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Duncan calls for patience to transform Hearts

Posted On Thursday, 10th January 2013

David Duncan says he needs time to transform Hearts

By Patrick Akoto

Coach David Duncan says he holds no magic to turn around the fortunes of Hearts of Oak this season.

The Phobians have been simply poor this season where they lie in the relegation zone after the first round of the Ghana Premier League.

Duncan replaced CK Akunnor in November last year but has failed to spark their season after supervising five draws, three defeats and a single win in his nine games in charge so far.

The former Ashantigold trainer has come under some form of criticism from a section of the club’s supporters but he has warned he cannot turn the side into champions this season.

“When I came to Hearts I told them we were going to struggle this season,” Duncan told Kumasi-based Fox FM

“Any building process takes time. In the short term, we’ll try as much as possible to get players whose prizes will be low.

“Players were bought as much as 600, 800 million. If I was around, we will not have bought such players with such huge prize tags.

“Ask Ashantigold, how much we bought the players. Ask about how much the club paid for Yakubu and how we have been able to turn his fortunes around. Now he’s commanding a prize tag of about 800 thousands dollars.

“Ask how much we bought Alhaji Sannie, how much we bought Mubarak Wakaso.

“So for the time being, we should not expect any magic wand to turn Hearts fortunes around all of a sudden.

“We’ll struggle this season, no two ways about it. We’re bringing in new players to stabilize things for us.

“Then next season, we’ll see what we do. That is going to be the long-term project.

“How many years did Jones Attuquafio used to build the 64 battalion?  For those of you who know the Hearts history, it took him three to four years.

“In those days it was only Kotoko and Hearts, but now there are other competing teams like Chelsea and Medeama, who are all challenging for the best players in the league.

“So the challenge has become more difficult than the Hearts-Kotoko hegemony that used to be there.”

Duncan has brought in seven new players to beef up his squad ahead of the second round of the country’s top-flight league.

 

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READERS COMMENTS

  1. DENNIS says:

    LET’S GIVE HIM SOME TIME AFTER ALL HE DID NOT START, SO LETS ALLOW HIM TO START A NEW SEASON AND THE PLAYERS HE BRINGS, TAKING INTO CONCENTRATION AVAILABILITY OF MONEY AND THEN WE CAN JUDGE HIM,AFTER ALL ROME WAS NOT BUILT IN ONE DAY. THE BARCELONA TEAM THAT WE ALL ADMIRE AND OTHER GREAT TEAMS IN THE WORLD WERE NOT BUILD IN 2 MONTHS.SUPPORTERS SHOULD BE ABLE TO ANALYZE SITUATION BEFORE THEY STAR CHASING COUCHES OUT OF THE CLUB.

  2. PENDRIVE says:

    I think David Duncan need enough time in order to be able to turn the team to the right direction as we expect from him. Therefore, Folks, lets him the chance to do that. Long live Accra Hearts of Oak

  3. KT says:

    That’s it. Patience and Time

  4. Richie Nel says:

    Yes of course he did not recruit the so called school boys. These Hearts players are called “WASTED EFFORT”. No matter what the coach teaches them, they cannot win matches. They were recruited by the so called CK.Give Duncan the needed time and you will see a different Hearts. Afer all he inherited these school boys players and he is not magician to make fans happy period.

  5. Fresher says:

    Whaaaat? Duncan says he needs Patience from Hearts of Oaks? Well, we are all very much aware that the word PATIENCE can never be found anywhere else in the pages of HEARTS OF OAKS huge dictionary. The embarrassments that sealed the fate of his predecessors like CK Akkunor, Tank Shaibu, Nebojsa Vucisevic etc are in store for Him, one must tell him should he fail to deliver what he is contracted to do. Duncan must shut up and do the job right, or face an embarrassing sack and humiliating verbal attacks from Mr Akambi and his hirelings.

  6. kekako says:

    Duncan please coll back the old team manager for help.





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