Point Fortin Civic installs Leroy De Leon as interim head coach after Carrington exit

photo dated Sep 11, 2013 shows (from left to right) former Point Fortin Civic team manager Ken Mc Cree, player Kelvin Modeste, coach Reynold Carrington and technical director Steve David during a photo call ahead of the 2013-2014 Digicel Pro League season.
Tuesday 3 February 2015

Trinidad and Tobago Sports Hall of Famer and football legend, Leroy De Leon, has been installed as interim head coach of Point Fortin Civic following Saturday’s untimely exit of coach Reynold Carrington.

Civic management’s decision to appoint the 66-year-old De Leon, on Monday as interim head coach, came less than three days after Carrington, a former Trinidad and Tobago international standout and former national youth coach, walked off the job.

“We look at it as abandonment of the job,” said Civic chairman Garthorne Craig. “He (Carrington) has not contacted the club. We even tried contacting him. He walked off the training session on Saturday morning with his last words to the players being, ‘best of luck’.

“As far as we understand the turnout was unacceptable, with just around six (6) players turning out for training on Saturday. And the day before (Friday) was around ten (10) players. To him (Carrington), the players were wasting his time.”

Efforts to contact Carrington via telephone in the past few days went unanswered.

Carrington, 44, led Civic, on debut in the professional league, to a commendable fourth position finish in the 2013-2014 Digicel Pro League, but at present leaves the Point Fortin club in seventh position with just 11 points midway through the current 2014-2015 season with just three (3) wins, two (2) draws and six (6) defeats.

Last season also saw Civic struggle financially but things have improved according to Craig.

“The players’ salaries are up to date since the start of the season unlike the troubles we had last season,” Craig said. “We are supported financially by the (Trinidad and Tobago) Sport Company, Trinity Industries, EARTH (Environmental and Remedial Treatment for Hydrocarbons) Co. and Persad ‘D’ Food King (Point Fortin).”

“I’m not happy about it for sure,” said Steve David, a director and technical director at Civic, over Carrington’s walk out.

David, a former T&T and standout and former United States based footballer, just as De Leon, added, “We haven’t spoken to him (Carrington).  Obviously he had his reasons. But if his job was to get the players motivated to play, and he is saying that they weren’t (motivated), then he is contradicting himself.

“I’m also not happy with our performances [this season] for many different reasons. I think we have the players capable of playing well. We have the same players from last season… really good players. But it’s a matter of how we prepare for teams individually and not just prepare for a season.

“Maybe this is a good time to do the things we want, like play players in their best positions and improve our style of play and so on. We are hoping for the best renovation at possible and to do the best we can at this stage.”

David said that while Civic’s management may have coaches in mind for the permanent head coach role, the club is yet to open discussions with anyone and De Leon will serve as interim head coach until.

De Leon, also a director and coordinator of the club’s youth programme, will debut as interim head coach on Tuesday 3 January (today), just a stone’s throw away from his home when Point Fortin Civic welcomes defending league champions and second placed DIRECTV W Connection from 4 pm at the Mahaica Oval in Point Fortin in Round Two Match Day Five of the DPL.

DPL leaders Central FC will meet Defence Force from 8 pm at the Ato Boldon Stadium following a 6 pm clash between Caledonia AIA and cellar placed St. Ann’s Rangers. While at the Marvin Lee Stadium, North East Stars and Police FC will do battle from 6 pm.