Eric Tinkler, SuperSport part ways

Eric Tinkler, coach of Supersport United arrives during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Supersport United at Lucas Moripe Stadium, Pretoria on 2 February 2018.
Eric Tinkler, coach of Supersport United arrives during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Supersport United at Lucas Moripe Stadium, Pretoria on 2 February 2018.
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SuperSport United coach have parted ways with coach Eric Tinkler, the club have announced.

Matsatatsantsa made the announcement on their official Twitter page on Friday evening.

“@SuperSportFC have agreed to release Eric Tinkler from his contract with immediate effect following his resignation as Head Coach earlier today #SkeemaMatsatsantsa,” SuperSport wrote.

SuperSport CEO Stan Matthew was quoted as saying: “We decided to accept Eric’s resignation today. Clearly, the League results achieved have not been up to the standards we set for ourselves.

“We have 17 consecutive top 8 finishes under our belt, so to be in the position we currently find ourselves is not easy to accept. We believe in the group of players we have, in their playing ability as well as their desire to fight for the club.

“We wish Eric well in the future and thank him for his contribution in adding the MTN8 trophy to our cabinet, during his short spell at the club.”

Tinkler said: “"I believe we can turn things around but the only way of getting out of our current position is to have a fully unified and committed response from the players and I haven’t been able to get that from them, so it seems best for all parties that we part ways.

Tinkler, who had guided Cape Town City to third place the previous season. joined SuperSport in June to replace outgoing Stuart Baxter, who became Bafana Bafana coach.

Under the former Bafana Bafana midfield star SuperSport reached the 2017 Caf Confederation Cup final, where they lost against TP Mazembe of Democratic Republic of Congo.

However their form in the league has since suffered, and currently the Pretoria team are in 12th place in the Absa Premiership.

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