Amoo loses battle to save Shooting Stars job

Posted on Oct 25 2017 - 3:36am by admin

Olufemi Atoyebi and Idris Adesina

Shooting Stars  on Monday  sacked  coach Fatai Amoo  a year after his appointment.

Amoo’s job reportedly came under threat beginning from the first stanza of  last season following the Ibadan club’s poor performance in the Premier League.

But the  management of the Oyo State-owned side  allegedly came under pressure to retain the services of  the former Nigeria midfielder until the end of the season.

Following 3SC’s relegation  from the Nigerian top flight at the end of last season, the  management of the outfit  decided to act.

In a  statement  by their  media officer, Jubril Arowolo,  3SC said Amoo’s  sacking was inevitable after reviewing the performance of the  team last season.

The side added that the  performances  of  Amoo’s assistants were being reviewed,  saying  a decision would soon be made.

The statement said, “The management came to the conclusion to relieve coach Amoo of his job  after reviewing the performance of the team in the  Premier League last season. The positions of  other coaches  are also under review.

“The management acknowledged the effort of  Amoo to inspire the team during the failed season. We wish him success in his future endeavours as we will not forget his positive impact on the team,”

Efforts by  one of our  correspondents to get  Amoo’s reaction  to his dismissal was unsuccessful  as his mobile telephone line was switched off while a text message sent to it was not responded to as of  the time of filing this  report.

A source said, “Shooting sacked Amoo because they believe he doesn’t have the ability to lead them back to the Premier League immediately. The club are inspired by what Heartland did by returning just  after   one   season  in the lower division.”

Meanwhile, the club are said to be considering  former Super Eagles defender  Nduka Ugbade for the job,

 One of our correspondents learnt that Shooting are also keen on former Kano Pillars coach Kadiri Ikhana for the job.

 Ugbade and Ikhana  have been out of job  since they left Remo Stars and Kano Pillars respectively.

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