Neil Tovey fired by Mpumalanga Black Aces
Posted: 23 December 2010 Time: 10:19
Former AmaZulu coach and Bafana Bafana captain Neil Tovey was fired by Mpumalanga Black Aces last night.
The mentor, who also previously had a spell at Mamelodi Sundowns, arrived at Aces half way through the first round of the League and has only managed one win. After losing 2-0 to Kaizer Chiefs in Witbank last night, it looks like things did not go well between him and club management in a meeting afterwards. Speaking to KickOff.com, the former Kaizer Chiefs defender confirms that he will go into the Christmas holidays without a job after leaving Amazayoni last night. "It is true that I am no longer with Black Aces but I think the best people to tell you why I left is the club’s management. "I enjoyed my stay at the club even though it was always going to be difficult after arriving at a club that was not doing well."
Aces have also handed assistant coach Calvin Peterson a dismissal letter.
Talking to KickOff.com, Peterson blamed their poor performance on poor goal scoring and defence.
“It is very sad but it is part of football. I think we were on the right track to get the team to play the way we wanted. The players tried very hard but I think the main problem was our defence which was very weak and poor finishing upfront.”
The former Moroka Swallows striker said he would only think about his future in football after the Christmas break.
"I enjoyed working with Neil and his total professionalism," says CEO Marc Grune in a statement on the club's website.
"It has been really unfortunate that results were then not forthcoming as he worked incredibly hard for that. The players must shoulder a big part of that responsibility too, but it was clear that at this present time the fit was just not there. It is a real pity and we are very disappointed.
"This shall conclude the comment from the club and we ask that the media and supporters understand this move as being in the best interest of both parties," Grune adds.