Maritzburg United are sitting at the bottom of the Premier Soccer League table.
Their target is to overtake these clubs and work their way into safety to remain in the PSL next season. Can new coach Eric Tinkler get this job done?
The former Cape Town City and Chippa United coach got South African Twitter talking when he was appointed by Maritzburg on Tuesday.
It's difficult to find a follower who's optimistic that Tinkler will save the club. Here's how South African football and the fans reacted on social media.
Massive task awaits Tinkler, all the best to the man!— Lennox Bacela (@lennoxbacela) January 29, 2019
@robertmarawa he must appoint Tinkler and buy players, Rob when you spoke to this fellow last year I asked, which good big name players has he bought to sustain the team's success,he was defensive and mentioned unknowns....NFD is upon him #MSW— BIGGA (@biggztshubs) January 28, 2019
The coaching merry-go-round continues. After parting ways with Muhsin Ertugral, Maritzburg United have appointed former Chippa United coach Eric Tinkler to take over. pic.twitter.com/3u7QZGktRG— Vodacom Soccer (@VodacomSoccer) January 29, 2019
The Maritzburg United chiefs are running the club like a kindergaten. Muhsin has left, and now we hear they have shortlisted Eric Tinkler, do you see any logic in there? @robertmarawa— Kindinu Kakumba (@kindinukakumba) January 28, 2019
He should just hire a young, Tshepo Motsoeneng of TornadoFC.— Free King Dalindyebo (@Spiwo) January 28, 2019
Give him a short term contract until the end of a season.
The @MaritzburgUtd will see flames.
Tinkler too will sink that team down.@robertmarawa @MarawaSportShow #MSW pic.twitter.com/KPauPdnXFG
The only industry that can rival the entertainment industry with recycling faces is the local soccer scene. Damn can't we develop/promote/train young coaches. #openuptheindustry #tinkler #SSDiski https://t.co/v46Df34ltx— hughan butler (@boblarney) January 29, 2019
I think Eric Tinkler is a fantastic coach. He just seems to have a habit of taking on really difficult jobs.— Leonard Solms (@LeonSolms) January 29, 2019
Everything was going well for Eric Tinkler at Cape Town City but he decided to be forward by thinking he's the "It" of coaching and went to Supersport United,now he's just like another coaches that are fired and hired at will.— Sundowns Fanatic ⭐ Is Back. 👌 💯 (@Madumetja_SoLo) January 29, 2019
Your team is surely going down now. You had option to appoint a real Coach but you decided to go for a Caretaker. Eric Tinkler does not have enough experience to save the team from being relegated.— Mashayabhuqe (@Senvill) January 29, 2019