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Suspension a crafty way to ditch coaches

By Mcelwa Nchabeleng | 2012-03-15 07:35:35.0 | COMMENTS [ 8 ]

THERE is a new trend in the Premier Soccer League.

It is called "suspension mode".

It is about the suspension of coaches and this practice by PSL clubs looks set to gain momentum.

It's not funny!

In less than a week, two top PSL coaches have been suspended by their clubs for different reasons.

This trend is new to us and it is seen in some quarters as a "subtle" way of firing a coach. The old way of firing a coach was to "redeploy" him in the club, but this was just to frustrate the coach, who would later resign.

There was also a "tactful" way applied by clubs to force coaches to resign when supporters were not happy with the results.

They would simply be told that "as a club we can't guarantee your safety".

But now it's all about suspension.

Struggling Platinum Stars were the first to suspend their coach, Owen da Gama.


He is alleged to have solicited bribes from players for them to get game time.

These are damning allegations, of course, and Dikwena did well to appoint an independent investigation team to get to the bottom of the claims, which will shame the country if proven right.

But my beef is why should they suspend the coach? He should be seen as innocent until proven guilty.

The club argues that Da Gama may tamper with the investigations if he continues with his job.

But it's an open secret that Da Gama has been under tremendous pressure from the club, thanks to the side's abysmal run this season.

And this might have contributed to his suspension.

Rumours abound that former Orlando Pirates treble winner Ruud Krol will replace Da Gama after the Dutchman was seen taking notes during the Stars vs Pirates clash in Phokeng on February 22.

This was, however, vehemently denied by Stars' management.

But I believe it would have been prudent for the club to allow Da Gama to continue coaching under scrutiny, as investigations continue.

Removing him at this crucial time of the season could create instability and affect the mental steel of the players.

I don't think Da Gama is accused by the entire team in the "pay-to-play" allegations.

So surely the suspension of Da Gama will affect those who are loyal to him, those who are happy to play under him.

This, of course, is if the club still has faith in Da Gama.

Joining "Rubberdoll" on the sidelines was Bucs mentor Julio Leal.

Leal, who steered Pirates to an MTN8 and Telkom Knockout glory, was suspended on Monday after the Brazilian's admission to club supremo Irvin Khoza that Pirates were "too big" for him to guide.

I respect Leal for his frank admission but why should they suspend him , rather than show him the door?

I mean, the man has admitted that he has somehow run out of ideas for taking Pirates forward, unless he has not been honest in his admission.

Like Da Gama, Leal has been under pressure after the Buccaneers' embarrassing first-round exit from the African Champions League, humbled by Angolan side Recreativo de Libolo.

This is a difficult time for PSL coaches as they don't know who is next in line to be suspended.

I think club bosses should start to be honest with their coaches and stop lulling them into a false sense of security by being diplomatic with them when they are about to fire them. I hope other clubs don't follow this trend


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Chiefs coach is next

2012-03-15 10:03:58.0 | 0 replies

yeah for me its heartless the manner in which our coaches have been suspended and fired.

2012-03-15 13:58:25.0 | 0 replies

V V had lots and lots of time... the clock is ticking we been behind him all the way

2012-03-15 21:00:02.0 | 0 replies

Yah neh kick backs in soccer yah corruption is everywhere....they should also suspend players who took part in this!

2012-03-16 08:10:14.0 | 0 replies

Argh, sports journalists nowadays!

2012-03-16 09:06:46.0 | 0 replies

Have you ever heard of a person being precautionarily suspended? This is where you suspend a person in order to conduct investigations and have some assurance that they will not interfere with the fact finding processes. The type of allegations that Owen is facing are so cheap but yet can bruise the coach’s reputation indelibly. If he were to be allowed to continue coaching, the complainant may then come back and pin further allegations of other sorts because remember, they still have to work together. This is why I find your take on this matter a bit myopic.

Secondly, I wonder if just one incident of suspending the coach warrants you to term the situation a new trend. I say one incident because you accept the enormity of the allegations against Owen and the repercussions they may have on our country (Not only Platinum Stars) if they are found to be true but yet you still want to assert that he should not have been suspended. Let us assume then, (and God forbid) that the allegations are true, do you honestly think that he will sit and let the investigations go ahead without any let or hindrance? Owen’s suspension was a very judicious thing to do because and by your own admission, our reputation as a country is at stake.

2012-03-16 09:12:27.0 | 0 replies

Cox$pus! I will remember this name and who is Mcelwa Nchabeleng again?

2012-03-16 09:16:28.0 | 0 replies

Chiefs coach is next

Haahahhahaha!!! tomorrow's loss will be paving way for his suspension.

2012-03-16 14:35:59.0 | 0 replies