By Kent Mensah
A Scottish manager Alistair Bain has expressed keen interest to coach struggling Ghanaian giants Hearts of Oak.
Bain, who hails from Hamilton in Scotland, but lives and works in the USA since 2007, believes the Phobians can return to their glory days in the late 90s and early 20s but that requires a coach with excellent man management prowess like him.
Goal Ghana can reveal that Bain has furnished the Hearts of Oak Secretariat with his CV and other particulars hoping to land a deal with the Rainbow Club anytime soon as they keep stuttering in the Ghana Premier League.
Speaking to Goal in an exclusive interview from his US base, Bain, who manages GPS Portland Phoenix (formerly called Cape Cod Crusaders) – a club best known for exporting players into the MLS and USL Pro – said Hearts have got the talent and can return to match other top African clubs boot-for-boot.
“I see Ghanaian football as a hotbed of talent and potential,” Bain, who worked within the youth academies of Watford and Celtic FCs before moving to America, told Goal. “The national team is a glowing example of a group of players that possess the heart and desire to improve, so it’s a facet of Ghanaian culture that really attracts me to the people and life there.”
He added: “Hearts are institutions that possess great history and tradition, which is able to attract players who are serious about the game. In turn I feel I can marry the two, to return Hearts to their helm as Ghanaian football champions.”
He revealed that he has been researching about Hearts and following the exploits of the Accra giants over the past 14 years.
“I know that Hearts of Oak are one of the country’s most successful clubs, and have an esteemed history of producing international level talent that represents Ghana in Europe’s top leagues and the country’s national team. I first came across the club in 2000 after researching African football development for a coaching project. It was during their successful run to the Caf Champions League final, where I believe they triumphed over a Tunisian club.”
Hearts of Oak’s Champions League dreams keep plummeting whiles their title challenge is in obvious doubt after losing to Berekum Chelsea in mid-week. They are third on the log with 38 points whiles league leaders Asante Kotoko have seized the summit with 51 points with five games to end the 2013-14 season.
Bain is confident and feels he can transform the former African champions.
He stated: “I am a very ambitious and energetic coach that will work tirelessly and meticulously to improve every single facet of the club’s playing staff and infrastructure. We will have to compete mentally, physically, technically and tactically to become a champion, therefore I believe in my ability to bring a high level of preparation and performance to the club which will lead them back to where they belong.
“Nothing is impossible in football. We see clubs chart meteoric rise in every league in the world, but unless hard work and preparation is applied then that will only be short-lived. African football is the fastest growing region in world football, so it would be an honor of mine to at least be a small part in its development.”
“I promise to bring a brand of football to the club that the fans will thoroughly enjoy watching. I have worked to cultivate a philosophy that is built upon high intensity attacking football, utilizing bravery and technical ability to out possess the opponent and attack efficiently. I hope that I am given the opportunity to bring success back to your famous club,” Bain told the fans of Hearts of Oak.