Accra Hearts of Oak fans who had expected their side to come out flying at the start of the new season might already be calling for a timeout.
Following a disappointing 1-0 home loss to Berekum Chelsea in their Ghana Premier League opener, Phobian fans would have at least expected that the side would regroup ahead of their next fixture.
Not many would have expected that they would be spending the final hours of 2019 pondering the dismissal of their head coach and the appointment of a new one.
Accra Hearts of Oak and Director of Football Kim Grant have parted ways. Edward Nii Odoom takes over with immediate effect as the head coach. The club would like to ask for continuous support for Coach Odoom and we wish Coach Grant the very best in his future endeavours. pic.twitter.com/XmuTF8EQML
— Phobians (@HeartsOfOakGH) December 31, 2019
It wasn’t completely unexpected though, as there had been rumblings that Kim Grant was at the end of his rope prior to their game against Chelsea.
The loss did not ease any of the speculation, with stories making rounds on social media; first that Grant had been ordered to step down before the game and then that he had been sacked after the loss.
Well whatever the case, he is out of the job now and Hearts fans are far from pleased.
They took to social media to vent their spleen, some criticising the club of chopping and changing too often while not improving the club’s fortunes.
How many coaches have u people sacked in 9yrs now …..n wat results have that brought to hearts…..the main problem is the board fact hearts problems r beyond coaches n players.
— Dafresh Barak (@DafreshBarak) December 31, 2019
10 years of sacking coaches yet nothing to show. We should learn some sense
— Tagor Sterling (@ghettokidd18) December 31, 2019
Such a useless club i support
— Malik Abeka (@prynxmaleek) December 31, 2019
For what reason? Very childish, unnecessary, useless, crude and immature of Accra Hearts of Oak.
— Merseysider🇬🇧 (@JoshNiiArmah) December 31, 2019
Was this not the same Kim who had this guys playing wonderful football, what changed overnight? The board should be asking themselves. So norrr dem do sack Kenitschi
— cOMMON SENse! A pREC (@ophirooo) December 31, 2019
We should have learned from history. For the past ten years we either sack coaches at the beginning of the season or middle and it has caused us to be trophy-less. This is bad decision, we all saw Kim Grant during the NC special tournament and he was fantastic
— Andrews Amponsah (@AndrewsAmponsa2) December 31, 2019
Some, however, aren’t sad to see Kim Grant leave
Played 1000000 friendly games and still played that nonsense last Sunday. Well deserved
— Kwesi Boateng (@qwecikanye) December 31, 2019
Others pointed out the futile attempts to keep the impending sacking quiet.
Proper definition of worst kept secret
— kwaku ahenkorah (@KwakuAhenkorah3) December 31, 2019
How many times did your PRO deny this story? Wasn’t a picture even shared today with Grant and the boys on the training pitch?
— Nana Mensah 🇬🇭🇩🇪🇪🇺 (@dmenzah) December 31, 2019