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Ken Elie takes over at North East Stars

Monday, March 10 2008

KEN ELIE has taken over as coach of Pro League club North East Stars from James McLean, as the club tries to restructure its management team ahead of the 2008 season, which kicks off next month.

This move comes a few weeks after former national captain Anthony Rougier was appointed as the team’s technical advisor. And McLean has been moved over to a new post as head of the club’s Youth Development.

A story on the league’s website noted that Elie was hired on a two-year contract with the option of extending his stay by another two years.

“We really targeted Elie as the man for the job and we got him,” club manager David Farrell said.

Ironically, Elie guided WASA FC to the 2006 local FA title, winning a penalty shoot-out over North East Stars. But Elie, who coached the national Under-15 team in 2005, has not been in any active coaching position since the beginning of last year.

“This is a very important step in my career,” said Elie. “It is important for me as well as North East Stars.

“My first objective will be getting North East Stars to be competitive and to be able to compete with the more experienced clubs on a consistent level.”

North East Stars, who won the Pro League title in 2004, had an inconsistent season last year as they were only able to muster a sixth-place finish.

And Elie affirms that he will try his best to improve the club’s style of play, as it seeks to be one of the premier teams in the country.

“What we need is a consistent high intensity football if we are to become professional,” he said. “I am of the view that we (Trinidad and Tobago) are in gaps with professional football and much in terms of our culture.

“What we see as professional football and what we play as professional football are different,” he added.

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