Troughton takes over Tuks reins

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UNIVER­SITY of Pre­to­ria’s new man in charge Sammy Troughton says although for­mer coach Steve Barker will be missed, they have to move on and fo­cus on the task ahead. Barker re­signed from his role as head coach of Tuks on Sun­day night to take up the va­cant job at AmaZulu, clos­ing the chap­ter on a six-year stint with the Pre­to­ria team. “I’m sure he’ll do a good job, but we have to look for­ward now. The fact of the mat­ter is, the man’s gone, so we have to ap­ply our­selves. He’ll al­ways be a good friend,” Troughton, Barker’s for­mer as­sis­tant coach, said yes­ter­day. “We now have to pick up the reins and I think it’s a good thing that we’re play­ing a game on Wed­nes­day night.” Troughton and Sly Mos­ala, the other half of Tuks’ new coach­ing pair, have a mam­moth task ahead of them, with Or­lando Pi­rates pay­ing them a visit to­mor­row night in a Premier­ship en­counter at the Tuks Sta­dium. Troughton takes over a Tuks out­fit cur­rently 12th in the league stand­ings with 12 points from their 11 games so far. The Ir­ish­man will hope for a change of for­tunes in Pre­to­ria, where AmaTuks have man­aged a sin­gle win in five ap­pear­ances on home soil, los­ing the other four.

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