Dennis Lawrence, the T&T men's senior national football coach will not be going anyway, the T&T Football Association has said in a statement yesterday afternoon, regarding rumours the lanky coach was set to take up the top coaching job at English Second Division club Wrexham, the club he represented between 2001 to 2006.
Rumours of the move began circulating earlier this week, but the football association in an immediate response said, "The T&T Football Association has taken note of the contents of media reports emanating out of Wrexham, Wales indicating that National Senior Men’s Team head coach Dennis Lawrence is a leading candidate to take up the manager’s role at his former club."
It added, "The TTFA wishes to state that it has no intentions of allowing its current employee, Mr Lawrence, to engage in discussions with the club regarding the possibility of a move and a subsequent step down from his position as head coach of the Men’s Senior National Team. The FA has engaged in discussions with Mr Lawrence on this matter and is pleased to have his understanding and cooperation."
Consideration of Lawrence did not come as a surprise as the former T&T defender made his mark at the club in 2003-2004, winning the Player of the Season award that year, before becoming the first Wrexham player to play at a World Cup, starting all three of his country's games in 2006 in Germany.
It is understood Wrexham is presently moving to appointment Lawrence who is currently the leading choice to fill the vacant position, which was last held by Bet Victor.
Lawrence, who made 198 appearances for the 'Reds' in a five-year spell between 2001-2006, is currently ahead of assistant manager Graham Barrow, whose odds are currently 16/1.
Other potential candidates include John Barnes (6/1), John Askey, who Ricketts has replaced at Shrewsbury, at 8/1, Darren Ferguson and Dave Challinor (16/1), Kevin Nolan and Andy Morrell (20/1).
Other notable names linked include Craig Bellamy and Harry Kewell (25/1), Brian McDermott and Ian Holloway (33/1).