Maturana On The Plank In Trinidad

7 04 2009
Trinidad Coach Francisco Maturana (Trinidad & Tobago Express)

Trinidad Coach Francisco Maturana (T& T Express)

According to the Jamaica Gleaner, CONCACAF president Jack Warner is not looking to give national team coach Francisco Maturana complimentary tickets to the World Cup after the Soca Warriors recent performances.  This comes in light of Trinidad’s loss to the US in Nashville 3-0 in the fourth round of the CONCACAF hexagonal.

“I think it was way below expectations of a team that is aspiring to be among the qualifiers for the World Cup finals in South Africa next year,” said Warner, who also serves as FIFA vice-president.

“My concern is that we are not getting the required results. Results are all that matter at the moment and we have to start getting the right ones from the next match.”

The country’s football federation is preparing to meet with the national team’s technical staff later on this week and decide on their future.  Odds are that Warner would be looking for a coach by the end of the week.

The Trinidadian media has also smarted after the loss and has blamed Maturana for this loss as well as last year’s historic defeat at the hands of the “Yanks” worst loss in history, further pushing Paul Caligiuri’s (who 20 years ago crushed the island with his goal at the Halsey Crawford) into distant memories of the past or into the wound that is the island’s soccer history.

His misuse of players and sporadic selection of veteran players that were part of the nucleus of the 2006 team have generated more questions than answers and he could be seeing the door very soon.




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