No-one told D’Avray he was fired
Posted: 21 December 2008 Time: 10:01 pm
Ousted Bloemfontein Celtic coach Mich D’Avray tells KickOff.com that he did not know that the match against Free State Stars today (Sunday) was his last on the bench for Phunya Sele Sele.
“I was in the dark that today’s match was supposed to be my last as Celtic's coach. I had heard rumours about that, but nobody told me that my services were no longer wanted at Celtic.
"So right now, I will take it just as a rumour; until somebody informs me about it,” D’Avray said after Celtic’s 1-0 win over Stars.
“I’m a professional and will continue with my job as usual after the Christmas break. However, there is a saying that goes ‘There’s no smoke without fire’.
“I am jetting off to Australia on Monday to spend Christmas with my family. Then I’ll see what happens when I come back,” he said.
_quote “I’m very happy about the victory over Stars. The players played well and they made fewer mistakes during the match. I’ve always believed that Celtic would turn the corner soon, and today we’ve proved just that.
“Watch us go into the second half of the season, we’ll move up the table to finish in a favourable position,” D'Avray added.
Celtic management told the media at Seisa Ramabodu Stadium that they would make an announcement regarding D’Avray's future with the team on Monday.
Strangely, earlier in the day Celtic’s CEO Ikie Augousti disclosed at a supporters crisis meeting that former Orlando Pirates and Platinum Stars coach Owen da Gama had been appointed to take over from D’Avray.
Augousti also informed the gathering that D’Avray, who joined Celtic at the start of the season, would sit on the bench for the last time when Celtic locked horns with Free State Stars this afternoon (Sunday).
“I've been sleeping two hours a night for the past two months because of the situation we find ourselves in at Celtic. Things are bad and we had to come up with a quick solution to save the club,” Augousti told the supporters who attended this meeting in their numbers.
“We discussed our situation with Mich. He said if he was a problem for the poor results, then we must fire him. Many people have criticised him before, Celtic’s management included, about his defensive approach. But he told us not to interfere with his duties,” Augousti said.
It was also disclosed at the stadium that Celtic is also searching for a new CEO. The team manager Khumbulani Konco will act as CEO until they have found the right person for the job.
However, most Siwehele supporters have asked the club to approach Andrew Dipela for the position.
Meanwhile, Free State Stars dismissed their PRO Lebohang Maketa this week. His replacement has yet to be announced.