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Keeping Neeskens shows Downs boss Motsepe has gone soft, say officials

By Mazola Molefe | Nov 12, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 35 ]

PATRICE Motsepe has gone soft, according to some officials at Mamelodi Sundowns who believe if the club president was his trigger-happy old self, coach Johan Neeskens would have been sacked long ago.

Motsepe could yet give Neeskens the boot, but the fact that the Dutchman is still at Sundowns after a string of poor results, when his predecessors were usually shown the door after such a bad patch, supports statements coming from the club's insiders.

Sundowns are bottom of the log for the second week running after 10 Absa Premiership games - suffering six defeats to make this their worst-ever start to a season.

If the last few weeks of the previous campaign are taken into consideration, Sundowns have tasted victory just once in 16 league matches under Neeskens.

A 1-1 draw against city rivals AmaTuks in the Tshwane derby on Saturday afternoon added to Neeskens' woes and demotivated the team further.

None of the previous coaches were ever afforded this much leeway to make amends. Paul Dolezar, Angel Cappa, Trott Moloto and Henri Michel did not last beyond five months while they were in charge.

Interim coaches Miguel Gamondi and Neil Tovey, even after winning the Premier League, were replaced months into the next season. Gordon Igesund stepped in, managed to defend the league title, but was fired when the going got tough.

Hristo Stoichkov and Antonio Lopez Habas resigned but Motsepe has often maintained that he would have kept them if they had not "volunteered" to leave.

Officials suggested that it was the investment the billionaire owner has made in Neeskens when he hired him at the start of last season that keeps him. Part of the coach's five-year contract is tied into improving the Downs' youth academy using the Johan Cruyff - the Dutch legend famous for total football - method. And that is costing the club millions, an insider said.

Should Neeskens be fired, Motsepe would have to pay out a lump sum to cover the remaining four years of his contract.


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Motsepe is an investor. He believes in long term planning despite the current losses.

Nov 12, 2012 8:12 | 0 replies

This is what happens when teams buy media players; especially when the Coach is not involved.
Downs must get rid of these officials and some players if they still wish to go forward and built this great team.

Nov 12, 2012 11:41 | 0 replies

I am tortured by this Team and the President, My health is suffering because of them, life is no more enjoyable anymore, I just love this team and dont know what to do now, no one want to listen. I want the President to know that if I am gone, I will blame him in my death

Nov 12, 2012 12:0 | 0 replies

Should Neeskens be fired, Motsepe would have to pay out a lump sum to cover the remaining four years of his contract.
But money is not a problem to Motsepe...so what's thee problem?

Nov 12, 2012 12:16 | 0 replies

It is not about firing the Coach, he must take a voluntary leave and ket someone guide the team and you will see results, he can come back later once the boys have regained their confidence. We ask you Mr Coach and the President, just once, allow Jeasy Queen or call Bra Shakes for three to four games only, you will see the results

Nov 12, 2012 12:29 | 0 replies

As the club president he has a plan on houw to handle this situation

Nov 12, 2012 2:9 | 0 replies

Should Neeskens be fired, Motsepe would have to pay out a lump sum to cover the remaining four years of his contract.
But money is not a problem to Motsepe...so what's thee problem?
But remember that Motsepe is also running a business - da same way he didn't want to let some of the players go cheaply

Nov 12, 2012 2:15 | 0 replies

Sundowns is going to fight for relegation if they play like this and I doubt they will survive the axe, as for the loads of money Motsepe has wont count cuz points their busy loosing will be the only thing needed... NO BRIBING OFFICIALS PLEASE!

Nov 12, 2012 2:27 | 0 replies

lol keep the fool mr president en u'l c ur team playing in playoffs next season

Nov 12, 2012 2:48 | 0 replies

the technique neeksen is using is too advanced for sundowns players and he can see its nt working. if y he's still using it, only he and motsepe know

Nov 12, 2012 2:50 | 0 replies

Sundowns has a plan so let the chiefs, pirates and the whole psl teams go home and shut up. we are not a spaza shop like chippa united we dont fire coaches becouse of bad results. we want continuity in the team and if it mean that we start winning after game no 15 is still ok with us. we have invested lot of mony in this team, so plz amatuers go and run chippa united, ajax, and arrows leave sundowns alone. KA BO YELLOW, THE SKY IS THE LIMIT.



Nov 12, 2012 2:57 | 0 replies