Former Trinidad & Tobago footballer and coach Dennis Lawrence has joined English Championship team, Coventry City as an assistant coach. It was announced on the club’s website that the 46-year-old lanky defender will be deputizing Mark Robins as the pre-season preparations begins next week at the club.
Robins commented in an interview on the club’s website, “I am delighted to welcome Dennis to the Club as first-team coach. He brings with him great knowledge and experience having worked at the highest level.” The manager added, “As well as having had a successful playing career, Dennis is a top coach who will complement the existing coaching structure and we look forward to working with him.”
Lawrence played as a central defender and recorded 89 caps for T&T whilst scoring 5 goals. He scored one of the most important goals for his country as his header sealed qualification for the 2006 Germany World Cup.
Lawrence departed local professional team Defence Force to join Wrexham where he appeared 198 times for the Welsh team scoring 14 goals and winning the player of the 2003/2004 season. He later represented Swansea on 84 occasions where he copped the 2007/2008 League One title before moving to Crew Alexandra before hanging up his boots at home team San Juan Jabloteh in 2010.
The same year “Tallest” began his coaching career as an assistant to Roberto Martinez. He then accompanied Martinez to Everton in 2013, to fulfil the first-team development coach at Goodison Park.
In 2017, he became a head coach for the first time in his career after being an assistant for almost a decade. Lawrence became one of the few past national senior players to coach their male senior team when he was selected as head coach of the Soca Warriors. Unfortunately, his tenure lasted two years and he had a dismal showing, managing five wins, seven draws and 19 loses in 31 games.