Fenwick to make Central return against former employers Jabloteh on Tuesday

Terry Fenwick proudly taps his chest as he is about the receive last season's Lucozade Sport Goal Shield coach of the tournament award after leading Central to the title on April 25, 2014.
Thursday 2 April 2015

Central FC’s English head coach Terry Fenwick, pending league registration, should mark his return to TT Pro League action on Tuesday 7 April in Round Three Match Day Six of the Digicel Pro League 2014-2015 championship against his former employers San Juan Jabloteh – the club he built his (Trinidad) coaching and controversial reputations at.

The longstanding Digicel Pro League 2014-2015 leaders will meet the sixth-placed Jabloteh (7-6-7, 27 points) – the side that Fenwick led to three Pro League championships among other Cups in the past – from 6 pm at the Marvin Lee Stadium on.

Couva-rivals and second-placed W Connection (13-4-3, 43 points), three points adrift of Central (14-4-3, 46 points) and a game extra, will also be in action, following the Easter weekend, against fourth-placed Defence Force (9-3-8, 30 points) from 8 pm at the Macoya venue.
 
Simultaneously at the Ato Boldon Stadium, cellar-placed St. Ann's Rangers (0-1-20, 1 point) will meet fifth-placed Point Fortin Civic (9-3-8, 30 points) from 6 pm. And eight-placed Caledonia AIA (6-4-10, 22 points) are against seventh-placed Police FC (7-6-8, 27 points) from 8.

Meanwhile third-placed North East Stars (9-5-7, 32 points), still fresh from their FA Trophy crowning on March 29, will sit out on the bye.

On his return to the “Couva Sharks” late last month, the 55-year-old Fenwick said, “It’s obvious that the club wants to win the league. That’s why I am here. I am here to regain a bit of confidence and lift the players for the remaining three (league) matches.”

Fenwick, who commended the work by coach Zoran Vranes and assistant coach Dale Saunders this season, added that Central also want to do well on debut at the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championship 2015, the qualifier tournament to the CONCACAF Champions League.

But Fenwick, a former England and Tottenham defender who led Central to last season's First Citizens Cup and Lucozade Sport Goal Shield, must hit the ground running since he now occupies the post of the Vranes, who has kept the “Couva Sharks” atop the DPL standings for most of this season.
Zoran Vranes' new portfolio as Central FC technical director includes overseeing youth and women's football development.
Vranes, a two-time The Fan Club Coach of the Month this season, also secured Central's place at the 2016 CFU Club Championship along with W Connection; retained the club's First Citizens Cup; and won the Rawle Fletcher (Round One) and Akeem Adams (Round Two) trophies in the DPL.

The 64-year-old Serbian, Vranes, a former Trinidad and Tobago coach at various levels, who was hired to fill the void left vacant by Fenwick after last season, has been shifted into the role of technical director and will oversee the club’s youth and women's football – a post previously occupied by George Romano, who suffered a stroke in mid-February.

Fenwick had left the “Couva Sharks” at the end of last season to pick up a three-year agreement with Belgium lower tier side CS Vise, where players Willis Plaza, Rundell Winchester, Elton John and Kevon Villaroel subsequently followed.

But just a few months into their first season in the Belgium third division, everything went sour for the Trinidadian players and Fenwick as the reality of the cashed-strapped Vise kicked in.

Plaza and Winchester were the first to return to Trinidad, and John and former North East Stars player Villaroel followed well ahead of the January transfer window and subsequently joined Central.

Fenwick returned to Trinidad in February and immediately began talks with Central, the club he steered to a second-placed finish in the DPL last season to qualify for the CFU Club Championship 2015, which they will contest this month for one of three Caribbean berths at the 2015-2016 CONCACAF Champions League.

The Caribbean Club Championship, which includes last season’s Digicel Pro League champions W Connection, will begin with the Group stage to be contested between April 15-19, while the semi-final and final rounds will be contested between April 22-24 to decide the Caribbean Champions and determine the three berths at next season’s CONCACAF Champions League.

W Connection, three-time Caribbean Club Champions, will host Guyana Defence Force (April 15), Antigua & Barbuda’s SAP FC (April 17) and Jamaica’s Waterhouse FC (April 19) in Group 2 in Trinidad.

While Central will make their Club Championship debut in Group 1, hosted in Guyana, against Suriname powerhouse Inter Moengotapoe (April 17) and home team Alpha United (April 19).
Central FC forward Willis Plaza (R) tries to get away from San Juan Jabloteh defender Jevon Morris during the
However Fenwick’s immediate task is against this season’s Toyota Classic champions Jabloteh. Under Vranes charge, Central whipped the San Juan club 4-0 in Round One but were defeated 3-2 in Round Two on February 6.

But since that loss, Vranes steered Central to a seven-match undefeated streak in the league while Jabloteh are winless in their last two league outings since defeating Rangers 2-1 on March 6.

W Connection, 2-1 winners over Defence Force in Round One and Round Two, are undefeated in their last eight league outings since a 2-1 defeat at Civic on February 2. The “Savonetta Boys” continue to bite at the heels of Central, and a win on Tuesday will keep coach Stuart Charles-Fevrier’s side within striking distance of retaining the DPL crown.

Digicel Pro League 2014-2015

Round Three Match Day Six

Tuesday 7 April 2015

Marvin Lee Stadium

San Juan Jabloteh vs Central FC—6 pm

Defence Force vs W Connection—8 pm


Ato Boldon Stadium

St. Ann’s Rangers vs Point Fortin Civic—6 pm

Caledonia AIA vs Police FC—8 pm

North East Stars (bye)