Feature: Will Frank Nuttall Be The Right Man For The Asante Kotoko Job? Featured
14 Sep

Feature: Will Frank Nuttall Be The Right Man For The Asante Kotoko Job?

With the position of the head coach vacant after the resignation of Paa Kwesi Fabin, a lot of coaches locally and abroad are reported to be interested in filling the void left by the former National U-17 gaffer. One name gaining grounds is Frank Elliot Nuttall formerly of Accra Hearts of Oak.
 
If the reports in the Ghanaian media are anything to go by, then Kumasi Asante Kotoko will be making a very good business with Nuttall’s appointment as head coach. This is a club with an assemblage of quality talents who were gradually shaping up and were recording good results albeit some wonderful displays on the field.
 
The news of Fabin’s resignation came as a shock to many a Kotoko fan considering how good he was able to blend the old and virtually unknown youngsters into a cohesive unit who were battering opposition teams without a shudder of fear and mercy with Hearts of Oak and Ashgold among their victims.
 
In such situations, people with a rich vein of experience and expertise are called upon to remedy the situation and in Nuttall, the Porcupine Warriors have a man with the wherewithal to breathe a new lease of a life into the team and restore confidence as was the case during Fabin’s last days at the helm.
 
Nuttall’s previous job in Africa has been a success, having previously impressed in Kenya with Gor Mahia between 2014 and 2016, where he led the K’Ogalo to an unbeaten league title in 2015, an achievement never done before in the competition and also won the KPL Top 8 Cup and Kenyan Super Cup titles.
Nuttall is a coach in the purest form. 
 
At Hearts of Oak, Nuttall’s methods brought style as well confidence into a team that was bereft of inspiration. His Hearts side were thrilling to watch, playing brave, attacking football with an emphasis on quick passing and heavy pressing high up the pitch. 
 
What is appealing of the Scottish is his ability to serve as a reformative influence on the training ground. 
 
He was credited with the transformation of players like Kwame Kizito, Leonard Tawiah and Vincent Atinga, who were deemed by many as simply not good enough for the club; error –prone and lacking the ability to play Nuttall’s fast- passing style. 
 
Instead of sidelining them, Nuttall kept faith in them and after countless hours of joyful practice and play, the aforementioned players became the fulcrum of the Hearts team that placed third in the league and were losing finalists in the FA cup to rivals, Kumasi Asante Kotoko. His obsessive attention to detail goes beyond moving in tandem; meticulously preparing his players for their individual opponents.
 
It’s not just individual performances that need lifting at Kotoko. The players seriously need a confidence booster during a tumultuous time. A trait which will no doubt attract the club is the Scottish’s notorious dislike of the transfer market. The prospect of delivering signings for a coach to work with, rather than him meddling in the selection process, will suit the club perfectly. 
 
His career has had highs and lows, he’s learned from the depths of amateur football, and helped Thomas Abbey have the best goalscoring season of his career last campaign. 
 
There’s probably never been a better time for Asante Kotoko to tap into Nuttall’s tactical and technical nous than now.
 
By: Godfred Budu Yeboah
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