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TTFA dismiss Hart from head coach job

T&T Football Association and Senior National Men’s Team head coach Stephen Hart

Though not giving any reason for his dismissal, the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) has fired Senior National Men’s Team head coach Stephen Hart with immediate effect.

The dismissal was confirmed in a Media release last evening.

The terse statement said, The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) and Senior National Men’s Team head coach Stephen Hart have agreed to part ways with immediate effect.

This follows a meeting held this afternoon between Mr Hart and members of the TTFA board of directors.

President David John-Williams, on behalf of the TTFA, thanks Mr Hart for his services over the past three years and wishes him every success in his future endeavours.

Mr John-Williams confirms that the announcement of a new head coach for the TTFA Senior National Men’s Team will be made in the shortest possible time.

The firing of Hart comes on the heels of the Football USA’s decision on Monday to sack its coach Juergen Klinsmann as a consequence of the team’s back to back losses in the opening round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals.

Trinidad and Tobago have also lost both their matches so far in the six-nation qualifiers and it is believed that this has jolted the TTFA into action to change team staff.

World Cup finals that was Germany 2006When TT qualified for its first and only World Cup finals that was Germany 2006, it had also sacked its local coach after a losing start to the qualifying campaign.

It is history that TT improved under Dutchman Leo Beenhakker to make the grade to Germany.

No information was provided on the fate of Hart’s backroom staff, which included assistant coaches Hutson “Barber” Charles, Derek King and goalkeeper coach Michael “Brow” Maurice.

Hart took over the Soca Warriors in mid-2013 and led them to quarterfinal finishes at the 2013 and 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup tournaments as well as the Hex of the ongoing Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.

Russia-2018-World-Cup-trophyHowever, Trinidad and Tobago’s form dipped considerably in 2016 and his team lost seven of their last 10 outings.

At present, the Warriors are at the foot of the Hex with zero points from two games, along with the United States who has named native Bruce Arena as replacement for Klinsmann

The decision to fire Hart was made by an ad-hoc committee headed by John-Williams, which is believed to have included technical committee chairman and Pro League CEO Dexter Skeene, technical director Muhammad Isa, Eastern Counties Football Union representative Sherwyn Dyer and vice-president Allan Warner.

According to the TTFA’s constitution, only the board of directors can hire or fire coaches. But the board opted to allow a sub-committee to make the call.

Two days ago it was reported that the team’s medical staff headead by Dr Terrence Babwah had tendered resignations as a result of differences of opinions with coach Hart.

TT recent run of performances shows victories over Guatemala (twice), Cuba and Panama, with draws against Mexico (twice), the United States and Nicaragua. While their solitary loss came via kicks from the penalty mark in the Gold Cup quarterfinal contest against Panama.

But, under the new president, the Warriors only managed wins against St Vincent and the Grenadines (twice) and the Dominican Republic in the whole of 2016 with losses to the United States, Costa Rica, Panama, Haiti, Martinique, Peru, Uruguay and China and draws with Guatemala and Grenada.

During that period, Trinidad and Tobago dropped from 49th in FIFA and fourth in CONCACAF to 78th and ninth respectively.

Though not giving any reason for his dismissal, the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) has fired Senior National Men’s Team head coach Stephen Hart with immediate effect.

The dismissal was confirmed in a Media release last evening.

The terse statement said, The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) and Senior National Men’s Team head coach Stephen Hart have agreed to part ways with immediate effect.

This follows a meeting held this afternoon between Mr Hart and members of the TTFA board of directors.

President David John-Williams, on behalf of the TTFA, thanks Mr Hart for his services over the past three years and wishes him every success in his future endeavours.

Mr John-Williams confirms that the announcement of a new head coach for the TTFA Senior National Men’s Team will be made in the shortest possible time.

The firing of Hart comes on the heels of the Football USA’s decision on Monday to sack its coach Yer-gen Klinsmann as a consequence of the team’s back to back losses in the opening round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals.

Trinidad and Tobago have also lost both their matches so far in the six-nation qualifiers and it is believed that this has jolted the TTFA into action to change team staff.

When TT qualified for its first andonly World Cup finals that was Germany 2006, it had also sacked its local coach after a losing start to the qualifying campaign.

It is history that TT improved under Dutchman Leo Beenhakker to make the grade to Germany.

No information was provided on the fate of Hart’s backroom staff, which included assistant coaches Hutson “Barber” Charles, Derek King and goalkeeper coach Michael “Brow” Maurice.

Hart took over the Soca Warriors in mid-2013 and led them to quarterfinal finishes at the 2013 and 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup tournaments as well as the Hex of the ongoing Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.

However, Trinidad and Tobago’s form dipped considerably in 2016 and his team lost seven of their last 10 outings.

At present, the Warriors are at the foot of the Hex with zero points from two games, along with the United States who has named native Bruce Arena as replacement for Klinsmann

The decision to fire Hart was made by an ad-hoc committee headed by John-Williams, which is believed to have included technical committee chairman and Pro League CEO Dexter Skeene, technical director Muhammad Isa, Eastern Counties Football Union representative Sherwyn Dyer and vice-president Allan Warner.

According to the TTFA’s constitution, only the board of directors can hire or fire coaches. But the board opted to allow a sub-committee to make the call.

Two days ago it was reported that the team’s medical staff headead by Dr Terrence Babwah had tendered resignations as a result of differences of opinions with coach Hart.

TT recent run of performances shows victories over Guatemala (twice), Cuba and Panama, with draws against Mexico (twice), the United States and Nicaragua. While their solitary loss came via kicks from the penalty mark in the Gold Cup quarterfinal contest against Panama.

But, under the new president, the Warriors only managed wins against St Vincent and the Grenadines (twice) and the Dominican Republic in the whole of 2016 with losses to the United States, Costa Rica, Panama, Haiti, Martinique, Peru, Uruguay and China and draws with Guatemala and Grenada.

During that period, Trinidad and Tobago dropped from 49th in FIFA and fourth in CONCACAF to 78th and ninth respectively.

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