Oliseh attacks Dutch club over sacking

Posted on Feb 15 2018 - 7:34am by admin

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Tunisia ’94 Africa Cup of Nations winner Sunday Oliseh was on Wednesday  ‘suspended’  by  struggling Dutch second division  club Fortuna Sittard over “unacceptable actions”.

Oliseh, who was appointed by the  Eerste Divisie  side as their manager  on December 27, 2016 came under pressure from the outfit’s hierarchy after the team  slid down the table after suffering their fourth straight loss.

The former  Ajax and Juventus midfielder, who became a cult hero  at Fortuna Sittard Stadion after  helping  Sittard escape  relegation last season, was reportedly sacked by the club   last month,  but the Dutch side  denied the reports.

Fortunezen, who are desperate to gain  an automatic promotion to the Dutch top-flight  at the end of the season, also  denied they were at loggerheads with the former Nigeria coach.

But  the club announced on their official website on Wednesday that they had  asked Oliseh to step aside.

 Sittard also announced  that they had appointed their youth team’s head coach Claudio Braga as the senior team’s caretaker manager “until the  club has found a new trainer”.

“Several attempts by the club to encourage a change in the coach’s behaviour have unfortunately not worked, resulting in an unworkable situation,” the  club said.

“The board of Fortuna Sittard emphasises that the decision to suspend Sunday Oliseh is not motivated by the current sporting performance.”

“The coach’s unacceptable actions have made cooperation between many people within the organisation impossible – from players to employees.

“Fortuna Sittard regrets the decision, but states that the club interest goes above all else.”

Oliseh left his job as the Super Eagles manager in February 2016 under a cloud of controversy.

 He was alleged to have  left after falling out with his  players and some top officials of  the Nigeria Football Federation.

However,   Oliseh fired back on his Twitter account, claiming that the club decided to suspend him because he refused to play ball.

 The  Atlanta ’96 Olympic Games gold medallist  wrote,  “I confirm: due to my refusal to participate in illegal activities at Fortuna Sittard  and  violate the law, I have been suspended from my duties as coach by the foreign owners of Fortuna.

“Unfortunate for the lovely fans, my players and  our hard-fought phenomenal positioning for promotion.”

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