By Yaw Frempong Ampomah
It was just another board meeting expected to end without a notice but not this time, as last Thursday's meeting left a trail of a major decision to dispense of the service of head coach David Dancun. Wow! What could have happened?
Whatever the reasons are, I cannot tell yet but this is certainly beyond the pitch. It's about the "Oga at the top". Sadly, hearts fans or the so called grass root supporters have very little say in situations like this with the clubs new status as one who's major shots are called by a single man with almost absolute powers as the majority share holder.
Effect of such actions work in a multiplicity of ways- it could spell doom with the possible erosion of recent gains made by the club under David Duncan as technical head, it could mean a stagnation of the restoration process already set in motion by the club through General Manager, Neil Armstrong Mortagbe ie "RESTORING THE PHOBIAN GLORY" or in the worse case scenario it could mark the start of a reverse in their trend of success. It all depends on what major decisions are to be taken once again at the top.
Well, for whatever it's worth, remember that David Duncan turned an average hearts side into a solid, fearsome one with an impressive record in the second round of the 2011/13 league season. We are witnesses to how he inspired a spiritless Mahatma Otoo into a terror of a scorer (which eventually earned him top scorer of that season) and also improved the team's general play, polishing and revealing the gem in Winful Cobbinah.
Duncan's era saw Hearts of Oak go seven league games without a win- drawing 4 and losing 3 in the process; a result that plunged the club into an early relegation mire in the latter stages of the first round. But that was only to be an initial set back as results changed for the better in the second round for David Duncan's side.
They amassed an eye-catching 35 points out of a possible 45 to finish the league season on fifth position and that was in addition to a semi-final berth in the Mtn FA cup and an eventual silverware when they beat Medeama SC to the 2013 GHALCA President's cup.
This reverse in misfortunes as engineered by Duncan was, by virtue of their relatively more impressive start to the new season where they lie 4 points behind Asante Kotoko, only one pregnant with a lot of expectations but that was not to be; certainly not with David Duncan. This much we can all say.
Who succeeds Duncan?