Cape Town - Chippa United chief executive Peter Koutroulis believes new coach
Kosta Papic will bring stability to the newly promoted club and that the
days of chopping and changing coaches at a whim are over.
have changed things now.
"People must forget about the firing of coaches.
It's a thing of the past," Koutroulis said on Thursday.
"In football we cannot work like that. We will never repeat that again (firing coaches)."
It was Papic's "impressive" resume that coaxed the Cape Town club into signing him.
think he is one of the best coaches we have in the country. His track
record speaks for itself and he has coached the best teams in the
With his signing, Papic became Chippa's eighth coach in
24 months, after Roger Sikhakhane, Manqoba Mngqithi, Ian Palmer, Farouk
Abrahams, Wilfred Mugeyi, Mark Harrison and Vladislav Heric were all
shown the door.
The latter was fired unceremoniously in May after guiding the club to Premiership promotion.
Nevertheless, Papic said he is honoured to be back in the country's top-flight after a seven year absence.
"It's an enormous challenge to be part of such an ambitious club as Chippa," Papic said.
The former Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs coach signed a one year contract with the option to renew.
ominous resignation as Black Leopards coach on Thursday morning opened
the door for the Yugoslav to be officially unveiled as Chippa coach
Papic took Leopards to the brink of PSL
promotion, but their quest was thwarted by Polokwane City who won the
play-offs and retained their top-flight status.
had been abuzz in the last week with reports that the Yugoslavian-born
mentor was on the verge of joining the newly promoted Chippa.
over the last three months, it was initially Steve Komphela who was
touted as the next person to take over at Chippa, but his employers,
Maritzburg United, quashed that deal.
"It was a clause in Komphela's contract that caused the deal to fall through," Koutroulis said.
The signing of Papic is the first of many deals that the club intends to strike in the off-season.
confirmed that he was in negotiations with defending league champions
Mamelodi Sundowns about the possible signing of some of their surplus
players on loan.
"We are in discussions and they know we are interested in some of their players."
will begin their second stint in the Premiership against Platinum Stars
when the league re-opens on August 8, 9 and 10 (dates and venues yet to
The last time Chippa qualified for the
Premiership, their stay in the top-tier did not last long as the club
got relegated in the first season (2012/13 campaign).