Under Pressure – Five Glo Premiership coaches who are likely to get fired

Paa Kwesi Fabien

Paa Kwesi Fabien

We are only two weeks into the Glo Premier League and already some coaches are feeling the pressure from club officials and fans. There are indications that some coaches are either going to put in an early resignation or they are going to get sacked.  Here is my pick of the top five coaches who may not survive the season. 

[5] Ebo Mends (Berekum Arsenal)

For a team that has no patience for home losses to play two games in the Brong-Ahafo Region (their home) without a win, there must be something wrong somewhere. Ebo Mends is on my watch list for coaching casualties. He will be lucky to survive. I am not sure if club C.E.O, Yakubu Moro will lose trust in Ebo this early, but it will be interesting to follow the reaction of fans if Berekum Arsenal does not conjure a home win against Wa All Stars on match-day 3. 

[4] Dauda Lutterodt (Great Olympics)

If there is anyone who understands how insecure coaching Great Olympics is, it must be Dauda Lutterodt. He has been there, done that, sacked and rehired by the Wonder Club. Everyone knows that Great Olympics stopped investing into quality players since Ade Coker resigned as C.E.O.  However, followers of the club spend all their time in fantasies of how their club can perform wonders in the next game with their average players. 

Woe betides any coach who fails to make these fantasized wonders materialize. He will be attacked (verbally and physically), insulted and mortified by the fans. As if those were not enough, he is going to be deserted by the management team that appointed him. In another twist, the club is likely to split into two with two different C.E.Os. Of course, the faction with the loudest voice wins – the coach never gets to stay. New C.E.O, George Afriyie promises a new era, but what was his history at Gamba All Blacks – controversy galore! Don’t be shocked if the Wonder Club implodes and Dauda loses his job as a result. 

[3] Paa Kwesi Fabien (Asante Kotoko)

Paa Kwasi Fabien who was once a member of the Kotoko technical set-up, is back as head coach. He comes in as the fifth coach the club has had in the last three years, after Bashir Hayford, Maurice Cooreman, Isaac Boateng and Herbert Addo. This is the most unstable coaching job in Ghana. Often, a coach doesn’t have to be technically poor to get sacked. Getting the boot is tie and again, a purely whimsical decision by ‘God-knows-who’. 

It might sound absurd, but sometimes, winning the league can get you sacked (As was the case of Abdul Razak in 2003 and Bashir Hayford two seasons ago). Already, an away draw with Great Olympics on match-day 1 has sparked a lot of debate about Fabien’s competence. Something tells me that once it is time to participate in continental competitions, the fans and management alike will begin their typical calls for a foreign coach. Out goes Fabien, in comes the next victim. 

[2] Abdul Karim Razak (Real Tamale United)

Even before the league kicked off,  Real Tamale United fans continuously agitated against their coach. They questioned the wisdom in keeping a coach who barely escaped relegation last season. Things got worse when Razak could not mastermind a home win against 10-man Hasaacas on match-day 1.

After losing narrowly to new entrants New Edubiase FC at Len Clay on match-day 2, Razak’s predicament has finally gotten out of hand. There are reports that Razak could not join the team on the trip from Obuasi to Tamale. He had to make a detour at Kumasi. With three days to Match-day 3, I wonder how Real Tamale United will pick themselves from this situation. One thing is for sure though, it will be a miracle if Razak remains at post to the end of the season. 

 [1] Ayman El Yamani (Hearts of Oak)

The calls for Ayman’s head have already started. He is under extreme pressure to perform. You’ve got to wonder why this man would want to coach a team whose players he knows nothing about. He did not have enough off-season time with the team. What is worse,  it doesn’t look like he would have a hand in signing some extra quality or sacking useless players. 

Unless of course Ayman considers himself the latest magician in town, he is not going to take Hearts of Oak anywhere with the way things are going. I will be surprised if this Egyptian import survives Hearts of Oak given that his efforts are likely to be watered down by potentially bizarre decisions by the Hearts of Oak management.


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