Fans of the Black Stars might be the greatest judges of Avram Grant, Ghana’s new coach but the journalists and broadcasters who will provide information and analysis of the coach’s actions and decisions have given their initial take on the Israeli after he spoke to the press for the first time.
Grant was officially unveiled at a press conference on Thursday and some sports journalists spoke to Citi Sports and shared their thoughts various aspects of the coach’s ideas.
Thierry Nyann, Sports presenter of Viasat One’s “Sports Xtra” daily show said:
“I think he (Grant) was on point with his expectations of the group he would work with. He was charming with his presentation and was specific on what he wanted to see from the players. He said he did not consider any player indispensable and that players must show what they had to bring to the team. He is a top manager who would know what to do to bring the African Cup to Ghana.”
Freelance sports journalist Ebo Appiah shared a similar thought but he hoped Grant would be helped by the Ghana Football Association to work effectively.
“I think he was able to answer about 70 percent of the questions and that is a pass mark in terms of examinations. He comes into the job with a good record. Of course, the Serbians who have been here also had good records but while Grant has won a league in Serbia, the others had not done so.
In addition, Grant has coached in the UEFA Champions League and the English Premier League. That means he has coached at a very high level and that will endear him to the players.
But I hope he will be allowed to work freely and he will be given all the support he needs in terms of a good backroom, financial support and other things. As time goes on, we will see if he will get all these things.”
Radio Gold’s Nana Darkwah Gyasi admitted Grant made a good impression but he would need results on the pitch far more than a good press conference.
“All the things Grant has done so far in England, Serbia and Israel are great but it will mean nothing if he does not get us the results we all want in matches.
But of course, he showed good communication skills in answering the questions and on on that score, he was fantastic.”
Grant’s first task as Ghana coach will be to do well at the 2015 AFCON where Ghana has been put in Group C with Algeria, South Africa and Senegal.
By: Nathan Quao/citifmonline.com/Ghana