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Rangers promote Jason Spence to head coach; Dean Pacheco returns as sidekick

Rangers promote Jason Spence to head coach; Dean Pacheco returns as sidekick

22-07-2014 Hits:72 St. Ann’s Rangers

Tuesday 22 July 2014Gradually becoming a household name in the football fraternity, Jason Spence has suddenly found himself in the position of technical director/head coach of St. Ann’s Rangers for...

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Angus Eve: Trevin Caesar’s move to San Antonio Scorpions a positive

Angus Eve: Trevin Caesar’s move to San Antonio Scorpions a positive

21-07-2014 Hits:91 W Connection

Monday 21 July 2014Trevin Caesar’s recent move to the North American Soccer League (NASL) outfit San Antonio Scorpions can be considered a huge blow to North East Stars. But for...

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Vraneš promises an improved Central FC

Vraneš promises an improved Central FC

10-07-2014 Hits:171 Central FC

Thursday 10 July 2014Newly appointed Central FC head coach Zoran Vraneš wants improvement from his players and has promised to put in the necessary work as coach.The 63-year-old Serbian said...

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Zoran Vraneš takes over at Central FC

Zoran Vraneš takes over at Central FC

10-07-2014 Hits:252 Central FC

Serbian fills vacant position left by Englishman Terry Fenwick Thursday 10 July 2014Former Trinidad and Tobago Men’s Senior Team, Under-20 and Under-23 coach Zoran Vraneš was unveiled on Thursday as the...

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Government to TTFA’s rescue but thirteen 2006 World Cup players vow to battle on

Government to TTFA’s rescue but thirteen 2006 World Cup players vow to battle on

08-07-2014 Hits:161 National Team News

Tuesday 8 July 2014On Monday, eight years after they were promised a bonus for their appearance at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, 13 members of the Soca Warriors...

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Super League champs push for Pro League entry; Guaya installs Mc Comie as technical director

Super League champs push for Pro League entry; Guaya installs Mc Comie as technical director

07-07-2014 Hits:261 TT Pro League News

Reigning Super League champions Guaya United are working feverishly on meeting the entry requirements of the TT Pro League.But already, the Guayaguayare club has signaled its intentions for the top...

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Central to use football as a catalyst for change among young females

Central to use football as a catalyst for change among young females

05-07-2014 Hits:210 Central FC

Pro League club to host two-week All-Female Football Camp With school violence, obesity, and even teenaged pregnancies among major concerns among young Trinidadian females, Central Football Club hopes that football can...

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Jabloteh wins U18/Reserve title and pushes for U14 title on final day

Jabloteh wins U18/Reserve title and pushes for U14 title on final day

03-07-2014 Hits:92 Youth League News

Thursday 3 July, 2014Needing just one point to secure the 2014 Pro League Under 18/Reserve League title on the penultimate day, San Juan Jabloteh secured the title in high fashion...

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W Connection secures U16 title with two games to spare

W Connection secures U16 title with two games to spare

27-06-2014 Hits:158 Youth League News

W Connection secured the Pro League Under 16 Division title last Sunday, with two games to spare, after defeating Central FC 6-1 in their Round Two Match Day Seven fixture...

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Brent Sam double keeps Jabloteh slightly ahead in U18/Reserve League

Brent Sam double keeps Jabloteh slightly ahead in U18/Reserve League

16-06-2014 Hits:235 Youth League News

Monday 16 June 2014Brent Sam scored twice in a space of ten minutes near the end to earn San Juan Jabloteh a 2-2 draw against Caledonia AIA in the Under-18/Reserve...

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Gilbert Bateau takes over from Pacheco as Rangers Head Coach

Gilbert Bateau takes over from Pacheco as Rangers Head CoachSt. Ann’s Rangers football club announced last week that former player and trainer Gilbert Bateau will take over as Head Coach for next season, after agreeing to a one year contract.

Bateau, 52, replaces a much younger Dean Pacheco, 40, and the 2013-2014 TT Pro League is his first shot as head coach of a professional team.

“It’s a pleasure to be back at St. Ann’s Rangers,” Bateau said. “I’ve been away from the club for some time but I’ve always kept an eye on what was happening, being a member of the St. Ann’s community.”

With regards to Rangers’ football, Bateau, father of Belgium based T&T international Sheldon Bateau, suggested that, “there must be an increased significance on discipline within the football and we’ll be back on track.”

Bateau’s qualifications include: C+ Coaching License KNVB (TTFF) (2011), Vern Gambetta Fundamental Athletic Development (Certificate of Participation) (2010), English FA Fitness Workshop Trinidad (Certification of Attendance) (2009), English FA Fitness Workshop (Coaching Certificate) (2006), T&T Football Referees Association (Certificate of Achievement – Grade A) (2003), T&T Defence Force Diploma in Physical Training (1995) and FIFA Futuro II Course – Centre of Excellence (1992).

While his experiences include: San Juan Jabloteh Reserve Team coach and professional team assistant coach (2011-2012), T&T National Under 23 team trainer (2011), T&T National Under 20 team trainer (2009-2011), Jabloteh trainer (2003-2010), T&T National Under 17 trainer (2003 – 2007) and (Superstar) Rangers trainer (1995-2003).

In a press release by the St. Ann’s club, Rangers stated: “The owners and the board believe that, in Gilbert Bateau, they have a coach with the ability to come in and deliver the objectives that have been set for the future.”

Rangers’ Director of Operations Manager Richard Piper explained that the objectives are “revitalizing youth development and building back that strong connection with the St. Ann’s community.”

Piper added, “If we really look at his (Bateau) track record, he has worked at club and national levels and he has transcended from the physical trainer to being a coach. To the regular person out there, Bateau isn’t known as a coach, but we trust that it would be proven that he is a coach in the coming season.”

Rangers finished the 2012-2013 Digicel Pro League championship in 7th position with just 13 points from 21 matches on an eight-team table under Pacheco on his debut season as head coach. But in defense of the former T&T international, a depleted roster contributed to the meager result.

“We are hoping that with Bateau now with us, some of our home grown talents would return to the club,” continued Piper. “We want to finish, at least, middle of the pack next season, and hopefully within a three year period to be battling in the top three. As of now our ultimate goal is to represent Trinidad and Tobago at the CONCACAF Champions’ League.”

Bateau will be assisted by assistant coach and team manager Jason Spence, who is also the youth technical director, assistant coach Everett Williams, trainer Sheldon Scipio, goalkeeping coach Nigel Neverson and assistant goalkeeping coach Brandon Williams. Meantime the club is still undecided with regards to Pacheco after his contract expires at the end of June.

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