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Sports News of Tuesday, 13 February 2018


Why Hearts of Oak suspended Frank Nuttall

A board Member of Hearts of Oak Frank Nwokolo Nelson has revealed that their Scottish trainer Frank Nuttall was asked to proceed on leave because of a breakdown in his relationship with the playing body of the team.

The club in a statement late Monday night confirmed that the Scot had demonstrated “unsporting and unethical behavior which contradict the club’s code of conduct.”

However, Nelson in an interview with the Graphic Sports clarified the club's ambiguous statement by saying Nuttall's suspension boiled down to "issues to do with the players as well as infringements of some club policies which he (Nuttall) claims he was not aware of.

"There was an emergency meeting held yesterday at SAS with the Board of Directors, one of the issues discussed was Frank Nuttal's issue," Nelson told the Graphic Sports in an interview on Monday.

"There are policies at the club that we found that the coach infringed on knowingly or unknowingly but the club finds it very, very unprofessional and felt that we should bring the coach to understanding and knowing of the situation.

"But in looking at it, the coach defended some of them and accepted some of theme, by looking at it, what the board has decided is for everybody to be given a fair hearing so we set up a committee to look at his conduct and the policies that he offended.

"It's not a whole issues, It has to do with relationship with players that's basically what it is all about. It's nothing, I mean he did not kill any human being and there's nothing in that manner, it's just issues with the players that we need straightened out and some of the policies that he claims he does not know".

He also confirmed that the fate of Nuttall would be decided after two sittings by the committee comprised of Dr Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe (Chairman), Mrs Ivy Heward-Mills and himself before Friday and submitted to the board.

Mr Nelson assured that it is not the policy of the club to find fault with their coaches and fire them but some of the happenings were unfortunate.

He also said the club was on the hunt for a new home venue in anticipation of the start of the new season with the Cape Coast Stadium and Tema Stadium currently being assessed by management as likely alternatives.