Muhsin’s sur­vival kit at Bucs ship

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

Muhsin Er­tuğral’s move to Or­lando Pi­rates has been hailed as a step in the right direc­tion, but it will take some­thing spe­cial for him to sur­vive.

The tem­per­a­men­tal Turk­ish-born men­tor will need a thick skin and will have to put his foot down to pre­vent ex­ter­nal in­flu­ences. He will have to tread care­fully at Pi­rates be­fore he steps on some­one’s toes. Tech­ni­cal direc­tor Stan­ley “Screamer” Tsha­bal­ala is of­ten ac­cused of in­ter­fer­ing in team se­lec­tion.

Er­tuğral’s suc­cess will de­pend on how much in­flu­ence he will have at the club.

City Press has learnt that at Mpumalanga Black Aces Er­tuğral used to con­trol ev­ery­thing – from the PR team to travel ar­range­ments. He will not have it his way at Pi­rates.

A lot will de­pend on his man­age­ment style and how he deals with other peo­ple at the club.

For him to sur­vive, he will need to take charge of the dress­ing room and avoid treat­ing cer­tain play­ers with kid gloves.

For­mer Pi­rates striker An­dries “Lo­cal Is Lekker” Se­bola has no doubt that Er­tuğral will sur­vive. He be­lieves happy days will be back at Pi­rates. But the man dubbed the su­per­sub cau­tioned Er­tuğral to tread care­fully.

“Look­ing at his track record, I don’t have any doubts that he will sur­vive, pro­vided there is no in­ter­fer­ence,” said Se­bola.

“In­ter­fer­ence in a sense that he needs to get his own play­ers who he be­lieves will de­liver. It’s his neck on the block and he needs re­sults. He must avoid the club buy­ing play­ers he doesn’t want and he must bring his kind of play­ers.

“What I like about him is that he is re­sults-ori­ented and he will in­stil that men­tal­ity in the play­ers.

“I was not happy with how the team used to de­fend and at­tack with a lone striker, and I think this is the area where the coach needs to do some­thing [dif­fer­ent]. The team did not build from the back. I know he will bring a dif­fer­ent men­tal­ity, which can only ben­e­fit the team.”

Se­bola said the for­mer Kaizer Chiefs and Ajax Cape Town coach would have to change his at­ti­tude or tone down his an­tics in the tech­ni­cal area.

“Some of the play­ers won’t re­act pos­i­tively to his touch­line an­tics and this might work against him. He needs to change his ap­proach when play­ers make mis­takes, as our play­ers are not men­tally strong [enough] to take it on the chin.”

Pi­rates ad­min­is­tra­tive man­ager Floyd Mbele said Er­tuğral needed no in­tro­duc­tions.

“His pedi­gree, achieve­ments and knowl­edge of the game are well doc­u­mented. We are con­fi­dent that he will find all he needs to as­sem­ble an ex­cit­ing and com­pet­i­tive squad ahead of the start of the new sea­son,” said a con­fi­dent Mbele. What Er­tuğral brings to Pi­rates: Dis­ci­pline: Pi­rates need a strict coach who is not scared to take un­pop­u­lar de­ci­sions, and in Er­tuğral they have found a no-non­sense man who will not be scared to bench play­ers who don’t per­form. Some of the big-name play­ers will have to shape up or ship out. Those who carry out his in­struc­tions will be happy to work with him, as he usu­ally re­wards hard work and com­mit­ment. Great tac­ti­cian: Er­tuğral is tac­ti­cally as­tute, look­ing at his suc­cesses at pre­vi­ous clubs. He brings out the best in play­ers and Collins Mbe­suma can at­test to that af­ter he re­vived his ca­reer at Aces. Play­ers who have worked un­der him have high praise for how he plans for the game, as he pays at­ten­tion to every de­tail. Youth pol­icy: His be­lief in young­sters will ben­e­fit the club, as he is not shy to throw play­ers who show po­ten­tial in the deep end. Aces young­sters such as Aubrey Modiba (20), who won Young Player of the Sea­son last month, and Ju­das Mosi­amedi (22) were ben­e­fi­cia­ries of his con­fi­dence and rep­re­sented Amaza­y­oni with aplomb.

This is an op­por­tu­nity for young­sters in the club. They can look for­ward to some­one who will give them a chance to show­case their tal­ent. The likes of Roger Ma­jafa, who was over­looked by Eric Tin­kler, will per­haps now get a chance to play.

But they will have to prove to him that they are ready by grab­bing the op­por­tu­nity if they get it. To­tal con­trol: Er­tuğral should be given the lat­i­tude to bring his tech­ni­cal staff – peo­ple he be­lieves in. There is talk of bring­ing his trusted fit­ness trainer Elsa Storm, who he worked with at Kaizer Chiefs and Aces. Storm has been cred­ited with keep­ing Collins Mbe­suma in great shape, which saw the Zam­bian win­ning the top goalscorer award af­ter net­ting 14 strikes. But... Er­tuğral’s man­age­ment style has of­ten been in the spot­light, par­tic­u­larly the man­ner in which he openly voices his frus­tra­tions. He is not one to shy away from crit­i­cis­ing his play­ers openly, and this might be his down­fall. His an­tics have be­come no­to­ri­ous, as he can be seen through­out a match gri­mac­ing at every lit­tle fault his play­ers make on the field, shout­ing at ref­er­ees for every de­ci­sion that goes against his side and gen­er­ally putting on a per­for­mance every time the cam­era is fo­cused on him.

As Se­bola says, if he tones down in this area he can see out the three-year con­tract he has signed.

Good luck to him. He will need it.

PHOTO: CARL FOURIE / GALLO IM­AGES

SPEAK NO EVIL Er­tuğral will have to tone down his an­tics on the bench

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