Thursday, April 18

Charles Taylor Throws Weight Behind Michael Essien over Otto Addo For Black Star Job

Ex-Black Stars player and Hearts of Oak legend Charles Taylor has called on the Ghana Football Association to appoint Michael Essien as the next coach of the senior national team.

Taylor said the former midfielder would be a good fit for the Black Stars coaching job after earning coaching badges and his experience with the team as a player.

Amid reports of Otto Addo being in the lead for the vacant position, Charles Taylor has thrown his weight behind him and expressed confidence in Michael Essien as the best fit for the job.

He argued that Otto Addo was given the chance in the past and did not execute his role to satisfaction, hence the need to recruit Essien and his cohorts from the 2006 squad.

Taylor said, “Nothing good will come from Otto Addo. He has coached the team before, and there is nothing positive you could pinpoint from his first stint.

“Does that mean we should consider all past coaches who qualified us for the World Cup?” he quizzed on Onua FM.

The former Hearts of Oak player remarked that the likes of Michael Essien, Stephen Appiah, and Laryea Kingston should be handed the job as they have the experience and competence to excel in the role.

“We must know that the right people are available to revive Ghana football. I would suggest that we consider Michael Essien for the coaching job. Essien, together with Stephen Appiah and Laryea Kingston, are bold former players who will stand their ground and instill discipline in the playing body,” Taylor said.

Ghana’s disappointing display at the 2023 African Cup of Nations led to the dismissal of Chris Hughton and his technical team, leaving the coaching role for the Black Stars vacant.


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