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Winston Trott Jr steps down as PHC coach

Winston Trott Jr with his Premier Division Coach of the Year Award during the Bermuda Football Association Awards Ceremony at City Hall last month (File photograph by Blaire Simmons)

Winston Trott Jr’s status as coach of Premier Division and Friendship Trophy champions PHC Zebras remains shrouded in doubt amid claims from various reliable club sources he has resigned from the post.

It is understood that the former PHC winger stood down at a recent club meeting less than two weeks after receiving the Premier Division Coach of the Year award at the Bermuda Football Association’s ceremony at City Hall.

Trott declined to comment on the matter when contacted by The Royal Gazette.

“I can’t speak on that,” he said. “You need to talk to management.”

The Royal Gazette has also reached out to Michael Trott, the PHC president and Trott’s sibling, who has yet to respond to calls from this newspaper seeking clarity on the matter.

Trott recently enjoyed his most successful season at the helm after leading PHC to a league and Cup double and narrowly missing out on a second Triple Crown, and their first in 52 years, after losing to North Village in the FA Cup final.

He is believed to have initially intended to vacate the position at the end of the 2021-22 season but has now succeeded by another former PHC player, Quincy Hunt.

Trott took over from Robert Bean in July 2020 and earned his maiden title as a top-flight coach when PHC edged North Village 1-0 in the Friendship Trophy final on New Year’s Day at Somerset Cricket Club.

He then went on to claim a second title as PHC clinched a third league crown in five seasons, and a record twelfth overall.

PHC were heavily favoured to win the Triple Crown but ultimately came up short as Village came from behind to edge their rivals 2-1 in an exciting FA Cup final at Flora Duffy Stadium in April.

The team contested that match without captain Marco Warren, who was ruled out through suspension after picking up his third yellow card of the season in the team’s final match against already-relegated Boulevard at PHC Field in March.

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Published May 05, 2023 at 7:42 am (Updated May 05, 2023 at 8:08 am)

Winston Trott Jr steps down as PHC coach

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