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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