Absa Premiership

Mere: Butler's English philosophy didn't work

2017-09-13 19:20
Peter Butler (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Platinum Stars captain Vuyo Mere believes Peter Butler was not equipped to succeed at the club because his more direct English style of play did not suit the players.

Butler was sacked last week after two losses in his opening two Premiership matches at the helm, with the experienced Roger De Sa having since replaced him. Despite De Sa's presence on the bench, Dikwena still went down 2-0 to SuperSport United on Tuesday.

Nonetheless, Mere - in his seventh season with the club from Phokeng - takes the view that the 52-year-old is a better option than Butler.

"Coach Butler came to the club with his English philosophy of football‚ which most players in the team‚ who are youngsters‚ found it very difficult to adapt to," he told reporters.

"Our previous coach Cavin Johnson believed in holding the ball and building up and that was suitable for us but he (Butler) changed that approach.

"Our culture at Platinum Stars is to hold possession but we are happy that (new Stars coach) Roger De Sa believes in that philosophy‚ which is suitable to us and hopefully it will work going forward.

"There is always going to be a change because they are two different coaches. Roger is more familiar with the game in South Africa and we are looking forward to working with him.

"He is an open guy and I don't want to talk more about the previous coach because‚ to be fair enough to the guy‚ he had his aspects and views of the game but he wasn't meant for Platinum Stars."

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