Tinkler tried to jump ship?
‘You’d be shocked to know which coaches sent me their CVs,’ says Celtic CEO Khumbulani Konco
Beleaguered Orlando Pirates coach Eric Tinkler allegedly wants out of the club! City Press has been informed that his CV was sent to at least two clubs in the Absa Premiership. But the Bucs mentor has quashed reports linking him to the vacant Maritzburg United coaching post. “I am not going anywhere; I am staying put at Pirates. I’m not prepared to comment any further on this matter,” said Tinkler on Friday.
City Press has been informed that United were not the only club that received his CV.
According to a highly placed source, Tinkler’s CV also found its way to Bloemfontein Celtic. But Celtic have already appointed Serame Letsoaka as the replacement for Clinton Larsen, who yesterday was named as the new coach of Golden Arrows.
Celtic chief executive Khumbulani Konco could not deny or confirm if Tinkler’s CV was among the many they received. He did say they received many applications from local and overseas coaches, but refused to divulge their names.
“You will be shocked if I reveal some of the names, but it would be unprofessional of me, as some of them are still attached to clubs. Suffice to say we have already appointed Serame as our head coach and are happy with our choice.”
Tinkler’s agent, Vasili Katz, got hot under the collar when City Press called him to verify the information that he had circulated his charge’s CV to Celtic and United.
“My brother, I’m going to ask you a big favour. Don’t talk s**t to me. That’s a rumour you’re trying to start. If you have an email with the CV sent to Celtic, you can publish it. That is far from the truth. Thank you and you are never going to get any interview with me. Bye-bye,” said a peeved Katz before slamming down the phone on Friday.
Earlier, Katz had insisted that Tinkler was happy at the Buccaneers. “Why would anything change?” he asked.
“The reports linking him with Maritzburg are untrue and it’s you media guys who are behind this. They have never contacted the club and neither do I know about it. Obviously, with a high-profile coach, there will always be rumours circulating, especially as Bloem Celtic, Golden Arrows and Maritzburg didn’t have a coach at the time.
“I’m not surprised by the speculation, as I think reporters always want to sell a story. It’s the name of the game, but he is very much an Orlando Pirates coach and is happy there. He has a great job and is just [home] from the final of the Confederation Cup.”
Pirates administrative manager Floyd Mbele said they were surprised by media reports linking their coach with a move away from the club. “He’s our coach and has not said anything to us about moving. He has done well for us and just reached the final of a continental competition. We treat this speculation as mere rumours,” said Mbele.
On Friday, United chairperson Farouk Kadodia said they had never approached Pirates or been contacted for the services of Tinkler. “We have had no contact with Pirates at all. It’s all media speculation,” said Kadodia.
He said their search for Clive Barker’s replacement was continuing and they were hoping to find someone before their next game.
“We have been flooded with applications from everywhere, but we want someone who has been in this situation before, who can handle the pressure.”
A source close to Pirates said they believed reports linking Tinkler with United.
“I think there’s an element of truth in those reports, but they caught him off-guard and put him in an compromising situation. I think his intention was to drop a bombshell when he returned from Tunisia, but the report caught him by surprise.”