|LOCAL COACHES LOOK ON AT PFISTER'S SESSIONS|
Otto Pfister’s open invitation for local club coaches to witness his National Team training sessions have not fallen on deaf ears as there were sights of a few faces sitting in the stands at the Ato Boldon Stadium looking on this week.
Pfister extended the invitation during a recent meeting with Pro League club representatives and has initiated a move to develop a better understanding with the respective clubs as it relates to his vision and program for the development of the national team.
Fevrier, an ex-national coach himself, noted that he has already picked up a few things from observing Pfister’s sessions which takes times three days per week.
“I find the sessions have been very interesting and I’ve seen some new ways to do some things and I continue to observe from session to session because it’s an opportunity for me to observe a high profile coach,” Fevrier told TTFF Media.
“It is always good to see someone who has worked at the highest level and he has great experience and I consider myself fortunate to come to his sessions. I speak to him sometimes after his sessions and there are things I can also pass on to my players.
Regarding the meeting last week, Fevrier added: “He told us about his philosophy. At W Connection we have always supported the national team no matter if it’s a foreign or local coach. Sometimes it has been very challenging. We asked him certain questions and we got answers. When the competition starts however we may have some issues and we may need to be flexible,” he added.
Latchoo meantime who is heading into his first season as head coach of Joe Public from the onset, believes all coaches should utilize the opportunity to observe the national team sessions.
“Firstly I think Joe Public will work cooperate with the plans for the team. Based on the information that he has provided to us at the clubs, we will now be able to plan a program for our team and take into consideration the amount of work that is going at the national level and ensure we don’t over training our players or cause them to under develop,” Latchoo said.
“I’m grateful for this opportunity to observe sessions like this. You see new ideas or new drills that you can learn and the opportunity to look at these sessions is something I think all coaches would enjoy,” he mentioned.
The unavailability of the some of the higher ranked CONCACAF Teams for the upcoming FIFA date in June due to the CONCACAF Gold Cup as well as a couple teams that were approached in CONMEBOL means that T&T will not play a friendly international and instead will go into a training camp. Pfister is also booked to head off the United States to witness some of the matches at the CONCACAF Gold Cup next month. (May 14,2011)