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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, 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, 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.

Article by: Ernest Fakude

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 10:27 am

He beat Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs fans where praising him and gone as far as sayinG he is the successor to VV.

Tovey!! to have played football will not make you a good coach. You building a terrible CV and u better be patient and accept a job as an assistant coach so that you can learn. Join Gorden at Swallows and learn from him.
posted: 10:27 am
After Musonification,1. it was pirats who wanted the coach out. 2. Tovey is sacked. 3. Will be bananas. Sorry had to rub it in.

Back to the topic. Aces are moving in the wrong direction. They are taking 1 step forward and ten steps backwards. After this I'm definitely sure that they are going to Mvela....and once they are there, they will not be back in a long time. The next coach they must swing in is Mlungisi " Professor", he is experienced in this kind of situation.
posted: 10:28 am
Aces will never learn 4rm da past but now if the go they'll go 4 good.infact i never liked the team their management is not different to dat of black leopards.or is this 'BLACK' that they r sharing?
posted: 10:28 am
If Musona is now causing this kind of misery, i think its better he plies his trade in Europe, teams lose gracefully there and we get to enjoy quality football
posted: 10:36 am
This team is going nowhere! This team is a joke! Swallows will not be relegated! Acess will get a straight relegation and Swallows will be on the playoffs and will eventually survive after that!
posted: 10:42 am
End of the season table will be as follows:

posted: 10:43 am
But should Aces apoint Proffessor Ngubane then the table might look a bit different at the bottom of the table!
posted: 10:44 am
Neil Tovey must join Gordon in the Swallows team and I am sure he can learn one or two things from him!
posted: 10:47 am
But Bongs I don't see Pirates winning the league, at least at no.2, then Sundowns, u
posted: 10:51 am
Mpumalanga after the break will lose 4 games in a row, manage a draw, another draw, one win then a draw there-after, relegation. There is no team that can place all its ambitions to some-one like Moleka alone
Dooba (Glory Reclaimed)
posted: 10:51 am
Chiefs you are one hell of a team- why when teams lose against you they all of a sudden want to sack their coach/sack their coach- as if you are a team desrving the beating by all necessary! Aces is one of the teams i want to see prosper cos I love the province mpumalnga, but today they have proven to me that they are just a waste of space in the PSL. There are better managed teams that need the space like University of PTA, who if it wasn't of the dear luck they would be gracing the shores. Aces should learn from TUKS- Tuks has given us bo-Yende le bo_jali and other and other mediocre teams like African Wanderers have produced the still going Zuma and Nomvethe. Instead of producing players you sack a good coach by first giving him ultimatums; do you even have a development where young blood can be groomed? What do you expect when you run a professional team like a grocery store?
Gucci Man
posted: 10:55 am
It's Musona again ...eeeiissshhh this avarage player
posted: 11:03 am

uTovey uyaphapha nje qha, futhi uyajaha lomlungu. efika nje usefuna ukhosha not gosha wena Sweyts

Not so long ago Chiefs fans where praising Tovey, now they are insulting him.

ACES is doing the right thing by firing former Chiefs player because results are not coming.
posted: 11:04 am 2010-12-23 10:47 [ Report ]

But Bongs I don't see Pirates winning the league, at least at no.2, then Sundowns, u

Bhekani I think so far Pirates is one team that can beat the so called small teams if not drawing with them. Chiefs is taking these small team for granted and they will haunt them. Sundowns has been consistent but after yesterday's game I realised that luck has been on their side!Pirates's problem this season will be beating Chiefs and if they can beeat Chiefs in the 2nd round then the job will be done. On the other side Chiefs will struggle against Sundowns . I am aware that they will come with the attitude that they have beaten Pirates twice and they will be suprised because they will lose or draw this game! So far Pirates have got quality players in their squard and given game time they will all be a problem as the season progreses! The coach on the other side must learn to substitute on time otherwise he will get suprises like yersterday's game against Platinum stars!
posted: 11:06 am
So someone is jobless today... Mara Musona!!
Shappa Knowledge "8 Pythons" Musona Shappa !!!!

posted: 11:08 am
Heaven and history will remember your judgement.
1st it was scrol, now it's Tovey, nxt month it will be Habazis.
What is it that u want to achieve u cabbage thrower?
These people have got kids to lookafter.
Smiling assasin: u are heartless and merciless.
posted: 11:08 am
Tovey must be patient and learn the game of football as a coach now!
posted: 11:10 am
i feel for tovey as some of the next few games wud have been manageable - maritzburg, celtic, santos, platinum, ssu - now i have a favourite for the wait and see how the management mistreats the players now.
posted: 11:13 am
Professor is the right coach for Aces. They must recruit him as early as now otherwise they are sinking!
posted: 11:31 am
Stupid move by Aces. Tovey inherited an incoherent team and is trying to organise it. The window period is nigh and they should have let him take advantage of it to make his own squad. I think it was very premature. The next coach is gonna sit with the same problem. The damage was done at the beginning of the season and their timing is very foolish.
Aces is run by people who cant read football. It is doomed.
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