Eric Tinkler is now going to be on the bench for the second time as a coach in the finals of the CAF Confederations Cup. He was part of the Pirates team that lost in the final match a few seasons ago. Eric also coached Cape Town City where he won the Telkom Knockout Cup. SuperSport United are now one of the best teams in the country and the continent.
Let us look at how Eric Tinkler ended up being the coach of SuperSport United:
SuperSport United were without a coach after Stuart Baxter was appointed Bafana Bafana coach. The Pretoria based played Orlando Pirates in the Nedbank Cup final at the Moses Mabhida Stadium with Stuart as their coach as he was allowed to coach the team in their last match. The agreement was reached between SAFA and SuperSport United management. The search for the man to replace Stuart was on and assistant coach Kaitano Tembo was the interim coach for the team.
The team has received a lot of CVs for the vacant job and mostly the coaches who applied were from Europe and a few local coaches. Local coaches like Roger de Sa, Cavin Johnson, Gordon Igesund and a few more coaches had applied but the name in the mouths of many football fans was that of former Orlando Pirates coach Eric Tinkler who managed to win a trophy with Cape Town City and also qualified them for the top 8. Eric also challenged for the PSL title.
Another former Orlando Pirates coach Ruud Krol also applied for the job as he has previously indicated that he would like to return to South Africa to further his coaching career. Krol is familiar with South African football and has won a few trophies with Pirates. If Krol should be appointed the new SuperSport united coach, the team will have to adjust to new football style as his style is very different to that of Stuart Baxter which involves a lot of defending than attacking.
The much talked about coach who also coached Orlando Pirates Muhsin Ertugral was also linked with the SuperSport United coaching job. Ertugral was the last coach to be given a coaching job for a more developed team. He is good dealing with newly established teams and teams like SuperSport United are not the teams he should coach as he likes experimenting a lot than forming a winning team suitable of winning trophies and continuity.
Roger De Sa who also coached Orlando Pirates was another coach looking forward to coach the SuperSport team but his recent record was something worrying as he failed with a few teams he coached after Orlando Pirates. Roger managed to reach the final of the CAF Champions League with Orlando Pirates 3 seasons ago and went on to coach Ajax Cape Town and Maritzburg United where he failed dismally.
Gordon Igesund who also coached Orlando Pirates and SuperSport United was also another coach linked with a job at the SuperSport United team. He was recently sacked as Highlandspark coach before the conclusion of the last PSL season and since then he was waiting for opportunities like this one. Gordon also coached Bafana Bafana and is a well-respected coach in South African football. His second return to the SuperSport united was highly unlikely as the last time he coached the team SuperSport United the team was under a lot of problems that led to his departure.
Eric Tinkler took the reigns at SuperSport United after the team management were satisfied with his CV.