“No agreement for Chris Hughton” – GFA provide update on search for a new Black Stars Coach

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Communications Director of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Henry Asante Twum has downplayed reports that the FA is close to announcing former Newcastle United boss Chris Hughton as the new Head Coach of the Black Stars.

Following the sacking of Milovan Rajevac due to Ghana’s poor display at the just ended African Cup of Nations (AFCON), the Ghana FA has been in hunt for new coach.

Last week, reports went rife that the Ghana FA has agreed to appoint Chris Hughton as the new boss of the Black Stars. However, Henry Asante Twum in an interview with Joy FM has debunked those reports, stating that the FA is still in hunt for a new coach.

“My last conversation with the [GFA] President was that the talks [with Otto Addo] have been positive, but it comes with certain conditions as well. Yes, the FA appoints, but government takes care of the expenses and what have you, so you need to come back and engage government and see if you would be at par in terms of decision making. From then you can progress”, he said on Joy FM as quoted by Pulse Ghana.

“I don’t know about any such decision [regarding Chris Houghton’s appointment]. As far as I’m concerned, we haven’t met the Ministry. I know that we are stakeholders in development. The government is recognised in providing infrastructure and providing funds for the development of football, but as technocrats, we are responsible for the decision making. These are things we read in the media everyday.”

“You wake up to stories in the press that government is trying to impose a coach on the FA. I don’t remember sitting in any such meeting since our last meeting with the honourable Minister of Sports, which called for the dismissal of the technical team and also the dismissal of the management committee. That has been our last engagement as a body,” he explained.

“I cannot say he [Chris Houghton] is not on the table because once a job becomes vacant, it’s open to all. Personally I’ve received 17 calls from agents and representatives of coaches.”

“My WhatsApp platform has been bombarded with messages from unknown people and then also the official email address of the FA has as well received loads of messages and they come in on a daily basis. So once a job becomes vacant, there are a number of people who’d express interest in coming in. So I cannot say Chris is not on the table. He is a coach who’s available, and who may be would like to come in as the next coach of the Black Stars,” he added.

The Ghana FA are running against time to appoint a new boss as the playoff of the 2022 World Cup qualifier against Nigeria in March gears.

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