Angus Eve is ready for the new challenge ahead after picking up his first head coach position at club level.
However there is more to it, than just landing a two-season deal at Sangre Grande club North East Stars, said the 39 year-old former Trinidad and Tobago international.
“I’m really happy to be part of the North East family,” Eve said following his official unveiling on Wednesday as coach for the upcoming 2012-13 season which would be followed by a second season in 2013-2014, covering the two-season agreement.
Eve who recently completed his stint as the T&T U23s head coach revealed, “I think the (North East Stars) president Mr. (Darryl) Mahabir has done so much with football over the years, and he has lamented such when he said that he wants to put back into the youths.
“That’s my hope, dreams and aspirations. I really love seeing youths come from nothing and become something. Being from a background of the ‘ghetto’, Carenage, where we now call one of the ‘hot spots’, I love the opportunity to help other people out of that scenario and the president of the club also said the same thing.
“That was me buying into the project [at North East Stars]. Mahabir wants to bring the club back into prominence and also get into the communities which I think is very invaluable to the communities based on what’s happening in the country right now [with the crime situation]. We keep a lot of kids off the streets and doing something positive. That’s the way that the club wants to go, I bought into the ideas that the president have.”
Eve was popularized as a coach while working with youth players during his time at San Juan Jabloteh, while also filling the role of assistant coach to senior team coach Englishman Terry Fenwick from 2006-2008 lifting the League title as assistant in 2007 and 2008.
In 2009 he moved on as assistant coach at Ma Pau SC alongside head coach Michael McComie and celebrated the Toyota Classic title in 2010.
His most recent role was with the T&T U23s in Olympic qualifiers as head coach which began last year and led the young ‘Warriors’ to the CONCACAF qualifying earlier this year before subsequently bowing out.
“I’ve worked with senior players at Ma Pau and at Jabloteh, so it’s not something new to me,” responded Eve over his new role as head coach of a club.
“I wasn’t the head coach at those clubs and that’s the only difference in the dynamic. But I think I’ve gained the respect of the players in the League as a player and as a coach,” said the 117 capped former T&T midfielder.
He added, “The people at North East Stars have a lot of experience that I can tap into. My experience as the National U23s coach and one little stint with the seniors has actually helped me to develop my coaching skills and my ability to deal with players with big egos, so I think I relish the opportunity to come in and try to help the club with the ability and experience that I have gained and also to help the league move forward.”
Eve retired from international football in 2006 after his non-selection for his country’s historic World Cup appearance in Germany, while his club career included stints at Joe Public(1993-94, 1997-98, 2000), Defence Force(1995-96) English club Chester City(1999-2000) and San Juan Jabloteh(2001-2006) winning the League Championship in 2002 and 2003.