Accra Hearts of Oak to unveil German coach in the coming days?

Author: Rosalind K. Amoh
Managing Director, Mark Noonan says a German coach is coming to handle Hearts of Oak
Managing Director, Mark Noonan says a German coach is coming to handle Hearts of Oak

Accra Hearts of Oak have reportedly agreed terms with an expatriate coach to take charge of the club by the end of this month.

No details of the deal have been made known, neither has the identity of the coach revealed, apart from the fact that he is a German.

Hearts have been without a substantive coach since relieving caretaker coach, Henry Lamptey Wellington of his duty last June and appointed Seth Hoffman to take charge temporarily.

Hearts of Oak have been looking for a replacement since subtantive coach, Frank Nuttal left last February

Wellington was brought in as a stop-gap when Hearts were compelled to send away, their expatriate coach, Frank Nuttal just at the start of the new season.

At a rare stakeholders' meeting in Accra on Wednesday, the Managing Director of Hearts, Mark Noonan disclosed that an agreement has been reached to bring on board a new head coach from Germany.

The meeting held at the Hearts Secretariat, brought together representatives from the Board, management and supporters, who discussed varied issues affecting the club and how they could forge ahead together to bring back the glorious days for the club.

Henry Wellington was the 10th coach to be hired and fired by Hearts in the past six years

The 2005 CAF Confederation Cup champions' coaching problems began last February, when just before the start of the season, they decided to sack Nuttal for breaching the club's code of conduct.

Wellington was brought on to hold the fort, but a string of poor results during the now aborted Premier League campaign, also forced the Phobians to terminate Wellington's deal.

The club then set out to get a new coach, making an effort to head hunt, pencilling former West Africa Football Academy (WAFA) coach, Klavs Rasmussen. However, they could not reach a deal with the Danish.

It was also reported that the former CAF Champions League winners also tried to engage  Swedish coach Tom Strand but that remained mere speculation.

Since 2012, Hearts of Oak, who celebrate their 107th anniversary on November 11, have 'hired and fired' 10 coaches with the likes of C.K Akunnor, David Duncan, Herbert Addo and Mohammed Polo, all handling the club at one time or the other.

Seth Hoffman currently the caretaker coach for Hearts of Oak

List of Hearts coaches since 2012 

1. C. K. Akonnor

The first coach that was appointed under Togbe Afede XIV’s administration was C.K Akonnor.

Akonnor failed to see through his two-year deal as he sacked for non-performance during the course of the 2012-2013 Ghana Premier League.

2. David Duncan

David Duncan took over from Akonnor midway through the 2012-2013 Ghana Premier League – Duncan guided the Phobians finished 5th at the end of the League.

Duncan started the 2013-2014 Ghana Premier League on a good note but he was sacked after 10 games, at the time of Duncan’s dismissal the club was second on the log sheet , one point behind Kotoko.

3. Mohammed Polo

Following Duncan’s departure Mohammed Polo was appointed interim coach, after the 2013-2014 Ghana Premier League, the club’s board decided not to extend his mandate. The Phobians finished the league at the 3rd position.

4. Herbert Addo 

Ahead of the 201-2015 Ghana Premier League, experienced trainer Herbert Addo was appointed as head coach of the club. He was given two years contract but after seven months he was shown the exit for non performance.

5. Eddie Ansah

Eddie Ansah who was Addo’s assistant coach asked to take charge of the team for the rest of the 2014-2015 season, however, at the end of the campaign, Ansah was sacked.

6. Kenichi Yatsuhashi 

Japanese-American trainer, Kenichi Yatsuhashi, was named as coach of the club ahead of the 2015-2016 Ghana Premier League.

With the team’ performance, Yatsuhashi won a lot of hearts at Hearts of Oak but he was sacked at the end of the first round – before leaving, the club was 3rd on the log sheet.

7. Sergio Traguil 

 Sergio Traguil came in to replace Yatsuhashi, but he was sacked after six games in the second round.

8.Yaw Preko

Yaw Preko who was the assistant trainer was tasked to act as interim coach, however, at the end of the 2015-2016 season, Preko resigned from his post.

9. Frank Nuttal
Frank Nuttall was named coach of the club ahead of the 2016-2017 season, he signed a two-year deal with the club.

He performed well in his first season, helping the club to finish third and also playing in the FA Cup final which they lost 1-3 to Kotoko in Tamale.

The Scottish also failed to see through his two-year deal after he was sacked by the club. He was accused of breaching the club’s code of conduct.

10. Henry Lamptey Wellington

Wellington was appointed an interim coach after Frank Nuttal was dismissed. However, at the end of the first round of the league, Wellington was relieved of his services after leading the Phobians to 13th place on the league table with 17 points from four wins, five draws and five losses..

Seth Hoffman, who was in charge of  the team’s U-20 team, was appointed a caretaker coach too.