Saintfiet resigns as Soca Warriors coach

Date: 
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 12:00

Recently appointed coach of the national team, Tom Saintfiet has resigned.

Saintfiet announced his resignation on his Facebook page this morning.

Saintfiet said in a statement:

"I would like to inform you that I have decided to resign, today Tuesday 10 January 2017 as National Team Coach of Trinidad and Tobago.

Given the mandate to guide the team past Panama and Mexico in the coming World Cup qualifiers of March 2017, I have come to the conclusion that I can't be successful in this environment.

From the first day of my unveiling, I did not get the support of the TTFA and its President; support which is needed to be able to do my job in a professional and successful way.

I never got the chance to work with the players nor staff requested.

Perhaps I should have taken this decision right from day one of my appointment after the President openly second-guessed his own choice of employing me but I gave him and the TTFA the benefit of the doubt.

It was an honour and privilege to work for a beautiful nation like Trinidad and Tobago and I wish the players, staff, TTFA, fans and the whole football family the very best."

Saintfiet led the national team to two straight defeats in the Caribbean Football Union qualifiers for the 2017 Gold Cup, a tournament won by Haiti.

Prior to that, he lost and then won against Nicaragua in international friendlies.

He was appointed as coach on December 7th after the TTFA dismissed former coach Stephen Hart.