CT City boss Comitis not happy with 'average', explains Tinkler appointment

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Cape Town City owner John Comitis has revealed his reasons for appointing Eric Tinkler as head coach for a second stint at the club.

The former Bafana Bafana midfielder was the club's first official mentor under a new regime when Comitis bought Mpumalanga Black Aces' PSL status in 2016.

Comitis, who previously co-owned Ajax Cape Town (now known as Cape Town Spurs), relocated Aces to the Western Cape and renamed the club to Cape Town City.

In his first season, Tinkler brought immediate success with a third-place finish in the Premiership, securing participation in the CAF Confederation Cup and winning the Telkom Knockout tournament.

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However, a string of bad results for Tinkler in the following campaign gave Comitis enough reason to cut ties with the coach.

Fan favourite Benni McCarthy then took over in his first head coach role at City for 18 months before he too got the sack in 2019, despite winning the MTN8 and back-to-back finishes in the top five of the Premiership.

Jan Olde Riekerink replaced the once prolific Bafana Bafana striker as the Citizens mentor, but things went from bad to worse.

The Dutchman was placed on 'administrative leave' before he was sacked, with Tinkler's name immediately popping up as his replacement.

Speaking to the media on Monday ahead of City's final two league matches of the season, Comitis has now made his reasons known for Tinkler's return before the end of the 2020/21 campaign.

"I think it is clear here what we are doing. We are not happy with average. We are not happy with being mediocre," said Comitis.

"It's been that kind of season for us, while I thought, honestly at the beginning of the season, I've probably assembled one of the best group of players in our five-year history, but things don't always work out on the pitch as they do on paper.

"Sometimes the missing link is the person is that can switch on the correct switches to get everybody to tick.

"Eric is back for two very clear reasons; we are an ambitious club, we know what to expect from Eric.

"His work ethic and certainly his ability to work with South African players of different cultures as we do have a very diverse squad and club which is an asset, to be honest.

"So that's been the first change... we have already gone to the market for [a] coach and additional reinforcements in certain positions.

"We have probably achieved two of the three targets we're chasing, one still to come that will unfold in the next couple of weeks."

City take on the relegation-threatened Black Leopards on Wednesday (kick-off is at 17:00) before travelling to Gauteng for their final match against DStv Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday (15:00).

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