For­mer coach slams T&T’s foot­ball pro­gramme

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): RE­CENTLY SACKED Trinidad and Tobago head coach, Stephen Hart, says the na­tional pro­gramme is badly in need of an ad­min­is­tra­tive up­grade and be­lieves any suc­cess the na­tional side achieves will be as a re­sult of “luck”.

In his part­ing shots af­ter be­ing fired last week, the 56-year-old pointed to sev­eral ar­eas in the pro­gramme which he said needed a more pro­fes­sional ap­proach.

“I think Trinidad foot­ball needs to be­come way more pro­fes­sional in ev­ery­thing that sur­rounds the team – from a sci­en­tific point of view, from a travel point of view, from a lo­gis­tics point of view, and just ba­sic plan­ning and fund­ing,” Hart told C Sports Live.

Hart led T&T for 31/2 years, but his ten­ure ended af­ter the side lost both their open­ing games of the fi­nal round of CONCACAF qual­i­fiers for the 2018 World Cup ear­lier this month.

They opened their cam­paign with a 2-0 de­feat to Costa Rica at the Hasely Craw­ford Sta­dium here be­fore los­ing 3-1 to Hon­duras at the Es­ta­dio Olimpico Metropoli­tano in San Pe­dro Sula a few days later on Novem­ber 15.

The re­sults left them one from bot­tom of the six-team group but Hart said he had been con­fi­dent T&T could turn around their form.

“They (foot­ball as­so­ci­a­tion) were not happy with the two World Cup re­sults, and even though I had con­fi­dence that the play­ers on this team, and with the in­jec­tion of maybe a few new play­ers, ... had the ca­pa­bil­ity to turn it around, the as­so­ci­a­tion did not see it that way.”

Hart en­joyed sev­eral high points dur­ing his time in charge of T&T. He twice led them to the quar­ter­fi­nals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup and also guided them into the fi­nal of the 2014 Caribbean Cup be­fore los­ing to Ja­maica.

Un­der Hart, T&T en­joyed a good run in the re­cent semi-fi­nals of the World Cup qual­i­fiers when they lost just once in fin­ish­ing sec­ond in Group C to United States, in pro­gress­ing to the fi­nal round.

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