What be­comes of ex­pe­ri­enced coaches?

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

The ap­point­ment of Fadlu Davids as Mar­itzburg United coach means that the re­cy­cling of coaches in the Pre­mier Soc­cer League (PSL) is slowly com­ing to an end as new faces en­ter the mar­ket.

But what will hap­pen to the grow­ing list of un­em­ployed men­tors?

Davids joins Benni McCarthy as a new­comer to coach­ing, al­though he has as­sumed the role be­fore on an in­terim ba­sis.

New Plat­inum Stars coach Peter But­ler also takes up his post, hav­ing had no pre­vi­ous PSL ex­pe­ri­ence. Formerly the head coach of Botswana’s na­tional team, But­ler joined Stars af­ter sign­ing a two-year deal.

Polok­wane City and two Free State clubs – Bloem­fontein Celtic and Free State Stars – do not have per­ma­nent coaches, and the usual sus­pects will be wait­ing for a call.

Lehlo­honolo Seema has been run­ning the show at Celtic in the ab­sence of coach Luc Ey­mael, who is cur­rently sort­ing out his con­trac­tual is­sues with Polok­wane City. Celtic is ru­moured to no longer be in­ter­ested in Ey­mael’s ser­vices.

Free State Stars have just parted ways with Ser­ame Let­soaka, who joins the ranks of the coun­try’s un­em­ployed coaches.

Black Leop­ards coach Jean Lus­cuito has been tipped to be his re­place­ment, but he is yet to con­firm this.

Let­soaka said his man­age­ment agency was work­ing on where he would go next.

Polok­wane City chair­per­son Johnny Mo­gal­adi has made it clear that he wants care­taker coach Bernard Molekwa to con­tinue with the job. Molekwa over­saw City’s fi­nal 11 games af­ter the sud­den res­ig­na­tion of Ey­mael in March.

Roger De Sá, whose last job was coach­ing Mar­itzburg United, told City Press that he was ready to bounce back af­ter he took time off from foot­ball. Hav­ing re­signed from United in March, De Sá re­turned to Cape Town, cit­ing “fam­ily rea­sons”, but has re­cently ex­pressed his readi­ness to re­turn to foot­ball.

“It would be good to get back af­ter tak­ing some time off. So, yes, I am look­ing,” said De Sá, who has been linked with a Bafana Bafana as­sis­tant coach­ing job.

An­other men­tor who is on the mar­ket is Cavin John­son, who parted ways with Plat­inum Stars af­ter the club de­cided not to re­new his con­tract.

And for­mer Bafana coach Gor­don Ige­sund is also idle af­ter los­ing his job at High­lands Park.

The other usual sus­pects – Muhsin Er­tuğral and Ernst Mid­den­dorp – may not be in the coun­try, but they will also be hov­er­ing, ready to pounce if there is an open­ing.

Er­tuğral sur­pris­ingly re­signed from Or­lando Pi­rates on live television in Novem­ber, fol­low­ing a hu­mil­i­at­ing 6-1 defeat against Su­per­Sport United, and has since been with­out a job.

In March, he tweeted that he was leav­ing this coun­try to con­tinue his ca­reer in Europe.

Mid­den­dorp is in Thai­land, work­ing as a tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor of Bangkok United.

For now, all eyes will be on McCarthy and Davids to see how they swim with the sharks when the sea­son starts next month.

PHOTO: LEFTY SHIVAMBU / GALLO IMAGES

ON THE MAR­KET For­mer Free State Stars coach Ser­ame Let­soaka is look­ing for a job

PHOTO: AUBREY KGAKATSI / BACKPAGEPIX

MERRY-GOR­OUND Gor­don Ige­sund is in the mar­ket again

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