Sol Campbell named as Assistant Coach
Dennis Lawrence was today officially unveiled by the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association as the head coach of the Men’s National Senior Team.
Lawrence’s first assignment will be the two 2018 World Cup Qualifying matches in Port of Spain against Panama and Mexico on March 24th and 28th and he is expected to oversee a home-based training camp late next month following the end of the T&T Pro League season.
Lawrence announced that ex-England and Arsenal defender Sol Campbell will be his first assistant on the team and details on the rest of the backroom staff will be announced in due course.
TTFA President David John-Williams officially welcomed Lawrence on board, extending well wishes to him and vowing the FA’s full support towards him and the team.
Lawrence on his selection of Campbell
“Sol is someone I’ve spent a lot of time with on and off the training field. We worked together during the UEFA Pro License course and he possesses the experience, knowledge of the game and the passion which I feel will have a positive effect on our players and the national team programme,”
John-Williams on Campbell selection.
“I have been able to secure his signature at five o’clock this morning, so he’s signed and on board.It was a difficult negotiation but it was successful. Dennis has been very instrumental in allowing the opportunity for Sol Campbell to be here.”
“His head took us to the World Cup in 2006, and now he is charged with using that same head in a different way to take us to Russia 2018.Dennis, I welcome you officially on board and all the best.”
Lawrence on his appointment and tenure.
“The length of my contract is the length of my citizenship. I am here and I am committed to Trinidad and Tobago football if it takes me the rest of my life.I’ve spent four and a half years in the Army, I think everybody knows my background. I have conducted myself in a very disciplined, professional manner throughout my life and my career.
“In terms of discipline there is going to be clear directions to what I expect, what Trinidad and Tobago as a country expect, and I also expect the players to follow these patterns and be able to work and enjoy the work.”
“I plan to speak to the players over the next couple weeks, find out exactly what are their thoughts and what are they thinking. Any player that wants to be involved with me there is an open door.
“If a player for whatever reason thinks he is not up for the task, and he does not want to be involved, I will move on to the next player. The players that I want around me are going to be the players that are committed to the cause and the goals that I want to achieve for Trinidad and Tobago.”
See Video of his opening statement here
Video of Full Press Briefing
Top photo shows TTFA President David John-Williams presenting Dennis Lawrence with a National Team training jacket at this morning’s unveiling. Photo/Allan Crane for TTFA Media.