Heartland chairman, Ignatius Okeahialam says Samson Siasia was distracted and could not focus on the job of taking the club to the semi final of the CAF Champions League.
According to Okeahialam, Siasia had one eye on the Heartland job and the other on the Super Eagles as he wanted to become coach of the national team.
Samson Siasia (left)
“I can understand his frustrations. He so much wanted to be coach of the national team and in one game he joined our team at the match venue after staying back to discuss with FA officials and there is no way he would have been able to give his all to our course,” Okeahialam told naijafootball247.
“Yes we are disappointed that we could not go all the way but one thing I know is that Siasia is a very good coach. In fact he is one of the best that have ever worked with our club and we intend to keep him.
“In the little time he spent with us, you could see the difference and we know that the club will gain in the long run if he starts and ends the new season with us.”
But with Siasia angling for the national team job, Okeahialam says they are working on an alternative.
“We know that he could get the national team job sooner or later so we want to tap from his wealth of knowledge while we have him.
“If the job comes, we will have to go for an alternative coach but for now, we want to enjoy what he offers to the team.”