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Black Stars advisor job down to two - Milovan Rajevac, Serritslev in the race

Published on: 25 August 2014
Milovan Rajevac and Flemming Serritslev are still in the race for the job

The group tasked to hunt for a Technical Advisor for Coach Kwasi Appiah hopes to conclude its work in the coming days, after former Black Stars head coach Milovan Rajevac and Flemming Serritslev, a Dane, emerged as contenders for the top job.

Last week Coach Appiah left the three-man committee’s work cut out for them after picking his former boss Rajevac and Serritslev as his preferred candidates out of a four-man shortlist to serve in a new capacity as advisor.

The Fred Crentsil-led three-man search team which includes, former FA vice-president Fred Pappoe and the FA’s technical director, Francis Oti-Akenteng, hopes to conclude due diligence work on the two candidates’ backgrounds and then immediately begin talks with them on their salary expectations.

A committee source disclosed to the Graphic Sports that the group had almost concluded background checks of the two and hope to commence negotiations on their compensation packages before the GFA Executive Committee makes its final choice for the newly-established role within the national team’s technical structure.

“We are not far from completing our work. We’re almost done with our due diligence on the candidates and very soon we’ll begin discussions with them on their compensation expectation, after which we’ll send our report to the Executive Committee in the order of ranking,” said the source.

Contrary to initial expectations that a new Technical Advisor will be named to begin work by the time the Stars commence the 2015 Nations Cup qualifying campaign next month, the search committee is not working with Ghana’s qualifier against Uganda on September 10 in mind.

“Although we don’t have a deadline within which to conclude our work, we recognise time is of the essence.

“We want to get it over and done with very soon, but we are certainly not doing it before the Uganda match because we don’t want to disrupt Kwasi Appiah’s preparations for the match.”

Rajevac, 64, is seen as favourite for the job, having previously worked in Ghana as Appiah’s boss between 2008 and 2010, during which the Serbian guided the Stars to reach the quarter-final of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa and the final of the Africa Cup of Nations in Angola months earlier.

At 67, Serritslev looks the best outsider with a CV which includes working as the assistant manager of the Danish national team which won the European Championship in 1992 before later becoming head coach of the Danish U-21 team.

He also handled the Armenia U-21 team from 2009 to 2010.

Source: Graphic


This article has 8 comment(s), give your comment
  • Praemonitus, praemunitus says:
    August 25, 2014 10:21 pm
    They will choose the Serb, mark my words. All the interviews, short listings and trimming down of the list are just to throw dust into our eyes.
  • NONI(9JA 1ST SON) says:
    August 25, 2014 11:05 am
    Who cares!!!!!! wasting of tax payers money........ Thank GOD am not a GHANAIAN..... Congrats to our darling FALCONETS... ASISAT OSHOALA i love you......
  • Johnny says:
    August 25, 2014 11:16 am
    Oh, Ghana!! Why is Milo is even being considered for the TD role for his apprentice, Appiah? The guy is an opportunist (remember how he left Ghana?), and has been unable to do anything after leaving Ghana. Here is another question: Who is going to be the boss? Is he going to take less money than the coach?
  • Rasheed says:
    August 25, 2014 11:54 am
    Indirectly wimpy and clueless Appiah has been forced to his former position as assistant coach.That is good.
    August 25, 2014 12:57 pm
    How is this marriage going to work? If Milo is hired to be the technical adviser, who is going to be the boss. Who will have a superior knowledge of the game? And do you think Milo is going to play second fiddle goto his former apprentice? GFA is setting itself up for a disastrous reunion. Let us take this scenario. If Milo's technical know-how helps the BS to do exceedingly well in their future encounters, who do you think Ghanaians will root for the head coach job? It is not going to be Appiah the apprentice. Milo right now is unemployed and looking for a paycheck to put food on the table. I am now sure about this guy's loyalty to the nation. When he fled to Saudi Arabia,, I predicted his demise there. You cannot run a thoroughbred race with a bunch of donkeys. Ghanaian players have the speed, skill and agility to impress in the world of football. Milo realized this fact when he went to Saudi Arabia. A coach is as good as the players he coaches. Milo had a bunch of donkeys that he needed to turn into thoroughbreds. An impossible task before him. His rise to fame was enhanced by the quality of Ghana players. He thought therefore that he could duplicate that success anywhere in the world with any team, now matter how poor the caliber of the players is. As for this Fleming guy, I know little about his track record and cannot comment right now about him. So let us keep our eyes and ears for the drama that is unfolding before us.
    August 25, 2014 01:01 pm
    Sorry forumers, the second sentence, second paragraph should read: I am NOT sure about this guy's loyalty to the nation.
  • A concerned citizen says:
    August 25, 2014 01:05 pm
    Milo who is ungrateful; is not good, mediocrity coach is not good..who cares i have withdrawn my support for the stars for now
  • Kofi says:
    August 25, 2014 01:42 pm
    Shame NONI, you people could not win the cup for the second time .I am happy and you are sad. Hahahahahaha.