Lindsay Gillette, chairman of the commission formed to guide T&T football into the new area of the UEFA/FIFA-proposed competition, is now being touted as the man who will get the nod to manage the affairs of the sport locally when the TTFA election of officers takes place in November this year.
His chances of becoming president of the embattled football association, however, can be hampered by an article in the constitution which states clearly that prospective candidates for the presidency must have been actively involved in the sport at a managerial level for at least three of the five years preceding the elections.
Yesterday, Brent Sancho, a member of the commission who admitted to Gillette's good work since he was appointed as an independent member, said everyone was saying they were impressed by Gillette.
"However, I can tell you that I do not know that there is a movement for Gillette to be put forward for the post of president. He has worked with my club - Central FC, as well as at the commission and I am satisfied with his work so far," Sancho said.
A TTFA executive member who wished to remain anonymous pointed to article 34 of the TTFA constitution which refers to the election of members of the board of directors. The article states: "Candidates shall have been active in football for at least three years during the five years preceding the election. This activity must have been performed in a managerial or a similar position in the territory of the Republic of T&T.
Candidates may not have previously been found guilty of an indictable offence: Candidates shall be nationals of and shall have permanent residence in the Republic of T&T: Candidatures for the office of President and Vice-President of the Board of Directors shall be supported by at least one Member."
Contacted for clarification on the issue yesterday, TTFA constitutional expert Osmond Downer said the article will rule out some names being bandied about for the coming election but he didn't want to name those individuals. He said unlike the president and vice president, who are chosen by vote during the election, all other board members are elected by their member associations before they are sent to be inducted into the new executive.
To date, former TTFA president Raymond Tim Kee and Central Football Association (CFA) secretary Clynt Taylor have declared their intention to contest the election. Guardian Media Sports understands Northern Football Association (NFA) president Anthony Harford is also expected to throw his hat into the election ring. They will all attempt to defeat incumbent David John-Williams.
Yesterday, Sancho said his concern was more about the traits the next president has more than whom he is, noting that the person must be capable of generating revenue, attracting corporate T&T, understanding that the TTFA debt will be inherited and having the interest of the sport at heart.