Women’s Team head coach to take up new role in the UK

Senior Women’s Head Coach James Thomas resigns to accept club role in the UK. 
•   Charlie Mitchell will continue as Assistant Coach and lead training 
•   Senior Women’s Team to play International Friendlies in October 2021. 

The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) can confirm that Senior Women’s National Team head coach James Thomas has resigned to take up a role at a club in the professional women’s league in the UK.

The move, which will be formally confirmed by the club later this week, will see Thomas accept a multi-year contract.

Thomas turned down multiple approaches from the UK based club over the last few weeks; however their latest offer proved too good for the Welsh native to turn down.

“This has been an incredibly tough decision to make. It’s disappointing because you have a fantastic group of players here,” said Thomas. “This is an opportunity that came up for the third time and it was too difficult to turn down again.“

Former T&T Women’s head coach James Thomas at a session at the Hasely Crawford Stadium last month

“Stepping away, I know the Trinidad and Tobago team will go on and be successful and continue on the route that we have been working on over the last few months. I wish the Normalization Committee, Association’s staff, the team staff and the players the absolute best.“

While the TTFA is disappointed to lose Thomas, we thank him for the work he has done with the Senior Women’s programme and we will be building on that foundation into our CONCACAF W Qualifying campaign which begins in November 2021.

Senior Women’s National Team Assistant Coach Charlie Mitchell will run the team’s training sessions while the TTFA explores its options to appoint a head coach to lead the team into the October 2021 International Women’s football window, the CONCACAF W Qualifiers versus Nicaragua on the 25th November 2021 and Dominica on 28th November 2021.

The TTFA can also confirm that the Senior Women’s Team will play two friendly international matches in the October 2021 window at the Ato Boldon Stadium after receiving permission from the Ministry of Health to stage the matches. These friendlies will provide welcomed match preparation for the team in the build-up to the November Qualifiers.

Further details on these friendly matches will be provided soon.