The Hearts of Oak board has issued a robust response to Dutch coach Martin Koopman’s recent allegations, vehemently denying any interference and asserting that Koopman had complete autonomy over player selection during his tenure.
Koopman’s departure from the Phobians was accompanied by claims of board-imposed restrictions on player choices, sparking controversy within the club.
In a press conference held on Monday, December 4th, 2023, the board sought to set the record straight, emphasizing that Koopman was the sole decision-maker when it came to player selection. “Koopman was solely in charge of player selection in the team. He was given full responsibility,” the board declared, dispelling any notion of external influence on the coach’s decisions.
To dispel further speculation, the board revealed that by the seventh league match, Koopman had already utilized 28 players, with only two sidelined due to injuries. This detailed disclosure aimed to solidify the claim that the coach had full control over the team’s composition.
Abdul Bashiru has stepped in as the interim manager as the club continues its quest for a substantive coach. Despite this transition, the Phobians currently find themselves in the 9th position on the league table with 16 points after 13 games.
As the team navigates through this transitional period, the spotlight is now on the upcoming league fixture against arch-rivals Asante Kotoko. Positioned as a crucial encounter, both teams are eager to secure a victory and enhance their standings in the league. The clash promises to be a defining moment for Hearts of Oak in their pursuit of stability and success in the ongoing season.