Has Tinkler done enough?

2015-03-04 11:19

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Caretaker coach Eric Tinkler has already endeared himself to Orlando Pirates’ supporters.

But a victory over archrivals Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday is bound to increase his popularity among Bucs’ supporters.

Ironically Tinkler’s first game in charge of Pirates was against Chiefs, after Vladimir Vermezovic departed in the week leading up to the derby.

Pirates lost the match, but the ship subsequently stayed afloat with four wins and two draws, before last night’s match against Polokwane City.

On Saturday, Tinkler will get a chance to avenge the one defeat he has suffered since taking over the reins in November.

It’s not the first time the 45-year-old coach has been given the responsibility to lead Pirates.

He was elevated to the hot seat after the departure of Roger De Sá to Ajax Cape Town early last year.

Tinkler, who joined Pirates more than two years ago to assist De Sá, has made it clear that he wants to be given the job on a permanent basis.

With the results going his way so far, no one should blame him for thinking he has done enough to secure the position.

But a defeat might very well bring calls for club chairperson Irvin Khoza to employ an experienced coach.

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