Fears that renegade Coach, Milovan Rajevac, may be reappointed to the Black Stars job were nipped in the bud yesterday when the search committee approved a final shortlist of five without the Serbian.

Also dropped was Juande Ramos, whose asking price was said to be sky-rocketting. But the five who made the final shortlist were Ghanaians Marcel Desailly and Herbert Addo, Portuguese, Humberto Jesus Cuelho, Goran Stevanovic of Serbia and Can Vanli of Turkey.

Graphic Sports can report that the issue about Milo’s inclusion in the final shortlist attracted rave disagreement among members of the committee at yesterday’s meeting.

According to inside sources, the decision to drop Milo followed a careful gauging of public opinion against the Serbian by the search committee, most of whom feared the backlash should Milo be given the job.

Coach Milo’s reported inclusion sparked a national debate after he left the Black Stars last September 9 for oil-rich Saudi Arabian club, Al Ahly Jeddah, on a three-year contract.

The Serbian trainer had promised a contract extension on the expiration of his two-year deal with Ghana but left the Stars in a limbo after guiding them to a 3-0 win in Swaziland in the opening Nations Cup qualifiers.

The inside source told the Graphic Sports on phone that yesterday’s meeting of the search committee was part of the due diligence that had to be employed to reach a conclusion later this week.

It said the committee would zoom into the interview session after the final shortlist and hopefully name the next Black Stars coach on December 15, after which he would begin work in January next year.

The development must have come as a confirmation of earlier rumours about unseen hands lobbying for the reinstatement of Coach Milo who was initially not included in the “mathematics”.

About 102 coaches applied for the vacant Black Stars job but the committee pruned it down to nine and reportedly reduced it to five at yesterday’s meeting.