Thuso Phala says Eric Tinkler had the support of players at SuperSport United
Posted: 14 March 2018 Time: 17:15
SuperSport United winger Thuso Phala believes Eric Tinkler had the backing of all the players at the club, despite the coach revealing he lost control of the dressing room.
Tinkler resigned almost two weeks ago after a disappointing run of results, but left with a MTN8 medal from earlier in the campaign.
In a recent interview with Sowetan, Tinkler said: “There is only so much we can do as coaches but at the end of the day it is what players go out and do during the game.
“Man management is very important and dealing with the different dynamics of personalities.”
Phala, who is one of the senior players at the club, feels the coach’s departure had nothing to do with player power, but rather things just did not work out.
“I think every player here gave 100 percent on the field and in training. I believe some things just don’t work out. I won’t look for excuses or point fingers. I think for us as a team that spark was not there. You can see in our games that we were not the same SuperSport,” Phala said.
“I think coach Eric is a good coach and a good guy and he had chats with me to motivate me. He was trying to motivate us to get back to our best. Most of the guys, including me, were not playing their best football, so he was trying to build that relationship with players to motivate us. But as I said, it did not work out. If he feels that he lost [the dressing room], then he can answer that.
“Obviously it’s a big disappointment and a sad situation to see a coach leave. It brings changes, but you know how it is in football. Things change in a day and that’s how it is. I have been here for some years now and we have changed the coach three times, so it’s something that happens in football.”
SuperSport, who are in 14th place on the Absa Premiership table, are now looking to finish in the top eight with interim coach Kaitano Tembo.
“It’s up to the guys to push through to the end of the season to reach our mandate as players, which is to make it into the top eight. That’s what we are playing for now since we are out of the Nedbank Cup. Hopefully coach Kaitano can take us there.”