Fenwick back at Central and eyes the Digicel Pro League title

Vranes shifted to position of technical director

Terry Fenwick returns as Central FC head coach.
Wednesday 25 March 2015

With just three Digicel Pro League matches remaining and a good chance of lifting the 2014-2015 championship, Central FC head coach Zoran Vranes has been shifted into the role of technical director, in a shock move by the Couva-based club, making way for the return of Englishman Terry Fenwick.

According to Fenwick, who won three Pro League championships with San Juan Jabloteh among other Cups, he and his former employers, Central FC, had opened talks for his return since during the Carnival break.

The 55-year-old former England and Tottenham Hotspur footballer said, “I [initially] turned them (Central) down on Carnival Tuesday but negotiations went on for weeks. Now I am here and glad to be back.”

Central, under the charge of Vranes, led the standings for most of this season and continues to occupy the summit with 46 points from 21 matches, three points ahead of bitter rivals W Connection, who have 43 points from 20 matches.

“It’s obvious that the club wants to win the league,” Fenwick added. “That’s why I am here. I’m here to regain a bit of confidence and lift the players for the remaining three (league) matches. I had my first session with the players this morning and we have a great squad with a number of new faces. Vranes and Dale Saunders have done a great job earlier this season.

“But the club (Central) also wants to do well at the CFU (Club Championship) beginning with two tough [Group 1] matches in Guyana against Alpha United and Suriname’s Inter Moengotapoe in April.

“They (Central) have asked Vranes to oversee the club youth teams and so on as technical director and I will be in charge of the first team.”
Zoran Vranes (L) and Brent Sancho back in July 2014 when Central FC unveiled the Serbian as head coach.
Vranes, a former Trinidad and Tobago senior and youth team coach, had been installed as a replacement for Fenwick prior to the 2014-2015 pre-season.

Fenwick had signed a three-year agreement with Belgium lower division outfit CS Visé after guiding Central to last season’s First Citizens Cup and Lucozade Sport Goal Shield titles, and qualified the “Couva Sharks” to the 2015 Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championship with a runners-up finish behind champions W Connection in the Digicel Pro League.

However less than a year into his first season at Visé, Fenwick was forced to follow Willis Plaza, Rundell Winchester, Elton John and Kevon Villaroel back to Trinidad.

“I basically loved the experience in Belgium; the football club was great and fantastic facilities,” said Fenwick. “(…)until the money ran out to a degree that coffers were empty.”

Fenwick said that there are ongoing legal proceedings involving himself and players against the Visé for contractual compensation.

But while Fenwick was away, the 64-year-old Serbian, Vranes, was starring at Central.

Vranes led Central to the inaugural Rawle Fletcher (Round One) and Akeem Adams (Round Two) trophies along with retaining the First Citizens Cup and already qualified the “Couva Sharks” for the 2016 Caribbean Club Championship, the qualifier tournament for the CONCACAF Champions League.

Vranes, who was twice voted The Fan Club Coach of the Month this season, also leaves Central in front for the Kevon Carter (Round Three) trophy and atop the league standings.