CLIENT NEWS: THOMAS APPOINTED TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO WOMEN’S HEAD COACH
- James emerges from a pool of 195 applicants to land job
- Former Wales women’s no2 jets out to twin islands for new challenge
- Jonathan Craig wins slot as interim Goalkeeping Coach at Falkirk
JAMES THOMAS has landed the highly sought-after role as the new Head Coach of the Trinidad and Tobago national women's team.
Sport Careers Agency client James faced fierce competition for the role as the Tobago Football Association (TTFA) sifted through a mammoth 195 applications.
The former Wales women's team assistant coach and performance analyst came out on top of the pile.
James, the holder of both a UEFA A Licence and a UEFA Elite Youth A Licence, said: "I am honoured and delighted to be given the opportunity to serve as the TT women's team coach.
"There is a terrific blend of experience and youth within the country's pathway.
"I feel my experiences of working across all age groups, from youth to senior at both club and international levels, will allow me to develop both the individuals and the teams to help us reach our goals."
Thomas worked with the U17 and U19 age groups in Wales as he developed on his coaching journey.
He has already put in a solid body of work behind the scenes in his new role, getting to know the pool of talent available.
James has also been working on mapping this year's plan with the TTFA technical department.
He revealed: "As well as working with the national team in their quest to qualify for major tournaments, I feel a fundamental part of a head coach's role is to influence the domestic and international age group player pathways.
"We need to support the development of the game in Trinidad and Tobago and give all players and fans a women's national team programme everybody can be proud of."
That original pool of 195 applicants was whittled down to 20 coaches then the top five before James emerged to land an initial one-year contract on the twin islands.
He will jet out in the next few weeks to take over his exciting new challenge with the TTFA citing Thomas' enthusiasm, rock-solid background in data analysis and his player-centred ideology as key factors in his appointment.
James' is the fourth foreign coaching appointment to key roles in the TTFA as the game's rulers there look to develop football on the islands.
Former Queen's Park Rangers and England defender Terry Fenwick is boss of the Men's National Senior Team, American Constantine Konstin leads the Futsal Team and Spaniard Ramiro Amarelle is the Beach Soccer Team head coach.
SCOTTISH League One side Falkirk FC have appointed Jonathan Craig as interim Goalkeeping Coach.
Sport Careers Agency client Jonathan takes over the role under the guidance of the club's Sporting Director Gary Holt who is also the current Head Coach until the end of this season.
The Bairns are in the throes of restructuring the club with Jonathan's fellow Sport Careers Agency stablemate Ian Fergus in another prominent post as Head Coach of the development squad.
Jonathan will now work to turn that interim role into a permanent position as Falkirk bid to recover from a troubled spell and fight their way back to Championship football.