SuperSport ropes in new academy director

2009-10-03 13:41

SuperSport United’s development wing, the SuperSport Tottenham Hotspur academy, has appointed Eric Winstanley as the technical director.

The United Kingdom-born official has joined Godfrey Mosoetsa, Kwanele Kopo and Kaitano Tembo in the already top-rated academy technical staff.

“This is an important job for me and I feel I can impart my knowledge to the boys. It’s exciting to work in South Africa for the first time and with the entire technical team in the academy, we will certainly achieve our goal,” said Winstanley.

He emphasised that his job would not be difficult to carry out as he had a track record of coaching in the youth systems in the past.

“I’m well equipped with all the aspects of coaching and will help taking this academy to another level. I’m happy with the set-up but there’s a lot more to do. I will address the situation and will relate more to what is done at Tottenham. It will take time but we will make it the best,” concluded Winstanley, who is equipped with the Uefa A Coaching Certificate.

Having started coaching job in his early 20s, Winstanley has worked in Africa before, with stints in Uganda and Ethiopia, Zanzibar as well as Tanzania.

His CV also reflects a brief coaching job at Barnsley when they gained promotion in the English Premiership in the 1996/97 season.

In 2001, he left for the Caribbean and worked as a technical director for St Kitts.

Winstanley said his proudest moment was when Barnsley organised him a testimonial game against Manchester United.

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