Heartland coach Emmanuel Deutsch has unveiled plans to lead the Owerri club back to the Premier League, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
Heartland were relegated from the Nigerian topflight at the end of last season.
Deutsch told NAN on Monday that he would begin a 40-day intensive training with the team to prepare them ahead of the forthcoming National League season.
“I have three key plans and if properly executed, the club will not only come back to the Premier League but will compete favourably,’’ he said.
The Cameroonian added that he had plans to begin a talent hunt programme in all the 27 local government areas of Imo State.
He said he would organise a series of friendly matches with home-based clubs to enable him to discover talented players.
He commended the Deputy Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly and the supervisor of the club Ugonna Ozuruigbo for his support.
Meanwhile, Ozuruigbo has cautioned the General Manager of the club Godfaith Etuemena for criticising the team in the media.
NAN reports that Etuemena faulted the appointment of a new coach for the club in an interview, arguing that the club’s coaching staff were capable of managing the team.
Ozuruigbo said what was important to the state government, fans and stakeholders was the progress of the club.
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