Anthony Modeste/File Photo

Anthony Modeste/File Photo

by Michael Bascombe

ST GEORGE’S, August 25, 2014 (GrenadaSports) – When Anthony “Nixon” Modeste announced his retirement from international football three years ago, he indicated an interest in coaching and possibly at the national level.

That possibility is now a reality as the former national captain will take charge of the Men’s Senior National team in the Group Stage of the Caribbean Cup qualifiers.

The Grenada Football Association (GFA) recently announced that the 37-year-old has been appointed coach of the national team.

At the time of hanging up his boots, Modeste had more than 100 international caps during a 20-year career including 12 years as captain of the national team.

But he believes he is ready for the challenge after carrying the national team as a player/coach in the 2008 Caribbean Cup and qualification to its first ever CONCACAF Gold Cup Tournament.

“I’m quite prepared,” he told GrenadaSports in a recent interview. “I’ve been preparing myself since during my playing days.”

Modeste believes his stints as a player/coach with the local premier league teams Queen’s Park Rangers (QPR) and GBSS as well as the national team in 2008 have given him a wealth of knowledge and experience.

“I’ve gathered a wealth of knowledge and experience from various coaches I’ve been around,” he said.

“My immediate goal is to qualify the team for the finals of the Caribbean Cup in Jamaica later this year.”

The coach has already selected his staff for the upcoming tournament, naming his former national colleague Kennedy Phillip as the assistant coach. The other members of the coahing staff are Jerry Alexis – trainer; Billy Alexis – goalkpeer coach and Max Toussaint – manager.

Modeste knows much about Grenada’s ability to be among the top teams in the region, having played in Grenada’s only appearances in the CONCACAF Gold Cup Tournament – 2009 and 2011.

“My long term goal is for Grenada to return to the top rankings in regional football,” recalling Grenada’s heartbreaking loss to Trinidad and Tobago in the inaugural Caribbean Shell Cup final in Barbados in 1989 and to Jamaica in the Caribbean Cup in 2008.

“Whenever football is mentioned in the Caribbean, Grenada should be included,” he asserted.

Modeste, as a player, has had trials with Dublin’s Longford FC. However, change of management was a key factor in Modeste not signing a two-year contract.

He also played semi-professional football in Jamaica and Antigua. Modeste joined Portmore United, then Hazzard United, in 2002. He was captain for six (6) of the eight (8) years he played with the team which copped multiple championships in Jamaica and the Caribbean.

Among the many awards he received, the Tony Burrows Player Personality of the Year Award in Jamaica and was the first recipient of the Jason Roberts Foundation Award.

In Antigua, he successfully captained ASOT ARCADE PARHAM for one season in 2010-11, while in the local championships he led QPR to national titles in 2000 amd 2001 and GBSS in 2002.

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