Angus Eve has entered into an agreement which sees the 39 year old take up the head coach position at the Sangre Grande club North East Stars.
It’s the first time in his career that the former Trinidad and Tobago international has picked up a head coach role at club level, but boasts successes as an assistant coach with San Juan Jabloteh and Ma Pau SC, under Terry Fenwick and Michael McComie respectively.
However at international level, Eve held the T&T U23 head coach position for Olympic qualifiers which started last year and led the young ‘Warriors’ to the CONCACAF qualifying earlier this year before subsequently bowing out.
On Wednesday morning, Stars President, Darryl Mahabir, hailed the move to contract Eve for two seasons ending 2014, as “the best choice that North East Stars made” after ending ties with last season’s Brazilian coach Emerson Alcantara.
The Sangre Grande club finished the 2011-12 season without silverware and in 6th position on the Digicel Pro League Championship ladder.
Mahabir explained that the language barrier faced by Alcantara was a major problem as well as the absence of discipline in the team.
Over the years the Sangre Grande club is known for its coaching changes which saw such names as Victor Solomon(2002), Miguel Hackett(2002, 2008), James Mc Lean(2003, 2004, 2005, 2007), Everald ‘Gally’ Cummings(2006), Kennrick Elie(2008), Clint Marcelle(2008), Rod Underwood(2010), Shurland David(2010-11) and Alcantara(2011-12)
“We want to make a serious impact this season,” assured the North East Stars owner/president.
“With the hiring of the Angus, we feel that it would benefit not just the club in terms of being competitive, but also the younger players in terms of development.
“We think that Angus is one of the best local coaches that we have around and his experience in youth development is very good for what he brings at our club, North East Stars.
“I think that his experience and exposure in the recent (Olympic qualifying) tournament with the Trinidad and Tobago U23s has actually risen his knowledge and experience to the extent that we now believe that would help him to be a force to reckon with, just by his knowledge.”
Mahabir believes that Eve’s knowledge is good for the development of the sport and the continuity of the industry of football in T&T, and strongly believes North East Stars will finish in the top half of the table in the 2012-2013 season.
Eve who still holds the record amount of T&T caps(117) before retiring from international football in 2006 after his non-selection for his country’s historic World Cup appearance in Germany. His playing career included stints at Joe Public(1993-94, 1997-98, 2000), Defence Force(1995-96) English club Chester City(1999-2000) and San Juan Jabloteh(2001-2006) winning the League Championship in 2002 and 2003. The Carenage native landed his first assistant coach role in 2006 under Fenwick and enjoyed League successes in 2007 and 2008 among knockout titles before moving to Ma Pau in 2009 as assistant to Mc Comie winning the Toyota Classic in 2010.