Should Oliseh take a leaf from McCarthy's book?
Nearly everyone has an opinion on Sunday Oliseh, owing to his fierce personality which means you are unlikely to show apathy when discussing the former Nigeria captain.
For every recognition of his managerial talent, there is a reminder of the combustible and divisive character who left the Nigeria job after a public falling out with the Nigeria Football Federation in 2016 before leaving Fortuna Sittard acrimoniously two years later.
The job he did with the Dutch side demonstrated his talent in guiding an unfancied and relatively inexperienced group to the playoff positions in the second tier before his suspension and subsequent departure.
That success is further venerated when considering Fortuna’s past and recent events.
The club from Limburg had to make do with 19th and 16th-place finishes in the two full campaigns before Oliseh took charge in January 2017. They ended that 2016-17 season in 17th, outdoing only three sides in the division.
While the former Super Eagles trainer did not finish what he had essentially started in Sittard, he deserves credit for helping to lay the foundations for the club’s eventual promotion and current Eredivisie spell entering its fifth year.
Be that as it may, a four-year hiatus from coaching raised eyebrows and the ensuing spell with SV Straelen in the fourth tier of Germany’s football league system confused somewhat, especially as he had been linked with a return to Nigeria in April this year.
That was met with mixed reactions but a disastrous five-game winless run did not go unnoticed, and neither did how he departed in August.
It left a bad taste and sporting director Kevin Wolze’s dissatisfaction was quite evident.
“Sunday obviously had the feeling the team's target for the season could no longer be reached,” the director said after the former midfielder reportedly resigned via a phone call. “It doesn't make sense to try to persuade him to continue.”
Oliseh’s managerial past means he is something of a pariah after his ill-famed fallings out with the Nigerian federation and Fortuna, while a recent return in the semi-professional space in Germany went awry no sooner after it started.
It should be noted, though, that Straelen have scored only once since Oliseh’s resignation, losing their subsequent three since the 48-year-old left (taking their losing run to eight on the trot) and remain the competition’s cellar-dwellers after eight gameweeks.
Some will say that is vindication for the ex-Borussia Dortmund midfielder who probably left voluntarily knowing he was fighting a losing battle. Others will even question why he took the job in the first place.
The enduring question on most observers’ lips remains: “What next for Sunday Oliseh?”
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