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PSL clubs continue to hire and fire coaches

Posted: 25 October 2012 Time: 2:48 pm

It appears PSL clubs have not outgrown their 'hire-and-fire' culture, with four coaches fired just seven games into the season.

Maarten Stekelenburg (Ajax Cape Town), Manqoba Mngqithi (Chippa United), Augusto Palacios (Orlando Pirates) and Muhsin Ertugral (Lamontville Golden Arrows) have parted ways with their clubs this season.

Pirates claimed they let Palacios "go back to development" because of ill-health, but word was that the Peruvian would have been out anyway. after a run of mediocre form.

Bidvest Wits parted ways with Roger de Sa three weeks into pre-season training, hiring ex-Sundowns coach Antonio Lopez Habas two days later.

Ajax caretaker coach Jan Pruijn is also reportedly on his way out. He was linked to the Arrows job, before Mngqithi was hired, while Jan Versleijen is reportedly close to joining the Urban Warriors.

Chippa let Roger Sikhakhane go at the end of last season, because of what the club termed "personal problems", only to hire him back in September after firing Mngqithi.

And Sunday Chidzambga is waiting to hear whether the life ban he received in the Asiagate scandal will hold for the South African League.

The likes of AmaZulu and Mamelodi Sundowns have shown new-found restraint though, allowing Roger Palmgren and Johan Neeskens to work themselves out of a run of poor results, when in years gone by they would almost certainly have been fired by now.

There were 11 coaching changes in the top-flight during the 2011/12 season, at nine clubs.

The golden season for coaches was the 2008/09 campaign when just four clubs changed their tactician (not including caretaker bosses) – Sundowns offloading Henri Michel, Bay United getting rid of Vladislav Veric, Bloemfontein Celtic replacing Mich d'Avray with Owen da Gama and Free State Stars bringing in Steve Komphela in the place of Da Gama.

In 2007/08, seven clubs made coaching changes, while in 2006/07 a total of nine clubs shuffled their coaching deck.

But it was even worse in the season before that, with 15 changes (2005/06), 20 (2004/05) and 22 in 2003/04.

In fact, coaches used to be spat out with astonishing regularly.

In back-to-back seasons, Black Leopards made 10 changes; five in each campaign.

In the 2006/07 season, they employed Bibey Mutombo, then Mlungisi Ngubane, Selokela Matloga as caretaker, Hans-Dieter Schmidt and Boebie Solomons. Then the next season Solomons started the campaign, only to be replaced by Joel Masutha, then the Nigerian World Cup star Augustin Eguavoen (who stayed less a month), Sheppard Murape and Masutha again, by which time the Thohoyandou team were understandably relegated.

But even worse were Manning Rangers – in their last season in the top-flight (2004/05) they used six different coaches, including former Bafana Bafana bosses Clive Barker and Ephraim 'Shakes' Mashaba.

Zulu Royals (now again known as AmaZulu) also had six coaches when they were relegated at the end of the 2003/04 season.

Article by: Mzansi Football

Previous comments on this story...

The_Assassin_of_Orlando_Mamadou_Straighte
posted: 02:55 pm
Not true, not all were fired. Njeje was not fired he is re-deployed due to sickness (back problemt). Etugral did the hounarable thing that Pitso does not know about he resigned.
BORN BUCCANEER
posted: 02:58 pm
so what??? does firing coaches your concern???
if you don't deliver you given a boat and it happen evrywhere around the world!

Up the bucs till kaizer cheifs and tshabala stop going out of the tournaments cup int the first round this season!
Milutin Sredojević (HLABARINTO)
posted: 03:00 pm
Pirates claimed they let Palacios "go back to development" because of ill-health, but word was that the Peruvian would have been out anyway. after a run of mediocre form.
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I am so in love with the line above...
Anonymous
posted: 03:01 pm
Why is NjeNje there, was he also fired or he suffered from the Spinal cord pains
Gucci Man
posted: 03:05 pm
Since when is 3-0 against SSU is called sickenss ?
Dooba (Glory Reclaimed)
posted: 03:05 pm
Quick quizz: who of the above fired coaches suffered a spinal cord attack, a rare medical condtion only known to be attacking gorillas of the congo forests?

cue: he holds a grade 1 crossline book for fractions...hehehehe!
Gucci Man
posted: 03:07 pm
There was no sickness here ............Pirates lots to Swallows & SSU and that was the end of job for Billy Cosby
Rattex-the-rat-killer
posted: 03:08 pm
De Sa will be fired by Firecrackers FC along with Mnqithi at Arrows. A new record will be set of the first coaches to be fired twice in 1 season
Mosixty
posted: 03:08 pm
Before the end of the season all Rodgers will be long gone.
Gucci Man
posted: 03:08 pm
There was no sickness here ............Pirates lost to Swallows & SSU and that was the end of job for Billy Cosby
Happy Person
posted: 03:10 pm
Who is next on the firing line, Niksnie or Mr Chef himself ?
IvoryPark OrlandoPIrates Branch
posted: 03:10 pm
Hehehehehe I don't see Mnqhithi being successful to lead Arrows it goes by Mary go round nxa , wena Muhsin just go back home and stay maybe you might get a JOB from Sunflops
Senganga@Downs1
posted: 03:12 pm
This is not news any SA football follower knows about this. This is one of those articles that can be written by my five year old boy but kick-off took time making research and the worst-case worked in conjuction with mzantsi football tjo kunzima nhe.
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 03:12 pm
If an employee is sick/ill does he get demoted? or the employer needs to support the employee till he recovers to resume his duties....Unless the employee is incapacitated( which he would not to work anymore..anywhere).....

Is Palacios fit to lead the Development Team despite his "Back Problem"?
Mimz Mboniswa
posted: 03:13 pm
So what either u deliver or u r fired. Bucs faithful until nyawana can shoot with both feet. Haaaaaa lmao kwaaaaaaaaaaaks Up The Bucs!!!!!!
Double Treble Champ-Marapo
posted: 03:13 pm
Pirates claimed they let Palacios "go back to development" because of ill-health, but word was that the Peruvian would have been out anyway. after a run of mediocre form.

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D!ckoff is really dissapointing. They were the ones who reported the story of Palacious, proving to have interviewed the relevant sources, so if they were suspicious or doubting the answers why didn't they dig deep for the truth. Isn't their duty to report truthful stories. Why should we trust their stories if they report something and they be the same chimpanzees who run other suspicious stories about it.

They remind me of the transfer window period where they will report so and so will join a certain teamthen the next thing the player join a different team and they report as if they were not the ones who reported the false story at the first place.

They are like someone who will say they will win all the cups and after being given FOUR out of MTN8 they say they will win a treble and after another shameful exit from another cup now their reclaiming the glory shit focuses on the lieague only.
Senganga@Downs1
posted: 03:18 pm
"In the last couple of years I’ve been in the firing line", Muhsin

Tolly.ba.Thathe
posted: 03:20 pm
A word from where, Mr Editor? From Colonel himself?

I think KO has dropped into a Ben 10 level. How can u depend on the rumour and inform your readers based on that? Didn't the club issue a statement? My problem is that if you do not trust the club's statement you end up believing what you want to believe and the sad part is that you inform people based on what you think not the fact.
Gucci Man
posted: 03:22 pm
The Phefeni Boy

posted: 03:12 pm | Report
If an employee is sick/ill does he get demoted? or the employer needs to support the employee till he recovers to resume his duties....Unless the employee is incapacitated( which he would not to work anymore..anywhere).....

Is Palacios fit to lead the Development Team despite his "Back Problem"?
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Khosi lami , all South Americans always use those excuses if things don't go well for them,......sickeness,family isssues,homesick, personal issues, missing my Anaconda etc
e.g Carlos Alberto Perreira
Jose Torrelba
Joel Santana
Joel Leal
Carlos Tevez
Augusto Palacious
Nespray is a movie star look alike coach

Fumigation continues....Khosi lami akuna bantu la......abekho labantu

Reclaiming the Sorrow
posted: 03:23 pm
Kick Off you bloody agent how many times we must tell you Njenje was incapacitated and therefore redeployed?you bloody Zebra!!!
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