More coaches in danger of losing their jobs
With three coaches having been sacked since the start of the season, a few coaches in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) might just lose their jobs before the end of the year if their fortunes don’t improve.
Chippa United were the first PSL club to fire a coach, dismissing Dan Malesela three matches into the new season. Other coaching casualties so far include Joel Masutha and Luc Eymael. The pair were shown the door by Black Leopards and Free State Stars respectively, on the same day a fortnight ago.
The list of casualties is destined to grow before the new year. Kaizer Chiefs coach Giovanni Solinas heads the list. The Italian-born mentor is under pressure to improve Amakhosi’s log position. The Glamour Boys are fifth on the table on 18 points after 13 outings.
The Soweto heavyweights have struggled for consistency under Solinas. Coaches like Muhsin Ertugral and Manchester United legend Dwight Yoke are said to be interested in replacing him.
Chiefs have two league matches before the end of the year, away to Golden Arrows and at home to SuperSport. These matches may determine Solinas’s future at Naturena.
Having just taken over from Malesela in August, Eric Tinkler’s job is not safe at Chilli Boys. Tinkler has won only two of the eight matches he has overseen, with three defeats and two draws.
The Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape-based, club are 13th on
the log. With the owner Siviwe “Chippa” Mpengesi known for being trigger-happy when it comes to firing coaches, he may just pull the plug on the exSuperSport United mentor any time he feels like it.
To survive this year, Tinkler must convince Mpengesi by getting results in the six remaining matches before the year ends.
Baroka’s Wedson Nyireda could also be in trouble. Baroka CEO Morgan Mammila has publicly hinted that if the club’s league form does not pick up, they will act. Bakgaga have only amassed 10 points from 12 matches, lying in position 12.