Feature: Who was the best PSL coach of the season?

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With the PSL season reaching its conclusion, Goal assess the season's top performing coaches

The 2016/2017 Premier Soccer League season has been one of the closest title races in recent years and Goal looks at the top three performing coaches of the season.

Although, special mention must be made to coaches such as Clinton Larsen and Luc Eymael who experienced a fantastic first half to the campaign but had fallen off the pace since then. Also, Fadlu David’s recent exploits with Maritzburg United cannot be undermined and if he is given the job on a permanent basis at the Team of Choice, he will surely be one to look out for next season.

Nevertheless, here’s our list for the Premier Soccer League’s coach of the season.


 3. Eric Tinkler


Tinkler has been one of the outstanding coaches of the season, having steered his team to Telkom Knockout glory and was among the PSL title chasing pack for most of the season, despite only being in its infancy.

Under the 46-year-old’s tutelage, The Citizens registered 20 victories in all competitions and only suffered eight losses in 36 games. The coach holds a 56 percent win ratio and to many could be regarded as one of the top performing coaches in South Africa.

Although, Tinkler’s success comes as a breath of fresh air to the South African football fraternity, it should be noted that he was deemed not good enough at Orlando Pirates and was subsequently released, making his success at his latest club even more noteworthy.


2. Pitso Mosimane


The Mamelodi Sundowns coach has had one of his most challenging and successful seasons in his short managerial career. Despite having been deprived of a preseason due to his activity on the continent and a congested list which saw them playing on average, every three days, the 52-year-old came all so close to achieving the unthinkable. Sundowns came within a whisker of defending their PSL title.

Mosimane is now regarded as one of the continent’s best coaches and after contending with over 50 games this campaign, the fire is still burning firmly within him.


1. Gavin Hunt


Pitso Mosimane and Gavin Hunt - Sundowns v Wits

 

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Lastly, the Bidvest Wits tactician is our choice for coach of the season. After steering his troops to glory, beating some of his more illustrious opponents, the coach has seen his property rise.

The 52-year-old has found himself as only the third coach in PSL history to have secured four league titles. In Wits’ historic campaign, Hunt was instrumental in overseeing 18 victories in 29 games and most notably found the perfect blend of youth and experience. The coach reenergised surreal winner Daine Klate’s career and gave the likes of Phakamani Mahlambi and Reeve Frosler a start, which led them to star status.

Following Wits’ success, the hierarchy will be keen to hold onto their prized asset as they look to challenge for continental honours once again.  

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