”

Fortunately for Yorke, the performances of Villa strikers Julian Joachim and Dion Dublin cooled Gregory’s lust for murder.

But Yorke would receive further threats — less well-documented ones — over the course of his four-year Manchester United career.

In the early 2000s, around the time of Eminem’s stalker anthem ‘Stan’, the anonymous owner of dwight-yorke.co.uk carried out some mild blackmail against the striker.

“I wrote to Dwight Yorke a few months ago asking if he would be interested in buying this domain name,” they wrote. “I also offered to write a fan site for him at no cost. All I asked was for a small mention in the Manchester United matchday programme.”

A fair offer, and no mention of guns. Here was an opportunist simply seeking a small favour from an idol.

But Yorke never replied to the troubled fan.

“Now I imagine Dwighty boy must be quite busy with his life,” the angry webmaster wrote. “But he couldn’t even be bothered to send a short reply saying that he wasn’t insterested [sic] and for me to stick it.”

To reiterate: ‘Stan’ had just come out.

Weirdly, the webmaster’s revenge against Yorke involved posting photos of Katie Price, as well as links to her work, on dwight-yorke.co.uk. (Yorke and Price were dating at the time.)

Although it’s hard to see how this would have troubled Yorke, it was clearly an attempt to shame the footballer.

The aggressor even vowed to keep up the fight: “Everytime [sic] he changes a girlfriend, this site will change with him as well! A bit like a shadow you could say.”

United success

Back in 1998, Yorke was leaving defenders chasing shadows, you could say, after forming a deadly strike partnership with Andy Cole.

For three years the duo, born less than three weeks apart, exploited the final throes of the 4-4-2 era.

Strangely, though, that partnership might never have bloomed had United signed their first-choice forward. Not Yorke, but Patrick Kluivert of Milan.

Kluivert flourished at Barcelona in the late 90s and early 2000s, but Yorke quickly proved that he was no meagre backup, scoring seven league goals before Christmas 1998 and endearing himself to fans.

By the time United faced Aston Villa in early December, Yorke was even praised by his jilted former boss.

“[Wanting to shoot Yorke] was just how I felt at the time,” Gregory said. “I was hurt that he didn’t want to play for Villa, though I still have the utmost admiration for him as a player.”

Yorke finished United’s treble-winning season of 1998-99 with 29 goals in all competitions, his 18 league strikes earning him the Premier League Golden Boot and Player of the Season.

The following year his league tally increased to 20. And while his playing time was limited in his third campaign at Old Trafford, a 21-minute hat-trick in a 6-1 win over Arsenal helped the team to their third consecutive title.

In many ways, however, Yorke’s off-field actions came to overshadow his football.

Like his team-mate David Beckham, Yorke incurred the wrath of Alex Ferguson for his celebrity lifestyle and high-profile romantic life.

And the relationship between player and manager eventually reached breaking point.

In the 2001-02 season, Yorke’s fourth and final in Manchester, Ferguson reportedly pressured the United board to sell Yorke ahead of Cole, with both now second-choice to Ruud van Nistelrooy.

By the end of the campaign, the club had sold both halves of the legendary partnership to Blackburn.

In what now seems like an anachronism, Yorke’s final goal for United actually came playing up front alongside Van Nistelrooy, the neat header against Leicester his only league goal of the 2001-02 season.

Born to score

To his credit, Yorke was never remotely secretive about how he chose to live his life. In his delightfully named autobiography, Born to Score, the striker candidly recounts tryst upon tryst.

One encounter, described in the book in all its teen movie glory, involved Yorke hiding from a partner’s mother: “There was nothing for it but to scramble together my discarded clothes and dive under the bed while my friend played for time…”

Importantly, though, hindsight tells us those off-field activities didn’t hamper Yorke’s career as much as Ferguson thought they might.

While Yorke’s friend Mark Bosnich, a team-mate at both Aston Villa and Man United, lost a decade of his career to a troublesome party lifestyle, Yorke played at the highest level well into his thirties, eventually transforming himself into a central midfielder.

One of his greatest achievements — captaining Trinidad and Tobago at their first ever World Cup — was saved until he was 34 years old, and he didn’t retire from club or international football until the age of 37.

So while the early 2000s saw Yorke vilified for a lack of dedication and professionalism, time has actually been kind to his legacy.

Doubters assumed the ‘Jordan years’ would destroy Yorke as a footballer. Perhaps the drama took its toll in other ways, but the longevity of Yorke’s career proved he was capable of balancing two simultaneous and equally colourful lives.

And perhaps that’s where the owner of dwight-yorke.co.uk went wrong.

That anonymous ‘Stan’ figure thought public scrutiny could kill the Smiling Assassin (or at least coerce him into writing a small note of thanks in a matchday programme), but Yorke actually thrived as a celebrity.

If only others had spotted his resilience, he might have lasted far longer at Man United — perhaps until the age of 37.
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Re: Dwight Yorke Official Thread
« Reply #399 on: December 13, 2020, 11:20:42 AM »
Flashback: Ex-England manager, Taylor, on Yorke, Hutchinson and T&T footballers.
By Lasana Liburd (Wired868).


The following article, based on an interview between ex-England and Aston Villa manager Graham Taylor and journalist Lasana Liburd, was first published in Trinidad Express on 6 May 2004:

“Let me tell you something that will always stay with me,” said former England and Aston Villa manager Graham Taylor. “I had just switched on the television at home and was getting to ready to watch Manchester United play Bayern Munich in the Champions’ League final when the phone rang. When I picked it up, it was Dwight [Yorke].

“He was just leaving his hotel in Barcelona to go the stadium and he said ‘I am just phoning to thank you for what you did for my career’. I was so stunned that I immediately went and told me wife what happened.

“It brought a tear to my eye.”

Taylor, one of Britain’s most respected managers, has coached many top footballers including former English standouts like John Barnes, Paul Gascoigne and Gary Lineker but none more memorable than Trinidad and Tobago star Dwight Yorke.

The player who he chanced across on a pre-season tour in Tobago and offered the opportunity to become one of the sport’s biggest names.

It seems a lifetime ago. Fifteen years to be precise.

But Taylor, who must have signed hundreds of promising players in a managerial career spanning nearly three decades, recalled his time with the player with remarkable clarity.

They met in the summer of 1989 and Yorke was an Aston Villa player before Christmas.

Their professional relationship ended two years later when Taylor replaced Bobby Robson as the English national coach. But the affable gentleman was clearly still smitten by Tobago’s ‘Smiling Assassin’.

At present, Taylor works as a television correspondent and this journalist ran into him at a Premiership fixture. It took only the words ‘Trinidad and Tobago’ and an authentic accent to convince him to grant an interview.

Some of his recollections are already well known and practically folklore in the Caribbean.

He trivialised his role in discovering the 17-year-old striker, who he first saw in a friendly contest against a Tobago XI at Shaw Park during a pre-season Caribbean tour by his Aston Villa club.

Yorke, he explained, was just too good to miss.

“You didn’t need to be an expert to recognise the qualities he had,” said Taylor. “I wanted him on my team for the second half. I wanted the other Villa players to be able to give me a first hand report on what they thought of him but [the Tobago XI] said no.

“I understood that if he scored against Tobago then, when we left, he would still have to live there and it might have been difficult for him to live down…”

Without any prompting, Taylor also remembered the second Tobagonian he invited to Birmingham for closer inspection at Villa Park.

“Colvin, I think his name was,” said Taylor, “yes, it was touch and go with Colvin. I felt he was a good player but he was 22 or 23 whereas Dwight was 16.”

(In fact, Dwight was a year older than he recalled while Colvin Hutchinson—Yorke’s teammate at Signal Hill Senior Comprehensive and on the national team—was probably a year younger.)

“I felt that, at 16, Yorke had more time to grow into the British culture,” he said. “But if we signed Colvin at 22 or 23, we would not have been able to wait two or three years for him to be in the first team as we could with Dwight. So, I had to measure him up to the midfielders we had at the time.

“I also had to weigh in the fact that the midfield position is a very demanding one and he would be playing in a league and against players much tougher than anything he could have experienced in the Caribbean.

“I also felt that he did not have that little bit extra that Dwight did.”

There was a wry smile on his face when he mentioned the price of £10,000 that Villa paid for Yorke.

It was a steal and everyone at Villa Park knew it.

Taylor suggested that such a deal could not be done now but he also felt the growing awareness of Caribbean clubs is a double-edged sword.

“Clubs cannot come and steal Caribbean players,” he said, “because there is much more awareness of the worth of players now… But, at the same time, clubs are unwilling to risk too much money on players who must still adjust to the professional circuit and a new lifestyle.

“When Dwight came here, he had never seen snow before. It is a tremendous move to go from one culture to a next at any age; whether it is 16 or 29 or 59.”

Taylor had worked with two players of Caribbean heritage before Yorke. He coached the Jamaican-born Barnes and speedy striker Luther Blissett at Watford.

Barnes moved on to stardom at Liverpool while Blissett enjoyed a stint at AC Milan.

Taylor suggested that they shared natural pace, agility, and a ‘good touch and feel for the ball’ as well as the ability to excite people.

But he explained players need special help in settling into a new environment and insisted that a Trinidad and Tobago player should never sign for a club unless he was convinced there were people within the organisation to help him adjust.

The bane of Caribbean players was on the tip of his tongue.

“You just cannot be as carefree in attitude over here,” he said, with a pained expression. “Things like punctuality are very important to people here. It means an awful lot.

“If you are told to be somewhere at 10 and you report at 10.05 or 10.15, that does not go down very well with some people at all.

“People here do not understand that the player is coming from a different world and needs to be helped to adjust.”

The scowl left his face as the conversation swung back to Yorke.

Did Yorke recreate himself as a player from a dazzling dribbler to a clinical finisher? The Soca Warriors star was initially used on the right wing at Villa but was converted into one of the Premiership’s deadliest centre-forwards.

(Yorke’s 123 Premier League goals was a record for a non-European player until Argentina and Manchester City star, Sergio Aguero, caught up with him in 2017.)

“The Yorke that I first took was a dribbler who would go at people,” said Taylor, “but as he progressed he learnt things and added things. I only had an early part in Dwight’s career but I always felt he could do whatever he wanted [in the game].

“He was always a team player but I felt that he needed to show people that he could be a star. At one point, it seemed that he was happier to be a provider than a scorer and you have to ask yourself ‘is it because he is taking himself out of the heat of the battle or he is just doing the right thing to assist his team’?

“It was about getting the right balance.”

His successful spell at Manchester United—where Yorke won League, FA and European Champions’ League titles—showed the result of the player’s maturity.

Taylor revealed that Yorke phoned him before his record £12.6 million move as well.

“When I left Villa, I gave Dwight my phone number and told him to call me whenever he had a problem,” he said. “We kept in contact on a regular basis too. One day, he called me and said that he heard through his agent that Manchester United wanted him and that Aston Villa were offering him a massive contract.

“I told him ‘Dwight, I said to call me when you have a problem; that is not a problem’.”

Taylor advised Yorke to go to United just as he left Villa when the opportunity to manage England came along.

“I know some people at Aston Villa may be mad at me for saying this,” he said, “but my advice was to go to Manchester. With all due respect to Trinidad football, I felt it was unlikely that he could perform at the highest level, which is the World Cup.

“So the next thing was European Championship football.”

Yorke’s success at Old Trafford is history—in more ways than one.

Celebrated on the field, Yorke was eventually hounded out after a string of media exposes into his private life. His move to Blackburn Rovers, two years ago, failed to re-ignite his career and a training ground bust up with manager Graeme Souness has seen the striker frozen out at Ewood Park.

Taylor does not know whether the 32-year-old striker is still capable of leading the forward line as he did at United and suggested that Yorke may be more successful now as ‘a link up player’.

However, he suggested that Yorke does not respond well to bullying managers.

“Dwight is not a person who you will get the best from if he is constantly criticised,” said Taylor. “He needs the manager’s belief to do his job. Now, he has not helped himself with some of the things [in his personal life] that he apparently did. I think he does take an awful lot of baggage with him.

“At the same time, I do not think his life as a single man is any worse than what a lot of other players do.”

He is sceptical of possible moves to Qatar or the United States Major League Soccer (MLS), which he considered to be just ‘pay offs’.

“If you are not happy at what you are doing,” he said, “you will never do your best… He needs this explained to him.”

It has been sometime since their last conversation. But Taylor explained that he was always ready to help his former signing with words of advice.

Nothing he reads or hears can tarnish his memories of Yorke and particularly that phone call before the biggest game of his career.

“Most people don’t know that side of Dwight,” said Taylor, “but that is why I always find it hard to criticise Dwight.

“That is why I will always be a Dwight Yorke fan.”

Editor’s Note: Graham Taylor OBE passed away on 12 January 2017, at the age of 72.

Dwight Yorke went on to play professional for another five years, which included England Premier League spells with Birmingham City and Sunderland City. He captained Trinidad and Tobago at the Germany 2006 World Cup. At present, he works as an analyst for SkySports, while he says racism has so far denied him the chance to become a football manager.


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Re: Dwight Yorke Official Thread
« Reply #400 on: December 14, 2020, 02:44:14 PM »
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Re: Dwight Yorke Official Thread
« Reply #401 on: December 23, 2020, 01:52:59 PM »
WATCH: Dwight Yorke talks in-depth about his Aston Villa career and transfer saga to Manchester United

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Re: Dwight Yorke Official Thread
« Reply #402 on: December 28, 2020, 06:42:27 PM »
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Re: Dwight Yorke Official Thread
« Reply #403 on: January 03, 2021, 01:06:23 PM »
Yorke pursues UEFA Pro Licence.
By Jonathan Ramnanansingh (T&T Newsday).


HAVING SUCCESSFULLY completed the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) ‘B’ and ‘A’ coaching license, former TT football team captain Dwight Yorke is now in pursuit of the highest coaching certification available – UEFA Pro Licence.

The Manchester United global ambassador plans to complete this elite course within the coming months and is intent on landing a managerial role in Europe.

Yorke has continuously expressed his passion to lead a team from the technical area.

During his four-year stint with the ‘Red Devils’ (1998-2002), led by legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson, Yorke earned a number of accolades.

Three English Premier League (EPL) trophies, two English League Cups, a two-time EPL and UEFA Champions League top scorer and one English Football Association (FA), Intercontinental Cup, and Australian title, with Sydney FC, proves the T&T legend knows how to apply the winning formula.

“I’ve got the desire the passion and the knowledge playing at the top level. When you get to my age, you go in a different direction. I feel deep down inside with all the knowledge I’ve gained I feel in a good place now to take up management and I’ve echoed that before,” Yorke said in a recent interview with TT Football Association (TTFA) media officer Shaun Fuentes.

In June 2020, the 49-year old unveiled several challenges he endured in trying to become a manager. The iconic striker said he was unable to secure an interview as a black professional even though he held prized recommendations from Ferguson, all of which to date, has done him no favours.

Prior to his Manchester career, Yorke also represented Aston Villa (1990-1998), and then went on to play for Blackburn Rovers (2002-2004), Birmingham City (2004-2005), Sydney FC (2005-2006) and Sunderland (2006-2009).

After earning his UEFA ‘B’ and ‘A’ licences, Yorke, who played as a midfielder for TT during their successful 2006 FIFA World Cup campaign, and participation, in Germany, applied for jobs at Aston Villa and Sunderland last year. He was, however, unable to even secure an interview with either club and pointed out there was a severe lack of racial diversity in football management.

His denial by both former clubs, according to him, was quite difficult to accept and Yorke voiced his concern to European media claiming there were no black managers in the EPL. He even went as far to say there was the possibility that there were no black persons in the backroom staff.

Now, Yorke believes he may have been overlooked because of his lack of qualification, in particular, the UEFA Pro Licence.

“I had to go back to the drawing board when I first applied for those jobs at Aston Villa and Sunderland. I then understood I had to get my qualifications as a stepping stone.

“The pro licence is something I’m looking forward to completing. This has made the opportunity to apply for jobs along the way. With a little bit of luck and people getting the news and realising that I’ve been making some progress, I should be okay,” he added.

Owing to the pandemic, Yorke has already started doing online courses towards earning his pro licence. Of the 35 applicants, Yorke was one of the 24 selected to participate in this elite managerial programme.

He also said the beautiful game has been constantly evolving, even more so, with covid19.

Looking ahead, Yorke does not want to become a full-fledge coach, but a team manager who selects the squad, gets players, generate the best out of them week-in week-out and most importantly win some matches and play exciting football.

He concluded, “Doing the pro license will enable me to apply for the best jobs out there, not saying that I would, but I feel that people might take me more seriously. Now people can’t say I don’t have the qualifications.

“We’ve seen, in the game, people fast-forwarded without their qualifications. This pro license will enable me to put myself in a position to walk the walk and do the talking as well. I look forward to it. I’m very much into the management aspect of it not just the coaching side.”

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Re: Dwight Yorke Official Thread
« Reply #404 on: January 03, 2021, 01:08:12 PM »
Yorke wants T&T football to regain regional supremacy
By Jonathan Ramnanansingh (T&T Newsday).


FORMER SOCA Warriors captain Dwight Yorke believes T&T football needs to cut its losses and start over.

The 2006 World Cup midfielder thinks T&T needs to go back to the drawing board and rebuild its identity as one of the most feared footballing nations within the Caribbean before it even attempt to oppose higher-ranked territories.

Yorke described the culmination of the T&T Football Association’s (TTFA) administrative, financial and legal blunders over past ten months as “dark”, “disappointing” and a lingering threat to this current crop of players, as well as the future generation.

In a recent online interview with the TTFA media officer Shaun Fuentes, the 49-year old ex-Manchester United star called for a rejuvenated approach to the sport’s local affairs as the nation heads into its 2022 Concacaf World Cup qualifying campaign, in March.

“I feel that T&T needs to look at themselves and try to regain some kind of recognition and identity into world football again.

“If I were in that (TTFA) position, I would start to play the Caribbean teams again and engage with them a little more to try to reestablish who the number one regional team is.

“We need (to) return that confident and sense of belief back to the team. T&T was once a fear factor in the region but right now I don’t think any Caribbean team fears us on the pitch,” he said.

In March 2020, FIFA removed the TTFA executive, headed by then president William Wallace, and implemented a normalisation committee, chaired by Robert Hadad, because of the mounting debts by the local governing body.

FIFA suspended T&T from international football in September, after Wallace and his executive challenged their removal in the local High Court, instead of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland.

It lifted the suspension in November after Wallace withdrew all legal claims against the governing body. The normalisation committee remains in total control of all local football operations

According to Yorke, seeking to oppose higher-ranked nations as an attempt to secure a faster inflow of finances, will not aid the sport’s development.

Competing against the likes of Barbados, Jamaica and other regional squads can recreate an atmosphere of winning, even confidence, in both the players and fans.

“You want the big name teams because you can make good money," said Yorke. "It’s good public relations but equally you want to make sure the team is ready and prepared to when it comes to the World Cup games.

“Until we start getting that right again, then I’m afraid the football will be a start-stop situation. There won’t be any consistency and that’s what you need at this level. Forget playing all those big fancy teams and start with small baby steps again," he continued.

“Our football is in a mess. There’s no point going after big teams because you end up getting beat, embarrassed and then back to the drawing board again.

"Where do we go from there?” he asked.

The legendary T&T footballer hopes administrators and players alike can reflect on the past few months of turmoil and strike a balance for the sake of the sport’s up-and-coming prospects.

Yorke called on the TTFA to immediately place emphasis on player welfare and make them feel they’re a part of the organisation. As a former player, he said it’s comforting to know the people at the helm of one's local fraternity are doing everything possible to ensure the well-being of their prized-player assets.

However, he urged T&T’s current crop of players to use their struggles as encouragement.

“This is your time," said Yorke. "Forget about the past and history but use it as motivation. It can only happen with you now and you cannot go back in time. These guys need to do more, understand what it takes to represent your country. It’s the most patriotic thing you can do.”

The 2022 Concacaf World Cup qualifiers kick off in March. T&T will open its World Cup qualifying campaign against Guyana in Group F on March 25, before playing Puerto Rico on March 28. Group F also features Bahamas and St Kitts and Nevis

Additionally, in June, the Concacaf Gold Cup also gets underway.

Looking ahead, Yorke remains quietly confident but well aware of the obstacles that may come during this year.

“We have some very challenges times ahead, we certainly don’t produce the types of players we use to produce that have the experience of playing in all these (past) golden moments," Yorke noted.

“We have to make baby steps again. It’s not going to be overnight success, unfortunately. If I were part of the TTFA, or any advice I would give, concentrate on the Caribbean again.

“Get that feel again about being number one in the region because you can’t achieve things against America if you do not feel like you’re number one in the your own backyard.

“You need the public behind you as well. I dread to think if T&T were to play now how many people would be queueing up to see that team,” he concluded.

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Re: Dwight Yorke Official Thread
« Reply #405 on: January 18, 2021, 04:47:31 PM »
Yorke pursues UEFA Pro Licence.
By Jonathan Ramnanansingh (T&T Newsday).


HAVING SUCCESSFULLY completed the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) ‘B’ and ‘A’ coaching license, former TT football team captain Dwight Yorke is now in pursuit of the highest coaching certification available – UEFA Pro Licence.

The Manchester United global ambassador plans to complete this elite course within the coming months and is intent on landing a managerial role in Europe.

Yorke has continuously expressed his passion to lead a team from the technical area.

During his four-year stint with the ‘Red Devils’ (1998-2002), led by legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson, Yorke earned a number of accolades.

Three English Premier League (EPL) trophies, two English League Cups, a two-time EPL and UEFA Champions League top scorer and one English Football Association (FA), Intercontinental Cup, and Australian title, with Sydney FC, proves the T&T legend knows how to apply the winning formula.

“I’ve got the desire the passion and the knowledge playing at the top level. When you get to my age, you go in a different direction. I feel deep down inside with all the knowledge I’ve gained I feel in a good place now to take up management and I’ve echoed that before,” Yorke said in a recent interview with TT Football Association (TTFA) media officer Shaun Fuentes.

In June 2020, the 49-year old unveiled several challenges he endured in trying to become a manager. The iconic striker said he was unable to secure an interview as a black professional even though he held prized recommendations from Ferguson, all of which to date, has done him no favours.

Prior to his Manchester career, Yorke also represented Aston Villa (1990-1998), and then went on to play for Blackburn Rovers (2002-2004), Birmingham City (2004-2005), Sydney FC (2005-2006) and Sunderland (2006-2009).

After earning his UEFA ‘B’ and ‘A’ licences, Yorke, who played as a midfielder for TT during their successful 2006 FIFA World Cup campaign, and participation, in Germany, applied for jobs at Aston Villa and Sunderland last year. He was, however, unable to even secure an interview with either club and pointed out there was a severe lack of racial diversity in football management.

His denial by both former clubs, according to him, was quite difficult to accept and Yorke voiced his concern to European media claiming there were no black managers in the EPL. He even went as far to say there was the possibility that there were no black persons in the backroom staff.

Now, Yorke believes he may have been overlooked because of his lack of qualification, in particular, the UEFA Pro Licence.

“I had to go back to the drawing board when I first applied for those jobs at Aston Villa and Sunderland. I then understood I had to get my qualifications as a stepping stone.

“The pro licence is something I’m looking forward to completing. This has made the opportunity to apply for jobs along the way. With a little bit of luck and people getting the news and realising that I’ve been making some progress, I should be okay,” he added.

Owing to the pandemic, Yorke has already started doing online courses towards earning his pro licence. Of the 35 applicants, Yorke was one of the 24 selected to participate in this elite managerial programme.

He also said the beautiful game has been constantly evolving, even more so, with covid19.

Looking ahead, Yorke does not want to become a full-fledge coach, but a team manager who selects the squad, gets players, generate the best out of them week-in week-out and most importantly win some matches and play exciting football.

He concluded, “Doing the pro license will enable me to apply for the best jobs out there, not saying that I would, but I feel that people might take me more seriously. Now people can’t say I don’t have the qualifications.

“We’ve seen, in the game, people fast-forwarded without their qualifications. This pro license will enable me to put myself in a position to walk the walk and do the talking as well. I look forward to it. I’m very much into the management aspect of it not just the coaching side.”


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Re: Dwight Yorke Official Thread
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Re: Dwight Yorke Official Thread
« Reply #407 on: January 20, 2021, 02:19:13 AM »
Flashback: The Dwight stuff, why Yorke’s latter day revival was simply genius.
By Lasana Liburd (Wired868).


The following article, written by Lasana Liburd, was first published in the Trinidad Express Sport Magazine on Thursday 15 December 2005:

Dwight Yorke is a genius.

No, really. He should hold an honorary diploma from the University of the West Indies (UWI). He should speak to the underprivileged and the differently abled. He should donate his brain to science.

This thought occurred to me at roughly 6.30am on Monday before breakfast or my morning shower.

At the time, I was watching Australian football team Sydney FC play Costa Rican outfit Deportivo Saprissa in the Fifa World Club Championship.

There was still some cold in my eye, granted, but I could see Yorke buzzing in Sydney’s midfield. He was a blur of movement. Collect, pass, change angle; collect again, spin, thread the ball.

And then, the light dawned…

Yorke had done it again. He was confounding his critics. He had successfully recreated himself.

From dazzling dribbler to attacking space invader to midfield anchor, Yorke has been reinvented as often as the Deluxe cinema/ Kaiso House/ Zen night club with at least as much success.

It takes a remarkable player to transform his game in mid-career.

An athlete trains repeatedly for years until he is able to perform his necessary tasks as though by instinct.

It takes no small amount of talent, intelligence and discipline to master a new position at the highest level and at an advanced age. But that is exactly what Yorke did when, at 28 years of age, he joined England’s most powerful club, Manchester United.

At Aston Villa, Yorke carved open opposing defences with pace and trickery. Once at United, though, he sized up his playing staff and cleverly adjusted his game accordingly, to complement the astute passing of midfielder David Beckham and the speed of strike partner Andy Cole.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson—at the time, just plain Alex Ferguson—intended for Yorke to replace Cole. Yorke knew better.

Within months, United won every major domestic and European trophy with Yorke as their most valuable player and leading scorer. The mazy dribbler everyone loved was now ghosting into spaces that few mortals could spot, with precise split second timing. Even the likes of Brazil legend, Zico, hailed the Tobagonian as a new global star.

Fast forward to 2005; as Trinidad and Tobago prepared to face Guatemala in a crucial 2006 World Cup qualifier.

In the previous match, away to the United States , Yorke asked national coach Leo Beenhakker to play in a deeper midfield role, so as to help stabilise the team. In no uncertain terms, Beenhakker told him that his best position was closer to the opposing goal. Surely, everyone knew that.

The expulsion of Dennis Lawrence, in the first half, forced the Dutch coach to grant Yorke his wish against the United States. Trinidad and Tobago won their next qualifier against Guatemala 3-2, with Yorke in midfield, and never looked back.

There have been other important factors, of course.

Enigmatic Falkirk playmaker Russell Latapy rejoined the national team—on Yorke’s request—to score and create the winner for Stern John against Guatemala.

CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh Aurtis Whitley also stepped out of the closet with a string of superb performances at the death, as the Soca Warriors tallied three victories in a four match unbeaten sequence to snatch a World Cup place.

The Trinidad and Tobago midfield area has never looked so potent.

Carlos Edwards is regularly confusing opponents with his hypnotic shuffles, Whitley possesses the surging runs, Chris Birchall has the shot and Latapy is blessed with a magical final pass. But Yorke is the glue that keeps it together. He is the pulse of the squad; the steering wheel.

In the heat of battle, fans are most excited by the finishers or the ball carriers. These are the players who win games.

At the other end, we thank God for an agile goalkeeper and capable defenders. These players save games.

On Monday morning, I appreciated a player who ran and ran and passed and passed and spun, checked his angles, then passed some more. Yorke, at 34, dictated the ebb and flow of the game. He is Trinidad and Tobago’s answer to Spanish maestro Xavi or Italian Andrea Pirlo.

God help me if he has not assimilated himself into another role.

Next June, Yorke will test his progress against the best in the business. He would try to beat Beckham at his own game.

English midfielder Steven Gerrard is quicker than Yorke, Frank Lampard packs a more formidable shot, Joe Cole is trickier in possession and Beckham has a more impressive passing range.

But I will not bet against Yorke holding his own. The converted winger-cum-striker-cum-central midfielder might even teach the young bucks a trick or two in the midfield trade that the English quartet practiced for their entire professional careers.

After all, the man is a genius.

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