Down to three Interview time for Black Stars coaching job

Three coaches, Michel Pont, Juan Ignacio Jiminez and Avram Grant will pitch their case before the Ghana Football Association on Friday and Saturday about why they are the best bets to coach the Black Stars but there are now major doubts over Marco Tardelli and Bernd Schuster.

Ghana Football Association vice president Fred Crentsil who has been heavily involved in the recruitment process told that former Switzerland assistant Pont, Jiminez who previously managed Rayo Vallecano and ex-Chelsea boss Grant are the three confirmed coaches who will take their turns at interviews on Friday and Saturday.

Pont is due to face the panel on Friday with Jimenez and Grant scheduled to take their turns on Saturday.

The GFA has extended invitations to Marco Tardelli, the former Inter Milan and Egypt boss but intermediaries acting on his behalf have told the body that Tardelli will only travel down to Accra if there are guarantees he will be named Ghana coach, a condition the GFA rejected outright.

Former Real Madrid boss Schuster who is the fifth coach in the frame has meanwhile not responded to an invitation from the GFA after he was named as Patrick Kluivert’s replacement on the five-man shortlist following the withdrawal of the former Dutch striker.

Schuster’s silence on the invitation to an interview from the GFA backs up an earlier story that he had denied he was ever interested in the job on Monday.

The GFA though insist every candidate it shortlisted had been earmarked only after an official application had come through the association. “The names are there because agents applied on their behalf. We simply could not put names there,” Crenstil said.

And despite those setbacks he is confident the GFA will pick the best man to replace Kwesi Appiah in time for November’s double N2015 Nations Cup qualifiers against Uganda and Togo.

“We will do a good job for Ghana and if we feel no one meets satisfies what we want, we will simply look elsewhere,” Crentsil said.

With Schuster clearly uninterested in the Ghana opening, 59-year old Grant remains the biggest name on the shortlist of three now. He managed home country Israel for four years, took Chelsea to the finals of the 2008 champions league, has won a league title in Serbia with Partizan Belgrade and had spells at Portsmouth and West Ham in the English Premier.

Pont and Jiminez come with lesser profiles. Pont was Ottmar Hitzfield’s assistant with Switzerland while Jiminez, 50 has previously coaches at Levante and Rayo Vallecano in the Spanish La Liga.