Strand claims Hearts’ approach tested his loyalty

Soccer News of Wednesday, 23 December 2015


Tom Strand CoachMedeama coach Tom Strand

Medeama SC coach Tom Strand says officials of the club tested his loyalty when they gave him the opportunity to open negotiations with Hearts of Oak.

The 34-year-old became a target for the Phobians in their quest to replace Herbert Addo, who was sacked last season for non-performance.

However, despite having one year left in his two-year contract with the Yellow and Mauves, Strand opted to halt the talks in order to see out his contract, prompting Hearts to appoint Japanese-American Kenichi Yastuhashi as new coach.

“I felt my commitment was being tested a little by Medeama,” Strand told Starr FM.

“But I’m a man of my words so if you keep your words, I’ll keep mine, they know that. I’ve decided to continue my stay with Medeama and I like it very much. They’ve taken care of me and I want to give something back to them,” he added.

Strand joined Medeama from Bechem United, whom he led from relegation battle to finish fifth in the 2013/14 season.

He was adjudged best coach of the Ghana FA Cup last season when Medeama pipped Kotoko 2-1 in the final to win their second major title.

Goal understands that Medeama have opened discussions with Strand to extend his contract to at least 2018.