Muhsin Ertugral admits difficulty in criticising Orlando Pirates players
Posted: 20 October 2016 Time: 11:19
Orlando Pirates coach Muhsin Ertugral has admitted to having difficulty criticising some of his players, but explains that sometimes it works well for others.
Ertugral, in particular, has come underfire from the club's supporters in recent weeks as the team goes through a difficult phase of restructuring their style of play under the Turkish tactician.
While the coach gets blamed for poor results, as we have so often seen in the past, players also get plenty of stick from the man in charge as it was likely that certain instructions were not complied with.
Ertugral, a former defender himself, admits that some players have not taken kindly to his stern words, but explains that it has always been "contructive criticism" with the intention to help them become better.
"I think so, sometimes [the players don't respond well to criticism]," he admitted. "We are all human and we always want to be admired, loved and recognised. I think we all have that.
"Unfortunately, I always say, football is not a democracy. There's no democracy in football and it's a multi-million dollar business.
"I know when the team wins it's everybody, and when the team loses it's the coach, but we have certain structures and organisation forms, and everyone knows where to be in every build-up and every instance.
"So obviously we criticise [when players don't follow that] and, as much as we as coaches need to be criticised, everyone who wants to be better needs contructive criticism."
The ex-Kaizer Chiefs mentor also referred to the instance of Brighton Mhlongo being dropped, which he believes has since brought the best out of his number one goalkeeper, as a prime example of when to criticise and when to take action.
"I think the criticism in the direction of Brighton has made him what he is today, suddenly! Perhaps not suddenly [because] it was in him," he added. But I think I was right to leave him out for that little while [when Filipe Ovono was given a chance]."
"There are some people that need to be criticised and some you need to take action against. Suddenly [Mhlongo] is up there in terms of how he is playing, and that shows that maybe those two games helped him while he was outside."
Ertugral will be hoping to see his criticism produce more positive changes, as was the case of Mhlongo, when his side step out in their Telkom Knockout Last 16 clash against Golden Arrows on Sunday afternoon.
Kick-off of the clash at Orlando Stadium is set for 15h00.