AFC Leopards head coach Ivan Minnaert during the match
Former Ingwe tactician ready to replace Frank Nutall
By Imran Otieno | Tue 27 Feb, 2018 16:54

Former AFC Leopards head coach Ivan Minnaert has expressed his desire to take over the reins at Hearts of Oak after former Gor Mahia head coach Frank Nutall was shown the door at the Ghanaian outfit.

Also read: Minnaert in talks for a new job in Rwanda

Nutall was axed under bizarre circumstances in what the club termed as unsporting and unethical behavior. The Scott was accused of advising players not to extend their contracts with the promise of securing European deals and with his sacking, Minnaert has jumped at the opportunity lingering after the dismissal of Nutall stating his interest at the vacant managerial post.

“Hearts of oak is a big name and I always wished to work with the top and best in the country so I was in Mali with Djoliba , in Kenya with AFC Leopards and in Guinea with AS Kaloum," Minnaert told Ghanaian media. He has immediate plans to revive the team and help restore its former glory.

Minnaert spared a moment to take a trip down memory lane when he faced Hearts of Oak when managing his former club AC Djoliba from Mali, “We played Hearts of Oak in the 2015 CAF Confederation Cup and beat them in Accra. Despite the fact that we could not qualify, the Accra fans gave us standing ovation for our performance, the action of the fans impressed me.”

Also read: FKF Tribunal orders Leopards to pay former coach huge sum

Hearts of Oak have failed to land any major silverware in the past eight years, a period which has seen eight coaches come and go. Minnaert is well aware of the pressure, “In my entire career as a coach, I have been met with pressure everywhere I’ve gone. It is part of the game but the only thing is to stay positive, focus on the job and move forward”. 

Minnaert started his coaching career at AS Djoliba before joining Rwandese side Rayon Sports. He later had a short stint with AFC Leopards before returning to Rwanda to coach Mukura Victory then subsequently joined AS Kaloum from Guinea and Black Aces of South Africa.

Imran Otieno
Twitter: @Imran_Otieno
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