Pay players for fresh start – Sam Johnson

Sam Johnson, who believes the sack of Herbert Addo isn’t the only reason that has accounted for the dwindling fortunes of the Hearts of Oak has called on the hierarchy of the club to pay salary arrears to the playing body to give the new coach a fresh beginning.

The 64-year-old trainer’s appointment with the Phobians was terminated on Tuesday, after series of poor results that saw the club eliminated from the MTN FA Cup and are lying 12 position in the ongoing First Capital Plus Premier League.

Although, Sam Johnson didn’t rule out the fact that the sack of Coach Addo was necessary, he thinks there are other factors such as settling of players’ salary arrears that the board and management should take into consideration in their quest to bring the team back to winning ways.

“If they (board) have sacked the coach to make their correction. They should also correct their mistakes, because if you don’t pay a player two to three months, how can they play football,” the former Black Stars player told Metro fm.

“If you change the coach and blame him for the team’s troubles, but you owe the players, what do you expect them to do eat in order to play, so I expect everybody to correct his mistakes.

“The players have children, so if they don’t pay them, expecting the new coach to do well, then that can’t be the case. I recently heard in the news that Hearts of Oak were owing the players three months and they paid one month instead”.

Hearts of Oak, following the sack of Herbert Addo have named, goalkeepers’ trainer, Edward Ansah as the caretaker coach.

However, there are reports that they have reached an agreement with Tony Lokko as Addo’s replacement and the announcement would be made in due course.

The Phobians will face Ebusua Dwarfs today (Wednesday) in the Elite Cup.