SERBIAN coach Zoran Vranes was unveiled yesterday as the new Central FC head coach. Vranes is no stranger to T&T football, having served various levels of the national set-up — senior team, under-20 and under-23 – and 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 Poterfield.
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 squad in 2009, and in the same year led the T&T U20’s to the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Egypt.
The 63-year-old Serbian 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 runners-up position in the Digicel Pro League to qualify for the 2015 Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championship, signed a three-year agreement in Belgium with lower division outfit CS Vise 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 on the appointment of Vranes as the club’s new head coach.
“We had a number of foreign coaches that passed through this island,” continued Sancho. “(…) 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.”