Sports News of Tuesday, 1 August 2017
Michael Essien’s teammate, Calton Cole is to be sacked by Indonesian club Persib for failing to score a single goal since signing.
Having penned a one-year deal in March, Cole has been on the end of a series of verbal bashings from Persib boss Umuh Muchtar.
In May he said that playing with Cole was like playing with ten men.
Muchtar now says Cole, 33, has played “very badly” and will be replaced for the second stage of the season, which starts on Saturday.
He said: “It’s the management’s decision to dismiss him, we will have a new player in the second round of the season.
“He plays very badly compared to the other (foreign players) who have joined Persib. He had the worst performance.”
The former Chelsea, West Ham and England striker arrived to much fanfare two weeks after Blues legend Michael Essien signed for the Bandung-based club.
Neither got off to a great start, with the threat of five years in jail for playing their first game without the correct paperwork.
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In hasn’t got much better for either player, with Cole and Essien heavily criticised by the club’s outspoken boss since.
Seven-cap Cole was forced to deny that he had left the club in June.