Clico San Juan Jabloteh coach, Englishman Terry Fenwick has named 21-year-old Adrian Romain as his assistant coach for the upcoming 2010 season. Romain, who had coaching stints at St Mary's College and El Dorado Secondary East, coached Ma Pau Under-18 and Under-16 teams back in 2008, followed by a assistant managerial role with the Caledonia AIA reserves last season. Speaking of the appointment Fenwick said, "I think he is very good at grassroots football. I believe I'm giving somebody brand new, the opportunity at the top." "He has worked in the minor leagues before. He has a great understand of the young talents in the schools systems and I think we will work great together," added the Jabloteh coach, who watched his side fail to defend three titles–League Championship, Big Six and Toyota Classic–last season under rookie coach Earl Jean.
Fenwick, who led Jabloteh to back-to-back titles in 2007 and 2008 before withholding his services last season due to financial problems at the club, also noted that midfielder Marvin Oliver will assist as player/coach in 2010. Romain and Oliver will also have input in the Jabloteh youth teams along with assistant reserve coach, Ronald Primus as Fenwick looks to restore Jabloteh to its winning ways. Fenwick further confirmed the continued relationship with goalkeeper coach Brian James, physiotherapist Oswald Birchwood and equipment manager Ken Martin. Jabloteh, which kicked off its season with open trials at St Mary's Ground, Serpentine Road, last weekend is preparing for the 2010 season that begins with Caribbean Football Union Club Champions Cup followed by domestic competitions as well as the possibility of the Concacaf Champions' League.
Romain hopes to play a major role in the club's recovery and national football as assistant Jabloteh coach. "Seeing where our football is politically, I believe I can come into the football in a positive way," said Romain. "Part of my mission is also to show youths that it's better to shoot at goal with a football rather than pick up a weapon and be part of T&T's 2014 World Cup campaign. "It's a new challenge. No disrespect to my former employers Caledonia but I think Terry is a great coach and it's a great pleasure to work alongside him. I can't forget not to thank Ma Pau and Caledonia for the opportunities they gave me." Romain further explained that it wouldn't be difficult fitting into the role as assistant to Fenwick.
"I don't think it will be hard fitting into the Jabloteh system. They have shown respect during the trials we had. I think it's an honour for me being the youngest coach in the league. Yes, I may be younger than some of the players and young in the coaching, but I believe once I show respect, I will get respect. And, already Terry and the players have given me that respect and support," ended Romain. Fenwick also announced the signing of former national Under-17 player and St Anthony's College student, Cordell Cato as well as Kennedy Hinkson from United Petrotrin for the new season.