Support has come for the fired former Trinidad and Tobago Football coach, Terry Fenwick. It has come from another coach, albeit of a different sport, basketball.
Former Trinidad and Tobago senior women’s basketball coach Learie ‘Fruits’ Sandy, on social media platform Facebook, has defended the former England international, most famous for being one of Diego Maradona’s five ‘victims’ in the goal of the century. Sandy asserted the former San Juan Jabloteh coach was unjustly fired on Friday, when a release from the TTFA Normalisation Committee issued on Social Media announcing that Fenwick and his coaching staff were fired.
Posting on Facebook, Sandy stated “the circumstances this coach (Fenwick) had to endure should be taken into consideration, he’s a very good coach who had a lot of obstacles in his way. He never got the opportunity to coach to his full potential.” The poster then informed Sandy of the poor results, including failing to beat 201 ranked Bahamas and being eliminated from the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying tournament.
Trinidad and Tobago failed to score a goal in the match vs Bahamas as no genuine striker was selected. Fenwick used Joevin Jones, a defender as a forward in that match. Ryan Telfer, a winger was also used as a forward, while the 4 forwards were left on the bench. However, Mr Sandy sympathised with Fenwick. “I had the opportunity to coach the National Netball team and a lot of supporters were critical of my strategy, because I had to change players positions, because some of the players on the team could not perform at that level. You have to be a part of a coaching staff to understand the strategy and why the coach did what he did. It like someone coming to your house and telling you how to run your household without understanding why you made certain decisions”, Mr Sandy added.
Terry Fenwick’s record as national coach reads: Competitive matches- Played 4, won 2, drew 2, and no losses, with 6 goals for and 1 goal against. While in friendly internationals, just the 1 match that was a 7-0 loss to the United States of America. But Fenwick’s comments after the win against St Kitts/Nevis would have raised some eyebrows when he labelled the TTFA as being in mess, after Lamenting the lack of support the team had while they were preparing for the World Cup Qualifying tournament.
The Normalisation Committee will be seeking to install a new coach as early as possible. The CONCACAF Gold Cup Qualifiers and the tournament proper is in early July and the new coach would need ample time to get the players ready for a tournament that will ease some the frustrations and disappointment of missing the final stage of the World Cup Qualifiers.