Absa Premiership

Tinkler puts speculation to bed

2015-12-07 09:22
Eric Tinkler (Supplied)

Cape Town - Under-fire Orlando Pirates coach Eric Tinkler has hit out at recent reports that claimed he had sent his CV to two Absa Premiership clubs.

The former Bafana Bafana international has faced staunch criticism from some sections of the South African media as well as fans on social media, as evidenced by the TinklerMustFall hashtag on Twitter.

This after Pirates stumbled at the last hurdle of the CAF Confederation Cup final with a 2-1 defeat to Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia in a two-legged final.

However, Tinkler is confident his side will be able to bounce back from the disappointment of the final by returning to winning ways in the Absa Premiership. He also rejected the notion that he is ready to throw in the towel at the Soweto club.

In an exclusive interview with football writer, Neal Collins, Tinkler commented on the recent rumours as well as his plans for the rest of the season.

"It can't be the chairman. I haven't even had a meeting with him yet since we got back from Tunisia (I suggested nobody can find Dr Irvin Khoza to hold talks, but he didn't confirm or deny that)," Tinkler said on Collins blog.

"Everybody's been calling to ask about this meeting but it hasn't happened.

"(Technical Director and former Bafana coach) Screamer Tshabalala and I are getting on really well at the moment. We had a friendly yesterday and we talked nicely. We spoke about the future. There is no problem there.

"It's crazy. There's always speculation about Pirates but this is getting ridiculous. I was in Tunisia and people were saying I'm going to Maritzburg United.

"They even said Augusto Palacios would be interim manager at Pirates when I got back.

"It's all nonsense. I have a google alert on my phone that beeps whenever a new story comes up... it keeps us entertained!"

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