The Ghana Football Association will have to break the bank if it wants to hire Milovan Rajevac for the second time as it has emerged that the Serbian demanded a monthly salary of €70,000 ($90,500) to take up the role of technical adviser to the dismissed Black Stars coach, Kwasi Appiah.
A GFA source disclosed to the Graphic Sports that Rajevac, who was in the country last week to meet the FA’s three-man recruitment team, asked to be paid a colossal sum of €70,000 — almost doubled what he received as Black Stars coach from 2008 to 2010 — as salary, in addition to a request to bring along an assistant and interpreter whose emoluments would be borne by the state.
It is understood that Rajevac emerged favourite of the recruitment group (comprising Fred Crentsil, Fred Pappoe and the FA’s technical director Francis Oti-Akenteng), who interviewed the Serbian and Dane Fleming Serritslev when the two shortlisted candidates were interviewed for the proposed technical adviser’s job, which eventually became redundant following the dismissal last Thursday of Coach Appiah.
However, it appeared the financial demands of the man who led the Stars to the quarter-final of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and the final of the Africa Cup of Nations in Angola months earlier, might be a figure beyond the FA’s budget. The paper learned also that the man, affectionately called Milo, asked for a signing-on fee in excess of €500,000.
However, the dismissal of Appiah just days after interviewing put paid to the controversial move to appoint a technical advisor to the national coach.
Meanwhile, the FA is expecting to appoint a new coach before the end of the month after inviting applications from suitably qualified coaches for the job.
According to media reports, seven expatriates have so far applied for the job, with Swiss Michel Pont, Portuguese Jose Alberto Barosso and Briton Bobby Davidson all expressing their interest in handling the Stars.
Other applicants are Brazilian Carlos Alberto Paulette, German Peter Obermeyer and Yugoslav Zavisa Milosavlejevic.