There are stages in life that one’s career hit the rock and it is either you bounce back stronger or go off forever.
Sometimes, you meet people you do not simply gel with without any reason and that’s the sad story of former Fulham and Black Stars defender John Paintsil.
Painstil, 38, recounting why his contract got terminated at Fulham in 2010 revealed that his contract got terminated after the 2010 World Cup because Roy Hodgson who signed him from West Ham United had left the club.
According to him, his woes and terrible football journey started immediately Mark Hughes took over as new manager of Fulham.
Paintsil says he was performing very well but Hughes didn’t recognize his selfless commitment on the pitch.
“When I joined Fulham in 2008 I was supposed to seal a four year permanent deal with them but unfortunately for me Roy Hodgson who brought me to the club left immediately after the 2010 world cup and I had to lift up my game to catch the eye and attention of the new manager Mark Hughes “Painstil told Kasapa FM.
“I remember my first day at training after world cup I confronted Mark Hughes about my contract and to find out whether he has plans for me but he told me to give him two weeks to make a decision many days and months past but he was still procrastinating and this was causing me a severe despondency and dejection.
“In fact I lost my mental strength and I began to score own goals in one those moments I scored four own goals in a month and this is unusual of me and this even got me thinking about retiring from the game. I believe retired prematurely from football because of what I experienced at Fulham under Mark Hughes.
John Painstil who made two appearances the FIFA world Cup, featured for Berekum Arsenal, Liberty Professionals, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Hapoel Tel Aviv, West Ham United, Fulham, Leicester City, Santos and Maritzberg United of South Africa.
Story: Alexander Anyankwaa| Kasapa FM|