The second coming of Maxwell Konadu to Asante Kotoko was greeted with glitz and glamour and a hope as gargantuan as that of Woyome’s judgement debts however it appears the fanfare has been truncated too early.
Maxwell Konadu, touted as one the best trainers in the eyes of many followers of the game was a league winner with the Porcupine Warriors before receiving the dream job of been appointed as the assistant manager of the senior men’s national team.
He later led the home-based national team to glory in the WAFU Nations Cup with a resounding 4-1 thrashing of archenemy Nigeria in the finals.
After years of absence from club management, he was re-appointed at his old stomping grounds replacing Norwegian tactician Kjetil Zachariassen.
However the dream and expectations of Maxwell Konadu failed to reach its maturity stage before he was farmed out of his position.
However the multi million dollar question is….have the appointing authorities been fair to Maxwell Konadu?
Sportscorna.com takes a look at four reasons why the decision to part ways with Maxwell Konadu was too harsh:
1. Home away from home
Asante Kotoko, one of the precious properties to the Ashanti kingdom were forced out of their spiritual home, Kumasi due to renovation works being done at the Baba Yara Sports stadium.
The Porcupine Warriors had complete control over their fortress – Baba Yara Sports stadium dispatching teams that visited the dreaded grounds with ease. However, the renovation works has moved the club out of their natural habitat to the Accra Sports stadium – the home venue of their arch nemesis Hearts of Oak.
The club trains in Kumasi – Adako Jachie, travels by road and occasionally by air to play their games in the nation’s capital.
Naturally it’s going to invoke some stress on the playing body which will inadvertently affect the team’s performance. No wonder Maxwell Konadu’s charges lacked the extra bite in games and were usually outplayed in most of the games managed by Maxwell Konadu.
Certainly he is not the reason why Kotoko currently plays at the Accra Sports stadium.
2. Habitual knack for signing players in large quantum
The Porcupine Warriors have carved a niche for themselves as a team with a voluminous appetite of purchasing players.
This season was not new. It was this that caused the life patron and overlord of the Asante kingdom to place a one-year transfer ban on the team from purchasing players. However the board managed to convince the wise king to amend his instructions and lo and behold the club went back to buying a large quantum of players.
Obviously these huge chunk of players brought in would need time to adjust themselves to the coach’s tactics and game plan. Again, they will need ample time to gel together to foster team chemistry but the caustic impatience at the club overlooked this and still sacked Maxwell.
3. The Justice Blay conundrum
In Maxwell Konadu’s first season in charge of the Porcupine Warriors, Justice Blay played a huge role in the relative success of the club in the annulled 2019/20 Ghana Premier League.
Maxwell never hid his intentions of adding Blay to his roster but in the eyes of the Nana Yaw Amponsah led management purchasing a 28-year old Justice Blay did not make enough business sense considering the age and resale value of the player.
Despite the cry of the fans and the yearn of the said player to join Asante Kotoko and his supposed high price tag, Kotoko failed to land the midfielder and Maxwell ended up with his second-choice players.
If Blay had joined Asante Kotoko possibly, Konadu would have still been in charge.
4. Strange fitness level cum injury crisis
The advent of Covid-19 and the compressed nature of the football calendar will definitely ensure a consistent chain of injuries for clubs to deal with.
Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool will testify to this. On the local scene, Maxwell Konadu and his charges have not been fortunate with injuries with his players falling to injuries after every game played.
Possibly if Maxwell Konadu had a fit squad probably he would have still been in charge.
Maybe there were other factors considered before Maxwell Konadu was sacked, whatever been the case the appointing authorities were not fair to Maxwell Konadu.