Tinkler pushing for permanent Orlando Pirates coaching job
Posted: 2 March 2015 Time: 14:52
Orlando Pirates’ good run of form has enhanced caretaker coach Eric Tinkler’s chances of being offered a long-term contract by club chairman Irvin Khoza.
Sources at the club say Tinkler has impressed Khoza since taking over the reins on December 4 following the resignation of former coach Vladimir Vermezovic.
“He [Tinkler] has a very good chance of becoming the substantive coach. Khoza is very pleased with how the club has been performing,” a source tells KickOff.com.
Pirates extended their winning streak to five matches on Saturday with a 3–1 victory over Polokwane City in a League match.
The Bucs – who are yet to lose a game this year – are now 12 points behind log leaders Kaizer Chiefs, who are on 47 points.
However, Pirates spokesperson Mickey Modisane says the appointment of a permanent coach is not a pressing concern at the moment.
“The decision that was taken is that Eric continues as the caretaker coach. The issue of a substantive coach will be dealt with at a later stage,” Modisane tells this website.
“The focus right now is to make sure that we finish on the highest position possible on the log at the end of the season and also to make sure that we successfully defend the Nedbank Cup.
“We also want to make sure that we do well in Africa when we take part in the Confederation Cup. This is the focus at the moment,” he adds.
Modisane declined to reveal whether there has been any fresh interest in the Bucs coaching job.
In the past, Ruud Krol – who is popular among the club’s supporters – has been tipped as a possible successor to 'VV'.