T&TEC have changed their head coach and also will also use only employed players in their Pro League squad, but manager Peter Mohan insist they will be a force to reckon with in the 2012-2013 Digicel Pro League.
Last season, the professional league newcomers finished second in the Pro League on 39 points, one point short of champions W Connection (40 points). However, budget cutting measures have seen their programme slashed by company management. Coach Dexter Cyrus, still works with T&TEC, but is no longer with the team, and neither is assistant coach/player Clayton Ince and physiotherapist Ian Dore
Cyrus' former assistant and goalkeeper coach Jefferson George is now the new head coach. George will have to do without contracted players such as Andrei Pacheco, Akeem Adams, Corneal Thomas, Marcus Joseph and Kerlon Ferguson, who have not been retained. Still, Mohan thinks that T&TEC will maintain a high standard, beginning on Saturday when they meet Police from 5 p.m. at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
"This will be no watered down team. We will still be formidable," Mohan insisted. "What we have done is used in-house players who work with the company. We still have top players such as Kevon Nieves, Anthony Noreiga, Bevon Bass, Sylvester Teesdale and Keron Benito. These are all players who have been with us since our days in the Super League and have performed well for us in the Pro League. We will be no pushovers"
New coach George will have Desmond Bailey as his assistant, Adarryl John as trainer, Roger Ryan and Gregory Haynes as team physiotherapists; and Lester Lal as team coordinator. Mohan remains the manager.
George, holds UEFA B and the English FA Level 2 coaching badges and formerly worked with Joe Public. He still has several good players to call upon. George's squad will consist of goalkeepers Akini Adams and Darryl Francis; Timothy John, Kern Peters, Brenton De Leon, Angus John, Husani Thomas, Brent Beam, Marc Hunte, Cebastian Bailey, Brent Garcia, Benito, Simeon Augustus, Anthony Noriega, Daniel Garcia, Tigana Sparks, Desta Francis, Eustace Darius, Bevon Bass, Sylvester Teesdale, Willian Garcia, Gerron Mc Knight, Javed Mohammed, Glen Sutton
"We are still with a decent team," George said. "Last year, based on the preparations and resources, we could have set high outcome goals finishing in the top three. Now our first objective is to get the players to enjoy the game again and see how best we can have them prepared."
"The issue with players was outside our hands. It was a management decision," added George. "My challenge now is to motivate the players, have them set personal goals and get energised to play, because they (the players) first thought that we weren't playing this season."