Former Chelsea and England striker Carlton Cole who was sacked by his Indonesian club Persib Bandung on Wednesday after failing to score during the 2017 season has blamed his failures on his manager Umuh Muchtar.
“We have decided to let [Cole] go because he has failed to perform as expected,” manager Umuh Muchtar told DPA.
“It’s the management’s decision to dismiss him, we will have a new player in the second round of the season,” the Persib boss said, according to Sky Sports.
“He plays very badly compared to the other [foreign players] who have joined Persib. He had the worst performance. Maybe he was injured before joining but he wasn’t honest about it.”
Before his dismissal, Cole had lashed out on social media at Muchtar, and complained that he had not been treated fairly.
“I have only started two games out of, I think, 16 games, because he has not wanted to play me,” Cole said.
“So I have come on three times and I have only started two games. Me and Michael Essien, we didn’t have a preseason, so we have had to try and play catch up.
“We are in a bad position anyway, so he is just trying to point fingers, [rather than blame] his bad management.”
Persib, 2014 Indonesian champions, are 14th on the Liga 1 table, with 21 points from 17 matches.