Troughton takes over Tuks reins
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.