T&T’S COACH RESIGNS AFTER 1 MONTH
Written by IrieJam Radio on January 17, 2017
Trinidad & Tobago’s National team coach has resigned after only 1 month.
Last week, Belgian Tom Saintfiet announced his resignation – just ahead of World Cup Qualifiers after losing 3 of 4 contests. 2 of the loses came in Caribbean Cup playoff series, causing T&T to fall out of contention for the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
In his departure statement, Saintfiet said he felt he could not be ‘successful in this environment’, due to the lack of support from T&T’s Football Association and its president – who he accused of second guessing his choice after hiring him.
He said immediately after he was hired, TTFA president John-Williams told media that he was not his first choice but the most affordable person on the shortlist.
Saintfiet replaced Trinidadian Stephen Hart who was fired last December, after the team’s poor start in the CONCACAF final round of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. He was deemed a controversial coaching hire, as he is well known for to not last more than 9 months in an position – most of which were second and third teir African teams.
John Williams is said to have upset things at the TTFA since taking over in November of 2015, and hiring and firing a string of coaches and other employees.
The TTFA says it expects to name Saintfiet’s replacement “in the shortest possible time.”
T&T is currently in 5th place in the final round of CONCACAF qualifying with zero points from two matches. The team is scheduled to challenge Panama and Mexico in World Cup Qualifiers in March and April.
Photo Cred: TTFA Media