Tusker coach Robert Matano has urged the club’s leadership to dismiss him immediately instead of issuing one-match ultimatums.
On Tuesday, Tusker chairman Charles Gacheru stated that the club would terminate Matano’s contract and his staff if they do not secure a victory against Gor Mahia in Sunday’s league match.
“Matano and the entire technical bench have to beat Gor Mahia this weekend. They will leave the club in case of a draw or loss,” Gacheru is quoted by the Nation.
In response, Matano, arguably Kenya’s most successful coach, has unequivocally informed the club’s leadership that he does not operate under ultimatums and that they should proceed with his termination now.
“This is Robert Matano. I am Robert Matano. I do not succumb to threats,” the experienced coach charged. I don’t work with ultimatums. I don’t fear being sacked. He can do it even now. What will he do to me if I decide to leave before Sunday?” he charged.
So far this season, Tusker has accumulated eight points from six matches, positioning them at 7th on the league table. The club’s leadership is resolute in their decision to take action if three points are not secured this weekend.
It appears to be a formidable challenge for Matano to defeat Gor Mahia, especially since he has yet to achieve this feat since Gor hired Johnathan McKinstry as their head coach.
Matano remains winless in his two encounters with McKinstry, although he has emerged victorious in the last three league meetings with Gor Mahia and suffered only one loss in the process.
The 59-year-old is currently in his second tenure as the head coach of Tusker FC. He previously led the club between 2012 and 2013, securing the league title in 2012.
He later returned in 2018 and guided the team to league titles in 2021 and 2022. He also led Sofapaka to the league title in their first season in the top flight in 2009.