PORT OF SPAIN: Former England international Terry Fenwick has been appointed new head coach of the Trinidad & Tobago senior men’s national team.

Fenwick, who gained 20 caps for England and made more than 400 appearances with Tottenham Hotspur, Queens Park Rangers and Crystal Palace, already has extensive experience of Trinidad and Tobago football and has won the Professional League title xx time with San Juan Jabloteh FC.

He has also been an influential figure in the development of the islands’ young talent with a long list of players claiming professional contracts and university scholarships abroad thanks to his guidance.

Fenwick has been appointed for a two- year period beginning 1 January 2020. His first important task will be to guide Trinidad and Tobago through the CONCACAF Gold Cup playoff against either Barbados or Guyana in June next year.

He said: “I played under some terrific managers including Terry Venables and Bobby Robson and I’ll be looking to put the lessons I learned from them to good use now that I’m an international coach myself.

“The public here always remind me of the great days when they reached the World Cup Finals in Germany in 2006 and of their great players such as Dwight Yorke, Shaka Hislop and Kenwyne Jones.

“There’s a lot of work to be done to get back to anywhere close to that level, but this is a tremendous opportunity for me to play a part in getting Trinidad & Tobago back to where it belongs in the order of world football.”

Fenwick will be assisted by former Trinidad and Tobago international Derek King who also has a successful coaching record in local elite football with several Professional League and Super League titles to his name.

Recently-elected TTFA president William Wallace said: “Terry’s appointment is a tremendous reflection of the potential we have on these islands. His knowledge of our football coupled with his international experience made him the obvious choice.

“I am delighted and excited by his appointment as it reflects that Terry has as much confidence in our football as we do in him.”