Larry Romany steps down as Pro League chairman

Photo: Larry Romany steps down as Pro League chairman.

Michael Larry Romany has stepped down as chairman of the Trinidad and Tobago Pro League after 14 years in the position.
The 59-year-old Romany, a polymer chemist by profession, will now concentrate his time as a polymer consultant, which he says requires a lot of time away from Trinidad.
“It’s a bitter-sweet thing leaving the Pro League,” said Romany who tendered his resignation at last Thursday’s PL Board Meeting. “It was something I was heavily involved in emotionally, and dedicated a lot of my time to.
“But fourteen years is a very long time. Also, I can’t contribute and assist (Pro League CEO) Dexter Skeene as I used to. My job as a polymer consultant has me away, sometimes weeks, and it is unfair to the Pro League.”
Sam Phillip, deputy chairman of the PL, will assume chairmanship in the interim while the Board, in the shortest possible time, must find someone non-football, based on the League’s articles of incorporation, that can fit the position as chairman. Phillip, a former Trinidad and Tobago national team manager, is also the PL’s representative on the board of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association.  
“On behalf of the Board of Directors, we want to thank Larry Romany for his commitment and dedication to sport, and most importantly for guiding the League through the stages of infancy to adulthood, with his strategic approach and extensive knowledge in the field of sport development and professional sport,” said Pro League CEO Dexter Skeene.
Skeene added that Romany’s contribution to the League “goes beyond words” and that the League wish the now former chairman God’s blessings and success in his future endeavours.
Romany, who has served sport as an administrator for some 35 years, had served two terms (2005 – 2013) as president of the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee, one of his many contributions to sport in the country, but not limited to Trinidad and Tobago.
“I think I have contributed significantly to sport in Trinidad and Tobago,” continued Romany, who also had a stint as chief operations officer of the West Indies Players Association (WIPA).
“I’ve been doing it 35 years. It took up a lot of my personal time, but I have no regrets at all; I’ve enjoyed it.
“But it’s time [however] for someone younger to pick up the gauntlet at the Pro League. I believe the Pro League has a sound future and my leaving is not that I am not satisfied. I’ve tried all that I can to assist in terms of sponsorship and management and I think it’s a different time now, and different things may be relevant to the times we are in.”

Photo: Pro League action between Morvant Caledonia United and San Juan Jabloteh during the 2016-17 season at the Park Street Recreation Ground in Morvant.

The new 2017 Pro League season will commence on June 9 and run through to December 17, involving all ten member clubs: Central FC, W Connection, San Juan Jabloteh, North East Stars, Club Sando, Defence Force, Police FC, St. Ann’s Rangers, Morvant Caledonia United and Point Fortin Civic.

“I am confident that the League is on sound footing,” Romany added. “It’s just that the economy has made it even more difficult for sponsorship dollars. But it’s a cycle that everyone goes through, and it’s just that teams and owners need to come up with ways to navigate through this time to ensure their future.”