Cape Town - Former
Free State Stars coach Sammy Troughton believes he was not given enough
time to be a success, after parting ways with the club after just two
games in charge.
Ea Lla Koto's management and the Irishman reportedly did not see eye
to eye on the running of the Bethlehem-based outfit, and it later
transpired they agreed to go their separate ways.
Nonetheless, the 53-year-old told the Sowetan the side was
capable of achieving success if he had been given more time. Belgian Luc
Eymael has since been appointed as his replacement.
Troughton told the publication: "I was also not totally happy in Free
State because I saw that we did not have enough in common. I am
disappointed because I had a plan for this team. We needed additions to
"There were players who were promoted from the Motsepe League and I
think they were thrown in the deep end. I am not against the youngsters
but they have to be extraordinary to make the cut. There were seven or
eight players who are over 30 years of age.
"I was frustrated at that situation. When you look at our game
against Wits (a 2-2 draw last Wednesday in the Premiership), you see
that something special was brewing."
Eymael's first game in charge will see Stars welcome Mamelodi
Sundowns to Goble Park on September 13 with his aim for the season to
finish in the top half of the table.
Kick-off is at 19:30.