Gor coach Nutall goes AWOL, rumoured to be in Zamalek
The future of SportsPesa Premier League champions Gor Mahia head coach, Frank Nutall was plunged into uncertainty on Monday night when it emerged the club’s top hierarchy was ‘not aware of his whereabouts’.
Nutall who succeeded fellow Scot, Bobby Williamson, mid season in 2014, led K’Ogalo to back to back domestic titles that term and last year when they completed the league unbeaten.
When contacted by Citizen when online sites reported he had left the club to join former colleague and Scottish titans Rangers ex-manager, Alex McLeish at Egyptian giants, Zamalek in an assistant coach role, Gor chairman, Ambrose Rachier conceded they could not account for the K’Ogalo boss.
“I am not aware of our coach’s whereabouts. I have just heard from the grape vines that he flew to Egypt early this morning.
“We expect to conduct training tomorrow (Tuesday) at 7:30am in readiness for our Saturday match against Nairobi City Stars,” Rachier who is also the SPL chairman added.
The fate of Nutall at K’Ogalo has been the subject of intense debate since the season started with the team that swept all before them still winless after four rounds of the 2016 SPL, with Sunday’s 1-0 loss to archrivals AFC Leopards ending a 35-match, 17 month unbeaten run.
Nutall also led the club to the finals of last year’s CECAFA Club Championships where they bowed 2-0 to home side, Azam FC in the decider played at the Dar-es-Salaam National Stadium.
Should his exit be confirmed, pressure will increase on the club management led by Rachier that is facing calls to call for early elections after the club lost the cogs of last year’s swashbuckling run.
Top scorers, Michael Olunga and Rwandese national, Meddie Kagere have already left for Sweden and their native homes while key midfielder, Ali Abondo is set for a switch to South African side, Ajax Cape Town.
Nutall previously served Glasgow Rangers as a fitness instructor where they worked with McLeash and he gave a hint of his impending exit last Thursday when Gor unveiled their sponsorship package with SportsPesa when he thanked everyone, including his driver for their assistance at the record 15-time domestic champions.
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