PORT OF SPAIN: Jack Warner may be banned from football for life but that has not prevented the disgraced former FIFA vice-president from wading into the latest national team row in Trinidad & Tobago writes KEIR RADNEDGE.
Warner, who is contesting an attempt by the United States to extradite him to face FIFAGate corruption charges, spoke out following Tom Saintfiet’s resignation after only five weeks as national team coach.
The 43-year-old Belgian served for only four games, winning one and losing three before quitting last Tuesday. He complained he had received no support from the TTFA and its president David John-Williams.
The TTFA now needs a new coach, two months before their next CONCACAF final round qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Warner, controversial former president of central and north American confederation CONCACAF, told local media: “The person who should be fired is David John-Williams. The guy has poor judgement, he doesn’t understand football. He believes football is of course like Nescafe – quick fix. He doesn’t know that in football there is no quick fix.
“There is instant coffee, there is instant chocolate, there is not instant in football.”
Warner’s extradition case become something of a local legal cause celebre. He is not due back in court until March 13 when a judge will rule on his application for a judicial review of the case.
The 73-year-old was banned for life by the ethics committee of world football federation FIFA after being indicted, having earlier quit all his roles in the game over his involvement in a vote-buying plot in the 2011 presidential election.