Premiership merry-go-round continues
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – THE trigger-happiness culture in the South African Premiership has claimed another casualty in Supersport United coach, Gordon Igesund.On Wednesday, the Pretoria club has announced the parting of ways with the former national team coach with immediate effect.
Another former Bafana Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs coach, Stuart Baxter, would be brought in to replace Igesund.
Club Chiefs Executive Officer Stan Matthews, explained the decision.
“Unfortunately the results and player performances have not matched our expectations and we felt it fair to tell Gordon early that we are looking to the future for next season and beyond,” said Matthews.
Igesund, a four-time league winner with Manning Rangers, Santos, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns, joins a list of coaches that have been fired or resigned this season.
Half of the 16 sides in the Absa Premiership have undergone coaching changes.
That excludes Sundowns’ Pitso Mosimane, whom a majority of the club’s fans wanted out after a poor start to the season. He has enjoyed the last laugh with his side leading the log.
Bottom-placed Maritzburg United were the first to effect a change with the sacking of Mandla Ncikazi.
Roger Sikhakhane’s love-hate relationship with Chippa United saw him suspended recently.
Free State Stars have parted ways with Kinnah Phiri after a string of poor results.
Clive Barker was unceremoniously relived of his duties at Maritzburg while Serame Letsoaka and Clinton Larsen stepped down at Golden Arrows and Bloemfontein Celtic respectively.
Serbian Kosta Papic left Polokwane City in a huff.
Suggestions are that more coaches will be out of work soon with a number of trainers feeling the pressure at their clubs.
Ahead of the Soweto Derby set for this weekend, coaches of the country’s two biggest teams, Kaizer Chiefs (Steve Komphela) and Pirates (Eric Tinkler) are unpopular among some fans of the respective sides. – CAJ News
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