The work begins
DENNIS LAWRENCE begins his work as new national football team head coach as soon as the shortened 2016-2017 season of the Digicel Pro League ends on Sunday. And the former apprentice to current Belgian national coach Roberto Martinez has already indicated that he is going to do things his way. “My coaching set up is […]
DENNIS LAWRENCE begins his work as new national football team head coach as soon as the shortened 2016-2017 season of the Digicel Pro League ends on Sunday.
And the former apprentice to current Belgian national coach Roberto Martinez has already indicated that he is going to do things his way.
“My coaching set up is that on every particular session, every coach will have a role to play in the session. So there is no defensive coach or attacking coach or midfield coach. That is not the way of my structure,” Lawrence declared. “My structure is a coaching staff, that based on every session, every coach is going to have a role to play in the session.”
The former national defender made the revelations as he unveiled a shortlist of 27 locally-based players he begins working with in preparation for upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Panama (March 24) and Mexico (March 28).
Among the invitees are Keron “Ball Pest” Cummings, who scored in consecutive matches against Mexico two years ago; unattached defender Radanfar Abu Bakr; veteran defender Julius James and San Juan Jabloteh duo Tyronne Charles and Nathan Lewis.
Lawrence said that with foreign-based players unavailable to him until March 19th and 20th, he would work in the meantime with the locals and is hoping to play two warm-up matches with them.
“The players on this list are only the players that immediately going to start with me. The other players are still available for selection if and when needed,” Lawrence said.
“I think is important is to work with the local players from now. The (Pro) League will be concluded on Sunday. So what I have done is selected the local players……. to work with the local players and to start building on some, so that these players will be able to push for a position on the team, come March 24.”
Lawrence hopes to make an impact with his coaching staff as well. They include locally-based assistants Stern John and Stuart Charles-Fevrier and goalkeeper coach Ross Russell. Another assistant, 42-year-old Englishman Sol Campbell, arrives on March 10.
“I picked people around me I am comfortable to work with and (who) have the same ambition. The same goals I want to achieve, they want to achieve,” Lawrence said.
Lawrence also defended his inclusion of inexperienced coaches like Stern John and Campbell on his staff, stating it was his intention to use their experience as former players.
“I think it is important that we start educating our own as well,” Lawrence said. “I want to help Stern as well, by educating him to become the best possible coach that he can become. So that, come a couple years down the road, we got a coach readymade, Stern, to go on and the world is at his feet.”
Lawrence described it as “incredible” having Stuart Charles-Fevrier as his assistant. The St Lucian is the longest serving coach in the Pro League, with 18 years at W Connection where he has won six Pro League and four Caribbean titles.
“I think ‘Stewarty’s’ c.v. speaks from itself,” Lawrence declared. “What Stewarty will give to me is the information I have been missing over the years I have been in the UK.”
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
Goalkeepers: Jan-Michael Williams (Central FC), Marvin Phillip (Morvant Caledonia United), Glenroy Samuel (Ma Pau Stars), Adrian Foncette (Police FC), Andre Marchan (Defence Force).
Defenders: Carlyle Mitchell (Unattached), Curtis Gonzales (Defence Force), Julius James (Central FC), Radanfah Abu Bakr (Unattached), Daniel Cyrus (W Connection), Jelani Peters (W Connection), Jesus Perez (W Connection), Triston Hodge (W Connection), Alvin Jones (W Connection).
Midfielders: Keron Cummings (Central FC), Leston Paul (Central FC), Sean De Silva (Central FC), Akeem Humphrey (Club Sando), Jared London (Club Sando), Hughtun Hector (W Connection), Tyrone Charles (San Juan Jabloteh), Nathan Lewis (San Juan Jabloteh), Jomoul Francois (St Ann’s Rangers).