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Okorie,Heroes part ways

After the goalless draw against Pune FC on Saturday ended New Delhi Heroes’ chances of qualifying for the main round of the I-League division II...

Written by Saikat Sarkar | New Delhi |
March 17, 2009 1:03:40 am

Chima blames management for poor show; club says coach didn’t produce results

After the goalless draw against Pune FC on Saturday ended New Delhi Heroes’ chances of qualifying for the main round of the I-League division II — a stage where they have faltered twice in the last two years in their quest for playing in the I-League — the owners on Monday hinted at wholesale changes in both the squad and the team management,beginning with the coaching unit that includes Chima Okorie and Surender Sharma.

“We’re planning some changes depending on our requirements for the next season. We’ll start with the coaching team,” New Delhi Heroes managing director Neerav Tomar told the Sportline.

Tomar claimed that Okorie had failed to produce results. “For the last two years our target has been the I-League. He’s (Chima) tried his best but the performance hasn’t shown and for us nothing else matters. We’ve given him a couple of months’ extra time than he deserved,” he said.

Time to move on
Okorie’s two-year contract is nearing its end and the Nigerian has slammed the management,saying he isn’t eyeing an extension with the team. “I haven’t resigned yet but I’m done with New Delhi Heroes. Even if they raise my salary I don’t want to continue. The management’s knowledge of football is very little. The players aren’t getting paid timely and I last received payment in December. There’s no motivation for the players. In this situation,I’m happy with the way the players came through this year. Now they need to move on and me too,” he said.

Players too on their way
Among the players,after youngster Marlanki Suiting,skipper Stanley has also decided to quit. “It’s high time I look towards playing in the I-league. I have had enough of playing in the second division. I hope the team (New Delhi Heroes) settles down but I think we would have had a better chance if we had made it to the second division this time as four teams will qualify (for the I-League),” said Stanley.

Meanwhile,the club have decided to skip the Lieutenant Governor’s Cup (March 21-April 2) to restructure the squad. “We need to tie up with some corporate bodies. Only then we’ll decide on the line-up for the next season. We want to give our coaches a say in the team that will be picked,so we will begin with the coaching staff only. I hope that will be finalised in the next month and a half so that we can be clear what we want during the transfer window in June,” Tomar said.

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