Muhsin’s survival kit at Bucs ship
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.
SPEAK NO EVIL Ertuğral will have to tone down his antics on the bench