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Tuesday, December 06, 2005

A Chat with Brent

I got a chance to chat with former Timbers defender Brent Sancho over the weekend and ask him a couple of questions about Trinidad's recent World Cup qualification.

After admitting that the qualification "...still hasn't sunk in", I asked Brent about his current problems with his current club Gillingham.

BS: It's still a massive deal and I haven't been playing for them because of that. They're very upset that I left to play. I was injured before, but I felt fine to play. I was willing to play for them more than anything and they never gave me the chance. Trinidad gave me that chance and of course I'm going to go back and play in the biggest game in the country's history.

They were upset, they did not want me to go and they did not respect the achievements of what we have done so far. Myself and my teammate (Ian Cox) have had no celebration, no acknowledgement or anything from the club which is an absolute disgrace when you think there are 2 players from the same club, who will more than likely be appearing in the World Cup, from a lower division English team, which is unheard of. I'm quite disappointed in that, but in saying that, the fans have been absolutely tremendous, given me support, come up to me and given congratulations, tell me how happy they are for me. I'm happy with the fans, not so much the club.

tl: What's been the change in the T&T team that's brought this success?

BS: Simple organization. We had all the talent in the world, but we were very disorganized on and off the pitch. With the new coach coming in (Dutchman, Leo Beenhakker) he was given the reigns to put organization in place, a system, a structure. What the federation (Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (T&TFF)) failed to realize was with so many players playing overseas we were used to a structure, a formation and a certain level of professionalism that we didn't get when we came back to Trinidad.

Once that was put in place right away it was unbelievable, the results started changing and we started pulling off some remarkable results simply because we became a better organized team.

Brent then talked about his plans and about his time in Portland.

BS: I was sorry to see Bobby and Jim Taylor leave. I guess everyone has to move on. I still check for their (the Timbers) results and you never know how things go in football...one of my intentions is to return to the US and play...

tl: ...coach maybe?

BS: ...to be honest with you I'm starting to think like that now. Reaching the WC, which was one of my goals, played in the Scottish Premier League, I'd love to play in the English Premiership which is my next goal.

I would love to come back (to Portland). It's a city that I consider home. I have a lot of close friends there, families of kids I coached, I still communicate with them.

Give the fans there my regards, the support they've given me is unbelievable and I'd love to come back one day. It was such an enjoyable place to play.

posted by the timberlog at 7:14 PM

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