The news itself came as no surprise. The timing was more than appropriate. Avram Grant decided to part ways with the Blacks Stars; his tenure as coach is one that Ghanaians would want to quickly forget.
Grant’s unimpressive tenure has left the Black Stars with a lot of rebuilding to do as they seek to reclaim top spot in Africa.
GhanaFans.com takes a closer look at five potential replacements…
The favourite and the most popular choice among Ghanaians.
Ghanaians have been arguing their case for a native to take the helm of the national team. After Akwesi Appiah’s tenure, the call for local coaches have died down. If there is anyone to restore the reputation of local coaches, it’s Maxwell Konadu.
Konadu will bring the needed experience; having coached in Ghana for almost a decade. He has also taken charge of the Under 20 and Under 23 national sides. He has also served as an assistant to the Black Stars. Konadu will be the man to finally establish transition of local players into the national team. If anybody can bring pride back to the Black Stars, it is Maxwell Konadu.
The current coach of the Moroccan national team will be the best and safest option; he has already won two AFCON tournaments and he knows the Black Stars from his time as assistant coach.
Renard is the man to restore the former glory of the Black Stars. He has experience in major tournaments and he has the ability to win silverware.
Though he was not able to make history with Morocco at the AFCON. His track record with turning national teams into powerhouses speaks for itself. A solid alternative if Maxwell Konadu does not deliver.
Sellas Tetteh-The Sensible Option
Tetteh’s ability to develop Ghanaian youth in the local league is unparalleled. Many past and present Black Stars players were nurtured by him. He guided Ghana’s Under-20 team to success in the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
Ghanaian fans always complain about the ageing Black Stars squad and how we need to give local players a chance. Samuel Inkoom, Emmanuel Agyeman-Badu, Jonathan Mensah and Andre Ayew were all in the title winning team. If his young players were able to successfully make it into the Black Stars he will no doubt give a chance to the local players.
Otto Addo- The Romantic Option
Wouldn’t it be glorious to see a member of that spectacular 2006 World Cup squad take the helms? He is young and still learning as an assistant coach. His stint as Head Scout of the Black Stars in 2013 only strengthened his case to be the future Black Stars coach.
His appointment will not get the supporters too excited, however.
Milovan Rajevac- The Wildcard
What is the best way to bring back the glory days? Bring back Coach Milo. Milovan Rajevac is still adored by Ghanaian supporters. In just two short years, coach Milo guided us to runners up in the 2010 African cup of Nations and just a few months later, a quarter final spot in the 2010 World Cup. It seems like a lifetime since his departure; let’s hope Coach Milo still has that magic touch.