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Saturday, June 23, 2001
Porterfield insists: I'm not quitting

PORT OF SPAIN, June 22 (Reuters) - British-born Trinidad and Tobago coach Ian Porterfield has no intentions of resigning as coach despite the team's dismal record in the CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers.

Trinidad and Tobago lost the fourth of their five matches on Wednesday, going down 2-0 to the United States to follow up defeat by Honduras, Costa Rica and Jamaica.

Their only point came from a draw with Mexico and they have no chance of qualifying for next year's World Cup finals in Japan and South Korea.

But Porterfield, who guided the Soca Warriors to the Copa Caribe title in May, said he had no intentions of giving up the job.

'No, I have no thoughts of (doing) that. I don't know what is going to happen and I have been hearing all kinds of stories but no one has said anything to me,' Porterfield said.

'I just think that we've given away a lot of silly goals and when you give away silly goals, you're certainly not going to win.'

Porterfield said that Trinidad and Tobago had lost to a more organised, experienced and disciplined United States team.

'I think our lads, up until this phase of the tournament did well and the facts prove that.

'But with America, Jamaica, Costa Rica Honduras and Mexico at this stage, it's been much harder,' he said.

 


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