Hearts of Oak’s assistant coach Shaibu Tanko has officially resigned from his post due to differences with the club’s management. The news comes in the wake of various rumours in the past week to that effect. The letter was handed in on Tuesday morning.
Although the long-serving gaffer cited “personal reasons“, the gaffer had other issues. Chief among them was his unhappiness over what he sees as his demotion in the choice of successor after Nebojsa Vucicevic was sacked..
Tanko was overlooked when Hearts wanted a new coach to replace the Serbian, with Hearts opting for former Ghana captain Charles Akunnor.
Tanko feels very insulted by the management. After serving as assistant to Nebojsa and helping to stabilise the team in this way, what they did was disrespectful – a confidante told SuperSport.com .
Tanko is believed to be of the view that Akunnor is not better qualified for the job than he is. Again, Alhaji Fawaz Zowk, a powerful voice on Hearts issues, had been vocal about the incompetence of the management under the Serbian. Zowk had called on a wholesale dismissal to be enforced..
With that in mind, Shaibu chose to resign before being sacked. Having joined Hearts on the recommendation of former coach Yusif Abubakar two seasons ago, Tanko had handled the side in their 1-1 draw at Medeama in the first game they played after the Serbian’s departure.