Olufemi Atoyebi and Idris Adesina
Shooting Star on Thursday named their former striker, Edith Agoye, as their new coach.
The former Espérance Sportive de Tunis attacking midfielder, 41, replaces Fatai Amoo, who was sacked on Monday by the Ibadan outfit after he guided them to relegation from the Premier League to the National League at the end of last season.
Agoye was one of the coaches that assisted Amoo. Shooting Stars management said the decision to appoint Agoye was arrived at after an interview session involving several coaches.
The Executive Chairman of the club, Gbolagade Busari, said the management chose the former Nigeria international because of his knowledge of the team – and because of the need to maintain continuity in the development of the young players.
Busari said, “The majority of our players are from the feeders team and to continue inspiring their development, we felt Agoye is in a good position to do this.”
The chairman said Agoye’s mandate was to lead 3SC back to the Nigerian top flight.
However, Agoye’s choice received mixed reactions from the supporters of the five-time Nigerian champions (1976, 1980, 1983, 1995, 1998).
While some of the supporters, who spoke to one of our correspondents on condition of anonymity, expressed doubts over the new coach’s ability to lead the club to the Promised Land – on the ground that he is “too young in the profession to manage a big club like 3SC”–others believed the former Enyimba player had learnt the ropes after being an assistant coach for some time.
One of our correspondents learnt that the club settled for Agoye because they could not afford the salaries demanded by the coaches they contacted for the job.
The source said, “Shooting Stars considered their purse before settling for Agoye. Apart from the fact that he has been a part of the team, they looked at their purse and discovered that they couldn’t afford a coach with a big salary while playing in the lower league,” the source said.
“The NNL doesn’t attract as much money as the Premier League so they needed to cut their coat according to their cloth.”
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