I was penning this column, with this headline “How long before the coaching
merry-go-round starts?” a statement landed in my inbox that Free State Stars
had fired Sammy Troughton.
I guess the question changes to "Who will be
this is how my column was going before that news broke:
the mixed bag of results suffered by different PSL clubs, it’s a matter of time
before the first coach bites the dust.
are only two games into the 2017/18 Absa Premiership season but already one
can feel that it’s only a matter of time before the first coach gets fired.
question is, who? It is not even a matter of "if", but "when" will we see the first
how Kaizer Chiefs, who have already played three matches - a 1-0 MTN8 loss to SuperSport
United, a 1-1 draw against Bloemfontein Celtic and a 2-1 loss to the same
United in a league game - many pundits would be prepared to bet
their last dollar that Steve Komphela is the most likely candidate to become
the first recipient of the proverbial boot.
Motaung is known for his ability to remain as cool as a cucumber under
trying circumstances, but even he must be close to reaching the end of his
of “Steve must go” that reverberated through the hallowed FNB Stadium corridors
on Wednesday night following the latest defeat might have pushed Komphela
closer to the precipice.
fact that he is in his third season with Amakhosi and still has nothing to
show for his efforts doesn't auger very well for his future.
the record, Chiefs are 14th on the log after the two opening
fixtures while Orlando Pirates are third.
Fadlu Davids (Maritzburg United) and Benni McCarthy (Cape Town City) - both
homegrown coaches - are first and second on the log.
man walking the plank is Briton Peter Butler who still hasn't won a game with
not just that the newcomer has lost two league matches already, but the manner
in which they have been lost that might see him sent packing back to
Botswana where he came from - if not to his country of birth, England.
are languishing at the bottom of the
table with no points, but what’s should be more worrying is the fact they have
let in five goals and still have to find the back of the net. They have a minus
five goal difference as a result.
can't sit very well with the owners of a club that finished just outside the
Top 8 last season with 37 points after being beaten to the final slot by Golden
Arrows by a single point on the final day of league action.
concluding my initial column, I was going to write: Sammy Troughton of Free
State Stars is also skating on thin ice as his club is just three positions
from the bottom with a single point so far.
such is football that there is hardly a dull moment!
S'Busiso Mseleku is regarded as one of Africa's leading
sports journalists and an authority on football. He has received some of
the biggest awards in a career spanning over 30 years. He is currently
City Press Sports Editor.
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