Stephen Hart (right) gives instruction to Aubrey David during a World Cup qualifier at Honduras on November 15, 2016. (Photo: CA-Images)
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad & Tobago -- Trinidad & Tobago is on the search for a new head coach after the Trinidad & Tobago Football Association (TTFA) and Stephen Hart agreed to part ways Thursday.
The announcement came nine days after T&T fell 3-1 at Honduras to start the final round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup with two straight losses.
Hart, 56, was named to the post in June 2013, leading the Soca Warriors to the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals just weeks afterwards and repeating the feat two years later.
In October, however, T&T missed out on a direct berth to next year’s Gold Cup, when it finished second to Martinique in a 2016/17 Scotiabank CFU Men’s Caribbean Cup third-round group. As a result, the Soca Warriors will host a three-team playoff in January to determine the Caribbean side that will face the fifth-place team from Central America for the last Gold Cup berth.
Some of Hart’s most memorable results included a 4-4 draw with Mexico in the 2015 Gold Cup, as well as home World Cup qualifiers that ended in a scoreless stalemate against the United States and a 6-0 win over St. Vincent & the Grenadines.
Prior to taking the T&T managerial reins, Hart had two stints as Canada’s head coach (2006-07 and 2009-12).
The TTFA gave no timeframe for finding Hart’s replacement.