Warner Wants To Pull The Plug

Marc Purcell
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Jack Warner is angry and frustrated at the lack of support given by corporations in T&T. So much so that he is willing to pull the plug on the hosting of the World Youth Under 17 tournament scheduled for 2001.

Warner speaking to the Trinidad Express, stated: "This was not what I expected when we accepted the responsibility for such a major project. So when I go to Fifa at the end of this month I'm prepared to pull the plug on 2001 because somebody seems out to embarrass my country."

Warner went on to say that he was angry with the lack of support directed towards the national team and the recent Shell tournament. "Sponsors in Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean have been conspicuous by their absence," he said.

"Let corporate T&T and the Caribbean continue to make their millions and pack it away. One day they will realize their folly and rue what they have missed out on."

Warner went on to say that he had to shell out US$ 55,000 to charter a plane to bring the national team of Jamaica to T&T for the Shell tournament. He also paid out TT$500,000 for the national under 20 team to have a tour of England.

St. Clair to Manchester United

National team head coach Bertile St. Clair is headed to Manchester United on a two month apprentice coaching scheme. Bertile is scheduled to leave in two months time to work under United boss Alex Ferguson.

The coaching program is designed to develop St. Clair's coaching skills. It was arranged by FIFA vice-president Jack Warner.

Speaking in the Trinidad Express, national team manager Richard Braithwaite stated that the recently concluded Shell tournament was not a lost for T&T. Ha said that it fit into St. Clair's plan of exposing young talent to international experience. He pointed out that Stern John, Irasto Knights, Kerwyn Jemmott and Keyeno Thomas were all under 22 years old.

He also said that once the CAC under 21 tournament and CONCACAF Under 20 qualifiers is concluded a pool of top 40 players will be selected. The pool will comprise of the top 20 local and top 20 overseas players.

In the shooting range...

In Europe Jerren Nixon and FC Zurich will be looking to get back on track this weekend. He will face FC St. Gallen on Friday.

In Scotland, Tony Rougier and Hibernain enter into league cup action when they face Hamilton. Marvin Andrews will be looking for his first taste of action this season when Raith Rovers face Clydebank.

Across the Atlantic, Evans Wise and Tampa Bay face Miami on Thursday. Brian Haynes and Mickey Trotman face DC United on Friday night. Stern John, Ansil Elcock and Columbus face David Nahkid and New England on Sunday.