Tinkler: I'm going to be fired again


Maritzburg United coach Eric Tinkler has commented on his currently successful spell at the club on the back of a series of good results but knows it is "unavoidable" that he will be fired again.

The Team of Choice under Tinkler have transformed from fighting relegation to playing in the Telkom Knockout final and competing for a top-eight spot in the Absa Premiership.

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The coach says the club's chairman Farook Kadodia is a happy man as the team currently enjoys top billing in KwaZulu-Natal and even moved to fourth place on the log after a 3-0 victory over Stellenbosch on Friday night.

"Definitely, I've got a happy chairman. Last season you look at where we were, this season that pressure doesn't exist you know," Tinkler says.

"Which is great because the atmosphere you create in training is far better, so I'm very proud of the technical team, the support I've been given by the chairman and the support from everybody.

"We work as a team, that's what gets us where we are, it has nothing to do with individuals, it's a team effort."

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The former Bafana Bafana midfielder, who has coached at Orlando Pirates, Cape Town City, SuperSport United and Chippa United, is aware that in football anything can still happen, especially as a coach.

"I don't know, we will see. This is game is a fickle game you know [laughs]. There's this saying that you are only good as your last game," he adds.

"It's just a harsh reality of professional sport, you are going to win some and lose some, that's a fact. But hey, you've got to live with it and move on, that is the most important thing.

"I know in my career I'm going to be fired again, it's unavoidable, because that's the way the game has transformed. Gone are the days when you see coaches staying for 23 years, it doesn't exist anymore. That is the harsh reality of a business we're in."