Se­cret Foot­baller

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This month’s Se­cret Foot­baller ques­tions the mind­set of any coach­ing will­ing to take on the coach­ing hot­seat at Chippa United.


Be­tween 2012 and 2015, PSL new kids on the block Chippa United went through 14 coaches, with the exit door still re­volv­ing at pace this cam­paign. Dan Male­sela was ap­pointed, fired and re-ap­pointed three times be­fore be­ing re­placed this sea­son by Eric Tin­kler who, be­fore we knew it, was also fired, with Joel Ma­sutha ap­pointed as care­taker coach un­til the end of the sea­son. Is the club’s management re­spon­si­ble for all the chop­ping and chang­ing, or are the coaches them­selves to blame? Our Se­cret Foot­baller, who played for the club, be­lieves it’s a bit of both.

I’ll be hon­est and say I was sur­prised when I heard that a coach of Eric Tin­kler’s cal­i­bre had agreed to coach a club like Chippa United. Tin­kler played for big clubs in Eng­land, Italy and Por­tu­gal while also rep­re­sent­ing Bafana Bafana. His coach­ing CV is also good, hav­ing been at Orlando Pi­rates, Cape Town City and Su­per­Sport United, so I was ex­pect­ing a bet­ter de­ci­sion from some­one like him. All these coaches who agree to go and coach a club like Chippa United re­ally sur­prise me. I mean, why do that when you al­ready know what hap­pened to other coaches who worked there be­fore? You know the same thing that hap­pened to other coaches will also hap­pen to you. So why would you agree to take over? It doesn’t make sense to me. Peo­ple ex­pect you to pro­duce re­sults overnight, but it’s not al­ways pos­si­ble. Look at the num­ber of coaches who have worked there – it’s re­ally shock­ing. It’s sad and shock­ing at the same time. I al­ways tell my­self that one day, if and when I de­cide to go into coach­ing, I must not be des­per­ate for a job. Once you are des­per­ate for a coach­ing job, you are putting your­self in a po­si­tion where you will end up coach­ing a club like Chippa United. By go­ing to that club, what does that do to your CV? Tin­kler was only there for ten games and didn’t even stay for the whole sea­son. Now there is a new coach in Joel Ma­sutha who was at Black Leop­ards, but was also at Chippa be­fore, in 2014 [as as­sis­tant coach]. When Ma­sutha was an­nounced, they didn’t say he would be the head coach, they said “in­terim coach” – what does that tell you? When you go there, it means you are des­per­ate for a job. Ma­sutha was at Chippa be­fore and worked with the late Roger Sikhakhane. Why do these coaches keep go­ing back to Chippa United when they know what’s go­ing to hap­pen to them? They might get re­sults in the first cou­ple of weeks which is just the hon­ey­moon phase, as af­ter that they of­ten start los­ing matches and then get fired. For play­ers who are there, it comes with the ter­ri­tory … they have to ac­cept this be­cause it’s part of the job. When they go out onto the field, it shouldn’t mat­ter who coaches the team. The field is still the same, the ball is still round, there is a for­ma­tion you have to play in, there are op­po­nents you must face and you still need to win matches. Play­ers must adapt and when a new coach comes in, they have to play be­cause they don’t have a choice. As for Tin­kler, I re­ally don’t know what he was think­ing.

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