Cape Town - Turkey's Muhsin Ertugral says he was
angered by comments made by Ajax Amsterdam's director of football Marc
Overmars after his appointment as Ajax Cape Town coach.
Ertugral, 53, was appointed as Ajax's technical director last month, and when
coach Jan Versleijen resigned, the Turk was also named head coach.
However, the decision to bring Ertugral back for his third stint at the club
has upset the Dutch giants, who own a majority share in the club.
Ajax Amsterdam's animosity towards Ertugral stems from his decision to ditch
Ajax early in the 2009/10 campaign to join Turkish club Sivasspor.
Overmars, following the appointment of Ertugral, said: "That Ajax Cape Town
created a position at the club of technical director to go above the coach
without consulting us creates a big problem. They seem to forget that
we have 51% of the shares."
Ertugral told the Cape Times that he was upset by former Ajax Amsterdam and
Arsenal great Overmars's comments.
"I have to watch my words, but it made me angry what Marc Overmars said
from his chair on that side, not knowing anything (about) what's going on at
the club. I don’t think he has ever had a ticket to come to South Africa to
watch some games.
"A coach needs to understand the way of South African football. We know
he (Overmars) was a great football player, but it doesn't mean that you know how
to kick a ball from A to B, you know certain things other things."
Ertugral though is on the verge of steering the club to safety, after it at one
stage looked like they may be relegated from the PSL. Ajax are unbeaten in
three games since Ertugral took over. They beat likely champions Kaizer Chiefs
2-1 in his first game in charge.
A 1-1 draw against Maritzburg United last weekend, coupled with Chippa United in 15th spot securing a 2-2 draw against University of Pretoria, mean Ajax need just one point at home against Golden Arrows this weekend to retain their top-flight status.
Their game against Arrows at Athlone Stadiums kicks off at 15:00 on Saturday.