After years of jumbling and wasting a lot of cash on substandard coaches, its high time APR administrators went for a tried and tested but most importantly proved tactician for the international stage, I suggest.
Without any doubt, APR is a big club with so much potential to become even bigger but the problem is that very little is being done to make it realize that potential.
To start with, no single club world over, has ever been successful by hiring and firing coaches at will—the living example I can give, is English Premiership‘s Newcastle United .
Newcastle is one of the richest football clubs not only in England but in Europe as well but because of poor management, it has not won any silverware for nearly 40 years.
Hiring and firing managers at every opportunity has become its characteristic over the years and as a result, everyone can now see where that type of administration has led the club to.
Anyway, both clubs have several things in common but the most outstanding one I can point out is their lack of patience towards coaches, especially from the administrators’ point of view when things do go as expected.
Unlike Newcastle, APR don’t have the luxury to waste money in terms of hiring second-rate coaches and fire them as soon as results don’t go their way like it has been the case in the last couple of seasons.
And also, the two clubs dress in similar jersey colors—black and white, they both have a record of signing shoddy players.
While Newcastle sign players deemed surplus at their original clubs, players like Geremi Njitap, Allan Smith, Celestin Babayaro, Scot Parker, Michael Owen, Obafemi Martins among others, APR goes for the unknown, talentless—in other words, they’ve in the past signed players who simply don’t have a clue on how football is played.
There was a time when APR had about seven or so Cameroonians on their books yet only one or two could be seen as players worthy their tag.
If only I had a say in the running of the military club, there was no way I would sanction the buying of players who can not even control the ball even in training!
APR has wasted quite a fortune on hopeless players and only dump them weeks later after realizing they had been duped in signing them in the first place.
Then, I wonder how the club is ever going to realize its potential when it never buys players with a view to probably sell them off either to Europe or anywhere else for a profit!
Which brings me to yet another similarity between APR and Newcastle—they’re both buying clubs than selling, they spend a fortune on players but never get to sell them off for a profit or the same valuation at which they bought them.
APR has tried all sorts of coaches, local and from the region and none of them has been able or given time and resources to turn the club into a major force on the continent.
That’s why, I am saying, if only I had a say in the running of that club, I would suggest they went for a tried, tested and proved international coach, probably a European.
By going for a Muzungu, the club will certainly have to spent a lot more on than they have done on the regional chaps, the latest being Andy Mfutila but given time and room to do his job his way.
No coach is going to turn APR fortunes around if he isn’t involved in buying the sorts of players he believes can add something to the team—no coach is going to be successful when he isn’t allowed to implement his plans or even being listened to, am afraid.
No disrespect to anyone, but if only I had a say in APR, I would call for a major overhaul of the current region of managers because they simply not up it and bring in football people who know what it take to win at big stages.