Hearts of Oak confirm Nuttal appointment as head coach

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The Scotsman has been named trainer of the Phobians for the coming two years

Ghanaian giants Hearts of Oak have formalized the appointment of Scottish tactician Frank Nuttal as head coach of the club.

The 48-year-old replaces Portuguese coach Sergio Traguil, who was demoted to the club's youth side in August last year following a string of poor results in the Ghana Premier League.

"Accra Hearts of Oak is delighted to announce the appointment of Frank Elliot Nuttal as the new head coach of the club," the outfit confirmed.

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"The Scot has signed a two-year deal and has already taken charge of training.

"Frank Nuttal has rich experience on the African continent having won the league with Kenyan giants Gor Mahia.

"We are happy to welcome him to Accra Hearts of Oak."

Nuttal arrived in Ghana last week but was unable to lead the Phobians in their league opener against Inter Allies on Monday due to work permit concerns.

He, however, supervised Thursday's training session and is set to be in the dugout when the Accra-based side host Medeama on Sunday.

A holder of a Uefa Pro licence, Nuttal won two league titles and one Super Cup trophy during his time with Gor Mahia between 2014 and 2016.

His last job was a deputy coaching role with Egyptian outfit Zamalek, the stint only lasting 54 days.

The Scotsman was the fitness coach of the England under-17 team that won the 2011 Uefa Championship and assistant coach and head of fitness at Scottish club Rangers when they won the 2005 Scottish Premier League.

He also held deputy coaching roles at English sides Bristol City, Rotherham United, the China national team and the Qatar Under-23 team.