Rautmann cuts ties with Voda League
Posted: 14 April 2009 Time: 12:31
Nomadic coach Walter Rautmann has left Vodacom League side Value Rockets after just one season, citing the ‘bad things’ he experienced while coaching in the lower rungs as the reason for throwing in the towel.
“I really feel sorry for the coaches in that League because the value that they are supposed to bring is being overridden by the officiating that takes place in the League. “It’s absolute madness; I can write a book about what I saw happen in just the one season that I spent there. I don’t want to get involved in the Vodacom League, or be associated with the things that happen there,” he says. Not only has Rautmann had enough of the goings-on, but so has Value Rockets owners who bought their franchise from BK Callies for R450 000. “The company (Value Limited Group) is pulling out because of what they experienced in that League. They are putting the club up for sale. “From what I have gathered even now it is not known who won the Vodacom League in Gauteng. Apparently there are outstanding cases and disciplinary hearings that will take time to resolve because of counter accusations,” he says. “I stayed on at the club because I had a contract until the season ended. The company had ambitions but they too saw in the end that it was never really going to work out. “I intend to keep busy in projects with Alan Marcus (ex-Bidvest Wits goalkeeper coach) while waiting for an offer in the professional ranks to come around.” Rautmann, who has coached Black Leopards, AmaZulu, Moroka Swallows and FC AK amongst others, adds that he is not surprised to see two First Division clubs, Black Leopards and TUKS, reaching the semifinals of the Nedbank Cup. “The PSL is much weaker now. There is absolutely no difference in terms in terms of standard between the PSL and the First Division. “Take any four teams from the PSL and make them compete with First Division clubs for two months then you will see how much they will struggle to win games. “Anyone can play in the PSL these days. I see boys that I chased away at Garankuwa United now suddenly appearing at PSL teams,” adds the outspoken coach.