Motsepe rings in the changes as he owns up to his mistakes

2011-07-02 19:46

Mamelodi Sundowns’ boss Patrice Motsepe has admitted to being irresponsible in the running of the club and of having made costly mistakes.

“We have been irresponsible, even if I say so myself,” he said. “Without a doubt there are areas where we should have done better or differently.

“We should have been a little bit patient in identifying the right coaches and supporting them. We can’t be changing coaches every year but we hope the new coach will be with us for the next three to five years at least.”

Motsepe also admitted that the club hadn’t been focusing on its academy structure.

He took a swipe at management, saying the club could have been better administered.

“There are lots of failures that could have been avoided and some of them are unnecessary. Our management has to improve to avoid these things,” he said.

Motsepe said since taking over the club in 2003 there had been no return on investment.

He said he was not complaining as he did not go into football to make money but to create equilibrium in his life.

Motsepe will bring changes to the club, with the communication manager, Alex Shakoane, being redeployed to head the supporters’ division.

“We need growth in the team and there are times when you need changes,” said Motsepe.

On the issue of Jose Torrealba suing the club he said he had instructed the club’s lawyers to deal with it.

The former Downs’ striker is suing the club for R5.5 million in damages, for defamation of character and loss of income while a case he had brought was being considered.

This was after he won a case against Sundowns in October 2007, with the dispute resolution chamber ruling that the club had forged his signature to extend his contract.

“I have said before that we cannot afford to be associated with anything improper even if we are innocent because there will always be issues of perception,” said Motsepe.

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