Cape Town City owner John Comitis has played down reports that he held talks with Eric Tinkler in an attempt to lure him back to the Mother City.
Comitis is understood to be keen to replace his Dutch coach Jan Olde Riekerink, who has struggled to make an impact in the PSL despite coming with a big reputation.
On top of that, the Dutch mentor has also reportedly struggled to win over his players following the departure of his predecessor Benni McCarthy, who was a huge hit and commanded respect from the squad.
Riekerink was appointed in November last year and has struggled to stamp his authority and European influence on the coastal side. His record in the league includes four wins, four draws and four losses since taking over the hotseat.
A source close to the club says these reasons coupled with Riekerink's inability to build on McCarthy's solid foundation by taking the team to new heights has contributed to the club losing supporters and popularity in the Cape.
"This is why Comitis is acting swiftly and keen on bringing Tinkler back," a source close to the club tells KickOff.com.
"Comitis contacted Tinkler via Skype because of the COVID-19 lockdown situation. It was then agreed that the two parties [Comitis and Tinkler] would bury the hatchet and start on a clean slate should he [Tinkler] take over the reins at City again."
Comitis sarcastically laughs off the possibility of Tinkler returning to the club and says Tinkler could return to Cape Town for other reasons other than coaching.
"For a holiday to Cape Town, not more than that," Comitis responds when quizzed about Tinkler.
"Unless he is joining our friends [Ajax Cape Town] if they get promoted," the City boss further jokes. "I haven’t heard, maybe to Ajax."
The 49-year old Tinkler, who miraculously saved Maritzburg United from relegation last season by winning the relegation/promotion play-offs, denies the story.
"This is all rumours and I don't respond to rumours," says Tinkler. "I have a contract with Maritzburg and that’s it.
"Like I said, this is rumours and I don’t respond to that. Someone is looking for a story again and now this rumour."
Tinkler, who led City to the Telkom Knockout glory in their debut season in 2016, shocked Comitis and the City faithful when he left the club for SuperSport United the following season, where he won the MTN8 by beating his former side 4-2 on penalties.