Former Hearts of Oak defender Dan Quaye has defended under-fire manager Samuel Boadu and said the players must take the blame for the club's disappointing African campaign.
There have been calls from some quarters for the club to terminate Boadu's contract following their embarrassing exit from the CAF Confederation Cup.
Hearts suffered a 4-0 defeat in Algeria to lose the play-offs tie against JS Saoura 4-2 on aggregate. It was Hearts' second humiliating defeat in Africa as they lost 6-1 in Morocco a month ago.
Hearts have also not performed to expectation in the Ghana Premier League, failing to pick up maximum points in four games and are bottom.
But Quaye has rallied support for Boadu while criticising the attitude of the players.
“If they sack Samuel Boadu, who are they going to employ? Have you seen the problem in Hearts of Oak and Kotoko?
“I don’t think the coach should be blamed; the players have failed to impress this season.
The duty of the coach is to train and map up strategies for matches, so, if the players fail to play to the plan of the coach, I don’t think he (Boadu) must be blamed” he said.
Quaye spent nine years of his playing career at Hearts of Oak, winning several trophies including the CAF Champions League and the Confederation Cup.