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Accra Hearts of Oak have been in the news for all the wrong reasons after sacking their head coach, Kim Grant.
Grant was shown the exit after losing to Berekum Chelsea in Matchday One of the Ghana Premier League at the Accra Sports Stadium.
Chelsea stunned the Phobians by a lone goal with the club currently crawling at the 17th position of the league log after two matches played.
The decision by the management of the club came as a surprise to football-loving fans.
However, a source close to the club has revealed why the club sacked the former Ghana international.
“Kim Grant told us he has a License B and that he has sat and passed the examination for the License A, and based on that he was given the job, thinking that within a short period he would get the certificate,” the source told Graphic Sports.
“Then a whole year past, no certificate has come and later he told us that there was something he still has to do and he has done that now and within 30 days the certificate will come.”
Prior to Kim Grant’s appointment, former Managing Director of Hearts, Mark Noonan, assured the club that Kim Grant had completed the UEFA License A course and was awaiting the award of his certificate.
This assurance, according to the Hearts official, compelled the club’s Management to hand over the job to the coach.
“Based on that the FA also gave him the benefit of the doubt. Now the certificate hasn’t come and a couple of days ago the FA wrote to us that if by the end of this month the certificate A doesn’t come then Hearts shall be sanctioned.
“It would be stupid on our [Hearts of Oak management] part to sit down unconcerned so we had to make a decision than to wait for the whole club to be sanctioned”, the source intimated.
According to the source, the coach who was paid $10,000 each month had also not displayed any depth of knowledge in the job and even if he was able to secure the certificate now there was no way the 47-year-old coach will be re-engaged by the club.
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