Goalkeeper Coach Jefferson George has been installed as new head coach of T&TEC FC for the 2012-2013 TT Pro League season.
The 33 year old welcomes the opportunity with both hands saying, “It’s not new to me.”
“My specialty is goalkeeping,” said the former W Connection goalie. “…but I’ve coached before at Joe Public as assistant to Michael McComie. I also have qualifications with my UEFA B and the English FA Level 2.”
George fills the position left vacant following the unconfirmed sacking of Coach Dexter Cyrus back in April.
In May, assistant coaches Reynold Carrington and Desmond Bailey took over as caretakers of T&TEC FC for the Digicel Pro Bowl competition—the final knockout on the League’s calendar—in the absence of Cyrus reaching the semi-final round where they suffered a 2-0 defeat against Defence Force.
But Cyrus, who enjoyed success at the Super League level finishing second in 2009 and winning the Super League and knockout in 2010, made headlines on debut in the Pro League.
With a boosted squad and staff, Cyrus led the ‘Electric Boys’ to a second place finish in the Digicel Pro League.
T&TEC (39 points) finished one point shy of winners W Connection (40 points)—a remarkable accomplishment for the former Trinidad and Tobago international on debut as coach in the T&T top tier football.
Cyrus also guided T&TEC to the Finals of the First Citizens Cup and Toyota Classic finishing second on both occasions.
George, who served as goalkeeper coach to Cyrus, will be assisted by assistant coach Bailey and team trainer Adarryl John. Peter Mohan continues as Team Manager, Lester Lal as team coordinator, and Roger Ryan and Gregory Haynes as team physiotherapists.
Meantime player/assistant coach Clayton Ince, Carrington and physiotherapist Ian Dore have been cut from the technical staff.
Jefferson George at a glance
Princess Town Senior Comprehensive (1994-1997)
Fire Service FC (1998), W Connection (1999-2004)
T&T U20, U23
Goalkeeping Coaching Career
W Connection (2004 player/goalkeeper coach – 2005 goalkeeper coach), Joe Public (2006-2008 goalkeeper coach/assistant coach), Ma Pau SC (2009 player/goalkeeper coach), T&TEC FC (2010)
T&T Men’s U20, U23 and Senior, T&T Women’s U17