Tim Kee sacks Sheldon Phillips as TTFA general secretary

​Sacked Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) general secretary Sheldon Phillips.

Issued on Tuesday 20 October 2015

In an unexpected twist, and a month before Presidential Elections, Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president Raymond Tim Kee has sacked general secretary Sheldon Phillips.

A release by the TTFA today says that “Mr. Sheldon Phillips no longer holds the position of General Secretary of the organisation.”

It said the decision was taken by the TTFA president following the issuing of a letter to Phillips requesting his resignation on Monday evening. Phillips subsequently refused the request following which his services were terminated by Tim Kee with immediate effect.

The release further stated: “The TTFA President determined that Mr. Phillips had to be removed from the day-to-day running of the organisation due to failure to adhere to directives regarding the operational activities of the FA.”

​Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president Raymond Tim Kee.

The TTFA also said that it has commenced a search for a new general secretary and remains committed to exploring and evaluating possibilities and opportunities that will put the TTFA on a trajectory for growth and continued development.

Phillips, who holds a law degree from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, took over the post of general secretary in May 2013, taking over from former general secretary Richard Groden who vacated office a week before after serving since 1998.

Back then, Phillips, the son of former Trinidad and Tobago goalkeeper and technical director Lincoln Phillips, was touted as a major step towards restoring faith in the federation.

He took up the general secretary post with over 25 years in the sports and event management industry with knowledge, experience, and relationships through his work with FIFA, CONCACAF, and U.S. Soccer among others.

On the appointment of Phillips in 2013, Tim Kee had stated: “With my vision for a new beginning for Trinidad and Tobago football and the heights to which I want to see our football reach. I continue to look at engaging in the kind of human resource that I believe will assist in taking us there. As a result I believe my selection of Sheldon Phillips is most fitting to the cause and one which we are extremely satisfied and excited over.”

While Phillips had said he will do, “everything in my power and ability to help lead this organisation with grace and dignity; never forgetting our role and obligation to serve as stewards of a game we cherish, for a nation we love.”

A few days ago Tim Kee announced that he will seek a second term as president of the embattled TTFA when it hosts the Presidential Elections at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on November 29, 2015.

W Connection owner and president David John-Williams.

On Saturday 10 October, W Connection boss David John-Williams announced his bid to replace Tim Kee as president.

John-Williams, who also serves as the vice chairman of the TT Pro League, said his desire is to make a significant difference in local football, and believes that with his experience and fresh leadership, there could be a transformation in the fortunes of Trinidad and Tobago football.

But Tim Kee stated: “I will stand. I am ready and motivated to go for another term.”

Tim Kee, Port of Spain Mayor and People’s National Movement (PNM) treasurer, has served as TTFA president in the last two years after he was elected unopposed in November 2012 to complete the term of outgoing president Oliver Camps.