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Matano facing sack, Nuttal linked to Leopards job

Former Gor Mahia coach Frank Nuttal has been linked to joining AFC Leopards.

The Scot still has a valid contract with top Ghanian club Hearts of Oak, even though he has dramatically fallen out with his employer in recent times.

On Monday, Hearts of Oak announced they had suspended Nuttal indefinitely for among other things ‘unsporting and unethical behaviour’.

AFC Leopards’ management are more impressed with the Scottish trainer experience on the continent and track record in the Kenyan Premier League.

Leopards current coach Robert Matano is believed to have fallen out with the management following a shaky start to the 2018 campaign.

The ‘big cats’ are yet to win a competitive match since the start of the season.

They lost to arch rivals Gor Mahia in the KPL Super Cup and then drew twice, against Posta Rangers in the league and FOSA Juniors in the Caf Confederation Cup.

That 1-1 result against Malagasy side at the Bukhungu stadium last weekend, which left Leopards on the brink of elimination from the continental championship, is said to have irked management.

“The general assessment is that we played poorly in Kakamega which was an embarrassment to the four governors present and mammoth club. If we dont win the return leg in Madagascar, Matano is out. Infact, their is word he may fail to travel with the team for that fixture,” a club official who spoke off the record explained.

Nuttal is best remembered for bringing out the best in Micheal Olunga during his stint with Gor Mahia in 2015.

He also won the Kenya Premier League that season without losing a match and also led K’Ogalo to the final of the Cecafa Club Championship in Tanzania.

He also enjoyed a brief stint at Zamalek in Egypt.