Eric Tinkler detailed the reasons behind his move from Cape Town City to SuperSport United, suggesting that Matsatsantsa offers more opportunities for success.
Tinkler was officially unveiled as the man to take over the reins from Stuart Baxter, who has since taken up the Bafana Bafana job, but the former Orlando Pirates mentor admits that the decision wasn’t as clear-cut as it appeared.
‘The decision to join SuperSport United came about a few days ago,’ he told IOL.
‘It was a difficult one, because I just had a fantastic season with Cape Town City this past campaign. And secondly, I had already moved my family down there to the Mother City as well.
‘But, when SuperSport came to me with their offer, I listened and thought it was definitely a no-brainer. And that’s because they are a very successful football club which is very ambitious. They have a fantastic youth development system as well,’ he added.
The former AFCON-winning midfielder highlighted the success of predecessors Gavin Hunt and Pitso Moismane, suggesting that the club serves as a platform to greater things.
‘There are coaches who came here, like Gavin and Pitso, who’ve done extremely well for the club before they moved up to bigger and better things in their careers.
‘Hopefully, that will happen for me as well as I continue progressing in my coaching career. I believe that there’s no better place to try and do exactly that than here at SuperSport.
‘I’m a very ambitious coach. They are the club who have finished within the top eight bracket for the last 17 years and we will try to keep that record going.
‘I officially start in my new coaching job on 1 July. Kaitano (Tembo) will continue with his duties in the Confederation Cup, and Stuart (Baxter) will be in charge of the team when they play in the Nedbank Cup final. I know it’s a bit of a strange situation, but you just have to accept and move on with it.
‘I want to achieve what Pitso did in Africa. Sure I’ve been in two continental finals, but the truth is (he hasn’t had enough of it). I really want to go back there and try to win the (Confederation Cup) title this time around.
‘And what better team to do it with than with an ambitious side such as SuperSport United,’ he concluded.
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