FORMER LEGENDARY Notre Dame women’s football (soccer) coach, American Randy Waldrum, will have his second stint in Trinidad and Tobago women’s football as replacement for Marlon Charles, the long-standing national women’s coach, who has been sacked following a dispute with the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association.
Charles’ dismissal comes just a month before T&T host the inaugural Women’s Caribbean Cup and with the Soca Princesses probably having its best ever chance to qualify for a Women’s World Cup.
Charles had his last stint with the senior women last week. Contacted, he confirmed his dismissal, but refused to go into details. “Yes, I have been replaced,” Charles said. “All I will say is that I took a stand on a matter. It a long story and I do not want to go into detail. But I wish the girls all the best because I know they can make it.”
On short notice, Waldrum was put in charge of the 2008 Trinidad and Tobago Under-17 women’s football team, when a team containing several North American born players of T&T origin, played credible, but failed to qualify for the inaugural FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup.
Under Waldrum, the junior Soca Princesses beat El Salvador 5-1 in their Group “A” CONCACAF qualifying, but lost 6-0 to the USA. Waldrum had always indicated an interest to continue working with Trinidad and Tobago. Waldrum has a big reputation in the US.