By Simon Asare, GNA
Accra, Oct. 11, GNA - Coach Charles Kwablan Akunnor, is regarded as one of the finest coaches on the local scene, with all the requisite qualifications to manage any Ghanaian top-flight side, but Kotoko will certainly be his biggest test in his coaching career, as he begins his quest to resurrect and change the dwindling fortunes of the Porcupine Warriors
C.K Akunnor, after agreeing to a three-year deal with Kotoko, is now the 15th manager for the Premier League giants, and over the past decades none of the past 14 coaches were able to complete their tenure at the helm of technical affairs of the club.
His announcement as the head coach of Kotoko, has been met with mixed reactions in the football circles, especially Kotoko fans, who have questioned his technical and managerial prowess, especially having managed their arch-rivals Hearts of Oak back in 2012.
At his unveiling last Wednesday, Akunnor himself admitted how difficult Kotoko's job would be, but reiterated faith in his dispensation of duties as the gaffer of the club, as he was bent on propelling Kotoko to greater heights especially in Africa.
Akunnor, undoubtedly has been successful with "smaller" clubs especially looking at his remarkably exploits with Ashantigold SC and Dreams FC among many others over the past years, but the big question is, can he repeat such exploits at Kotoko?
Well, the target of winning the CAF Champions league seems the most stern task for the former Black Stars captain and at his unveiling, Akunnor said, "I think it is a very tough task but it's achievable, in the sense that, if we all come on board and work together hand in hand including the supporters, it is something that can be achieved".
"Kotoko has won the champions league before, it is not that it has never happened, so how do it, we can do that as a result of hard work, togetherness and quality players."
Akunnor's success or failure could be highly determined by his relationship with the management of the club and how well he communicates his vision for the club to all stakeholders within the club's rank especially the supporters who are often results oriented.
The former Black Stars captain is known to be a principled manager and often fall outs with people who don't share his vision and how well he handles this particular trait will be a major determinant of his three-year stay with the club.
Akunnor, on the field of play has already envisaged the ‘Agroball’ playing style which comes along with entertainment play and goals and highly demanding Kotoko fans supporters would be looking out for this system.
As the new look Kotoko seek to rekindle its past glory, Akunnor would certainly be the main orchestra with regards to what happens on the pitch with the management and other stakeholders "dancing to his music" during this three-year spell with laurels to appease the Kotoko entourage.
It is obviously a great risk by the young and upcoming coach and whether he is the right man for the job would depend largely on on the results he would churn out during his three-year period.