Eric Tinkler understanding of John Comitis' disappointment of his sudden Cape Town City exit
Posted: 9 June 2017 Time: 10:20
Eric Tinkler says he cannot blame former Cape Town City boss John Comitis for feeling aggrieved following his abrupt departure to join SuperSport United.
As earlier revealed by KickOff.com on Wednesday, Tinkler was confirmed as the new Matsatsantsa mentor on Thursday afternoon, taking over from Stuart Baxter on a three-year deal beginning on July 1.
While the media may have caught wind of the move before the respective clubs' confirmation, it was still a surprising one as no one expected the Roodepoort-born tactician to up and leave a club he made history with last season.
Upon confirming his departure, Cape Town City released a statement in a somewhat resentful tone, saying they are "saddened" that Tinkler "has broken" his contract rather than wishing their former employee well in his endeavours.
However, the ex-Bafana Bafana midfielder understands that his sudden departure may have upset his former boss but believes his swift decision was in the best interest of both clubs involved, and feels their relationship remains undamaged.
"I think so, I can't really blame him [Comitis]. Obviously we had a very good season and it was important for me to make a very quick decision for both clubs, ultimately," conceded Tinkler.
"I couldn't dwell on the decision, I needed to make it as quick as possible. It happened in a very short space of time and obviously that disappointed him, but that was always going to happen.
"But I think John's been in the game for many, many years – as much as I have, if not longer – and these are things that happen in the game. I like to believe that my relationship with him is still going to be strong, but it's never good losing your coach – you heard that even from Stan [Matthews], it's the harsh reality of the game."