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Cooreman Doesn’t Respect Authority – Bassey

Posted: Jun 18, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chibuike Chukwu

Lagos – Maurice Cooreman, the suspended Akwa United coach, has been described as lacking respect to constituted authority. This comes as the management has also threatened to sack the Belgian should he fail to work with his assistants.
Cooreman was suspended twice within a two-month period by the club between April and June and may eventually be sacked, according to Paul Bassey, Akwa United Chairman.
Bassey says Cooreman has refused to work with his assistants and warned that the Belgian would be sacked if he ‘goes solo’ in future after recall. Akwa United is temporarily managed by Ere Dokubo.
“The first time he (Cooreman) was suspended, it was because he went unilateral.
“I have been to two World Cups and 15 Nations Cups and I know that in football, there are some benches where you find as many as six or seven coaches.
“Some of these coaches handle the attack (of the team), some of them take care of the midfield and even goal keeper trainers, so Cooreman cannot operate solo,” Bassey said.
The club chairman, who is also a member of the technical committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), added that Cooreman should follow due process if he was uncomfortable with any of his assistants.
“We (management of Akwa United) have told him that he must work with his assistants.
“If he believes his assistants are not good enough, then he should recommend them for sack.
“When we lost to Enyimba (in the NPFL on April 24), he picked the team unilaterally.
“The assistants said they were not part of the team but Cooreman said he would take full responsibility (for the consequences of his actions).
“When he eventually came back from the first suspension, I appealed to him to work with the team as we could not afford to have a one-man coach in the Premier League.
“The first day he returned, he went solo so I had to suspend him again, which is disrespect,” he said.
Bassey also revealed that he would not be compensated if he is eventually sacked.
“The second time Cooreman returned from suspension, he exhibited gross indiscipline.
“He was shouting and arguing (with his assistants) in front of me and the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Sports.
“He showed he has no respect for constituted authority.
“If he does not show remorse and change his attitude the club will sack him.
“He will not be paid any (compensation). He is waiting to be paid millions but that will not happen.”