Success not the name of club bosses’ game

2011-09-24 18:07

PSL club owners are fast gaining notoriety for bringing the axe down on coaches irrespective of the successful streak of results they often bring to their teams.

iven the nature of the game of football it came as no surprise when Manqoba Mngqithi was given the chop by AmaZulu barely 72 hours after graduating with the highest coaching certificate in the country – a Safa Level Three Coaching Certificate.

Sadly, incidents of “successful” coaches being shown the door by club owners are rife here at home and abroad.

Jose Mourinho left Chelsea after a falling out with owner Roman Abramovich despite having led the English side to the Premiership, Carling Cup and the FA Cup in a glorious 2007 campaign.

The big questions are: just what do club owners want and are coaching contracts worth the paper they are written on?

The soccer fraternity was recently shocked to the marrow when Orlando Pirates did not extend Ruud Krol’s tenure despite winning the MTN8, Absa Premiership and the Nedbank Cup last season.

Mngqithi is the first coach to bite the dust this season but surely won’t be the last – and his five games are not a new record in league history.

Italian giants Inter Milan this week axed Gian Piero Gasperini after just five games in charge.

Free State Stars still hold the local record after getting rid of their Ghanaian coach, David Duncan, even before the season officially started two years ago.

Black Leopards showed Jean-Yves Kerjean the door after only one game in August 2005 while Mpumalanga Black Aces and Free Stars fired Savvas Agiomamitis after only three games in the hot seat at each club.

The current Pirates coach, Julio Leal, did not bask long in the glory of winning the Nedbank Cup with Moroka Swallows.

Neil Tovey and Miguel Gamondi were relieved of their duties at Mamelodi Sundowns after retaining the league title.

Tovey was also forced out of AmaZulu after reaching one cup final and two semifinals and finishing ninth on the log.

Paul Dolezar was sent packing by Sundowns for not playing entertaining football despite taking the club to second spot on the log.

Roy Barreto won the league with Pirates but still got dismissed in 2003.

Professor Mlungisi Ngubane saved Maritzburg from going down but that could not guarantee him a contract.

The big question is: Whose head is next to roll after Mngqithi?

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