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Estonian international strikers haunted by coach-sacking

Angelo PalmeriComment

Like an epidemic the one that has hit the coaches of the Estonian international strikers.

First is was Henri Anier who saw Falko Götz going at FC Erzgebirge Aue. The Rodewisch-born coach was sacked at start of September after a shocking start of season: 4 games and 4 defeats with Aue bottoming the table of 2.Bundesliga.

Has the situation improved at the Saxony club? Aue has collected 12 points and are 2 adrift of the bottom in good company.

The things have not improved for Henry Anier who, since new skipper Tommy Stipic too the leade, has never seen the start again.

Last week it was Sergei Zenjov’s turn to see his coach and mentor, Jose Riga, to depart Blackpool FC. After his departure was only threatened in September, it became reality when last week chairman Karl Oyston decided to cut loose the Belgian coach who had chosen Sergei as a summer signing. Things at Blackpool have not been very easy since the start and this probably affected Riga’s work beyong any reasonable comprehension. Meanwhile, Zenjov lost chances to start being given few minutes to try and show his wits, until an injury during the last international break blocked him. Lee Clark replaced Riga. Whether the change was helpful or not, it’s too early to say. The debut saw Blackpool losing to Ipswich Town 0-2. Blackpool are bottoming the table with 6 points (1 win and 3 draws in 15 games).


The latest to join this curious group is Henrik Ojamaa. At Motherwell since the summer when Legia Warsaw loaned him, Henrik has never hidden his satisfaction for going back at his old club after few controversies in Poland.

In 9 appearances (4 starts) he managed to score one goal against Dundee on matchday 10. However, he could not help the Steelers and his coach (Stuart McCall) to avoid the third defeat in a row.

The home defeat was followed by two away losses: at Aberdeen (1-0) and at St.Johnstone (2-1).

With 5 defeats in a row (9 totals) and just 2 wins under his belt, coach Stuart McCall stepped down from a role he has been retaining since 2010.

‘’Following a long conversation this afternoon, Stuart felt it better for all concerned if he stepped down with immediate effect and we respect that,’’ told club director Derek Weir to the press. "Everyone at Motherwell FC would like to sincerely thank Stuart for his contribution to the club, which will go down as one of the most successful managerial tenures in our 128-year history.’’

The club is in hands of assistant coach Kenny Black as caretaker until the board will find a substitute for the former Scottish international.

Anier, Zenjov, Ojamaa…who is the next?