Next coach for the axe?

Who will be the next coach joining the jobless queue in the PSL?
This season has already seen a number of coaching casualties in the PSL, but who will be next out the door at their club? looks at the five most likely candidates and speculates as to who might be the unlucky man.

Muhsin Ertugral (Lamontville Golden Arrows)

Ertugral might have won himself a reprieve with the 1-0 victory over Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday night, but his side still performed below par. He was just lucky that Sundowns were even more dreadful. Had they lost that fixture there is a good chance that he would have been axed already, the patience of boss Mato Madlala must be wearing thin.

Chances of being next coach sacked? 8/10

Cavin Johnson (Platinum Stars)

Johnson’s Platinum Stars side have lost three games on the trot and the last two performances, against Ajax Cape Town (1-4) and Orlando Pirates (0-1) have been well below par. Their next two fixtures are against University of Pretoria and fellow strugglers AmaZulu. A failure to win one of those could leave him on the precipice. In his favour is that the Dikwena management have bought into his vision for the future of the side, but they will not want to be sucked into a relegation battle.   Johan Neeskens

Chances of being next coach sacked? 7/10     

Johan Neeskens (Mamelodi Sundowns)              

Neeskens’ Sundowns have lost four games in a row now and as much as you can blame injuries that saw him without nine first-team players for the defeat at Golden Arrows last time out, he still has a squad of players who should provide a better return than that. Much of the blame must be laid at the door of the players, who have under-performed, but Neeskens’ job is to get the best out of them and if he cannot, for whatever reason, then perhaps it is time to step aside. Next up for him, if he is still in a job by then, is a Tshwane Derby with SuperSport United on September 26. That is surely now a must-win game for the Dutch coach.

Chances of being next coach sacked? 9/10

Roger Palmgren (AmaZulu)

Some media reports have suggested that Palmgren is already a Dead Man Walking at Usuthu after just       one point from the club’s opening four games of the season. It is a run that has seen them score no goals in that time either and they have looked a soft touch for opposition teams. If you include the end of last season then Usuthu have no wins in their last 11 games in all competitions… and just four goals. That is relegation form. Names such as Owen da Gama, Ian Gorowa and Craig Rosslee have been banded about to replace him, but as yet there has been no comment from the club.

Chances of being next coach sacked? 9/10

Roger Sikhakhane (Chippa United)

Sikhakhane has only been back in the hot-seat at Chippa United for one game and managed a 1-1 draw with BidVest Wits last Sunday. He led the side to promotion last season, but then fell ill and was replaced by Manqoba Mngqithi, who lasted just two games. Sikhakhane is a coach that club boss Chippa Mpengesi feels he can work with to get the team to play how he wants though and for that reason he has the backing of the boss. But Mpengesi has already shown himself to be an unpredictable character, so who knows just what is around the corner.

Chances of being next coach sacked? 5/10