My best moments and my thoughts on football back home

A Tribute to Mike
December 12, 2018

Manchester United legend Dwight Yorke has picked the moments he defines as the best from his illustrious career.

The Trinidad & Tobago-born player, who now works as a pundit for SuperSport TV, was asked by the same TV station in Deember to share the best moments of his career and which current player he has the desire to play alongside.

Yorke’s  answers were published in a video clip on SuperSport’s Twitter.

The 47-year-old pinpointed United’s legendary 1999 treble win of the English Premier, FA Cup, and UEFA Champions League as well as qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup with Trinidad & Tobago.
“The best moments of my career, I have to say I have been very fortunate… maybe it is the treble-winning year with Manchester United in my first season. Also qualifying for the World Cup with my country Trinidad and Tobago,” Yorke said.

Yorke also recently spoke on football in his home country.

“I haven’t really been involved in Trinidad and Tobago football so it’s very difficult to pass judgement on those circumstances. What I do know is that we haven’t been able to produce. We had a period of time when we had Kenwyne Jones, Stern John, Russell Latapy, Dwight Yorke playing in all these wonderful leagues. What have we got now? That, in itself, sends a clear message that something is not right.

“Whether the structure is right from the colleges league, which used to be a big thing, and then the transition to the national team or Under-20s, they need to look at that. The people who are running the football need to seriously consider that.”
“You need to show passion in what you’re doing. The passion is no longer there. Where is the love of the game gone? We used to love the game that we play, and then everything else comes with it. Whether it’s the opposite now that people are attracted to other things and not prepared to put the work in, I don’t know.”

From 1989-2009, Yorke made 74 international appearances and netted 19 goals. He also had a brief time as an assistant coach, under Latapy, in 2009.

“It’s there for everyone to see. It’s not been a smooth transition, it’s been a very difficult one.
“We’ve got involved with the professional league that hasn’t been worked out the way everyone expected it to work out. You just look at the results that we have provided at the moment, it’s not great. The qualification (at all levels) has been a struggle.”

Yorke called on the stakeholders of local football to “step back, look at things and try to go in a different direction, and try to get the important thing which is the support from the Government and the Ministry of Sport. I think that is very vital.”

He commented, “Of course, with the sponsorship, people always say money is essential but equally, performance brings money. So, there is a combination.”