Free State Stars' Luc Eymael backs Sundowns' Pitso Mosimane to win PSL Coach of the Season award
Posted: 22 May 2018 Time: 11:45
Free State Stars head coach Luc Eymael has brushed off being overlooked for the PSL Coach of the Season award.
Although the Belgian didn't have a pre-season with Ea Lla Koto, he took a team that was nearly relegated last season to a sixth-place finish in the league, and won a major trophy in the form of the Nedbank Cup, which qualifies Stars to play continental football for the first time in their history in the CAF Confederation Cup.
However, Fadlu Davids of Maritzburg United and Orlando Pirates' Milutin Sredojevic were nominated ahead of him even though they didn't bring any silverware to their teams this season.
Eymael, though, thinks it should be a formality that Pitso Mosimane will win the accolade for steering Mamelodi Sundowns to Absa Premiership honours in 2017/18.
"I have received a lot of questions about that," Eymael tells KickOff.com.
"You know for me it doesn't matter because my work is talking for me, if the PSL continue to ignore me that's their problem. Secondly, I think Pitso will deserve to receive the award of the coach of the year because he won the PSL. In all the countries it's the coach who won the league who gets the trophy. I think it's completely normal. For the rest, you know Antonio Conte won the [FA] Cup on Saturday, also he has not been nominated for the coach of the season, so it's normal. It's Pep Guardiola who received the coach of the season in England and I think it's completely normal.
"But now if the PSL wants to do another thing and create a trophy for the coach who improved the most a team, that will be another problem. But you know to be nominated and not get the trophy, it's the same thing for me. Like I said, the work is talking for me ... and yeah we can talk a lot on that but for me the guy who deserves it is Pitso Mosimane because he won the league. Then for me all the rest is just talking. But now if the PSL wants to create another award for the coach who improved the most a team, that is another thing. But for the coach of the year, it has to be Pitso.
"You know already I have never been nominated coach of the month. I think I deserved it one time or two times but it's like that, what can you do? If some people who are there don't appreciate my work, it's their problem. I let them live their soul [sic] and I hope for them it will be okay, not a problem for the rest.
"But like I say again and again, but the most important thing for me is what I succeed to do with my players, what I can succeed [sic], and how happy are the fans. How happy are the people who are working with me, it's only that," concludes Eymael.
Eymael's impressive performance this season has seen him being linked with top teams like Kaizer Chiefs and SuperSport United.