Former England World Cup defender Terry Fenwick has landed the coaching job of five-month old Digicel T&T Pro League newcomers Central FC, replacing countryman Graham Rix.
Central FC Operations Director Kevin Harrison, another Englishman, confirmed the hiring of Fenwick as technical director/head coach on Thursday.
“We are delighted to say that Terry Fenwick is technical director/head coach,” said Harrison. “He is with us on a one year contract for now.”
Harrison went further to share that Rix, 55, a former Arsenal and England player and former assistant coach at Chelsea, left T&T last December and there was a mutual parting agreement between Central FC and Rix.
Meantime Fenwick with a smiled stretched across his face, said, “The best coach is making a return to the (Pro) League.”
A record four-time T&T Pro League Championship winning coach with San Juan Jabloteh, Fenwick said, “They(Central) are progressive and and I’ve probably got the best package in local football.”
Fenwick won the Pro League in 2002, 2003, 2007 & 2008 during interrupted spells at Jabloteh and his success also included the T&T Football Federation FA Trophy and (Digicel) Pro Bowl competitions as well as leading the club to the Concacaf Champions’ League on multiple occasions.
His last stint with Jabloteh ended following the 2010/2011 season.
Now the 53-year-old, who currently owns and manages Norther Football Association’s Football Factory Academy admits that his new post is a challenging one.
“I’ve got to start from fresh again,” he said. “Its a mess at the moment and I’ve got to work a bit of magic over the next couple weeks.”
However, he cautioned, “All the top (T&T international) players right now all came through me, such as Lester Peltier, Khaleem Hyland, Kevin Molino and Robert Primus.
“Also most of the players that have passed through me are chased after by local clubs and that’s evidence of what I’ve done in the development of local football.”
He went further by pointing out, “North East Stars is almost exclusively Terry Fenwick as well along with the coach Angus Eve.
“And at W Connection assistant coach Anthony Streete worked under me, and the other assistant coach Earl Jean started his coaching with me at Jabloteh.”
Fenwick was expected to get his first taste of action when Central FC tackles his long-time rival and defending League champions Stuart Charles-Fevrier and his DirecTV W Connection at the Ato
Boldon Stadium, Couva.
Looking ahead to the match, he said, “”Always a good game,”
“And now that I’m at Central and we are neighbouring rivals, I’ve seen a nice little house next to (W Connection Owner/President) David John-Williams,” he concluded with a chuckle.
In August of last year, Fenwick was set to return to the Pro League with the newly formered Queen’s Park Football Club, a merger between, St Ann’s Rangers owned by Richard Fakoory and
Queen’s Park Cricket Club.
However, that merger fell through two weeks into its operations due to a lack of financial support from QPCC.