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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, July 11, 2014
Former T&T men s senior team, Under-20 and
U-23 coach Zoran Vranes has replaced Terry Fenwick
as head coach of Central FC. The 63-year-old Ser-
bian penned a two-year deal which will see him at
the Couva-based club till mid-2016, occupying the
position left vacant by Englishman Terry Fenwick.
Fenwick, who led Central FC to last season's First
Citizens Cup and Lucozade Sport Goal Shield titles,
and the runner-up position in the Digicel Pro League
to qualify for the 2015 Caribbean Football Union
(CFU) Club Championship, signed a three-year agree-
ment in Belgium with lower division outfit CS Visé
prior to the end of last season.
"I think he (Vranes) is, in no doubt, one of the
most experienced, probably one of the better coaches
to pass through the island," said Central FC managing
director Brent Sancho.
Vranes is no stranger to T&T football, having served
various levels of the national set-up, as well as at
club level with Joe Public. Vranes led the T&T men's
senior team to successive Caribbean Cup titles in
1995 and 1996, and won the title again in 2001 as
an assistant coach to, now deceased, Scotsman Ian
Vranes, who also had stints with the Antigua and
Barbuda and St Vincent and the Grenadines men's
senior teams, had a brief stint as assistant coach to
Russell Latapy with the T&T Men's Senior in 2009,
and in the same year led the T&T's U-20 team to
the Fifa Under-20 World Cup in Egypt.
"We had a number of foreign coaches that passed
through this island, but when you look at Zoran's
record as a coach, he has a tremendous record, not
just as being successful on the pitch but also, what
really interests us as a club, the development of the
young players. That is something that we are quite
high on, moving forward as a football club. So once
his résumé hit our desk, it was a no-brainer for us."
"We have been around for a very short space of
time but we have tasted some success... Success
good enough for us to build on and we believe that
Zoran is the one to take us to the next level.
"He is a coach with a vast wealth of experience,
and we expect him to continue his success under
Under Vranes' watch, Central FC will open its pre-
season on Monday.
Upon his arrival, Vraneš has expressed his desire
for an improvement from the players and has promised
to put in the necessary work as a coach.
He said his focus is for the team "to play better,
to play nicer maybe, to achieve similar and maybe
Vranes said that he and Fenwick, a three-time Pro
League winner at San Juan Jabloteh, have been friends
for a long time as well as very tough opponents.
"He (Fenwick) has been very successful with Central
yes, but I don't want to say it's our limit. I believe
that we have the ability to (make the next step) and
that's what I'm here for. If I didn't believe that we
can make the next step then (what am) I doing here.
"I could promise that I would work very hard with
the guys and develop (the players) further-- that's
Vraneš admitted, however, that players sometimes
take longer to conform to his style, which he said is
different than that of Fenwick.
He said that Central finishing second in the league
last season, and qualified for the Caribbean Club
Championship, with a bit of luck. He said he believes
under his charge the club can make a "bigger step".
"I know other clubs are looking for success also
but I know our players here (at Central)," said Vraneš.
"I know Trinidad, I know Trinidadians, and I know
their habits; some good, some bad. I know they can
Vranes joins Central
FC as new coach
...Promises an improved unit
achieve if they are more disciplined. Now I'm at new
club (Central FC) to develop my record, to help young
guys, especially those who want (opportunities)
outside of the country. I believe that Trinidadians
have potential. I know many of Central players already.
Of course we are expecting to have some (new ones
in) to be the strongest opponent in this country."
of the former's
arrival as head
coach of the Pro
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