Simoes to quit T&T

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Jamaica Gleaner

BRAZILIAN RENE Simoes said he will give up his job as technical director for football in Trinidad and Tobago, but did not say where he might go next.

Simoes, who led Jamaica to the World Cup finals in France in 1998, made the announcement on Wednesday in a letter.

"This is a letter that I have dreaded writing since January. It is both painful and sad to have to write and accept," he said. "Nevertheless, it is important that I end my stay in Trinidad the way I began, with honesty."

Jack Warner, CONCACAF President and former special adviser to the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation, lamented Simoes' planned departure.

"This is a black day for the sport in Trinidad and Tobago, and it was sad that he had to come to a decision like this," Warner said.

Simoes made his decision known less than 24 hours after returning from Miami, where he held discussions with officials from an as-yet unnamed country. He said the talks went well,
though he didn't give details.

"This meeting may or may not lead to a new job," he said. "There are many factors I must consider, especially because after the World Cup clubs and national teams begin looking for new coaches. Regardless of whether I sign a contract or not with this team, June is fast approaching, which means that I will be packing my bags and saying my goodbyes."

His last major assignment will be to coach the national under-23 squad in a friendly with a German national under-25 university squad on Wednesday. The visitors will be in action on Saturday at the Dwight Yorke Stadium in Bacolet, Tobago, in the first of two matches.