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Money can't buy happiness

By unknown | Jan 19, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

It's that time of the season again when players often move from one club to another in search of greener pastures.

It's that time of the season again when players often move from one club to another in search of greener pastures.

We wish those who have been off-loaded all the luck in getting new contracts elsewhere.

Though it is unlikely that there will be coach movements in the second round, there are claims that Gordon Igesund is likely to walk at Maritzburg United.

Igesund will not be leaving the club out of choice. His likely exit will be based solely on results.

You see, we don't have problems with club bosses relieving coaches of their duties if they don't perform properly.

But the problem is when a coach decides to leave a team where he is his own boss.

These coaches are mainly with the so-called smaller clubs but always end up coaching big teams who promise them more money than happiness. There is nothing untoward when coaches seek greener pastures elsewhere.

But do these coaches do introspection before deciding to leave the comfort of their smaller clubs? Do they know about the pressure that goes with coaching teams with a huge following?

Such teams have hard-to-please devotees who will not settle for anything less than a win in all matches. They generally contribute to the coach's expulsion and club bosses usually heed their demands.

Take the example of Owen da Gama. The man was akin to being his own boss at Platinum Stars. His name was synonymous with Stars. He worked miracles with the team and was never under pressure.

But he thought he had arrived and had become too big for the club. He chose to join results-driven Orlando Pirates. Did he last there? No! It's history that he has since joined Bloemfontein Celtic after a brief stay with Free State Stars.

I'm now worried about my favourite coaches, Craig Rosslee of Ajax Cape Town and Manqoba Mngqithi of Lamontville Golden Arrows.

Guys, you have performed splendidly with your teams. Please don't be tempted by the big teams' promises and dump your employers. They have confidence in you and the supporters speak highly of you. They love and respect you. It is the same with the players.

So don't think that you have arrived because I'm still not convinced that you are ready to withstand the pressure that goes with coaching at big clubs. It should not be all about money but also about happiness.


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