National coaches are holding firm that monies owed to them for salaries, will be paid by the FIFA-installed Normalisation Committee (NC), as promised, despite an injunction at the T&T High Court of Justice which was filed by the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) by members of the United United TTFA Team on Friday.
Former national captain, Clayton Morris, said the group of coaches remain confident that they will be paid through the same channels that the TTFA office staff workers were paid following a meeting on Saturday night.
The team is managing the coach's affairs with the NC alongside Morris is another former captain in midfielder Angus Eve, together with Wayne "Barney" Shepphard and national women's coach Richard Hood.
Guardian Media Sports understands that the office staff was paid via a direction money-transfer from the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) to their bank accounts. The coaches have submitted all the relative information which includes their personal bank information with the Normalisation Committee.
On Friday, attorneys representing the United TTFA Team of former president Williams Wallace, his three vice presidents Joseph Sam Phillip, Clynt Taylor and Susan Joseph-Warrick and associates Keith Look Loy, the president of the T&T Super League and Anthony Harford, the president of the Northern Football Association, filed an injunction to stop tomorrow's Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) which was convened by normalisation committee chairman Robert Hadad, upon the request of the TTFA's membership on August 28.
That meeting was triggered after the August 26 letter from general secretary of FIFA Fatma Samoura, addressed to Hadad, warning that TTFA would face sanctions if it did not withdraw the matter out of the T&T High Court by September 16.
Coincidentally, it is the same date given by Hadad and his committee which comprises attorney Judy Daniel (deputy chairman) and former banker Nigel Romano (member), for payment to 47 coaches which is estimated at TT$450,000.
Hadad fended off concerns of the legitimacy of holding the meeting, after the membership, via a petition, showed they were capable of securing well over 50 per cent support from the delegates. The petition which was initiated by Eastern Football Association (EFA) president Keiron Edwards, is intended to prevent the United TTFA from continuing its court battle with football's world governing body-FIFA, as its action has put the country on the cust of sanctions from the FIFA.
Morris, a former national defender, who has the experience previously of not been compensated by the TTFA 2001-2002 and again in 2018, finds himself having to battle for outstanding wages from January to presently, said the payment of remuneration is to be paid out to all the coaches, from junior to senior levels.
Some coach will only be entitled to a maximum of seven months salaries as they were given letters of appointments for January to August, while other coaches, particularly those on the senior team, were given two-year contracts, and therefore, will be in a position to receive monies after the seven months.
Morris said Saturday night's meeting was just among the coaches and did not involve any member of the normalisation committee. He said the coaches believe the normalisation committee would fulfil the commitment given to them at a September 9 meeting to make the payments.