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11.05.2007 Football News

Don’t Rush With CEO Appointment — Hearts Fans Warn

The supporters wing of Accra Hearts of Oak have warned the club's directors against any rush to appoint a new chief executive.

The Chapters have called for thorough consultations within the ranks of the club before a new management head is appointed.

Maxwell Asabre, General Secretary of the National Chapters Committee, told the Graphic Sports that the call was in line with the principle that the club needed a personality with both clout and managerial acumen to steer it from its current financial troubles.

“We only want to caution against a hasty choice since we are not under any pressure. “We don't mind if the directors take charge over a reasonable period during the consultations with the various stakeholders before making a decision on the next chief executive,” Mr Asabre said.

The Chapters' scribe said previous procedures had been abitrary and always provoked disagreement from various fronts, even if most were supressed under the guise of internal harmony.

“The unnecessary tensions and dissent that welcomed such hastily-appointed club helmsmen without adequate consultations should not be repeated this time.

“We agree that the entire Hearts family cannot agree on just one personality. There are bound to be diferences based on individual interests, temperaments, relationships, and other traits, but it is important we agree on what we expect of the next chief executive,” he stressed.

The Hearts top management post has become vacant following Thomas Okine's assumption of his hotly-disputed chieftaincy responsibility at Gbese in the Ga state.

Until this, however, the Chapters' executives formed the biggest critics of the administration of Mr Okine, despite winning three league titles, one Confederation Cup and other fringe local trophies in the five seasons that he stayed in charge.

Under the new Hearts structure, the supporters have no direct representative on the Board of Directors. The 25-member board was, however, elected by the supporters at a national congress.

Story by Michael Quaye