Ashgold is expected to commence negotiations today with Italian trainer Roberto Landi who touched down in the country last Saturday to take over from Turkish Kasim Gokyildiz.
Landi is coming with a depth of experience from the continent, having coached the Liberian national team as well as Al Tirsana Tripoli of Lybia, aside other experiences acquired coaching in Hungary, Georgia and Lithuania.
The CEO of Ashgold, Frederick Acheampong, confirmed to the Graphic Sports yesterday that Landi was in the country to fine tune details of a contract ahead of commencement of work.
“Yes, we have a foreign coach in the country. My boss (Dr Kweku Frimpong) brought him. We need to negotiate with him to sign a contract, get work permit, resident permit and register him with the association before he starts work”, he stated.
When confirmed, he will be the fourth expatriate trainer of the ‘Soccer Miners’ within four months, having dispensed with the services of Norwegian Kjetil Zachariassen, Ricardo Da Rocha of Brazil and Gokyildiz.
Landi will join the growing list of foreign coaches who have graced the dug out of the Obuasi-based side which include Brazil’s Paulistinha, Serbia’s Momcilo Medic, Dutch’s Hans van der Pluijm (2000-02), Zdravko Logarusic from Croatia (2010-11) and Iranian Mehdi Pashazade (2012).
The Italian coach was in the stands to watch Ashgold’s game against Kotoko yesterday and is said to have been recommended to the bankroller of the club by friends as he signs the club’s fourth expatriate coach since the club changed hands last season.
This new trend of hiring expatriate trainers, Mr Acheampong admitted, formed part of the club owner’s policy to engage the best coaches available even though local technical brains abound in Ghana.
He explained that their decision to rely on foreign coaches had nothing to do with the fact that local coaches lacked the quality to handle the team, but the bankroller, Dr Kweku Frimpong, was only interested in using foreign coaches.
“It is my boss’ policy that he wants foreign coaches not because there are no local coaches. There are a lot of them. Most of them have been calling me but my boss has made it a policy to employ foreign coaches,” the Ashgold CEO stated.