Trinidad and Tobago senior football coach Dennis Lawrence was on Saturday fired with immediate effect by the new board of the T&T Football Association (TTFA).
His sacking was one of few key decisions made by the board after its first official meeting since the William Wallace-led administration assumed office on November 24.
Lawrence had been under fire following a string of poor performances by the Soca Warriors during the Concacaf Gold Cup and the Nations League. However, he refused to step down and survived under the previous David John-Williams-led TTFA.
Apart from Lawrence's sacking, the board also agreed to accept the resignation of Camara David as general secretary and replaced him with Ramesh Ramdhan, a former World Cup referee and presidential candidate back in 2015.
In a release yesterday, the TTFA said following a marathon session of nine hours on Saturday, the board, after a majority vote, decided to sack Lawrence, a decision that was later communicated to the coach via a phone call by Wallace. It was also agreed that Wallace will meet with Lawrence's representatives to complete the separation soon. They did not name a replacement for Lawrence but said they would do so soon.
Meanwhile, Ramdhan, a businessman who has publicly supported the Wallace-led United TTFA, was expected to get down to work almost immediately.
Decisions made by the TTFA board on Saturday were:
1. The proposal submitted by former General Secretary Camara David for a mutual termination of his services was accepted. Ramesh Ramdhan was appointed as his replacement, with immediate effect.
2. The services of Dennis Lawrence as Senior Men’s National Team head coach were terminated with immediate effect following a majority decision by the board. Immediately following the decision of the board, President Wallace contacted Mr Lawrence via telephone to inform him of the decision and wished him well in his personal and professional life while also thanking him for his services to the Senior Men’s Team. The TTFA president and Lawrence’s representative(s) will meet to discuss the terms of separation. Lawrence’s replacement will be announced shortly.
3. The Emergency Committee was appointed for a four-year term, 2019 to 2023. Chairpersons and/or members were appointed to six (6) other Committees, including Club Licensing, Competitions, Finance, Legal, Player Status, Sports Medicine.
4. The Technical Committee was appointed under the Chairmanship of Keith Look Loy. This committee will supervise a new technical and management structure for TTFA national teams and technical programmes. (See attached). A North American scouting programme under the supervision of the Technical Committee was also approved.
5. The Technical Committee will review the structure, personnel and finances of the Elite Youth Programme and make recommendations to the Board in January 2010.
6. Discussions on the Technical Staffs for the Women’s Under 20 and Under 17 Teams continued and decisions will be disclosed in due course ahead of the CONCACAF Women’s Championships in February and March 2020 respectively.
7. TTFA will not sanction the League of Champions created by the previous administration as it includes a majority of clubs that are suspended by the TTFA’s General Meeting and/or their league.
8. The T-League Commission will be revisited as part of the general move towards the formation of a new TTFA elite league in 2020.
9. The services of an engineer will be secured to provide a comprehensive report on the Home of Football, which remains closed to the public while several approvals, including Fire Service and the Certificate of Completion, remain outstanding.
10. The Sheldon Phillips legal matter will be immediately withdrawn from the Industrial Court and an out of court settlement agreed with Phillips.
11. Shaka Hislop was appointed TTFA Ambassador. Additional Ambassadors will be appointed in approaching months.
SOURCE: T&T Guardian
“Tallest” fired as head coach.
By Joel Bailey (Newsday).
DENNIS “TALLEST” Lawrence has been fired as head coach of T&T's senior men’s national football team with immediate effect.
According to a media release from the TT Football Association (TTFA) on Sunday, “The services of Lawrence as national team coach were terminated with immediate effect following a majority decision by the board.”
The TTFA had a nine-hour board meeting on Saturday at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva with its elected officers (president William Wallace, vice-presidents Clynt Taylor, Susan Warrick and Joseph Sam Phillip) and eight of 12 member delegates from Central FA, Eastern FA, Northern FA, Southern FA, TT Pro League, TT Referees Association, TT Super League and Women’s League Football (WoLF).
The media release noted, “Immediately following the decision of the board, Wallace contacted Lawrence via telephone to inform him of the decision and wished him well in his personal and professional life, while also thanking him for his services to the men’s team.
“The TTFA president and Lawrence’s representative(s) will meet to discuss the terms of separation,” the release continued.
“Lawrence’s replacement will be announced shortly.”
The 45-year-old Lawrence has endured a heavily-criticised stint as coach, since he was appointed in January 2017.
He only guided the team to six victories since replacing Belgian Tom Saintfiet.
And former TTFA president David John-Williams, in a Newsday interview last month, said, “Unfortunately, we live in a society of instant gratification and (are) results-oriented. And we live in a society where we see in the English Premiership, where a man loses five games and they buss he throat.
“Because in the morning, you know what? I could go and pick up a coach in the morning. And that same coach who get he throat buss could go to a next team and get nine wins on a trot. But we don’t live in a country where we could pick up a men’s national team coach like that.
“We don’t have the money to fire Dennis Lawrence in the morning.”