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Stop pretending to be interested in coaching Hearts – Odotei fires Annor Walker

Hearts of Oak director, Vincent Sowah Odotei has entreated Annor Walker to desist from claiming to be open to the vacant club head coach job when he actually is not.

The experienced gaffer, a former handler of city rivals Great Olympics and current boss of the CHAN 2022-bound Ghana Black Galaxies team, had addressed rumours of his pursuit by the club not long after Samuel Boadu was given the boot some three weeks ago.

Annor Walker – who took up the job at Ghana Premier League debutants FC Samartex 1996 prior to the start of the 2022/23 season – is quoted to have claimed in an interview with GSP that: “For about two weeks now, I am not free in the hands of Hearts of Oak if am not telling lies. They are giving me pressure that they want to snatch me from Samartex…

“There is pressure on me because they are calling me but I’ve told them everything but still they don’t understand. Some of the supporters are also calling.

“I am in Algeria now for the CHAN draw. I will know what to do when I touch down in Ghana but I’ve told them to discuss it with Samartex.

“Though I am in a good relationship with Samartex now if they want me to go I can come and help Hearts of Oak. I will be ready to help them but it will depend on Samartex.”

But engagements between Hearts of Oak’s top hierarchy and the coach over the vacant position did not work out.

Speaking on the Annor Walker links, Hon. Sowah Odotei who plays a dual role of working at the office of Hearts Executive Chairman Togbe Afede XIV, accused the coach of pretense.

“Annor Walker is not interested in Accra Hearts of Oak,” he firmly stated in a Joy Sports interview.

An unhappy Sowah Odotei then continued: “It really amazes me when he keeps behaving in the media the way he is behaving and he gives people the impression he [wants the job]. He is not interested…

“I will plead with him to stop giving people the impression that he is interested and people should go to Samartex. That is not the truth!” 

Hearts have recently-appointed assistant David Ocloo playing the dual role of interim head coach and presided over the side’s early elimination from the 2022/23 Caf Confederation Cup by Mali’s AS Real de Bamako.

Serbian Slavko Matić looked prime for the job after arriving in the country specifically for the Hearts job last week. There has been no official word on him yet despite being spotted with officials of the club.

Serbian Slavko Matić in Accra for Hearts of Oak coaching job



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