Resist any external influence — Sam Johnson


Even before he assumes duty as the Black Stars coach, Avram Grant has been cautioned to wean himself from any external influence if he wants to succeed in Ghana.

According to the ex-Black Stars defender, Sam ‘Foyoo’ Johnson, Coach Grant’s success or otherwise would depend on how well he checked the dictates of the FA concerning player selection.

Speaking to the Graphic Sports in an interview, the former Fenerbahce stalwart said, “he must be strong and say no to who or whatever influence that would be coming from the FA.”

He said during their days, there were instances when officials of the FA tried to impose players on coaches and yet turned round to publicly deny doing any such thing.

He said if the coach succumbed to the pressure from FA officials and things went wrong, he would shoulder the responsibilities alone and, therefore, advised him to be his own man.

Johnson, however, believed the FA took the right decision in choosing Grant as Kwasi Appiah’s successor because his credentials towered above the other competitors.

The former Stars left-back said Grant’s popularity among Ghanaians during his stint with Chelsea, as well as his achievements with the London club, were enough to win him the Stars job.

Regarding the composition of his technical team, Foyoo charged the Israeli coach to rely on the local experts rather than come with his entirely new team which would not enure to the team’s benefit.

He, however, said that the advice of the local experts must thoroughly be scrutinised by the 59-year old trainer to avoid being dictated to by his technical team members.

source : Graphic Online