In a press statement released by the Phobians, the club confirmed that they have mutually parted company with their Japanese-American trainer.
Kenichi Yatsuhashi unhappy with Hearts of Oak departure
"But I’m just unhappy it is over and I’m sad I have to leave now," Kenichi Yatsuhashi says after his departure from Hearts of Oak.
Kenichi Yatsuhashi in a sharp response over the end of his time with the Accra giants, said he is unhappy that he is leaving the club.
“I was very happy when I was handling the club, I have been happy every each day since I arrived here [Ghana].
“But I’m just unhappy it is over and I’m sad I have to leave now,” Yatsuahsi told the media at his hotel in Accra.
Yatsuhashi joined the Phobians in October last year on a two-year deal. The manager guided the club to fourth on the Ghana Premier League table after the first round with 26 points.
The Japanese-American trainer created a buzz after his appointment with his pre-season training at the club ahead of the start of the season before introducing his 'sushi' kind of football to his Ghanaian fans.
Kenichi lived to the expectations around him at the start of the Ghana Premier League winning his opening game at home to New Edubiase. The then Hearts of Oak manager went on a five-game unbeaten run with just one draw in the league season.
The results however changed in the home game against Wa All Stars when Hearts of Oak suffered their first league defeat, a game that was marred by crowed violence.
Kenichi’s fate had been in the balance at the Ghana Premier League club for some time not necessarily for his performance on the pitch.
The coach has had several disputes with management of Hearts of Oak over his public discussion of club issues notably his social media post about salary issues at the club. His alleged disdain for authority was also a problem for management of the Ghana Premier League club.
A board meeting was held to decide on the future of Kenichi on Thursday, June 2, 2016. The club confirmed after their meeting that their coach will continue his job at Hearts of Oak with their official twitter account tweeting: KEN you believe it? The King KEN’t LEAVE! The King KENi STAY!”
The appointment of Sergio Traguil as youth coach however put Kenichi’s future in the balance again with a source close to the club confirming to Pulse.com.gh it was a move to push the Japanese-American trainer out the door.
Hearts of Oak will entertain Dream FC at the Accra Sports Stadium this weekend as the Ghana Premier League returns for the second round.
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