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SuperSport United boss Stan Matthews prioritises PSL success under new coach Eric Tinkler

Posted: 30 June 2017 Time: 09:37

SuperSport United CEO Stan Matthews says Eric Tinkler's work at the club will be judged by their success in the league.

Tinkler recently replaced Stuart Baxter as coach of SuperSport, on a three-year deal, after impressively steering Cape Town City to Telkom Knockout honours and third place in the Premiership.

Baxter, who is now in charge of Bafana Bafana full-time, ended his reign in Tshwane in style as SuperSport retained the Nedbank Cup last weekend with a 4-1 thrashing of Orlando Pirates in the final at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Matthews was naturally pleased with the club's triumph in Durban but he expects the side to better their fifth-placed finish in the league in 2016/17.

"A one-off game is great to win like this but we have to do it over 30 games and that is going to be his [Tinkler's] job," Matthews tells

"We've given him a couple of seasons and he's not going to be under any pressure. And I believe the results will go our way."

The administrator was delighted with how Baxter bowed out, as SuperSport became the first club to win South Africa's version of the FA Cup in successive seasons in 35 years.

"He [Baxter] did very well and I'm obviously delighted for Stuart, but even more so for the players because it has been a tough season and they have worked so hard," he added.

"So to be the first team to retain the Nedbank Cup is something that we worked towards and we spoke about it at the beginning of the season. We stuck to the plan and we got the rewards.

"So we are absolutely delighted for Stuart, for the team, for the board of directors, for our sponsors, for our fans, and it has just been fantastic. Our seventh cup final in five years, I think it's good rewards for us."  

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala

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