Trigger-happy club owners chop and change

Sammy Troughtonby MTHULISI SIBANDA

JOHANNEBSURG, (CAJ News) – GAUTENG, Pretoria in particular, is proving to be a hostile place for coaches as the trigger-happiness culture among club owners rears its head again.

As the coaching merry-go-round reaches full throttle, two coaches have lost their jobs and another two feeling pressure from hard-to-please fans.

The latest casualty to suffer the humiliation of the sack in Sammy Troughton, who has paid the price for University of Pretoria’s’ disastrous campaign that sees the side facing the unenviable prospect of relegation.

In comes Shaun Bartlett, who ironically suffered relegation with Golden Arrows in 2013/14, to save the sinking ship.

“It’s a nice challenge but a tough one too,” says the former Bafana Bafana striker.

Across town, four-time league winner, Gordon Igesund has been shown the exit after an indifferent run of results leave the three-time Premiership champions nearer the relegation berths than the summit of the 16-team table.

The writing has always been on the wall for Igesund when he and club executives gave contrasting versions regarding the main objectives of the season.

While Chairman Khulu Sibiya insisted the title was paramount, Igesund maintained that was not the mandate.

“Unfortunately the results and player performances have not matched our expectations,” Sibiya says.

Meanwhile, last weekend’s Soweto derby between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates did little to ease the pressure on the latter’s coach, Eric Tinkler.

Pirates’ position on the log is always of speculation his future.

While it is open to debate if coaches should take the blame or credit for their respective team’s performances, Chiefs trainer Steve Komphela, has not endeared himself to a section of Chiefs fans as his team amasses a glut of draws.

Half of the 16 sides in the Absa Premiership have undergone coaching changes.

Meanwhile, pacesetters Mamelodi Sundowns are expected to continue with their excellent run when they travel for a crucial date with Free State Stars on Sunday.

The Pitso Mosimane-coached Brazilians are a mid-season favourites to reclaim the title.

Khama Billiart and Hlompho Kekana have been key to their fine form.

University of Pretoria and SuperSport United will host Pirates and Ajax Cape Town at Tuks Stadium and the Lucas Moripe Stadium.

Bidvest Wits travel to Chatsworth for a date with Arrows.

Chiefs will be entertaining relegation threatened Maritzburg United at the FNB Stadium while struggling Jomo Cosmos play Chippa United.

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