This month’s Secret Footballer questions the mindset of any coaching willing to take on the coaching hotseat at Chippa United.
"WHY DO THAT WHEN YOU ALREADY KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO OTHER COACHES WHO WORKED THERE BEFORE?"
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.