Soccer News of 2014-03-21

Polo suspects sabotage

There is growing suspicion within the camp of Accra Hearts of Oak that some individuals have conspired to sabotage the effort of coach Mohammed Polo to halt the club’s dwindling fortunes.
Such suspicions and conspiracy theories appear to have been strengthened this week when the club’s management made changes to the team’s technical bench by sacking Polo’s backroom staff at his request.
With what it described as sweeping changes within the technical fold of the club, the Hearts management last Tuesday seemed to have proclaimed loudly that it would settle with Coach Polo at least for the rest of the season.
The sudden decision to fire assistant coach Ben Adjei, goalkeeper’s trainer, Dan Tettevi, Jacob Nettey (coach of the reserve side), all former players of the club, as well as the team manager, Nat Ofosu, according to sources, was based on the recommendations of Coach Polo, who claimed he had never received the full cooperation of his colleagues ever since he took over from Coach David Duncan.
The terse statement that accompanied the decision stated: “The management has mutually agreed with Ben Adjei, Jacob Nettey, Dan Tettevi and Nat Ofosu to part ways with immediate effect.”
But Hearts sources revealed that the decision was prompted by Polo who had always suspected the four of being involved in a grand scheme to sabotage him and make his stay in the club uncomfortable.
The source further intimated that Polo had alleged that his backroom staff still owed allegiance to former coach, David Duncan, and were consistently engaged in a plot to undermine his efforts and, subsequently, pave the way for the second coming of Duncan.
Since taking over Hearts at a time Duncan had won the hearts of most Phobians, Polo had gone through some turbulent moments and, in a fit of anger, launched a blistering attack on the rank and file of the club for allowing their petty differences to undermine the progress of the club which, he said, manifested in the club’s recent 3-0 sobering thrashing by Wa All Stars at the Accra Stadium and the series of uninspiring outings that preceded the All Stars ignominy.
The Hearts board, according to sources, has ruled out any move to sign on a new coach, but Polo’s tenure remains shaky beyond this season.
Hearts, it is certain, will begin an early hunt for a new coach ahead of next season.
Duncan was strangely fired late last year after propelling the Phobians from an uninspiring outfit to a winsome side heading for a Premier League triumph.
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