Sports News of Friday, 22 December 2017
Head Coach of Accra Great Olympics, Godwin Attram believes the time has come for football administrators and all stakeholders involved in the game to recognize and appreciate the craft of coaches.
The former Black Stars striker now turned manager endured a turbulent season in the recently ended Ghana Premier League with Olympics.
A poor run of form resulted in his demotion to assistant manager to make room for Swedish manager Tom Strand to take charge.
In disgust at the treatment meted out to him by the handlers of Great Olympics he refused his new role and stayed clear of technical duties until his full powers as a manager was restored in the wake of Strand’s departure.
The chaotic season meant that despite some impressive results when he took charge for the final stretch of the season the club could not stave off relegation.
As he prepares his side for the start of the new Division One League season,getting respect for the work he and his colleagues have chosen as a profession remains top of the agenda for him.
“Respecting coaches is a very important factor in our football now.
“There are no coaches who enjoy losing matches and no coach goes out there without his best team on purpose.
“We look beyond just performances on the pitch,attitude and character is also a big factor.
‘When fans come to then stadium and do not see their favourite players featuring then it becomes a problem.
‘This however is not the situation when you leave the shores of Ghana,”he explained