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Hearts give coach Samuel Boadu the boot

Hearts of Oak have parted ways with head coach Samuel Boadu with immediate effect, the club announced Tuesday.

The 36-year-old was in charge for 18 months and 27 days, starting work with the Phobians on March 1, 2021 after Serbian Kosta Papic resigned just 77 days into second stint.

Boadu was an instant success when he took up what can best be described the biggest job of his coaching career yet as he led the club to win the double that season – the 2020/21 Ghana Premier League (GPL) and the FA Cup.

An abismal showing however ensued in the Caf inter-club competitions ensued and translted into the Ghana Premier League last season as Hearts got dethroned  as championsby arch-rivals Asante Kotoko. But Boadu still achieved some silverware by successfully defending the FA Cup trophy in a period the team was at its lowest ebb – failing to winany of its last four league games prior to the Cup final.

A section of the Hearts faithful, including some board members notably Nyaho Tamakloe, began to lose faith in coach Boadu and called for his head.

Hearts of Oak players have been drinking and smoking… – Dr. Nyaho Tamakloe

The former Medama gaffer survived the onslaught and began the 2022/23 Ghana Premier League in charge.

But there has been little to no improvement in the fortunes of the Phobians. This season, after three matches in the GPL, Hearts have collected just two points from defeat to Aduana FC and back-to-back 1-1 stalemates against Great Olympics and Asante Kotoko – meaning they have endured a run of no win in their last 7 games.

This is believed to have significantly forced the separation of the two parties.

Via a press release, the club said it “is of the opinion that there is the need for a new direction and the energy to ensure its broader objectives are achieved and it feels the time for that new direction is now.”

Samuel Boadu leaves together with assistant Hamza Mohammed and goalkeepers’ trainer Eric Amponsah.

Hearts of Oak’s U-20 coach, Samuel Nii Noi will serve as interim boss with assistance from Benjamin Mensah until a substantive coach arrives.

Full club statement:


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