Trinidad and Tobago National Senior coaching staff is not under any undue pressure to perform.
That was the opinion of T&T assistant coach Ross Russell, during yesterday's training session for the "Soca Warriors" at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain.
Head coach Russell Latapy and his staff are under fire after a recent string of ordinary results for the national team in friendly internationals.
Among those calling for improvement is Minister of Sport Anil Roberts, who recently said Latapy and company should be replaced if the team fail to reach next month's Digicel Caribbean Cup final.
In their last six matches, T&T have drawn 1-1 away to Guyana and 0-0 away to Belize. They were hammered 3-0 by Panama, but defeated Antigua and St Lucia, all after they were humbled 3-1 by Jamaica in August.
But Latapy and Russell are not afraid for their jobs, the former national goalkeeper contended.
"We're always under pressure to deliver," Russell said in a strong manner befitting the Defence Force coach. "We owe it to Trinidad and Tobago to deliver. I don't think we will bother with a Minister, whatever he says. We are coaching for Trinidad and Tobago, and that covers everybody.
"To say somebody bothering my job or Latas' job, I think we're both pros, and with the job comes firing and hiring."
Latapy, though, admitted he hopes US-based MLS players Cornell Glen (San Jose Earthquakes), Yohance Marshall (LA Galaxy) and Julius James (DC United) will give a boost to the team.
"At the end of the day, every country likes to win," said Latapy. "To me it have no friendly internationals. It's an international, country against country, and we just have to start winning to get the public back with us."
He has also declared the Warriors "55 per cent ready".
"I think most of them are here with the team right now, some get cut to make way for the (foreign-based) players and the team is going from strength to strength."
Devon Jorsling, T&T's in-form goalscorer, is also happy for the reinforcements.
"I think we have experience in some of the other overseas players coming back," said the Defence Force striker. "We have players like Cornell Glen, he's been around for a while. So he will be bringing that experience for the team.
"I think it's a great addition," he added, "because week in, week out, these guys play at a higher level than the (T&T) Pro League, no disrespect to the Pro League, so I believe that them coming back to the team will be a good help for us."
Jorsling is also looking forward to getting revenge in T&T's return match against Jamaica at the Jamaica National Stadium on Sunday.
"The game in Jamaica will be a tough game, they have a good home record. The last time they played (us) down here they won, so we'll be trying to go over there and get one up on them. so it will be hard work."
Jorsling revealed the national players have taken recent criticism over poor performances "on the chin" and said that experience is not unique to T&T. He said it is up to the team to answer their critics on the field.
He also thinks Trinidad and Tobago can win the Digicel Cup and, in one word, summed up his team's biggest challenge--"concentration".
"If we could work on our concentration, when we're in attack, keeping the back safe and tight, that's one of our biggest problems. And that's down to concentration. So if we can work on that part of our game, I think we'll be a better team."