Tinkler can succeed Barker

2015-12-09 06:00
Beleaguered Orlando Pirates coach Eric Tinkler could take over as the new Maritzburg United boss. PHOTO: gallo images

Beleaguered Orlando Pirates coach Eric Tinkler could take over as the new Maritzburg United boss. PHOTO: gallo images

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MARITZBURG United have just fired Clive Barker, but it seems the club have already identified his successor.

A well-placed source within the club said that Orlando Pirates boss could be called in to try and save the club from relegation.

Tinkler is, of course, still contracted to the Bucaneers, but according to the source, the former national team midfielder, who played under Barker when Bafana Bafana won the Africa Cup of ­Nations in 1996, could also be given the axe after failure to win the CAF ­Confederation’s Cup.

According to KickOff.com, the Pirates boss is to meet with the club’s management this week, and is widely expected to be shown the door.

Other coaches that are unemployed could also be considered by United.

Clinton Larsen, who did not have a ­particularly good time the last time he worked in Pietermaritzburg, has just left Bloemfontein Celtic, and could be keen to take a second stab at leading the Team of Choice to glory.

Owen da Gama, Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba’s number two, and the man in charge of the national under-23 side, could also be considered, depending how the 2016 Olympic Qualifiers go for his side in Senegal.

While the club were looking for a replacement for Mandla Ncikazi who was sacked, also after just two months, chairman Farook Kadodia said , at the time they were looking solely at applications from South African coaches.

But, while Kadodia said that while appointing a South African coach remained a priority, they would now also look at applications from overseas.

A coach with prior experience in working with a struggling team would tick all the right boxes. Should Tinkler be given the boot in the next couple of days, the club should try to make him swop the Highveld for the Midlands. The 45-year-old doesn’t have any experience working as a head-coach of a struggling side, but leading the Sea Robbers to a continental cup final should add weight to his credentials. United were not the only KwaZulu-Natal club to lose their coach as Golden Arrows boss Serame Letsoaka tendered his resignation, with speculation linking him with a move to Bloemfontein Celtic.

He cited family reasons for leaving the Durban-based club.

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