Struggling Nigeria Premier League, (NPL) side, Crown Football Club, have sackedÂ their head coach, Ganiyu Salami, following Sundayâ€™s 0-2 loss to Bukola Babes at theÂ Gateway International Stadium in Ilaro in a Week 13 game.
The Premier League newcomers explained in statement made available to SuperSport.comÂ hours after the 0-2 loss at home that the sack of the former Nigerian U-17 coach wasÂ due to poor results in the past weeks.
Salami was, however, not the only one sacked, as the entire technical crew of theÂ team suffered the same ordeal except Oladunni Oyekale, who now takes charge of theÂ side as interim boss.
â€œFollowing heavy defeats suffered by the club in recent times, the management ofÂ Crown FC has relieved the technical crew of their jobs and appointed coach OladunniÂ Oyekale to be in charge for now,â€ the statement from the club read.
Players of the Premier League side were not spared, as their pay had been slashedÂ for poor performance in recent weeks.
â€œEqually the playersâ€™ salary had been temporarily slashed,â€ part of the statementÂ read.
Crown FC also stated that they could head into the transfer market to sign newÂ players to save the side from demotion.
The clubâ€™s overseer, Olanrewaju Oladeji, was said to be angry with the teamâ€™s 0-2Â defeat at the hands of fellow newcomers, Bukola Babes, after his riot act reading toÂ the players and coaches last week.
Crown FC last won a Premier League game on 19 December, 2010. It was a 1-0 winÂ against Jos University Teaching Hospital, JUTH Football Club through Gabriel Aguâ€™sÂ goal.
The Ogbomoso club have taken no points in their last five games and are 18th on theÂ log with 10 points from 12 games.
The former Nigeria National League, NNL champions, are also yet to score in theirÂ last five games, while they have not picked a point since the start of this year.
Meanwhile, Crownâ€™s duo of goalkeeper, Ayobami Ojo and Tony Edjomeriojwe, haveÂ expressed concern over the clubâ€™s dwindling fortunes in the elite class.
The club have lost five successive matches to Lobi Stars, Dolphins, Ocean Boys,Â Zamfara United and Bukola Babes. Perhaps to compound their woes, two of theseÂ defeats were in front of their fans.
â€œI donâ€™t know whatâ€™s happening,â€ Ojo, who is the teamâ€™s first choice goalkeeper,Â said.Â â€œWe tried our best, but the results have been different,â€