PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC) – Former national defender, Dennis Lawrence, has been appointed the new Trinidad and Tobago men’s senior coach, a day after media reports here said he had snubbed the offer.The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association confirmed the move on Saturday and said the 42-year-old would arrive here next week to begin his new role with the embattled national side.Lawrence replaces Belgian Tom Saintfiet who resigned after five weeks in the post, and takes over a struggling T&T side who are one from bottom of the CONCACAF final round of qualifying for next year’s World Cup in Russia.“I feel very honoured and humbled by this opportunity and the confidence placed in me by the Association,” Lawrence said in a release.“I have given my all for Trinidad and Tobago as a player and now relish this moment to contribute as head coach of the national team.”He continued: “Of course I am coming into a difficult situation and we have to take each game seriously and out our best foot forward. The experience I gained working under different coaches during my 89 international caps for T&T and my exposure in coaching has all helped to shape me.“I intend to give my very best towards this national effort.”The news comes after it emerged Friday that Lawrence backed out of a verbal agreement to fill the post, after untenable changes were made to his contract at the last moment.His agent, Mike Berry, said basic terms had been agreed at mid-week but subsequent changes to the contract made Lawrence walk away from the offer.Among the changes were two clauses that stated that Lawrence could be sacked if he did not have a 40 per cent success rate on an annual basis or if T&T suffered a six-point drop in the FIFA rankings.“Those clauses were unacceptable,” Berry was quoted as saying.But the local FA, who had earlier indicated that they would name the new head coach Monday, said Saturday’s announcement was an attempt to “quell further speculation and keep stakeholders informed.”Lawrence was a member of the historic T&T side that qualified for the 2006 World Cup in Germany and is best remembered for scoring the goal in the 1-0 victory over Bahrain in the qualifier for that showpiece.He spent his professional playing career in the United Kingdom, making 198 appearances for Wrexham, another 84 for Swansea City before also turning out for Crewe Alexandra.Lawrence, who holds a UEFA Pro License coaching badge, served as a member of Roberto Martinez’s coaching staff at Wigan Athletic and Everton. He took up a position as a scout with the Belgium national side after Martinez took over there last year.According to the FA, Lawrence will meet with members of the local football fraternity and “determine the rest of his support staff” when he arrives next week.
Mark Hughes says he has been hugely impressed by Adel Taarabt – and believes there is plenty more to come from the Moroccan.Taarabt was out of favour at QPR prior to Hughes’ appointment as manager and the club had been open to offers for him for some time.Taarabt has impressed.But the new boss is quick to point out the 22-year-old’s relative lack of experience and believes he can make him a better player.AdChoices广告Hughes said: “I’m enjoying working with him. He’s a very bright kid, he’s good around the place, and I’ve been really, really impressed with him.“I think there’s more to come. With the right work and the right direction he could be more effective than he has been in the past.“It’s his first season in the Premier League and we want to make sure he improves year on year. I think with my and my staff’s help he’ll be a better player.”Taarabt’s recent display against Wolves was an encouraging sign and belied his reputation for immaturity.With Rangers down to 10 men following the sending-off of Djibril Cisse he produced some of his best moments of the season – giving Hughes food for thought.“I was pleased because he took on responsibility and that’s what you want from players,” Hughes explained.“He understood the situation and that he had to really drive the game for us and that’s what he did.“I like players who are able to understand what’s going on and are able to take responsibility in a game. Some shy away from it but he certainly didn’t.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Sterling1313147â€”47 Wellington 50, Sterling 47 by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” The Wellington boys basketball team is 1-0 with a big 50-47 victory over Sterling in the first round of the Kingman Tournament Thursday.Trevor NanceCrusader senior Trevor Nance poured in 20 points including 10 points in the third quarter to lift Wellington to victory. The game was nip and tuck the whole way which came down to the final buzzer.After Wellington missed the front end of a one-and-one free throw with 16 seconds, Sterling looked to tie but was unable to get off a shot at the buzzer.â€œThatâ€™s a tribute to our defense,â€ said Brian Buchanan, Wellington head boys basketball coach. â€œWe played man to man all game and did a great job beating a salty Sterling team.â€Â The Crusaders played a couple of freshmen at the varsity spot. A.J. Snipes scored 10 while fellow freshman Ian King had 6. Junior Wesley Gilmore poured in 10.Wellington will now play Conway Springs at 4:40 p.m. Wellington11121413â€”50 Sterling â€” K. Comley 19, K. Comley 8, B. Richter 8, J. Proffitt 4, A. McPherson 4, B. Oden 2 Wellington â€” T. Nance 20, W. Gilmore 10, A. Snipes 10, I. King 6, T. Pettigrew 2, C. Phelps 2, Hinshaw 2 â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢Sterling beat the Wellington junior varsity 46-44.Scoring for Wellington was: Phelps 7, Walton 7, Frame 9, Driskell 2, Hamel 4, King 10, L. Jones 1, D. Jones 4.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments