Irvin Khoza: I wanted to keep Eric Tinkler at Orlando Pirates

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The Buccaneers have had four different coaches since Tinkler's departure over a year ago, and Khoza admits he succumbed to the pressure from club fans

Orlando Pirates chairman Dr Irvin Khoza has revealed that he wanted to keep Eric Tinkler at the club before Cape Town City acquired his services at the beginning of last season.

According to Khoza, Tinkler, who is now at SuperSport United, received a very good offer from the Citizens, but he admits that it wasn't easy to let him go.  

He also blamed the Pirates supporters for their impatience on the man who guided the team to the 2015 Caf Confederation Cup final.  

"What defines a coach is their work ethic. Tinkler is defined by that. Tinkler is hands on. That is why it was not easy for me to let him go. I wanted to maintain him in the team, but unfortunately he got a very good offer, and I’m happy [that] he’s doing very well," Khoza told the media on Tuesday. 

"You see‚ my selection of Tinkler was not misplaced. It was a good choice, but unfortunately the supporters were impatient, and a lot of people are impatient‚ but we see things that they don’t see, because when they never saw anything in Tinkler. I saw something in Tinkler, and I’m happy it’s been proven right that my choice was the correct choice," he said. 

"When he went to Cape Town City, he won a trophy [Telkom Knockout Cup]. Now he’s in a final [MTN8] and a semifinal [Caf Confederation Cup]. So, there’s nothing new about Tinkler because we have prepared him for that. He’s been in the final of the Confederation Cup. He’s been in three finals in the country," Khoza continued.

Khoza feels Tinkler and Roger de Sa, who worked together as head coach and assistant, were unfortunate not to win the 2013 Caf Champions League trophy after reaching the final.

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However, he is proud that the two coaches continue to use their experience on the field of play than criticise others from distance. 

"Unfortunately he and Roger [De Sa] were unlucky not to win the Champions League, but it’s also very important that the class of 1996 are coming now to take their rightful position‚ and not only becoming armchair critics," said the Bucs boss.

"Tinkler is one of the guys who is prepared to be tested and to be audited – not one of those who just go into the TV studio just to critique," Khoza added. 

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