Hearts set up three-man committee set up to investigate Neil Armstrong-Mortagbe
Ghanaian giants Hearts of Oak have set up a three-man committee to investigate the club’s Managing Director Neil Armstrong-Mortagbe over ‘allegations of wrongdoing’ following the decision to sack/interdict him.
The three-man committee will report its finding to the board within one week after damaging allegations were made against Mortagbe.
A publication by the state-owned Graphic Sports last Monday claimed Mortagbe used the club’s letterhead in an illegal visa application scandal.
This resulted in his arrest and was sent to the Darkuman Police station only to be bailed by a fellow Hearts board member.
Mortagbe came under scrutiny after how a US$ 1,000 gift from a club sympathiser to captain Moro Abubakar was paid in two instalments within three months when he should have paid the then injured midfielder the cash.
“The Board after deliberating on allegations of wrongdoing levelled against the Managing Director of the Club, Mr. Neil Armstrong Mortagbe, decided to interdict him pending further investigations into the allegations,” said in a statement signed by board chairman Togbe Afede.
“The three-member investigative committee has one week to submit its report to the Board.”
There is also a strong opinion among board members that he contributed to the departure of coach David Duncan whose sacking cost the club a wallet thumping $40,000.
Recent unimpressive results for the club also compounded his problems but the allegations of misconduct against the staunch Hearts supporters looks to have forced the hand of the board to sack him under the guise of an interdiction.
Clubs insiders claim Mortagbe attempted to resigned last week but the decision was rejected by the board who wanted an investigation.
He was appointed in July last year and supervised one of the club’s worst campaigns in the Ghana top-flight.
Hearts are not in contention to win this season’s league with three matches left and were kicked out of the MTN FA Cup at the round of 32 stage by Division One League side Gold Stars.