Describing Saturday’s goalless draw with Bahamas as lacklustre, local coach ‘Professor’ Ron La Forest said the players played with no drive, looked ‘un-coachable’ and like headless chickens.
The coach of the West Fort Football Club, who is interested in the national coaching position was speaking on a podcast on Sunday evening, ‘Gordo Files’. Mr La Forest, commenting on the match that eliminated the Soca Warriors from progressing in the World Cup Qualifiers, said the team played with no plan, no style and no flair, and added that national coach Terry Fenwick should pack it in, as any self-respecting coach would. But he does acknowledge however, he may be tempted to stay on to attempt to qualify for the CONCACAF Gold Cup, as a clause in his current contract guarantees an extension should the Soca Warriors qualify for confederation’s biggest event. The Soca Warriors play Montserrat next month and a possible second game if they beat Montserrat.
Mr La Forest, who enjoyed success at San Juan Jabloteh and Joe Public, also slammed the national coach for insulting the locally based players. He noted the locally based players have been training for months, under the eyes of the Fenwick, only to be discarded for the foreign based players when the time for the international matches came. He said that act by Fenwick is not good for the coaches, not good for the players and just not good for Trinidad and Tobago football. La Forest added that he can get a quality national team from locally based players, as he saw first hand the talent La Horquetta Rangers, Police and Defence Force possess. Local football fans, can also add W Connection, Central FC and North East Stars on that list. La Forest said there is no need to rush and send tickets for foreign players, unless they bring something to the table. He added that former local coach Gally Cummings had tremendous success with local players.