Former T&T striker Stern John appointed head coach of St Lucia's national team ahead of Nations League campaign

By Sports Desk May 23, 2022

Former Trinidad and Tobago striker Stern John has been appointed head coach of the St Lucia Senior Football team. The St Lucia Football Association confirmed the appointment on Sunday.

The 46-year-old John, who represented Trinidad and Tobago at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, was a former assistant coach of the Trinidad and Tobago Senior Men’s Team as well as the Head Coach of the Anguilla Men’s Team.

His first task in this new role will be to prepare St Lucia for the upcoming CONCACAF Nations League campaign in which they will face Dominica away on June 9 before taking on Anguilla at home on June 12.

John, who played for several English clubs including Crystal Palace, Nottingham Forest and Birmingham City, said he was excited by this new challenge.

“I am delighted to have been appointed head coach of the St Lucia Men’s National Team. I’d like to this opportunity to thank the President of the FA and his team for showing their confidence in me with the appointment,” said John, who scored 70 goals in 115 appearances for the Soca Warriors.

“A new journey begins this month and I believe that with the right mindset and with a proper, calculated approach with the necessary support, we can put St Lucia back on the football map in our region.

“The president (Lyndon Cooper) and the FA have a clear vision of what they want to achieve and the direction they want to take the football. I will give it my all to try and bring some level of respect and stability to the National Team and hopefully some smiles to the people of St Lucia again.”

John replaces Jamaal Shabazz whose contract expired in November 2021.

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