Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 29th 2017 Contents Reynold Carrington, arguably Pt Fortin Civ-
ic's most popular coach of recent years, is back
with his hometown club for a second stint at the
professional level after walking off the job two
years and three months ago.
The 47-year-old former T&T national confirmed
this week that he is back with Civic and committed
to leading the team in the upcoming Pro League 2017
season which kicks off with the Charity Shield clash
between league champions Central FC and Pro Bowl
winners Defence Force next month.
"Both the managers and players... even myself, had
time to reflect," said Carrington who currently serves
as councillor for the New Lands/Mahaica in Point
Fortin. "And when the opportunity was presented to
me to return as Civic coach I was more than happy."
He added, "Point Fortin is very dear to me. All my
heart and all my life is with Point Fortin. It's all about
serving my community and having a true sense of
what the people need and it's the same for the club."
In January of 2015, Carrington had quit the post
at a time when Civic was seated seventh on the Pro
League standings with just 11 points---with three
wins, two draws and six defeats---midway through
the 2014-15 season---the club's second term at the
Pro League level.
Carrington said back then, the players lacked mo-
tivation and pointed the problem to the uncertainties
over the salaries of players.
Leroy De Leon took over as caretaker for the re-
mainder of the 2014-15 season which turned into a
permanent move for the following 2015-16 season,
before another Civic legend Dick Furlong was ap-
pointed as coach for 2016-17, but neither had outdone
Carrington's commendable fourth-place finish in
2013-14---the season of the club's Pro League debut.
De Leon, in his stint as caretaker, earned Civic to
a fifth-place finish but in his full season in charge
he couldn't manage the struggling club higher than
an eight-place finish. Civic then hit an all-time low
in last season's shortened calendar under Furlong,
finishing at the bottom of the ten-team table with
just six points.
"If you look at the three coaches, Carrington had the
best record," said Civic's chairman Garthorn Craig.
Craig said returning to Carrington for the new sea-
son was a general consensus by the board of directors
which includes himself, vice chairman Keith Bailey,
technical director Steve David, Wilfred Cave, Leroy
De Leon and returning team manager Ken Mc Cree.
Carrington is hopeful the efforts of the club's
management will secure financial support. He said
during his last stint uncertainties over salaries was
the detractor in the performance of players.
"It's always going to be difficult to manage play-
ers when they are not sure they are going to be paid
or their salaries are late. A lot of times they won't
show up for training when it's like that, and it's un-
derstandable," said the former Defence Force, Civic
and W Connection star who also had brief spells in
the United States and Indonesia.
"I am hoping things will improve. I've already start-
ed working with the team and trying to find the best
available players from the last bunch, while we may
have a few players returning to the team," Carrington
T&T goalkeeper Marvin Phillip is on the verge of
completing his return to Civic after representing Mor-
vant Caledonia United last season. Also set to return
is former 'keeper Akini Adams, the elder brother of
Akeem Adams, a former T&T and Ferencvarosi de-
fender, who died on December 30, 2013, in Hungary
following complications due to a massive heart attack
suffered months earlier.
Meanwhile Trent Lougheed, Nickcolson Thomas,
Shaquille Dublin, Kelvin Modeste, Keron Neptune,
Nicarlon Turton, Kirlon Richards, Tevin Moore, Kes-
twin Goolie, Jeremiah Kesar, Darnell Hospedales and
Nion Lammy are familiar faces expected to be retained
The club's last piece of silverware came in 2013 when,
under the guidance of Carrington, the Pt Fortin club
won the South Zone title prior to joining the Pro League.
FLASHBACK: From left,
Point Fortin Civic team
manager Ken Mc Cree,
Modeste, coach Reynold
Carrington and technical
director Steve David
display a PFC jersey on
September 11, 2013,
ahead of their debut
campaign in the Pro
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Pt Fortin Civic, Carrington make u-turn
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