It is sometimes surprising when a football club announces certain decisions which could be described as sudden and abrupt. Sometimes the decision could either be the sacking of a player, the sacking of a coach or termination of a coach’s contract. Most of the you could see the writings on the wall that sacking of a coach or a player is imminent but how it is announced is what sometimes baffles many. Just out of the blue, a club could put a press release out there or announce on its social media platforms about the departure of a player or a coach. Especially if the coach or the player is very important to the football club, it leaves the fans asking questions about the decision taken by the clubs to hierarchy.
Several clubs globally have done that or such situations have happened to several clubs. One big example was Real Madrid and Sergio Ramos agreed a one year deal at a reduced price. Just in days, there was a sharp turn around that Real Madrid will not be able to agree to the contract again. Sergio Ramos had to leave and sign for French giants, Paris St. Germain. Similar scenario occurred when Argentina great, Lionel Andres Messi had issues with Barcelona. Lionel Messi wanted to stay but the Catalonians had no financial muscle to extend his contract because they were in dire financial straits. Lionel Andres Messi also had to leave to join French giants, Paris St. Germain. His movement to Paris St. Germain shook the football with PSG making huge sums from jersey sales. Messi had already given PSG $21 million even before he kicked a ball of made his debut for the French giants.
There were big moves recently which equally shook the football world. When Manchester United announced that, Cristiano Ronaldo will be making a return to the club, it left many of the club’s followers and the football world at large discussing what the outcome was going to be. Ronaldo finally made a return to his former side and instantly hit the ground running for the Red Devils. Another interesting move was when Manchester United announced the signing of France defender, Raphael Varane. The writings were on the wall that would join Manchester United but many did think it would be that swift.
Let’s talks about our local clubs, Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko. Hearts of Oak had issues with who will the substantive coach when Edward Odoom was in interim charge. The Phobians combed the globe and brought on Serbian trainer, Costa Papic to man the affairs of the technical team. However after a few matches, he was leaving the club citing personal reasons. His exit left the club’s shocked as to who will be Hearts of Oak’s next as the league was in session. The Phobians worked hard and finally roped in former Medeama coach, Samuel Boadu. The young tactician came in and transformed the team to which led to the 2020/21 Ghana Premier League title triumph for the first time in 11 years. It was their first and 21st league title as well. The Phobians also went ahead to win the 2020/21 MTN FA Cup to make it a season’s double for the first time in 20 years.
There is however an interesting news emanating from the camp of Hearts of Oak’s rivals, Asante Kotoko. They brought in former Black Stars coach, Mariano Baretto to help them win the league and as well shape the club. The project could not materialize as Asante Kotoko failed to win the league and the FA Cup. It means they went a whole season trophiless which is uncharacteristic of the 24 Ghana Premier League holders. The beautiful marriage between Asante Kotoko and Mariano Baretto has just come to an end as the Portuguese trainer agrees a contact termination with Asante Kotoko. Baretto is in his native Portugal after the league ended and it looks like the coach does not want to handle Kotoko again hence the agreement to terminate his contract.
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