Hearts did not plan to be second from the bottom of the league after the second matchday – but that is exactly where they are. A combination of factors have led them there, not least a formless style of football and players who have faded, rather than sparkled, in the spotlight so far.
Bold official reaction at this time can be hard to get, but Dr Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe is not one to cowered by a setback. He spoke to Gary Al-Smith on the Monday sports analysis show, the Joy Sports Track, on the mini-crisis the team faces.
Gary: First of all, what’s your reaction to the fan agitation we see following two straight league losses?
Yes, we have started and the starting has been very disturbing but as a club like Hearts of Oak, we know definitely that we shall bounce back. As for fans, they are the lifeblood of the club and we know that things must get better quickly.
Gary: Where the fans are concerned, the complaint is that things are not going well from the managerial side of things, particularly with the sacking of [former coach] Kim Grant after just one game in charge. Your supporter-base seems very split…
The performance of Grant when we played Berekum Chelsea is very clear and is something that compelled us to take the decision we took concerning his performance and how he has been handling the club. What I would say is that Grant is no more and the boys are now in the hands of a new coach.
[In] their [last league] match with Medeama, even though they played well, they could not score. What we have noticed is that maybe our attacking machinery is not as effective as it should be so we are working on that. And I can assure the supporters that we are not at all going to be idle on such an important thing.
With the question of management, we are carefully watching [and] if there is a need to bring some changes there, we shall definitely do it.