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If Da Rocha is still Technical Director, AshantiGold will never succeed – Ernest Thompson

Departing Ashantigold head coach Ernest Thompson says the club can only achieve if Technical Director, Ricardo Da Rocha departs the club.

The gaffer and Ashantigold’s top heriarchy mutually agreed to terminate their agreement just two months and that is due to the poor results in the 2021/22 Ghana Premier League.

Ashantigold lost to King Faisal 2-0 at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium on Sunday. That’s their second draw of the league after beating Eleven Wonders on match-week one.

Amassing four points from three games might not be appalling but for the Miners, it is. And that has caused the exit of Thompson.

However, the coach is blaming Ricardo da Rocha for creating division between the technical team and club management.

“That man called [Ricardo] da Rocha, the Brazilian at AshantiGold, if he doesn’t leave there no coach will succeed there.

“My basis for saying that is, when you go there, he that has no qualification or whatsoever and not fit to coach in the Ghana premier league is your [AshantiGold] Technical Director.

“Secondly he will pretend he is fine with you, he will smile, laugh with you, eat with you, drink and whatever with you,” Thompson told Medeama FM.

But behind, he sends wrong signals to the president of the club.

“Because when we train we select and decide who should be in the team.

“When I present the squad to the Club President, he goes behind to ask him as a Director to come up with his list and then he will intentionally send a different list to show that we weren’t united or we weren’t taking instructions from him.

“And that is what he has been doing. That is why no coach succeeds when he goes there and that is the information I gathered.

Thompson continued: “So I have told Obuasi folks to be careful of that man because if he still remains at AshantiGold, the club will never progress, he is not a good man, he doesn’t speak the truth.”

AshantiGold are currently preparing for their match-week four fixture at home to Hearts of Oak with Ricardo da Rocha taking interim charge.

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