Newly appointed interim head coach of the Trinidad & Tobago men’s national football team, Angus Eve received an overwhelming support from the local football fraternity.
A few days ago, the Normalization Committee of the Trinidad & Tobago Football Association replaced head coach Englishman Terry Fenwick and his staff with the former Soca Warrior, Eve. Even though it was not officially released, it is rumoured that Eve’s assistant coach will be former national midfielder, Reynold Carrington.
Coach of the St Lucia national senior team and Morvant/ Caledonia United, Jamaal Shabazz commented on the selection of Eve. “It is a very forward-thinking and innovative change. Angus will have to hit the road running and believe in himself and trust in his instincts. We need to have somebody come in immediately who knows the players and is ambitious. This provides a good opportunity for Angus to make a claim for the job on a permanent basis.”
Shabazz continued, “He certainly will be motivated to go out there and get results. He doesn’t bring the baggage and the controversies of the last coach. He has everything to play for… really he has nothing to lose.”
Looking ahead to the Gold Cup tournament in a few weeks Shabazz said, “It will have a positive effect on the Gold Cup preparations because…motivation has been a key issue. A new coach always excites players. The time is short but in international football 72 hours is a lot of time and fortune favours the brave.”
Former attacking midfielder and T&T’s most capped footballer, Eve was humbled but optimistic of performing well as coach. He said, “This is a great honour but I do understand the position that I am and it is to represent all the local coaches in T&T and I don’t take that lightly.”
Continuing to sing praises of the local coaches, he added. “The local coaches work very hard here; I have respect for all of the guys because I have coached with or against some of them. One step at a time, it is a difficult job but I’m embracing the challenge and I would want the support of all my local colleagues.”