Akwa United head coach Justin Tenger has vowed not to resume his coaching duties at the Uyo-based side except the management recant a purported sack report in one of the Nigerian tabloids.
An unquoted source in the sports tabloid reported on Friday that the Akwa United management has sacked Tenger and the entire players.
According to supersport.com, Akwa United Chairman Isong Isang has come out to deny the purported sack in its entirety.
But Tenger views the publication as undermining his reputation and insisted he will only return to the side if the management recant the speculation or initiate a rejoinder in like manner to be published in the same medium.
“I spoke with the chairman, Isong Isang over the purported sack of the side head coach, Justin Tenger and the players as boldly reported by the said daily and he stoutly denied knowledge of any decision of the management to sack the coach and players.
“Isang pleaded with me to come back to the side on Monday as early agreed before I departed to my home town for the burial arrangement of my late elder brother but I told him promptly that I felt embarrassed and blackmailed by the report.
“I told him that I don’t want their job any longer rather they should work out my entitlement and remit same to me in strict accordance with the contract terms.
“I said I’ve declared myself vacant and will be available to any side that need my service as I’m not keen to struggle the position with anyone.
“Isang insisted I should disregard the publication as 100% false and come back to Uyo to commence preparation for the new season but I told him the only condition that will make me return is if the management went ahead to officially clarify the report, refute and give a rejoinder else I’m out of the job completely,” Tenger told supersport.com.
Tenger guided Akwa United to safety in the just-concluded 2012/ 13 Glo Premier League season, ending their campaign in the 16th spot with 51 points.
“I’m not begging for the job, I’ve done my own part keeping the side in the Premier League and if for any reason my service is no more needed we shouldn’t go to the media to embarrass ourselves,” he added.