understands that off field issues were behind the decision for former Premier League champions Hearts of Oak to mutually part ways with head coach David Duncan on Friday.

According to our sources, the Hearts hierarchy felt that Duncan was giving the club bad press with his comments, with particular reference to his outburst on the perceived Asante Kotoko-bias in appointing national coaches, which resulted in a lack of playing time for ex-Hearts of Oak Mahatma Otoo at the Black Stars.

It will be recalled that Hearts of Oak dissociated itself from Duncan?s comments at the time. also gathers that Duncan?s treatment of forward Winful Cobbinah during the club?s 0-1 loss to Ashanti Gold in a recent Premier League match was one of the reasons. Cobbinah was publicly berated by Duncan for missing some clear chances and the player broke down in tears and was consoled by the club?s Managing Director, Neil Armstrong Mortagbe. understands that whilst the club felt that referee Otis Oppong did not do so well during the club?s 1-1 draw with King Faisal, Duncan in an interview stated that the referee did not do so badly. sources reveal that the club?s hierarchy made tentative contact through third parties with Asante Kotoko?s head coach, Mas-Ud Dramani in a bid to lure him to replace Duncan, but it is unclear whether the approaches were entertained by the Premier League title-winning coach.

In short, Duncan was living on borrowed time at the club before his eventual sacking on Friday morning.

All attempts by to get confirmation from both parties have so far proven futile.

Duncan was the head coach for Hearts of Oak for 359 days, during which time he won 21 times; drew 11 times and lost 7 times in all competitions.



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