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me my first real coaching job,
George Athanasiou, he took a
chance on me.
Coaching has taken you to
many countries. As a coach,
which countries have you been
to?Wow! I have been to over 50
countries and I always go to foot-
ball. However, in studying football
and coaching, I have been to Spain,
France, Netherlands, Mexico,
Argentina, Brazil, Germany and
Who was your hero growing
up and why? Your favourite foot-
Locally, Leroy DeLeon, Peter
Mitchell, Leroy Spann, Leon Car-
pette, Bert Neptune, Steve Khan.
All had something different to
observe and learn from. Not to
mention they were entertaining.
Internationally, Pele, Becken-
bauer, Overath, Cruyff and
What are some of your coach-
Taking Canada to a Gold Cup
semi final (2007) and quarter final
(2009). I led Halifax King of Donair
as a player/coach, and coach to
four consecutive league titles and
six cups. However, for me, that
was not important. The young
players who played under me and
went on to represent their country
and play professionally are way
more important achievements.
There were many and I was not
the only influence, just happy to
What is your coaching schedule
for the next year, and what are
your plans for the future?
My schedule is largely dependent
upon the funding of the T&T foot-
ball programme. At present, I can-
not answer that question with any
certainty. However, the CFU Tour-
naments of October and November
are a priority. I will also assist if
required with the Under-17 and
What is a typical practice like?
It depends...unlike a club, the
national teams have limited prepa-
ration time, usually four days.
Recovery and rest have to be meas-
ured. Physically, we keep the play-
ers sharp with speed and power
exercises incorporating the ball.
Our training is usually very spe-
cific and tactical in nature, outside
of the physical element. We also
work very hard at creating working
relationships between the playing
What is your coaching philos-
I always get scared at the word
coaching philosophy. The team is
the most important factor, no one
person is more or less important.
Play for each other, bring your
quality to the game, be dynamic,
and play for the result. I want us
to control the tempo of the game
when we are in possession. Situ-
ational awareness is important for
this. We should recognise when
we need to build versus counter.
When we are not in possession,
try to also exert control by forcing
our opponent to play uncomfort-
ably. If we don t have this balance
in how we play, we will be weak-
ened as a team.
What are some of the things
that need improving in T&T s
Believe me, I do not have all the
answers, we have some excellent
minds here. Player development
needs consistency and continuity
across the board. It must be meas-
urable and subject to evaluation
without being seen as criticism.
Coaching development and edu-
cation are two different things. It
cannot be general, we need to
identify the strengths of our coach-
es and place them where they can
contribute and have the most
impact. There are no secrets...
compete on the field, work together
off it. We need to work together
to make an overall better product.
By this, I mean both players and
the game...administrators, man-
agers, coaches, players, schools,
clubs, referees, groundsmen,
media. Everybody working for the
good...the betterment of the game.
I have not even touched on the
other potential economic spin-offs
of an efficient product. A better
product with continuous devel-
opment and progression means
we all keep working within the
Do you foresee T&T making it
to the World Cup again as we did
Why not? But it needs careful
planning and nurturing with real-
istic timelines. We have the talent.
If we say right "Project 2022" and
develop a macro/micro plan, with
consistent financial support and
varied international exposure, it is
What advice would you give to
the young people of T&T?
Education comes in many forms,
especially today, understand that
learning has no roof. Develop your-
self daily and pursue your dreams
with dynamic enthusiasm and pas-
Of all your accolades, prizes
and awards which do you rate as
Nothing material! Coming from
T&T and making it in a foreign
country as a coach and technical
director of Canada. This is a bit
ironic, I recently had a young man
who played for me, a quality player,
now a doctor, contact me and said,
"I always wanted to thank you for
the influence you had in my life,
especially those times when I
wanted to quit medical school."
What goals and or ambitions
do you still have?
To remain in football and coach-
ing as long as possible. I would
love to have a real positive impact
on T&T football. Qualifying for
the World Cup once again is the
goal, pun intended.
What motto do you live by, and
what is your recipe for success?
Simplicity is genius. Be com-
passionate with people but hard
Describe yourself in two words,
one beginning with S, the other
with H...your initials?
Simple and happy!
Team is the most important factor
T&T Soca Warriors coach Stephen Hart, right, at a press conference with players Chris Birchall, left, and Kenwyne
There are no secrets...
compete on the field,
work together off it. We
need to work together
to make an overall
better product. By this, I
mean both players and
tors, managers, coach-
es, players, schools,
clubs, referees, grounds
men, media. Everybody
working for the
good...the betterment of
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