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Reynold Carrington Thread
« on: January 31, 2015, 04:03:50 PM »
Carrington quits Civic; Point coach cites demotivated players for shock exit
By Lasana Liburd (Wired868)


The Point Fortin Civic football club look likely to take to the field without Reynold Carrington for the first time in three years after the coach announced his shock resignation from the club this morning.

Carrington told Wired868 that he informed the players of his decision after training this morning. He has not discussed his departure with club officials yet but he doubts anything would change his mind.

“I just believe that it is time (to go),” said Carrington. “I think the players have lost motivation to play and I don’t feel the players are giving everything. I don’t think the players really understand the effort and support we have from the community and I’m not really seeing the improvement I want from them…

“So I want to allow someone fresh to come in with new ideas to take them forward.”

Club manager Ken McCree had not heard the news up until he was contacted by Wired868. He hopes that Carrington reconsiders.

“I called but I haven’t gotten on to (Carrington),” McCree told Wired868. “I called the chairman and he said that he heard that also… I hope it is just a rumour or a frustrated moment and we can talk about it soon.”

Should Carrington hold firm, his exit is likely to send shockwaves through the Point Fortin community and the top flight league.

A Point Fortin native himself, Carrington had brief professional stints in Indonesia and the United States. He won 36 international caps for Trinidad and Tobago and, as a deep-lying midfield playmaker or sweeper, set a platform for more illustrious teammates like Dwight Yorke, Russell Latapy and Stern John to deliver the goods.

When W Connection joined the inaugural Professional Football League in 1999, club chairman David John Williams paid TT$75,000 to sign Carrington, Wesley Webb and David Atiba Charles from Point Fortin. And Carrington went on to captain Connection while he was the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation’s (TTFF) Player of the Year in 2000.

Carrington worked primarily as an assistant coach at Connection after he retired although he did lead the club for one season while Stuart Charles-Fevrier was in charge of the “Soca Warriors.” He also had a spell as a National Under-17 Team coach before he took over at Point Fortin in 2012.

Point Fortin were in the Southern Football Association (SFA) but, after an exciting season in which they advanced to the FA Cup quarterfinals, the club decided to skip a level and head straight for the Pro League.

Civic’s hurried rise did create some problems. The club added Trinidad and Tobago national goalkeeper Marvin Phillip and former international players Andre Toussaint and Andrei Pacheco to its roster and stormed to the top of the Pro League for much of the first three months. They ended the season fourth and just three points shy of a qualifying spot for the 2015 Caribbean Club Championships.

But financial issues always loomed beneath the surface and Civic struggled to meet its financial obligations for much of 2014, which wreaked havoc on its pre-season preparation for the ongoing season.

“We were unable to even hold a screening session before we joined the Pro League (in 2013),” said Carrington. “We got word that we were in the Pro League late and we made the transition in such a short space of time that we could not hold trials.

“Then because of sponsorship problems we were unsure if we would be back in Pro League in (2014) and we could not invite players to try out in those circumstances… It was unavoidable.”

It meant that, according to Carrington, there was never the competition for places and creative tension he would have liked at the club.

“There must be competition for places,” said Carrington. “If a player doesn’t have to compete for his spot, he will feel it is almost promised to him.”

The club’s precarious financial situation meant several players also had to seek employment outside to complement modest salaries, which affected training sessions and focus. And Carrington felt they were never really recaptured the enthusiasm that players showed as amateurs in the lower league.

“At the lower level, the players were all hungrier and their attitude to training and focus was much better even though they were not getting paid,” he said. “So I thought that wouldn’t be a problem at the top level. Now it seems they care more about what they can get out of it and not what their contribution can be…

“Almost all the players were there from in the (southern football league) and they knew what the club was trying to achieve. But that focus went away. Players started focusing on who plays or who in the 18 (man squad) but not what they need to do to get out there.”

Carrington stressed that he was not accusing all the players of having poor attitudes. But, collectively, their intensity was not good enough.

Civic’s only win from its first seven League games this season came against perennial stragglers, St Ann’s Rangers, while they were eliminated in the first round of the First Citizens Cup. However, they put a run together in the Toyota Classic Cup and eliminated Central FC en route to the final where they lost on penalties to San Juan Jabloteh.

“When we qualified for the Toyota final, I thought that would be enough for them to realise that we can accomplish something and their work won’t be in vain,” said Carrington. “We only had ourselves to blame for not winning the final. But I was hoping to see better effort in training and game preparation individually after that.

“Coaches have their roles but we are not magicians. Some supporters and even some players might think we just pick a team and, once we get the system and tactics in place, everything will be right. But players have to take responsibility too.

“Some of the players have been around and know what it takes to succeed at the top level. But as a group we are not getting that collective effort… And we need to be all for one or one for all.”

Civic spluttered to life briefly with successive Pro League wins over Police FC and a 6-2 annihilation of Caledonia AIA. But that was followed by narrow defeats to North East Stars and Jabloteh.

Incidentally, their 2-1 loss to Jabloteh came on Carrington’s 45th birthday on January 27. It might be his last game in charge of the club.

Carrington spoke candidly about the challenges he faced at Civic.

“With the financial constraints (at Civic), the coach is more of a caretaker and motivator whereas the top clubs have a structure in place so the coaches can focus on his job more,” he said. “He has an equipment manager and grounds in place for training and all the little things. But, in our set up, sometimes players cannot reach to training in time after work and so on.

“So it was challenging but I was grateful for the opportunity and I gave my best.”

The Civic club still hopes to get their coach to reconsider. But, for now, Carrington thinks they will be better off getting someone with fresh enthusiasm and ideas for the post.

“The most important thing is the club stays alive not me remaining coach,” said Carrington. “The high point for me was in the first year when we had a run and got to the FA Cup quarterfinal. The way the Point Fortin supporters responded to the team gave me a glimpse of the potential of the club and I hope it still materialises.

“Point is a football community but, going forward, we need things like a proper facility for our supporters. It is tough for people to pay their money and stand in the sun with nowhere to sit or no toilet facilities and so on.”

Carrington insisted that he will stay in the game although he is not sure what his next job will be.

“There is a saying that coaches don’t buy houses, they rent,” he said. “So they leave themselves open for opportunities wherever they come. It is not the end of the world for me.

“I am giving someone else the opportunity to try and get (Civic) back on track. And I will see what happens next and then dust myself off and go again.”

Wired868 failed to reach Civic captain Andre Ettienne or goalkeeper Marvin Phillip for comment on Carrington’s impending exit.

On Tuesday afternoon, Civic play defending champions DIRECTV W Connection from 3.30 pm at the Mahaica Oval in Point Fortin. More likely than not, Carrington will not be leading their charge against his former employers.

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Lasana your articles are getting better and better and honing in on the issues that are historically seemingly hard for people in T&T to address. You're doing a great service to sport and T&T society as a whole. Keep it up. There is nothing comparable in the dailies. Thank God you became an unmuzzled independent journalist not having to tow any line to eat a food.
The conversations that this will spawn will be helpful.
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I know Civic is not a strong club financially. But I am surprised at this turn of events. Hope their management fix this problem quickly.

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Player not motivated and the fix is to quit?

How will our "top young coaches" become better if they not trying to improve themselves? I don't understand how he could just quit just so. This is absolutely amazing.

If the coaches cannot handle the mental stresses of the game, then how are they grooming players to deal with tough situations? They will have no experience of facing adversities and coming out on the other side better and stronger to point the players to. Not that you have to experience something to relate to it, but it puts you in a more commanding position and be seen as more sympathetic and empathetic when relating to players.

Surely as a Pro coach he could have done things differently.

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Sounds like the coach should take some time for reflection and self examination....players play because they love what they are doing ..the job of the coach is not to motivate players but to challenge them and take them to another level of enjoyment....soldiers need motivating because most soldiers don't love going to war to kill other human beings.

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Sometimes yuh gotta quit to shock the system into change especially when yuh know that people know you should have been supported more. It's probably a move directed at the management (although it doesn't say so explicitly) who sound like thy are not close to confiding with the coach and vice versa. People will take you for granted if you don't show that somebody else wants you bad enough to try twice as hard.
Players looking demovitated are a reflection of a sickness in the camp starting from on top, like abused children with parents putting on a front to hide "pure hate but actin' normal"
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Point installs Leroy De Leon as interim head coach after Carrington exit.
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Trinidad and Tobago Sports Hall of Famer and football legend, Leroy De Leon, has been installed as interim head coach of Point Fortin Civic following Saturday’s untimely exit of coach Reynold Carrington.

Civic management’s decision to appoint the 66-year-old De Leon, on Monday as interim head coach, came less than three days after Carrington, a former Trinidad and Tobago international standout and former national youth coach, walked off the job.

“We look at it as abandonment of the job,” said Civic chairman Garthorne Craig. “He (Carrington) has not contacted the club. We even tried contacting him. He walked off the training session on Saturday morning with his last words to the players being, ‘best of luck’.

“As far as we understand the turnout was unacceptable, with just around six (6) players turning out for training on Saturday. And the day before (Friday) was around ten (10) players. To him (Carrington), the players were wasting his time.”

Efforts to contact Carrington via telephone in the past few days went unanswered.

Carrington, 44, led Civic, on debut in the professional league, to a commendable fourth position finish in the 2013-2014 Digicel Pro League, but at present leaves the Point Fortin club in seventh position with just 11 points midway through the current 2014-2015 season with just three (3) wins, two (2) draws and six (6) defeats.

Last season also saw Civic struggle financially but things have improved according to Craig.

“The players’ salaries are up to date since the start of the season unlike the troubles we had last season,” Craig said. “We are supported financially by the (Trinidad and Tobago) Sport Company, Trinity Industries, EARTH (Environmental and Remedial Treatment for Hydrocarbons) Co. and Persad ‘D’ Food King (Point Fortin).”

“I’m not happy about it for sure,” said Steve David, a director and technical director at Civic, over Carrington’s walk out.

David, a former T&T and standout and former United States based footballer, just as De Leon, added, “We haven’t spoken to him (Carrington).  Obviously he had his reasons. But if his job was to get the players motivated to play, and he is saying that they weren’t (motivated), then he is contradicting himself.

“I’m also not happy with our performances [this season] for many different reasons. I think we have the players capable of playing well. We have the same players from last season… really good players. But it’s a matter of how we prepare for teams individually and not just prepare for a season.

“Maybe this is a good time to do the things we want, like play players in their best positions and improve our style of play and so on. We are hoping for the best renovation at possible and to do the best we can at this stage.”

David said that while Civic’s management may have coaches in mind for the permanent head coach role, the club is yet to open discussions with anyone and De Leon will serve as interim head coach until.

De Leon, also a director and coordinator of the club’s youth programme, will debut as interim head coach on Tuesday 3 January (today), just a stone’s throw away from his home when Point Fortin Civic welcomes defending league champions and second placed DIRECTV W Connection from 4 pm at the Mahaica Oval in Point Fortin in Round Two Match Day Five of the DPL.

DPL leaders Central FC will meet Defence Force from 8 pm at the Ato Boldon Stadium following a 6 pm clash between Caledonia AIA and cellar placed St. Ann’s Rangers. While at the Marvin Lee Stadium, North East Stars and Police FC will do battle from 6 pm.

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Let them local coaches keep thinking that because ah man getting paid to work he should be happy and go about he job just all delighted. Coaching is more than Xs and Os.
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So how demotivated are/were the players that they stepped up to beat the most storied Pro club in T&T?

This paints a whole different picture now from what Carrington talked about.

Hope he does not get a NT to coach.
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Hope he does not get a NT to coach.

Why?

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Something going on in that club that is not being said. Bad blood somewhere as there is allegedly no communication.
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Hope he does not get a NT to coach.

Why?

Player are paid and not attending practice. Coach[ing] Problem
Players paid and not motivated (his words). Coach[ing] Problem
Coach walking out on players in practice, unprofessionally. [Coach[ing] Problem


Is this unprofessional and undisciplined type of people you want around our NTs or grooming our young players?

Why suddenly the players get an injection of motivation to believe that they can beat WConnection when just a couple days ago they don't even want to practice? What does that tell you?
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Still serving…U-17 assistant coach Carrington now a councillor
« Reply #12 on: December 01, 2016, 02:52:16 PM »
Still serving…U-17 assistant coach Carrington now a councillor
By Ian Prescott (T&T Express)


REYNOLD CARRINGTON served many good balls during his playing days at Defence Force, Directv W Connection and the Trinidad and Tobago national team. These days, he has joined a new team—Newlands/Mahaica.

Just a month ago, he was assistant coach to Russell Latapy on the national Under-17 boys team and he has also been coach of the Point Fortin Civic professional football team. Add local Government councillor to Carrington’s latest achievement.

Carrington, a 46-year-old Point Fortin-born former Trinidad and Tobago national footballer, was on Monday elected People’s National Movement (PNM) councillor for the Newland/Mahaica district in the Point Fortin Borough Corporation. The PNM swept the Corporation 7-0.

Carrington made his mark as a local-based professional with W Connection and also rugged midfielder on the national team, playing with Dwight Yorke, Russell Latapy, Marvin Andrews, Clayton Ince, Dennis Lawrence, Angus Eve and Ancil Elcock, among others. He has also had overseas playing stints in the USA and Indonesia.

“I see myself as someone to make a difference for the Newland/Mahaica area and Point Fortin by extension,” Carrington said of his political ambitions. “At local Government level, we are closer to the people. I hope to engage and get them to be part of the decision-making process.”

Carrington first took a shot at local Government in 2010. He said it was at a point where he had just about ended his playing career and was approached about going up for the same district under Jack Warner’s Independent Liberal Party. He was unsuccessful.

“I was given a second chance to serve under the PNM and was the successful candidate in the seat,” said Carrington, who has now emulated the achievement of his dad Edison Carrington, a former PNM councilor.

Carrington said his ambition is about job creation initiatives and empowering the young persons of Point Fortin to take what opportunities there are to better themselves -- be it through sport, and otherwise.

“Point Fortin had always been considered the capital of sport and culture,” Carrington said. “But, in recent years, we have fallen away a bit.”

“I still do not see Point Fortin short of talent,” Carrington added. “Most of the players from Naparima College, St Benedicts and Presentation (San Fernando) are born in Point Fortin.”

And while his heart is still in the sport, the former midfielder says he is aware that being a Government councillor could change his professional life.

“In local Government, we have people who are doctors and lawyers serving,” Carrington declared. “My work is in professional football. But with coming local government reforms, the plan is to have full-time councillors. When the time comes for a councillor to become a full-time occupation, I will make a decision,” Carrington said.
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maybe he making way to take over W Connection when SCF get the national team job

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Re: Reynold Carrington Thread
« Reply #14 on: June 18, 2021, 12:32:12 AM »
Ex-player Reynold Carrington tipped to be Trinidad and Tobago's assistant coach.
By Joel Bailey (T&T Newsday).


FORMER national footballer Reynold Carrington is tipped to become an assistant coach of the T&T men's team, under the guidance of interim coach Angus Eve.

In a post on her Facebook page, Point Fortin Mayor Saleema Thomas offered congratulations to Carrington, who is a Councillor in the electoral district of Newlands/Mahaica.

The post also indicated that former footballer Adaryll John, who is related to ex-World Cup wingback Avery John, is expected to be named as the team's trainer.

Carrington, aged 51, played as a midfielder before reverting to a defender in his latter years. He played for T&T between 1992 and 2003, and also represented Defence Force, Point Fortin Civic Centre and W Connection in the local leagues.

He also had stints in the United States and Indonesia before moving on to coaching, where he worked with W Connection youth teams, the national Under-15 and Under-17 squads, and Point Fortin Civic FC (2012-2015).

In related news, members of the 1989 Strike Squad, in a media release, have extended best wishes on Eve on his appointment, which began on Sunday and will run until August 31.

According to the media release, "We feel once more a science of connectivity, pride and patriotism having a local staff, mainly persons who served this country's football at all levels over the years.

"This feeling also brings to us the call for a Unified Trinidad and Tobago coaches minds, for the proper development and restoration of our football, from the ground up," the media release added.

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Normalisation committee to choose selection panel for Trinidad and Tobago team coaches
By Joel Bailey (T&T Newsday).


THE FIFA-appointed normalisation committee plans to choose a selection panel to assist in their searches for national team coaches, including the men’s team coach.

On Sunday, the normalisation committee, in a media release, announced the selection of Angus Eve as interim coach, replacing Terry Fenwick, who was fired last Friday. However, Eve’s term will end on August 31, with the normalisation committee indicating their desire to have a new coach in September.

Nicholas Gomez, a member of the normalisation committee, which deals with the day-to-day running of the TT Football Association (TTFA), said in a media conference on Monday, “It’s important we establish an appropriate criteria to make a determination, on the basis of which people assess the applications that come before us.

Gomez added, “The first thing that we will is actually develop a selection panel, to make sure we have an appropriate representation on that panel. Then we will develop the criteria, then we will share with the applicants the criteria that we would use to evaluate the applications.”

“Whilst the individual matches the criteria, the question becomes, can you afford the person? We would have to consider affordability, that is for sure.” Gomez pointed out on Monday that a reason for firing Terry Fenwick as T&T men’s coach was a lack of finances.

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Re: Reynold Carrington Thread
« Reply #15 on: June 18, 2021, 07:32:17 AM »
Ex-player Reynold Carrington tipped to be Trinidad and Tobago's assistant coach.
By Joel Bailey (T&T Newsday).


FORMER national footballer Reynold Carrington is tipped to become an assistant coach of the T&T men's team, under the guidance of interim coach Angus Eve.

In a post on her Facebook page, Point Fortin Mayor Saleema Thomas offered congratulations to Carrington, who is a Councillor in the electoral district of Newlands/Mahaica.

The post also indicated that former footballer Adaryll John, who is related to ex-World Cup wingback Avery John, is expected to be named as the team's trainer.

Carrington, aged 51, played as a midfielder before reverting to a defender in his latter years. He played for T&T between 1992 and 2003, and also represented Defence Force, Point Fortin Civic Centre and W Connection in the local leagues.

He also had stints in the United States and Indonesia before moving on to coaching, where he worked with W Connection youth teams, the national Under-15 and Under-17 squads, and Point Fortin Civic FC (2012-2015).

In related news, members of the 1989 Strike Squad, in a media release, have extended best wishes on Eve on his appointment, which began on Sunday and will run until August 31.

According to the media release, "We feel once more a science of connectivity, pride and patriotism having a local staff, mainly persons who served this country's football at all levels over the years.

"This feeling also brings to us the call for a Unified Trinidad and Tobago coaches minds, for the proper development and restoration of our football, from the ground up," the media release added.

RELATED NEWS

Normalisation committee to choose selection panel for Trinidad and Tobago team coaches
By Joel Bailey (T&T Newsday).


THE FIFA-appointed normalisation committee plans to choose a selection panel to assist in their searches for national team coaches, including the men’s team coach.

On Sunday, the normalisation committee, in a media release, announced the selection of Angus Eve as interim coach, replacing Terry Fenwick, who was fired last Friday. However, Eve’s term will end on August 31, with the normalisation committee indicating their desire to have a new coach in September.

Nicholas Gomez, a member of the normalisation committee, which deals with the day-to-day running of the TT Football Association (TTFA), said in a media conference on Monday, “It’s important we establish an appropriate criteria to make a determination, on the basis of which people assess the applications that come before us.

Gomez added, “The first thing that we will is actually develop a selection panel, to make sure we have an appropriate representation on that panel. Then we will develop the criteria, then we will share with the applicants the criteria that we would use to evaluate the applications.”

“Whilst the individual matches the criteria, the question becomes, can you afford the person? We would have to consider affordability, that is for sure.” Gomez pointed out on Monday that a reason for firing Terry Fenwick as T&T men’s coach was a lack of finances.

With all due respect- what is his coaching credentials? here we go  at the root of team success is the critical selection of management- what criteria is being employed to  select coaches? Much the same as players? Is who you know?  I read insome post about Trinidad coaching abroad in US and other places- surely we could find qualified experience from the pool of our nationals?