Newly promoted Absa Premiership club Stellenbosch FC have raised a few eyebrows following the release of the bulk of their technical staff.
Andre Bronkhorst (goalkeeper coach), Sharan Vassan (biokinetics), Daniel de Wet (analyst) and Malcolm Loggenberg (kit manager) have not been offered new contracts despite helping Stellies make history by becoming the first professional team from the Cape Winelands region.
Barker, who was assistant to Sammy Troughton when they fell short of the promotion playoffs a few seasons ago, explains.
"We want to beef up the technical team going forward. You must remember it’s no longer just the senior team as we have a MDC team as well as a youth structure. One needs to be in a position to be efficient in the PSL and to compete well," the 51-year old Barker tells KickOff.com.
Meanwhile, former Bafana Bafana goalkeeper coach Bronkhorst, who was with the club since its inception following their takeover of Vasco Da Gama, says Barker’s reasoning carries no weight or justification.
"I feel betrayed," Bronkhorst says. "Just the other day he praised us all saying he has the best technical team in the country and it will be life-changing for us all with the club now in the PSL.
"I can’t believe what he did as our technical team added value, you know. We conceded the least number of goals and our players were very fit and in good condition throughout the season."
Bronkhorst played a big role in the careers of goalkeepers like Andre Arendse, Moeneeb Josephs, Patrick Tignyemb and others.