Gor Mahia coach José Marcelo Ferreira is staying at the club, club chairman Ambrose Rachier has said.
Speaking yesterday in a long ranging Kenyanstar of The Week Interview, Rachier admitted that indeed he has been receiving immense pressure from the fans following a false start to the team’s pre-season campaign that has seen them lose all three matches played. “The pressure from social media and the fans is there, but we cannot make rush decisions and dismiss the coach because of this pressure. He is staying and we have not made plans to part way with him,” he said.
Gor Mahia’s latest friendly saw them fall 2-0 to Ugandan Premier League newbies Onduparaka, something that Rachier says made him summon the coach right away. According to the KPL vice chairman, he had a lengthy discussion with the former Brazilian international and was satisfied that he would deliver. “I summoned the coach today and he gave satisfactory reasons why we have lost all the 3 matches,” Rachier said. According to the club boss, the tactician blamed the losses on a couple of things. In Sudan, the coach mentioned that the team was still fresh from holiday and the players had hardly had enough time to train together. Against Thika, the coach said that he tried out all the players available, and didn't feature his best team as his intention was to watch each player individually. According to Rachier, Ze Maria laid blame on lack of fitness for the loss to Onduparaka, who he noted were much fitter then.
“It was important to sit with the coach and find out the real issues. It would set a bad precedence is we sacked the coach based on the performance in pre-season. We have given the coach very clear targets and indicated to him that we want good results once the season starts,” Rachier said, adding, “The coach assured us that results will be better.”
While looking back at the clib’s recent history with coaches, Rachier noted that pressure from the fans at times leads to the office parting ways with coaches. He regretted the behaviour of some coaches, particularly the man Ze Maria replaced -Frank Nuttal. He said, “There are some coaches who get to the club, perform well then later team up with fans, incite them and start making some crazy demands. They feel they are demigods . The best thing to do is part ways with such coaches very fast and avoid further destabilization of the team.”
Ze Maria managed to take Gor Mahia to second place on the log last season, narrowly missing the title.