The Namibian (Windhoek)

6 February 2013

Namibia: Jacobs Quits Ramblers Via Sms

WOODY Jacobs has resigned as Ramblers coach because of differences with the team's management.

On Monday evening, Jacobs sent an SMS to the director of Ramblers Football Club, Jorge de Purificacao, saying he had decided to step aside "to allow the younger coaches to continue with immediate effect".

De Purificacao said he was in disbelief at Jacobs unexpected resignation.

"I must say it came as quite a shock because I did not expect it. I must add though that I find it very unprofessional. If he had problems he could have come to talk to me about it like a man instead of just sending an SMS," he said.

However, Jacobs said that he resigned because of financial problems within the club as well as interference in team selection from management.

"The management asked me to trim the squad because of financial constraints. I let six players go and only brought two players in. Then they told me to also trim down the technical staff but I was not prepared to do this. I brought in Geoffrey Roman as our forward specialist coach, to join the assistant coach Konis Asino. If they have to go they will get demoralised and their future prospects will be very slim," Jacobs said.

"So I decided to rather step aside so that the management can save on my salary and give them a chance. I'm of the opinion that I can still get a coaching job," he added.

Jacobs said interference in team selection and a questioning of his tactics also led to the move.

"In our last two games, management interfered with my team selection and questioned my tactics. I'm the type of man ... you can question me but don't dictate to me," said the Eleven Arrows coach.

"After our defeat to SKW, my tactics and team selection were questioned and it did not go down well with me. So I took this decision on a moral principle and out of respect for my assistant coaches - they should have a chance to prove themselves," he said.

The club official said Jacobs was lying and had been informed to trim down the squad.

"I never said that he must get rid of the coaches, that's an absolute lie. Furthermore, we wouldn't discuss such issues with the coach, I think it's just a rumour that he is trying to spread" De Purificacao said.

De Purificacao acknowledged that he had questioned Jacobs' recent team selection and tactics, but said that was a normal part of the business.

"It's my right to ask questions if the results are not forthcoming. After our 4-0 win against Eleven Arrows, Woody made seven changes to the team, which then lost to Black Africa and SKW. I wanted answers - this happens all over the world in soccer - but the answers did not come.

"But I don't think these are the real reasons. I think Woody received a better offer from another club and he didn't know how to face us," De Purificacao added.

Jacobs took over as Ramblers coach at the beginning of the season and initially did very well with them.

They shocked defending champions Black Africa with a 1-0 defeat on October 5 and then drew 1-1 against title chasers African Stars on November 10.

They were amongst the early pace leaders and their first defeat only came in Round 8 on November 30 against Tigers.

However, they've had an atrocious beginning to the second round, losing two matches in a row against SKW and Black Africa.

While they still lie third on the log, the two defeats effectively put them out of the title race as they are now eight points behind log leaders Black Africa.

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