No one made Muhsin quit

2012-10-24 00:00

GOLDEN Arrows coach Muhsin Ertugral handed in his chips with the club late on Monday, and by midday yesterday the club had announced the return of Manqoba Mngqithi as their head coach.

Speaking to The Witness, Ertugral said he had departed amicably and there had been no pressure on him to resign.

“That’s the ups and downs of football. Off the pitch and on the pitch, you never know what to expect and, after a run of poor results with one win in eight games, a decision had to be made. This was entirely my own choice and I feel it is the right way forward for the club.”

Ertugral joined Arrows in October last year after coaching at Kaizer Chiefs and Ajax Cape Town.

The current season has seen a solitary win (1-0) against Sundowns, with Arrows 13th in the standings among 16 teams.

Last weekend’s 3-1 loss to Free State Stars in the first round of the Telkom Knockout was Ertugral’s knockout blow.

“Look, it’s sad as the club touched my heart and I was close to the players. I still maintain they are great players and play good football.

“We were not scoring goals and I believe a change of fortune is what the club needs. It’s a difficult decision, but I believe I am acting in the best interests of the club and everyone involved,” he said.

Arrows accepted Ertugral’s decision and wasted no time in announcing the appointment of Mngqithi in the coaching role.

He returns to Arrows as the only coach to bag any silverware with the club, guiding them to MTN8 honours in 2009, beating Ajax Cape Town.

Since leaving Arrows, Mngqithi has been fired by AmaZulu and Chippa United, although he did enough to get the latter club playing in the PSL this season.

On their website, Arrows announced: “We welcome back Manqoba Mngqithi who was an important part of the growth of the Arrows team regarding identifying young talent and developing the Arrows style.

“It is fantastic to have him back with us and we are certain the club can expect an immediate and positive change, not only in the way we play, but in the results as well.”

Ertugral meanwhile, is happy to enjoy a break from the yo-yo world of football, returning to his home in Cape Town to relax and search the path that lies before him.

Ertugral said: “South Africa is my home these days, but you are never certain in football.

“Offers and jobs come from around the world and while there is nothing special on the horizon just yet, I am confident something will come up.

“It could be an overseas offer, particularly from Turkey where I am known well or my home country.

“Meanwhile, I will enjoy jogging and going to gym.

“There are always teams in football that need help and I could call myself a fireman, always ready to extinguish a fire at a club and help the building process.”

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