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When will T&T be back on World Cup stage?

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

World Cup fever is in the air and Trinidadians are once again forced to support other teams. When will T&T develop the determination and fortitude to make it to another World Cup and make T&T proud once again.

I am of the opinion that we need a mastermind that has the proven ability to produce a group of highly motivated footballers who share similar goals and are seeking to encourage and motivate one another to constantly improve their game and keep striving to take their game to new heights.

From May 2005, Leo Beenhakker masterminded T&T’s successful bid to qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany, remaining in charge of the squad for the minnows’ debut appearance at the global event.

Beenhakker proved his superiority and his prowess by leading us to our first-ever appearance at the Soccer World Cup.

He took charge of a group that included a number of players that totally lacked in the areas of confidence and self-belief and he transformed them into winners. He spent the majority of his time working on the T&T footballers’ mental strength and getting the players to perform at a much higher level.

We need to hire a coach that has a proven track record of being able to turn losers into winners. This is something that will be truly remarkable to witness. This is what truly great leaders do. Like General Patton of World War II who transformed his army divisions into effective fighting forces. Leaders make remarkable things happen without the long list of excuses explaining why it could not be achieved.

We need a coach who we can trust with taking full control over the team, increasing the amount of time spent on the training pitch and who understands the importance of playing veterans over rookies. Our next coach must be dedicated to the sport of football, hard-working, possess a clear vision of what he wants to achieve in a short space of time, and is an expert at turning losers into winners.

Leaders who turn their teams into winners are not the most popular. They’re changing the status quo and people like where they are even if they are not living up to their full potential. We are sick and tired of leaders who are more willing to “go along with the flow” rather than make the necessary changes for the better. We must give our next coach plenty of authority to make the necessary changes to take us to onto the World Cup Stage in 2022. These are special leaders. They have a very dedicated and loyal staff that enables their leader to go beyond what could normally be done. That same staff helps improve any leadership weaknesses. An experienced, tough, no-nonsense coach is key to the national football teams success much like Patton’s Chief of Staff who drove them to meet Patton’s tough will.

We need an innovator of football tactics and a motivator of football players who can take T&T back on the World Cup stage not just to make up the numbers, but to be a force to be reckoned with and a team that can qualify for the knockout stages. Like the conquering generals of ancient history, we need someone who is best at winning with average teams and limited resources.



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