Absa Premiership

Pitso calls for managerial backing

2016-11-09 18:06
Pitso Mosimane (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Pitso Mosimane has voiced his concerns over the growing trend in the Premiership of a managerial merry-go-round.

With the mid-season period fast approaching, chairmans and club owners have begun to stamp their authority by getting rid of their 'under-performing' managers, but Mosimane feels the unrealistic targets set will never bring these club's success.

"I am worried about the chopping and changing of coaches,” he told The Star in reference to Roger de Sa, Serame Letsoaka, Alan Freese and Muhsin Ertugral.

"When things were not going well for me at Sundowns, brothers like Roger were behind me and spoke out. Even when I was with Bafana (between 2010 and 2012) having my issues, he was there for me.

"I have to pay back the favour, but also because he is a good coach. I thought he would be at Ajax for 10 years. I don't understand why he should be fired.

"Of course, the results were not there, but it is only for now, with time they will come.

"I also get worried that Freese and Serame were also fired. How bad can he (Freese) be that he should be sent packing? He even lost to Kaizer Chiefs with a controversial penalty. Can you believe it? Serame is another one. Who is next now?

"I am praying for everybody who isn't winning games at the moment. I am happy that Cavin Johnson (coach of Platinum Stars) finally won a game now because maybe he was next. I know this is a game of results, but sometimes you ask yourself whether the guy coming in will do better or not," the former Supersport United boss added.

"What does history tell you on chopping and changing? That formula has never worked. And Freese and Roger have won cups (with other clubs before).

"It wasn't long ago that Freese won two trophies at Platinum Stars (the MTN8 and Telkom Knockout in 2013). We just forget these things. He is a credible coach.

"Serame was a leading member of Gordon Igesund's technical team at SuperSport United. I can say that because I know. I need to speak on their behalf because they kept me going when days were dark at my end. We also have children at school as well as bonds and loans.

“It's a cut-throat business, but they will. Roger reached the (CAF) Champions League final (with Orlando Pirates in 2013). How bad can you be? I feel sorry for these guys because their track record is there for everyone to see."

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