On 10th February, 2009, the Belgian Maurice Cooreman was dismissed after string of poor results with the 2-1 defeat to their bitter rivals Accra Hearts of Oak being the final straw.
The coach confirmed his sack in an interview saying that his safety was suspect after management stated they could no longer guarantee his safety
Supporters were incensed with the 2-1 defeat to Accra Hearts of Oak in week nine of the 2008/09 Glo Premier League and were alleged to have held the coach hostage and demanded his immediate dismissal.
Even though Cooreman was bitter with the club’s decision to sack him, the Belgian lauded his relationship with the management.
Kotoko were second on the league table at the time of Cooreman’s dismissal with 15 points but were 7 points adrift of leaders Accra Hearts of Oak who had 22 points.
The assistant Coach at the time, Isaac Opeele Boateng was handed the job to lead Kotoko, but after series of poor results he reverted back to his assistant coaching job and requested for the appointment of substantive coach who happened to be Herbert Addo.
Although, Herbert Addo gave Hearts of Oak a wild chase, it was too little too late for his side to surpass, the leaders who had widened the points gap.
The 2008/09 league season was the last time the Phobians won the Ghana league.
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