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UK. But you can count on the fingers
of one hand how many of them are
black on one hand."
But he believe that opportunities for
black managers are improving.
"It s like everything else. Things
change. I see a process of change now.
Whatever race or nationality you are
I don t believe jobs should be allocated
based on the colour of your skin," he
The topic of his night out with
Dwight Yorke mere days before a Scot-
tish Cup Finals in 2001 still comes up
and Latapy said times have changed.
"Dwight and I prefer a glass of wine
and a nice meal now and arrange a
round of golf instead of hitting the
town, he claims. It s normal for us to
be up at 7am for 18 holes.
"We don t find fun the way we used
to these days. I ve always enjoyed my
life, I enjoyed a night out. I still do.
But your wants and your needs change
as you get a bit older. Dwight Yorke
is still my friend but he s a bit older
now as well," Latas added.
Cyrus eager to join Chicago Fire
National senior defender Daneil
Cyrus is awaiting a work permit before
jetting off to join American MLS club
Chicago Fire on loan.
The former Vietnam-based player
is still at home after completing the
move to Fire where he will team up
with countryman Joevin Jones.
"I m just waiting on the work permit
and then I will be off to Chicago,"
"I think it s a great move for me
especially right after the Gold Cup. I
know I need to play playing regularly
and keeping fit. I think the level of the
MLS will be good for me. And there s
nothing better at this time than linking
up with my brother Joevin at the same
club. I think this will help both of us
for the period coming up with the
Cyrus said he has gotten over the
pain from the defeat to Panama at the
CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals.
"It s not something that will go away
because the disappointment will be
there once you think about it. But the
pain is not there anymore. It was very
hard at first especially after I missed
my penalty. I think the main thing was
that all of us as players developed a
bond and we did well on the pitch.
Now we have to focus on keeping that
bond and getting even strong in terms
of our performance for the World Cup
qualifiers coming up," Cyrus said.
Shaun Fuentes is the director of
communications for the TTFA --
National Under-20 midfielder
Levi Garcia has completed two
months of intense preseason
training with Dutch top flight
club AZ Alkmaar.
Garcia, the outstanding mid-
fielder from Shiva Boys College,
who also played for Siparia Spurs,
returned home on Monday and is
expected to return to the club
maybe a week before his 18th
birthday on November 20. Only
then can the player make his pro-
fessional debut for the AZ first
team for which he has signed a
three-year-contract. Garcia has
however already trained with the
first team and played in preseason
The highlight however for the
17-year-old has been training
under former Holland legend
Marco Van Basten who had been
the head coach for the club earlier
this year before stepping away for
health reasons. Van Basten
returned to the set up recently
and was significantly involved in
sessions with Garcia. The former
AC Milan star however left the
club again after being hired as one
of the assistant managers of the
Dutch national team.
"One of the real highlights for
me apart from all the activities of
preseason was being able to work
with Marco Van Basten. He paid
a lot of attention to me during
training. We spoke a lot. At every
session he would come over and
give me advice. He showed me a
lot of things. That was special for
me," Garcia said.
Van Basten was also quoted in
the Dutch Press as describing Gar-
cia an "exceptional 17-year-old
talent with a lot of ability".
"The first few weeks was amaz-
ing. It was a bit tough at first
because of the change in condi-
tions and adapting to the speed
of the game. But I settled in. I got
a few goals in the practice games.
They ve welcomed me quite nicely
at the club and I m comfortable,"
"I played all the first team prac-
tice games but then they had to
go off to the Europa Cup so I
stayed back and trained with the
Reserves but then I was back with
the first team again."
The player has put on a lot of
muscle over the past couple
months which he says was listed
as a priority by the club.
"They were serious about phys-
ical development. I was in the
gym before every training session
on the field. And they were not
very strict on diet but they made
sure I was eating all the right
things and following a pro-
gramme," he said.
Garcia also spoke about Leo
Beenhakker and following the Soca
Warriors during the Gold Cup.
"One of the first things I wanted
to do when I got there was to meet
Leo Beenhakker. But because of
the training schedule I wasn t able
to. The club said they will defi-
nitely arrange for me to meet him
when I return in November. And
the national team for me was
amazing at the Gold Cup. I was
following the Gold Cup out there
and the team did better than I
expected. I was really excited. I
really have my hopes on making
the team at some point once I can
settle in at the club and start play-
ing in the League," Garcia said.
Latapy eyes manager
role in Scotland
Russell Latapy has made his
intentions clear. He would grab
at the opportunity to be the first
team manager of the club in the
United Kingdom, preferably Scot-
land where he has now spent the
past 18 years of his life.
Latapy left Inverness Thistle
last month where he helped guide
the club to the Scottish Cup as
assistant manager (coach). Now
while he is not counting out taking
a job in CONCACAF or with
another international national
team, the former Porto man
wouldn t mind leading a club in
a League where he notices there
aren t many black managers
"I have been here for a long
time now, around 18 years all in.
I know the Scottish game, the
Scottish people. The reality is that
coach it will have to happen in
Europe," he told the Daily Mail.
"I trust Scottish football to give
me a fair chance at management.
I believe eventually it will happen.
One of the issues in the past was
that a lot of the black players who
played the game never took coach-
ing badges," said Latapy, who now
holds a UEFA Pro License coach-
ing badge which is the top of the
"They just didn t believe they
would get the opportunity. But
there are a lot of black ex-players
now as qualified as anyone else.
I am one of them. It s only a mat-
ter of time before someone comes
on the scene and makes a state-
ment. Listen, I don t know if I
think I ll be the first successful
black manager in Scotland. I just
think I want an opportunity to
show what I can do. I think pos-
itive all the time. Why can t it be
me? I think about the game.
About what I can do.
"They have over 100 clubs
down there. So that s approxi-
mately 150 managers across the
Garcia draws attention from Van Basten
Levi Garcia, right, receiving advice from former Dutch legend Marco Van Basten.
Daneil Cyrus in recent
Gold Cup action.
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