Not having a coach by pre-season will affect SuperSport United, reveals Thabo September

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The Matsatsantsa legend is wary of the effects of not having a new coach by the time pre-season begins

SuperSport United legend Thabo September believes that the club’s hesitancy to appoint a new coach is due to them searching for a coach who suits their culture.

SuperSport have been without a permanent coach ever since they parted ways with Eric Tinkler towards the end of the 2017/18 season following a decline in results. The 47-year-old was brought in after previous coach Stuart Baxter stepped down in order to take over at the helm of the national team.

However, despite Tinkler guiding Matsatsantsa to an MTN8 Cup triumph as well a maiden Caf Confederation Cup final berth, domestically results were not forthcoming. This led to assistant coach Kaitano Tembo being appointed as interim coach until the end of the previous season.

But with teams set to return for pre-season training, the Tshwane-based outfit are yet to appoint a new man. The club have been linked with moves for Free State Stars coach Luc Eymael as well as Tembo being given the role on a permanent basis.

Nonetheless, September believes that the club’s lack of urgency in appointing a new coach is down to the fact that they are looking for someone who has the culture of the club ingrained in them.

“I am sure the reason that they have been taking time to announce a coach is because they are still looking for someone who will fit the culture of the team and for someone who will take the players to another level,” September told Phakaaathi.

“The club has been doing well and they are looking for someone who will maintain that standard that saw the team winning the MTN8 this past season and the back-to-back Nedbank Cup titles. That takes times because they don’t want to make rash decisions in terms of the coach. They need a coach who will understand the players,” he added.

“It is about the consistency and that is where the team really needs to choose right and not get someone who will change the culture of the team and we don’t want a coach who will change the culture of the team,” he explained.

“This is a process that the team cannot afford to jump any steps because they need someone who will take the team to another level like it happened when they appointed Stuart Baxter,” he continued.

Meanwhile, September is under no illusions that not having a coach at the beginning of pre-season could unsettle the dressing room.

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“Not having a coach by pre-season does affect because the team because at some point as a player and a team you become unsettled and ask yourself whether the game is going to change once the new coach comes in,” he said.

“So, it is important to find the right coach soon and at the same time the team should not be pressed by time frames because they need to have find the best coach for the job,” he concluded.