Ex-Hearts defender Amankwah Mireku has advised CK Akunnor to learn how to manage the egos of star players like Laryea Kingston.
The 30-year-old is serving an indefinite suspension after he clashed with the trainer during the off-season.
Hearts officials are reluctant to lift the sanction after claiming the former Vitesse Arheim midfielder has not shown enough remorse.
But the ex-Ghana international went crackers on Wednesday and insisted he did no wrong to issue a public apology.
The former Hearts great has waded into the controversy and insists the coach has a bigger responsibility to play in cooling the tension that exits between the two parties.
“We have different types of players. If you want to consider his behaviour it will not work. As a coach you just have to look at what he can do on the pitch for you,” Mireku told Kumasi-based Fox FM
“The coach must know how to control such players.
“If only he will be disciplined on the field, why not. He is a senior player with lots of experience and so if he’s part of the team, it will help.
“He feels he’s not done anything wrong for him to apologise. Let me ask you, if you know you have not wronged anyone and you’re asked to apologise, what will the apology centre on?
“Having said that, I will just urge Laryea to forget about everything and probably do as they wish in the supreme interest of his career and for the club.”