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Re: Robert Hadad Thread
« Reply #30 on: December 03, 2020, 02:04:59 AM »
Hadad working on Christmas $$$ for coaches, players, staff.
T&T Guardian Reports.


National coaches, players, and members of the administrative office and technical staff of the T&T Football Association (TTFA) will be paid before Christmas, said Robert Hadad, the chairman of the FIFA Normalisation Committee, yesterday.

Hadad, who has been in the hot seat since March 27, amid a broken football structure that has left in its trail, a mounting debt that has crippled the sport locally and internationally, and a number of football-less Leagues that have failed to feed their national teams with players, said his committee which also comprises former banker Nigel Romano and attorney Judy Daniel, has been working meticulously daily to solve a number of the current issues that are affecting the local sport.

One of the problems which he has pointed to is the payment of salaries for players, staff, and coaches, which he said has already been addressed.

He told Guardian Media Sports yesterday that payment documents for all the parties mentioned have already been submitted to the sport's world governing body - FIFA, for payment to be made before Christmas.

The coaches have not been paid since they took up their respective contracts in December 2019 and January 2020, under former president William Wallace. Some coaches, it is understood, are on contracts while others were given letters of agreement which expired at the end of August.

The last time salary payment came was in July this year, but technical director Dion La Foucade, who left his job in the United States earlier this year, was the only beneficiary of that payment.

Meanwhile, Hadad also revealed that work has begun on a debt-repayment plan.

The embattled football association has been crippled by a debt which is said to be between $50-$80 million.

Hadad revealed that the Normalisation Committee (NC) has been working on assessing the legitimacy of contracts that are before them for payment.

He said, "Some people believe we have not been working but we have. This repayment will not happen overnight. It will take some time."

Hadad, who is also a director of the HADCO Group of Companies and the NC team has been tasked with the job of stabilising T&T football and preparing it for election in two year's time, following FIFA's takeover on March 17, which found the state of the sport to be on the verge of insolvency.

Concerns have been raised about how the TTFA's debt would have been cleared, whether it would be by the FIFA or if the NC will carry the responsibility of sourcing sponsorship. Hadad promises to provide answers to these concerns soon.

Hadad said that a holistic role to lift the sport to where it was before, is underway, noting that the amount they currently have in their coffers, will be used for the operation of the organisation before they can turn their focus on seeking to build the image and bring back corporate T&T on board.

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Re: Robert Hadad Thread
« Reply #31 on: December 03, 2020, 09:19:04 AM »
Yes. Hope everyone gets their support money (or lack of). They can go back to their professional coaching jobs now.
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Re: Robert Hadad Thread
« Reply #32 on: December 07, 2020, 06:43:55 AM »
Dear editor: Hadad should forget Pro League and focus on Fifa mandate of TTFA debt.
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“[…] Mr Robert Hadad is seeming to fall in the same footsteps of Mr David John Williams and Mr William Wallace in shelving the most prestigious and longstanding football tournament, which is under the purview of the TTFA, while chasing a very costly league at this time—noting fully well the financial situation of the TTFA…”

The following Letter to the Editor on the operations of Fifa-appointed normalisation committee chairman Robert Hadad was submitted to Wired868 by a concerned stakeholder, who wrote on condition of anonymity:

As a stakeholder in the football landscape, being on the fence about the Fifa normalisation committee when they were initially installed and coming to understand the reason why they were and fully supporting them in the struggles against the former executive, I am writing this letter with a heavy heart and a high level of concern.

Whereas Fifa has reinstated the normalisation committee, I am optimistic about the normalisation committee working feverishly towards eradicating the debt of the TTFA and restructuring the running of the administrative aspect of the TTFA—where the TTFA has been lacking for years.

It feels like a case of deja vu where what is being heard from the head of the normalisation committee currently is about the forming of a new league to encompass TT Pro League and TT Super League, at a time where all stakeholders in football are looking to the normalisation committee to see a plan to clear the debt.

It seems like they are more interested in forming a new league than addressing these critical matters. Even more ironic is that the FA has control of the FA Cup and for several years this tournament has been dormant. If any club football is a priority of the TTFA, it should be the FA Cup.

Mr Robert Hadad is seeming to fall in the same footsteps of Mr David John Williams and Mr William Wallace in shelving the most prestigious and longstanding football tournament, which is under the purview of the TTFA, while chasing a very costly league at this time—noting fully well the financial situation of the TTFA.

Many other stakeholders within the football realm have been hoping that the normalisation committee prioritises the eradication of the current TTFA debt as item number one.

Personally, I would take it as a slap in the face of football if the normalisation committee has discussions about a league prior to addressing the TTFA’s financials, administrative salaries, coaches salaries, the national team’s preparation for major tournaments such as the Gold Cup and the player’s appearance fees.

The entire football fraternity is looking at the normalisation committee as a fresh start for Trinidad and Tobago football or at least the means to get us to that point.

We are waiting with bated breath to see Mr Hadad’s handling of these crucial issues.

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Re: Robert Hadad Thread
« Reply #33 on: December 08, 2020, 01:53:02 PM »
Levi Garcia is right about the discouraging comments that our own Trinis make about players going to India,the Indian League is on par with TT league or better,not worse,there's a liklihood of being spotted by scouts from Europe and many other scouts, from better footballing countries than TT.The Indian League has players from Europe,South America,Central America ,Australia and Asia,we cannot match that.Garcia is right.

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Re: Robert Hadad Thread
« Reply #34 on: December 08, 2020, 06:21:53 PM »
Levi Garcia is right about the discouraging comments that our own Trinis make about players going to India,the Indian League is on par with TT league or better,not worse,there's a liklihood of being spotted by scouts from Europe and many other scouts, from better footballing countries than TT.The Indian League has players from Europe,South America,Central America ,Australia and Asia,we cannot match that.Garcia is right.

You really feel European scouts does look at de Indian I-League?
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Re: Robert Hadad Thread
« Reply #35 on: December 08, 2020, 06:32:05 PM »
Levi Garcia is right about the discouraging comments that our own Trinis make about players going to India,the Indian League is on par with TT league or better,not worse,there's a liklihood of being spotted by scouts from Europe and many other scouts, from better footballing countries than TT.The Indian League has players from Europe,South America,Central America ,Australia and Asia,we cannot match that.Garcia is right.

You really feel European scouts does look at de Indian I-League?

YES !!!!

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Hadad: TTFA affiliates need to follow their constitutions
« Reply #36 on: December 14, 2020, 01:45:20 PM »
Hadad: TTFA affiliates need to follow their constitutions
By Keith Clement (T&T Guardian)


Calls for calm as Robert Hadad, chairman of the T&T Football Association (TTFA) Normalisation Committee (NC), has confirmed to Guardian Media Sports that he has received correspondences from both the T&T Super League (TTSL) and the Northern Football Association (NFA) of the TTFA.

Hadad, one of three members of the FIFA-appointed NC to run and managed the sports for the next two years said yesterday that the NC will assess any officially communicated concerns based on its merit from TTFA members and will act accordingly.

However, he said, "The Normalisation Committee is not here to take over or run any of the affiliates but we will assist them and provide advice because we must make football attractive and workable for all stakeholders."

Regarding the annual general meeting (AGM) issue which is currently unfolding in the NFA, he said, "The Board of the NFA has convened an annual general meeting (AGM) for December 28, 2020. Once a meeting is called in accordance with the constitution, the Normalisation Committee will be willing to send representatives as per any official requests for such."

Asked if the NFA executive communicated to the NC about the NFA AGM he replied, "Yes, and the date the Normalisation Committee is aware of, is December 28, 2020 and we will do what we can to assist."

Hadad also confirmed receiving the letter from Jameson Rigues, the first vice president of the TTSL on Friday which raised concerns about the election of former “Strike Squad” captain Clayton “JB” Morris at a reconvened AGM on December 5 as president.

And, concerns regarding the unconstitutional suspension of members; and the convening of a closed AGM to elect a president.

Hadad said the NC will provide a response but insists, "The Normalisation Committee will not appear as if it is picking sides when disputes arise. All TTFA affiliates have their constitutions and that is their guide about how they need to operate and function."

Morris, who is the head coach of the TTSL team University of T&T (UTT) FC, replaced president Keith Look Loy, who resigned in October.

Morris will be in the position until August 2021 after he was elected by five out of 14 Super League clubs: Matura Re-United FC, Erin FC, Petit Valley/Diego Martin United (PVDMU), Guaya United FC and Cunupia FC.

Rigues is challenging the suspension of seven clubs that were not allowed to participate in the AGM and is seeking the help of the NC.

On September 22, 2019, the League suspended - Central 500 FC, Harlem Strikers FC, Marabella FCC, 1976 Phoenix FC, WASA FC, and Youth Stars FC for various reasons in 2018 and 2019. And, in January 2020 Defence Force was suspended.

Hadad said, "The current issues taking place in football is not good for the sport which depend on corporate T&T to finance its programmes at every level in the country. The business community and the government, two of football biggest stakeholders are looking on and we need to put our house in order to start earning confidence from all our stakeholders."

He said that one of the NC top priorities is to meet with stakeholders such as the managers of both the T&T Pro League and the TTSL to start charting a way forward.

Attorney Judy Daniel, the deputy chairman, and retired banker Nigel Romano are the other members of the NC which were appointed on March 17 by FIFA.
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Re: Robert Hadad Thread
« Reply #37 on: December 22, 2020, 01:35:57 PM »
T&TFA players, coaches, staff paid.
By Walter Alibey (T&T Guardian).


Players, coaches, and staff members of the T&T Football Association (TTFA) have been paid, Robert Hadad, the chairman of the FIFA-appointed Normalisation Committee has confirmed, thereby delivering on his promise to pay salaries before Christmas Day.

Hadad said on Monday, that were all paid. The coaches, some of whom are on contracts, while others are on agreements, some of which have expired, have not received salaries since taking up national duty in January when the technical committee which was headed by Keith Look Look, appointed a cadre of coaches inclusive senior team coach Terry Fenwick, Derek King (Men’s Under-20 Team), Angus Eve (Men’s Under-17 Team), Keith Jeffrey (Men’s Under-15 Team), Richard Hood (Women’s Under-20 and Under-17 Teams) and Jason Spence (Women’s Under-15 Team).

Hadad told Guardian Media Sports: "Players were paid today (Monday), coaches were paid today and admin staff was paid today. Players were paid off 100 per cent, the coaches we paid many of them half of what we owed them up until August because we could only pay what we have, and admin staff was paid up until the end of November."

The local football boss said they can only pay what they have available to them.

With the payment to date, the staff will now be owed salaries for this month (December) alone, while many of the coaches were paid off in full, in particular, the ones with the smaller teams. The coaches at the senior teams, however, received half payment up until the end of August.

Hadad promised they will look into the balance of monies available to them and make a determination of what can be paid to them during the early part of January.

Hadad dismissed claims that his normalization committee has been doing nothing, saying: "We working and we drowning in a flurry of stuff."

Hadad and his normalization committee, which consists of former banker Nigel Romano and attorney Judy Daniel, the deputy chairman, have had to sift through piles of claims by various contractors all claiming to be owed by the embattled football association.

It also has to deal with a plethora of contracts that did not receive approval from the Board of Directors of the T&TFA.

Ironically, Hadad's appointment at the helm of an organization with a mandate to stabilize local football, came after a combined team from the FIFA and CONCACAF visited T&T in February and found the sport on the verge of insolvency, due mainly to rising debt and no means of clearing them.

Meanwhile, a debt of close to an estimated TT$80 million, which has crippled local football may soon be found and paid. Hadad said his committee had a close to a three-hour meeting yesterday, discussing all the options available to them to clear the debt.

"We are looking at how are we raising the money, because of course, If I start to go negotiating the debt without knowing what I have available, how can you negotiate?. The right way to do it is to know where the money coming from. Once I know where the money is coming from, then I can sit with people and give them a final settlement figure."

The normalization committee is currently in the process of getting football back up and running, Hadad said, noting the aim is to try and get the government to relax the COVID19 protocols for the Pro League and the Super League, as well as to get Women football back on track since the FIFA gave them money for it (women football).

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Re: Robert Hadad Thread
« Reply #38 on: December 23, 2020, 01:47:11 AM »
Hadad eases concerns: ‘Payment was made’
By Walter Alibey (T&T Guardian).


Robert Hadad, chairman of the FIFA-appointed Normalisation Committee has sought to allay fears that salaries to T&T Football Association (T&TFA) coaches, players, and its staff were paid on Monday.

Concerns were raised yesterday when money did not reach the bank accounts of the coaches, with one coach who proclaimed to be the voice of the coaches, becoming verbally abusive when he contacted Guardian Media Sports for confirmation.  

Hadad cleared the air on the issue, saying: “When one bank receives the money, it gets transferred to their salary accounts and once it’s in different bank accounts, it takes a while to be processed, it takes a day, in some cases two days. So I am not in control of that but all of the money was transferred.”  

The coaches have been awaiting payment of wages since January, and despite Hadad’s statement that payment was made Monday, the coach who is yet to make his mark on the football stage in coaching became antagonistic.

According to Hadad, the players were given 100 per cent payment, while the coaches received half of what they were owed up until August, as it was what the normalisation committee could have afforded.

The coaches have been promised the rest of their monies by January. Meanwhile, the administration staff received salaries up until the end of November.

As word of the payment hit the local and international public, Hadad said he was even contacted by Mike Berry, the agent of former senior team coach Dennis Lawrence, enquiring about the payment to Lawrence, who was sacked by the William Wallace-led administration with a contract that is valid until July 2021. Lawrence, who was fired in December 2019, took his case to FIFA for re-dress.

Hadad said he could not say exactly how much is owed to Lawrence, the former national defender, but he estimated it to be a couple million dollars.

Lawrence’s two-year contract was extended in February 2019 until the end of the Gold Cup and Nation’s Cup tournaments, which was scheduled for this year but due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, has been rescheduled.

Hadad, a director at the HADCO Group of Companies, said the coaches could have contacted him for clarification of the payment: “If I am saying that you were paid, maybe you should just contact your bank and find out where the money is and when it is coming, or maybe they could just contact me and say ‘Mr Hadad, the money hasn’t reached my bank account’.  I was clear with them. Most of them got 50 per cent of what was owed to them at the end of August. That’s what we have.”

Some coaches have signed contracts while others have signed agreements with the T&TFA, courtesy deals given by the technical committee of the Wallace-led T&TFA under then committee which was chaired by Keith Look Loy, who resigned from all forms of football in October.

The coaches, who have contracts are senior team coach Terry Fenwick, Derek King (Men’s Under-20 team), Angus Eve (Men’s U-17 team), Keith Jeffrey (Men’s U-15 team), Richard Hood (Women’s U-20 and U-17 teams) and Jason Spence (Women’s U-15 team).

When contacted yesterday, both King and Eve, said that they did not see any money deposited in their bank accounts but said they understand the process of the banking system.

Meanwhile, no T&TFA staff member was willing to comment on the issue yesterday.

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Hadad sends season's greetings to stakeholders
« Reply #39 on: December 24, 2020, 03:04:04 PM »
Hadad sends season's greetings to stakeholders
T&T Guardian


The following is greeting sent the stakeholders of football in Trinidad and Tobago from Robert Hadad, chairman of the FIFA-appointed Normalisation Committee of the TTFA.

"To all our Valued Members and Stakeholders.

As this year comes to its close, we wish to extend warm greetings on behalf of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association.

In the midst of difficulty, there is always something to be grateful for and I wish to acknowledge and appreciate the gifts of life, health, strength and all that has been bestowed upon us this year. We are so thankful to end 2020 and to enter into 2021 with the TTFA as a functioning member of FIFA and CONCACAF.

The support, interaction and experience shared from those in FIFA and CONCACAF have been important in guiding us to this point and to where we are aiming towards in 2021 and beyond.

This year has been a terribly testing and difficult one for everyone in some way or another. I wish to note that football does not exist in isolation and is also affected by the challenges of society. The existing problems in local football coupled with the Pandemic; have made this year into certainly one of the FA’s most challenging periods in its history.

The socio-economic challenges also affect the end product, but rest assured that we are undertaking a number of interventions in order to develop our organization and to elevate our game to a higher standard.

Our tasks of addressing the current debt, running the daily affairs of the TTFA, reviewing and amending the Statutes, and generally charting a better way forward for Trinidad and Tobago football, remain a top priority.

We are currently focused on a strategic planning process as it is imperative that our plan is locked in place and becomes a blueprint for long-term growth and stability. I take this opportunity to thank all our stakeholders for their ongoing support and patience over the past few months. We have and will continue to invest significant time and energy into getting the best outcome for the country.

We will update you on our plans as they evolve, as we work towards being in a position to share our future strategies. Additionally, we are currently in a process of forging stronger relationships with our existing partners and stakeholders and do have plans to ensure they are part of our future success.

With regards to our national teams on the field of play, we recognize our country’s progress to the Quarter-finals of the CONCACAF Women’s Under 20 Championship earlier this year. We also appreciate the success and progress of several of our professional players in the overseas leagues such as Kevin Molino, Joevin Jones, Levi Garcia, Akeem Garcia and Kennya Cordner to name a few. These players all excelled for their respective clubs in leagues from North America to Europe.

Our locally based Senior Men’s Team players braved the challenging conditions to turn up to practice over the past few months as we prepare for the upcoming Qatar 2022 World Cup Qualifiers which commence in March with a home fixture against Guyana.

The TTFA’s Home of Football hotel served as a step-down facility in the Government’s Covid recovery efforts, and as an organization, we are immensely pleased to have been able to provide support in the country’s fight against the virus. There are ongoing plans to expand on the use of the facility from 2021 of which you will hear more about in the new year.

The start of the World Cup qualifiers will be a test which we are all anticipating and promises to be an exciting and ambitious venture which will see us re-enter CONCACAF and FIFA Competitions for the first time in a year.

We have encountered a trying and difficult year and we are looking forward to a brighter 2021. What we put into our football now, determines the end result. We are buoyed by a promising future and as I have said in the past, we have been presented with an opportunity to make a change. We must all embrace this and remain positive and committed to building back our country’s football. We must do this for the players, youth, fans, coaches and for all stakeholders.

In closing, I thank you again for your patience, confidence and support. On behalf of TTFA, I wish you all a safe and wonderful Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year."

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TTFA ‘looking forward to brighter 2021’
By Joel Bailey (T&T Newsday).


THE TT Football Association (TTFA) is looking forward to a brighter 2021, according to Robert Hadad, chairman of the FIFA-appointed normalisation committee.

The committee, comprising Hadad, Judy Daniel and Nigel Romano, was appointed in March, after FIFA removed the William Wallace-led executive, due to mounting debts.

Hadad, in a media statement on Thursday, said, “We are so thankful to end 2020 and to enter into 2021 with the TTFA as a functioning member of FIFA and Concacaf. The support, interaction and experience shared from those in FIFA and Concacaf have been important in guiding us to this point and to where we are aiming towards in 2021 and beyond.”

FIFA suspended T&T from all international events on September 24, after Wallace and his executive failed to withdraw their legal case against FIFA from the local High Court and have it heard at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland.

FIFA lifted the suspension in November, after members of the TTFA agreed to stop court action taken against FIFA and recognise the committee to run its affairs.

“This year has been a terribly testing and difficult one for everyone in some way or another,” Hadad wrote. “I wish to note that football does not exist in isolation and is also affected by the challenges of society. The existing problems in local football coupled with the (coronavirus) pandemic, have made this year into certainly one of the FA’s most challenging periods in its history.

“The socio-economic challenges also affect the end product, but rest assured that we are undertaking a number of interventions in order to develop our organisation and to elevate our game to a higher standard.

“Our tasks of addressing the current debt, running the daily affairs of the TTFA, reviewing and amending the Statutes, and generally charting a better way forward for T&T football, remain top priority.”

According to Hadad, the TTFA is “focused on a strategic planning process as it is imperative that our plan is locked in place and becomes a blueprint for long-term growth and stability. Additionally, we are currently in a process of forging stronger relationships with our existing partners and stakeholders and do have plans to ensure they are part of our future success.”

The normalisation committee’s chairman mentioned, “We have encountered a trying and difficult year and we are looking forward to a brighter 2021. What we put into our football now, determines the end result.

“We are buoyed by a promising future and as I have said in the past, we have been presented with an opportunity to make a change. We must all embrace this and remain positive and committed to building back our country’s football. We must do this for the players, youth, fans, coaches and for all stakeholders.”

Normalisation committee chairman Hadad positive about 2021
T&T Express Reports.


HIGH HOPES

FOLLOWING a tumultuous year during which Trinidad and Tobago was temporarily suspended from international football, FIFA normalisation committee chairman Robert Hadad has in his Christmas message expressed hope for growth in 2021, beginning with the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup qualifying campaign.

“The start of the World Cup qualifiers will be a test which we are all anticipating and promises to be an exciting and ambitious venture which will see us re-enter Concacaf and FIFA competitions for the first time in a year,’ Hadad stated.

“Our locally-based senior men’s team players braved the challenging conditions to turn up to practice over the past few months as we prepare for the upcoming Qatar 2022 World Cup Qualifiers which commence in March with a home fixture against Guyana,” he added. “We also appreciate the success and progress of several of our professional players in the overseas leagues such as Kevin Molino, Joevin Jones, Levi Garcia, Akeem Garcia and Kennya Cordner to name a few. These players all excelled for their respective clubs in leagues from North America to Europe.”

Hadad acknowledged the devastating blows football has suffered in a year where the Covid-19 pandemic brought a halt to local sport in March. With no football being played, the void was filled by a protracted legal wrangle between former president Williams Wallace’s Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) executive and FIFA, football’s governing world body which removed them from office on March 17.

“We have encountered a trying and difficult year and we are looking forward to a brighter 2021. What we put into our football now, determines the end result,” Hadad said.

Hadad also addressed the imposing $70 million-plus debt of the almost insolvent TTFA which he inherited when the normalisation committee was installed.

“Our tasks of addressing the current debt, running the daily affairs of the TTFA, reviewing and amending the Statutes, and generally charting a better way forward for Trinidad and Tobago football remain top priority,” he said.

The normalisation committee chairman further stated:“We are currently focused on a strategic planning process as it is imperative that our plan is locked in place and becomes a blueprint for long-term growth and stability. I take this opportunity to thank all our stakeholders for their ongoing support and patience over the past few months. We have and will continue to invest significant time and energy into getting the best outcome for the country.

“We will update you on our plans as they evolve, as we work towards being in a position to share our future strategies. Additionally we are currently in a process of forging stronger relationships with our existing partners and stakeholders and do have plans to ensure they are part of our future success.

“We are buoyed by a promising future and as I have said in the past, we have been presented with an opportunity to make a change. We must all embrace this and remain positive and committed to building back our country’s football. We must do this for the players, youth, fans, coaches and for all stakeholders.”

Hadad noted that football does not exist in isolation and is also affected by the challenges of society. Therefore the existing problems in local football coupled with the pandemic have made this year into one of the most challenging periods in the TTFA’s history. Despite the socio-economic challenges, he assured that the normalisation committee will undertake a number of interventions in order to develop the organisation and to elevate the game to a higher standard.

“This year has been a terribly testing and difficult one for everyone in some way or another,” said Hadad. “We are so thankful to end 2020 and to enter into 2021, with the TTFA as a functioning member of FIFA and Concacaf. The support, interaction and experience shared from those in FIFA and Concacaf have been important in guiding us to this point and to where we are aiming towards 2021 and beyond.”

Hadad also expressed plans to expand on the use of the TTFA’s Home of Football hotel from 2021. The facility currently serves as a step-down facility in the Government’s Covid recovery efforts.

“There are ongoing plans to expand on the use of the facility from 2021 of which you will hear more about in the new year,” Hadad stated.

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Re: Robert Hadad Thread
« Reply #40 on: December 25, 2020, 02:28:07 PM »
All the best to the Normalization Committee (New TTFA) for the New Year and hopefully get things in order for many years to come.
Merry Christmas and Congratulations to Mr Hadad for steering the ship in what seems to be a correct direction to a port so far free of storm and rough seas.

Yet, just a few questions so we can learn how to steer ourselves in the future..

"So How much funding did FIFA see it fit to give the normalization committee to make these payments? How much was disbursed? How much is left ? What are the outstanding debts ? What is the status of present long term contracts? How are they to be honoured? Where is funding for up coming tournaments and for how many teams ? Is there a women’s team payment and any up coming programs/camps ? What about creditors and current court cases/debts ?

Nice to know ppl getting paid, but is it all secrets? Till next time ? Do we have another sponsor other than FIFA? Should the ppl of TT care where the money comes from and going ? Is taxes withheld or all money in and out of TT tax exempt?


Why I does have to declare whatever funds over 10 k I NOT travelling with on a form ? If I had, could I say , I got it from FIFA?

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Re: Robert Hadad Thread
« Reply #41 on: December 26, 2020, 07:04:24 AM »
T&T coaches, players receive partial payments, with some ‘errors’; Hadad to discuss 2021 programme
By Lasana Liburd (Wired868).


There was some relief for Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) technical staff, office staff and coaches this afternoon, as salaries finally hit their bank accounts.

Not everyone was satisfied and there appeared to be some discrepancies by the Fifa-appointed normalisation committee. However, coaches and players who spoke to Wired868 were generally happy for the first tangible show of appreciation by the current rulers of the local football body.

“We got the payments that were promised today,” said Trinidad and Tobago Boys National Under-15 goalkeeper coach Jefferson George, who is a steering committee member for the National Football Coaches of Trinidad and Tobago (NFCTT). “As far as I am aware, everyone got their monies… We also received confirmation from the normalisation committee that, once [further] money becomes available, the balance will be paid. I gave that additional information to the coaches.

“[…] The guys are happy to be paid, although it is funds we are entitled to that we had to wait a long time for. We are not fully paid yet, but the normalisation committee gave a commitment that we will be paid—and we have that in writing.”

The coaches are understood to have been divided into three categories. The Women’s National Under-17 and Under-20 Team staff members had short term deals, as their tournaments were scheduled for the first quarter of 2020. They were paid in full.

The Men’s National Futsal Team coaching staff are also believed to have received salaries. They go into competition action in early 2021.

The remaining two categories are the youth team coaches who had contracts until August and the Men’s National Senior Team staff who are contracted until the end of 2021, with an option for a renewal. Both were paid half of their salaries up until August.

The national youth team coaches hoped to receive a full pay-off but had to settle for 50 per cent, while the senior team coaches were said to be disappointed not to at least receive half payments until November. But it is a start.

For Soca Warriors head coach Terry Fenwick, the remuneration could offer an additional benefit of ratifying his contract, which was signed off by former president William Wallace but contradicted terms offered by the TTFA Board.

The fine print of Fenwick’s contract could be a talking point again next July when Trinidad and Tobago compete in the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup. The board agreed that Fenwick should receive a two year extension if he matches the performance of former coach Stephen Hart, by taking the Warriors into the quarterfinal round.

However, Fenwick and Wallace privately agreed that Trinidad and Tobago has only to qualify for the 16-nation competition for his deal to be renewed. (Wallace subsequently claimed that he did not read the altered contract proffered by Fenwick.)

At present, the Men’s Team is the only TTFA outfit in operation.

There was some confusion on the side of the players too. According to one senior player, who spoke on condition of anonymity, some Warriors received payment at the agreed exchange rate TT$6.4 to US$1 while others were paid at TT$6 to TT$1. Some players also complained of being at least one match fee short.

The players hope to have the issue rectified in short order.

Next on the agenda is the restarting of the national football programme. George said Hadad committed to discuss his plans for 2021 with the coaches association.

“Mr Hadad said he would schedule a meeting with coaches association to go through some ideas [and] he is committed to liaising with us, as the normalisation committee puts the various national programmes in place,” said George. “He said he is committed to having dialogue with all stakeholders and he will not make a unilateral decision.

“He assured us we will be consulted in terms of them putting a technical staff together, and putting something in place to address the selection of national staff.”

The Look Loy-led technical committee ensured that all football coaches had appointment letters with a start and end date as well as financial terms. The NFCTT hopes this standard will be maintained in the future.

“The coaches association doesn’t see itself as having a part in the selection of coaches and we don’t know what the technical staff will look like in the future,” said George. “But what we hope for is that the persons who take up those positions are properly qualified and that people will be going into proper arrangements where they are remunerated.

“What we also don’t want to see is what happened for years with one coach training three teams. That coach’s attention is literally divided and you won’t get the best out of him. That is not a model you will see in any serious football country.”

Yesterday, former technical director Anton Corneal confirmed that he was twice approached by Hadad to help with the restructuring of the TTFA’s technical programmes.

However, Corneal complained about chronic poor communication from the normalisation committee and said he was also disappointed about the lack of progress regarding his outstanding salaries, despite a high court judgment.

At present, former Men’s National Senior Team assistant coach Stuart Charles-Fevrier is the only coach to receive compensation for outstanding money from a technical squad which predated the William Wallace-led administration.

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Re: Robert Hadad Thread
« Reply #42 on: January 06, 2021, 02:19:01 AM »
‘Nobody is being told anything!’ Hadad slammed for poor communication and constitutional violations
By Lasana Liburd (Wired868).


Trinidad and Tobago Football Referees Association (TTFRA) vice-president Osmond Downer has criticised Fifa-appointed normalisation committee chairman Robert Hadad for either ignoring the local body’s constitution or totally misunderstanding his role within the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA).

Hadad and his three-member committee, which includes Judy Daniel and Nigel Romano, replaced the TTFA Board on 27 March 2020 with a specific mandate to: run the TTFA’s daily affairs, establish a debt repayment plan, review and amend the constitution (where necessary), and conduct elections for a new board.

However, whereas Fifa president Gianni Infantino sends press statements to inform stakeholders of his plans for the local body, Hadad has formally informed neither the TTFA’s member delegates nor the public of his operations.

Nine months since his appointment and nearly three months since for mer TTFA president William Wallace was removed by members, Hadad is yet to hold a general meeting or press conference to offer feedback or address concerns of the nation.

Downer, one of the framers of the TTFA Constitution, said former president David John-Williams was one of the worst communicators he ever saw in that role. Hadad, he suggested, was worse.

“The normalisation committee has not sought the opinion of anyone [and] consultation should be made with the membership,” Downer told Wired868. “In fact one of the biggest complaints against John-Williams was his lack of communication and failure to let the membership know what is going on. John-Williams had his faults there, but after nine months with this one (Hadad), communication is nil. Nil! There is nothing!

“The TTFA comprises the members, without the members there is no TTFA. So therefore the members have a right to know what is going on and to be kept up to date. But nobody is being told anything and that is not satisfactory.”

Does Hadad, the co-CEO of HadCo Limited, think he is more powerful than Infantino and can do whatever he feels like within football on the twin island republic?

Downer noted that even Infantino operates within a structure and has to answer for decisions made within Fifa.

“The very seven-man Bureau of the Fifa Council, with Infantino as its chairman, which made the decision to remove the TTFA executive—their every meeting has to be ratified by the Fifa Council made up of 30-something members,” said Downer. “And in some cases, like with the suspension of a member, their decisions have to be ratified by the congress, made up of all the membership.

“So why does the normalisation committee not seem to think it has to work within our structure?”

Downer said one particularly important blindspot for the Hadad-led normalisation committee appears to be its lack of regard for standing committees. The TTFA has just over a dozen standing committees and most were activated under the former executive.

Downer said the Fifa Statutes and TTFA Constitution both state that its standing committees ‘shall advise and assist the executive’ and must exist.

Article 40.2 of the TTFA Constitution states: ‘[…] the members of the standing committees shall be designated for a term of office of four years.’

And article 8.2 of the Fifa Statutes, which deals with ‘normalisation’ states: ‘executive bodies of member associations may under exceptional circumstances be removed from office by the Council, in consultation with the relevant confederation, and replaced by a normalisation committee for a specific period of time.

“The constitution of the TTFA still exists and it is mandatory, otherwise there would be no TTFA for the normalisation committee to run,” said Downer. “The normalisation committee must follow the rules of the TTFA because Fifa has not suspended the rules of the TTFA, nor has it suspended or removed the standing committees. Fifa has removed one body alone, the board of directors.

“[…] The standing committees are entrenched in the constitution. Nobody can disband or remove a standing committee, unless it is done by a constitutional amendment.

“Not even Infantino can remove the standing committees—that is why they are called ‘standing’, they stand there.”

Since each committee, barring the audit and compliance committee, must be led by a member of the board, Hadad is entitled to place a normalisation committee member at the helm of each one.

Instead, Hadad and his assistant Amiel Mohammed implied—in meetings with stakeholders and in press statements—that the normalisation committee would decide on the appointment of national coaches, which national teams would be re-instated, and what the various standing committees would look like in the future.

The TTFA’s standing committees are: finance, audit and compliance, organising for TTFA competitions, technical and development, referees, legal, women’s football, youth football and development, sports medicine, players’ status, and marketing.

During the John-Williams-led administration, the number of active standing committees dropped to just one: the referees committee. Coincidentally, the TTFA plunged from 49th in the Fifa rankings to 104th during his four year term.

Downer tried to explain what the TTFA missed out on under John-Williams—a mistake that may now be repeated.

“No executive has all the in-house expertise necessary to run football,” said Downer, “because most of the members of the boards are administrators. They are not football experts or technical people, they are not doctors or lawyers, and that is why you would have expertise on your committees to advise the executive.

“Not even the Fifa executive, which has 38 members, has all the necessary expertise—and Fifa has standing committees from A to Z. The executive has to function using the advice of their standing committees.

“Take the selection of coaches and other technical staff for national teams. The board ultimately selects these people, but they do it on the advice of the people on the technical committee.”

The TTFA Board comprises of 15 people, all of whom are actively involved in local football at some level. The normalisation committee has just three persons—none of whom have any standing in the local game.

It is remarkable then that Hadad, Daniel and Romano apparently chose to operate without a single standing committee for close to a year already.

“They should rely on committees even more than a normal TTFA board, because there is nobody on the normalisation committee with any real football experience,” said Downer. “For instance, a member of the last board, [Keith] Look Loy, was very knowledgable on technical matters as a former player and a coach, and a technical advisory member for Concacaf. So the board could have depended on him for some guidance.

“But even then, the board still had to seek advice from the technical committee on technical matters. No board, not even the Fifa board, can exist without the standing committees.

“[…] Basically, if the board is the driver steering the association, and the players are the wheel on which the machine runs, then the standing committees would be the engine.”

Downer expressed concerns about reports that Hadad was pushing ahead with a new football league involving Pro League and Trinidad and Tobago Super League (TTSL) clubs, without consultation with the competitions committee.

The competitions committee comprises the general secretary of each zone as well as from the Women’s League of Football (WoLF).

“If the TTFA Board was still in existence and it wanted to start a competition,” he said, “it would put it in the hands of the competition committee, who would then put their plans to the board for ratification.”

The normalisation committee can enter into financial arrangements on behalf of the TTFA, just as the board could. However, this must be relayed to the membership.

Downer said there is particular interest in the TTFA’s debt repayment plan and members are anxious to hear from the normalisation committee on this, and to ask them questions.

“Any use of money must be decided by the board or, in this case, the normalisation committee,” said Downer, “but then at the very next general meeting, the general membership has to be informed—because that money belongs to the TTFA, which comprises the membership. If they spend it badly, they can be brought to account.

“[…] It is not the funds of the president, or the board. It is the funds of the members.”

Downer believes an emergency general meeting is long overdue, as football stakeholders hope to recover from a traumatic 2020 due to normalisation and the Covid-19 pandemic.

“People want to know what’s going on,” he said. “How many people know the details about this upcoming competition? What are the plans? What is going on with the debt repayment plans?

“What are the plans for the amendments of the constitution that Fifa so desires?”

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« Reply #43 on: January 06, 2021, 09:30:22 AM »
Why does it appear that to  headup the TTFA the one criteria you must have is a demonstatable level of incompetency? :banginghead:

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Re: Robert Hadad Thread
« Reply #44 on: January 14, 2021, 02:35:08 AM »
Hadad: No confirmation yet on men’s team friendlies.
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ROBERT Hadad, chairman of the FIFA-appointed normalisation committee, said there is no confirmation yet on proposed friendly international matches for the men’s national team against a few regional teams, ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Concacaf Zone qualifiers.

T&T, under the guidance of coach Terry Fenwick, have been drawn in Group F of the Concacaf First Round qualifiers. They will meet Guyana on March 25 (at home), Puerto Rico on March 28 (away), Bahamas on June 5 (away) and St Kitts/Nevis on June 8 (at home).

Due to the covid19 pandemic, as well as the suspension by FIFA of the TTFA (from September to November 2020), due to the former executive’s failure to desist from pursuing a challenge at the local High Court over their removal from office, Fenwick is yet to be afforded a competitive match since his appointment in January 2020.

In a recent Newsday report, Fenwick indicated his desire to play a few warm-up matches against regional teams, as well as have a training camp in Florida, US, ahead of the qualifiers.

Hadad said on Monday, “We are looking at some regional teams to play some warm-up games in Trinidad – St Vincent/Grenadines and Dominica. We have invited them.”

He continued, “We’re waiting on confirmation with regards to timing, and we have to work along with the Ministries (of National Security and Health) to get the Home of Football up and running properly, so we can use it.”

The Home of Football, located next to the Ato Boldon Stadium, at Balmain, Couva, is being used as a step-down facility for covid19 patients.

According to Hadad, the immediate intention for the Home of Football is for use as a bio-secure bubble for the national men’s team.

Hadad noted, “The other thing we’re looking at with Terry is a training programme in Miami, but we can’t confirm that as yet.”

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« Reply #45 on: February 23, 2021, 02:31:30 AM »
Hadad: TTFA respects Govt’s decision.
By Jonathan Ramnanansingh (T&T Newsday).


TT Football Association (TTFA) normalisation committee chairman Robert Hadad has called on stakeholders to respect the Government’s decision to not grant T&T permission to play their opening 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier, against Guyana, on March 25, on home soil.

On Saturday, the TTFA issued a statement noting the Ministry of Health’s decision to prohibit the match in a hot-bubble on local soil. The TTFA then took a decision to stage the match at the Pan American Stadium in Dominican Republic.

The association said that numerous proposals and scenarios were put forward to the Ministry of Health, Sport Company of T&T and other relevant Government agencies. However, they were all declined and a neutral location was selected.

On Sunday, Hadad said playing a home game on foreign ground was regrettable, but he believes the Government’s decision was made to protect the T&T citizens from further spread of covid19.

“Well playing at home will always be advantageous. It is unfortunate (to play in Dominican Republic) but we will make it happen. The Government is being careful with exposing the country to more risk. We must respect their decision,” said Hadad.

National men’s coach Terry Fenwick expressed disappointment on Saturday. Fenwick drew reference to numerous countries who were able to facilitate bio-secure bubbles for foreign players and successfully host their respective domestic and World Cup qualifier matches.

He said “poor planning” may have been a key factor as to why T&T was not being allowed to secure approval for the game.

Hadad disagreed with the veteran English coach.

“The head coach, like the staff and football-loving public, is frustrated at not being able to play the qualifier on home soil, but it is not a matter of bad planning. It’s the decision and position of the Government given the current health protocols.

“After coming out of (FIFA) suspension, Concacaf confirmed the schedule (World Cup qualifier) on December 4. Just before Christmas, the TTFA began meeting with relevant stakeholders to figure out solutions to play the game in Trinidad.

“But of course, now, we will be playing the game at the Pan American Stadium in Dominican Republic,” he added.

Meanwhile, Newsday understands Guyana has yet to receive official confirmation from Concacaf on a venue change.

An official, who wished to stay anonymous, said the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) understands T&T’s health protocols and will do all it can to facilitate a venue change, once agreed and confirmed by the sport’s regional body.

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« Reply #46 on: March 20, 2021, 09:37:26 AM »
Payments for TTFA staff up to date says Hadad.
By Joel Bailey (T&T Newsday).


OUTSTANDING salaries for TT Football Association (TTFA) staff members are up to date, according to Robert Hadad, chairman of the FIFA-appointed normalisation committee.

However, the T&T men’s team coaching staff are set to receive all that are owed to them within the next two months.

During a media conference at the VIP Lounge, Piarco International Airport, on Thursday, Hadad disclosed, “I think we’ve worked through all the problems. The people that we have problems with are the past coaches that worked under previous administrations. We do have to find funding to deal with that.”

Hadad continued, “The current group of coaches have been paid completely, up until August of last year. All of the payments have been in. As soon as that comes through, we would then be paying the last four months of last year, I would say in the next month-and-a-half, then we’re only left with this year.

“All of the other coaches, apart from the men’s team, have been brought up to date. The admin staff and the technical staff have been brought up to date. It’s just the men’s team that have to be brought up to date, and that is going to be done in the next couple of months.”

Due to covid19 restrictions, T&T will be playing their 2022 FIFA World Cup Concacaf Zone qualifier against Guyana on March 25 in the Dominican Republic, instead of the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo.

Hadad noted, “It is not an ideal scenario. Not only are we playing outside but we are playing on fields that we don’t know.

“We got some images of the lighting on the Dominican Republic field and it didn’t look like the lighting we would need. We’re not excited about it. In addition, we have to play on an astro-surface in Puerto Rico (in their March 28 qualifier).

“We’re not excited by these things but these are the challenges that everybody faces in life. At the end of the day, what you have to do is take these challenges and make them work for you.”

Hadad is hopeful that T&T’s scheduled qualifier against St Kitts/Nevis in June will take place in Trinidad.

“I’ve already called (Chief Medical Officer) Dr Roshan Parasram and we’ve started discussions around the June games, and if we could play St Kitts here in Trinidad. Fingers crossed, we would see, in his words, where this pandemic is taking us. We have to wait and see what’s happening, how much people are going to be vaccinated, are they going to allow people with vaccines to come with less quarantine (time).”

FIFA appointed the normalisation committee (featuring Hadad, Judy Daniel and Nigel Romano) in March 2020, after removing the TTFA executive (headed by William Wallace) due to mounting debts, estimated at $50 million.

According to Hadad, “It’s been a tough year, the first nine months between court matters and (a FIFA) suspension. We’ve had to manage a lot of personalities, we’ve had to understand FIFA, understand Concacaf, work with the TTFA staff that has been here for many years.

“We’re making the best of it. We have a lot of good things to announce. We have a women’s coach coming, we have a new uniforms contract coming. We have a lot going on behind the scenes – beach soccer, futsal (and) World Cup qualification coming up.”

About the search for the T&T women’s coach, which began in January, Hadad said, “We are in the final stages of agreeing (to the person) coming to Trinidad. You can expect (an announcement) soon.”

How concerned is he that football is not being played in T&T due to the covid19 restrictions?

Hadad replied, “I’m very concerned but we have to respect the Government’s decisions. The downside is we haven’t been able to play football however I would say that the Pro League and the Super League have been very good to us. We’ve been actually talking more along the lines of a unified league.”

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