Eric Tinkler sacked by Maritzburg United
Maritzburg United coach Eric Tinkler has been sacked by the club following the poor start that has seen the team of choice losing five matches in all competition.
Tinkler’s side was knocked out of the MTN8 after being beaten by Kaizer Chiefs in the quarter-finals and has been struggling in the DSTV Premiership.
In a statement released by the club, Maritzburg chairman Farook Kadodia said the result has not been coming.
“It has been an extremely disappointing start to the season and the results have not been forthcoming,” Maritzburg chairman Farook Kadodia said in a statement.
“The board, therefore, decided to terminate the contract of the coach. We would like to wish him all the best in his future endeavours.”
The KZN club is currently sitting bottom of the standings without a point.
Their poor form initially started in the bio-bubble last season after the league resumed in August following suspension due to the Covid-19 pandemic. They drew three and lost three of their games in the bubble. Their form failed to pick up this season.
Tinkler was initially appointed as coach of Maritzburg United in January 2019 and managed to save the club from relegation at the 2018/19 season.
He transformed the club into a formidable team in the 2019/20 season, securing an entry into this season’s MTN 8 tournament as they finished seventh in the league last season.
The news came as shock to some of the team of choice fanatics.
Thulani Zulu who is a DUT student and Maritzburg United fan said the decision is harsh.
“It is still the start of the season and we have only played five games, it is a harsh decision and I think the club will regret the decision as this is the same coach who saved us from relegation”
Another Maritzburg fan, Mzwandile Xaba said he is confused about sacking Tinkler.
“I could not understand the decision, we all know that the club sold some of our best players, the boys needed a bit of time. It is a bit confusing why they sacked him after being so impressively last season,” said Xaba.