Hearts demote Edward Odoom as Kosta Papic takes over as head coach – Ghana Sports Online


Ghanaian giants Hearts of Oak have appointed Serbian tactician Kosta Papic as the new head coach of the club according to reports from a Monday afternoon meeting held at the World Trade Center.

Papic will be assisted mainly by Joseph Asare Bediako while Odoom who is noted mainly as a development coach has been trusted with the dedicated job of grooming youngsters at the club’s youth side.

Board chairman Togbe Afede XIV, Vincent Odotei Sowah as well as Papic and Edward Odoom were all present at the meeting which also reviewed the crisis blowing at the club.

Papic, who led Hearts to their last league trophy is 2009, is back at the helm after a turbulent start to life in the Ghana Premier League which has seen the Phobians languish at the base of the ladder.

For a club of Hearts’ caliber they went through their entire pre-season without an assistant coach and only appointed Joseph Asare Bediako just days before their season started.

Right from the onset the system at the club lacked confidence in Odoom to steer the club back to their glory days and reignite their relationship with the Ghana Premier League title – a gong they swept six times on a trot at some point in their glorious days.

In the post-match interview Odoom shifted the blame on his players and even discredited Inter Allies for their hard fought victory.

But, in the coming days he will be replaced as head coach of the club by Serbian Kosta Papic who was at the club in 2009. The last time Hearts touched the Ghana Premier League title it was through the magic of the 60-year-old who guided them to their 20th league title.

However the real issue for Hearts is technical stability as Papic is expected to take the players through his own kind of philosophy and style which means the players will now have to readjust to a different system while their season had already kick started.

Papic is a seasoned coach on the African continent having managed clubs in South Africa, Nigeria and Ghana in the past is expected to speed things up for Hearts who are desperate to restore confidence and expectation in their fans.

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