Tin­kler tried to jump ship?

‘You’d be shocked to know which coaches sent me their CVs,’ says Celtic CEO Khum­bu­lani Konco

CityPress - - Sport - TIM­O­THY MOLOBI tim­o­thy@city­press.co.za

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.”

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