Arrows And Ertugral Part Ways
22 October 2012
Golden Arrows head coach, Muhsin Ertugral, has resigned from his position at the club.
It was reported late last week by the Siya crew that the Turkish coach was on thin ice in Durban following a poor start to the season. Now, as predicted, the former Kaizer Chiefs coach has left Abafana Bes’thende.
Following Arrows' 3-1 defeat at the hands of Free State Stars this weekend in the Telkom Knockout, Soccer-Laduma explained that the game was expected to be Ertugral’s last.
A statement on the Arrows website quoted Ertugral as saying, “I took this decision in the best interest of the club. The current situation is not through lack of trying or anything like that. When results are not forthcoming it becomes a situation which one needs to be realistic about it, and make decisions which are for the good of the entire club.
"Sometimes a change can have a positive effect and change the fortunes of a club. This is a club which has great potential and I believe it is only a question of time before things improve. I have enjoyed my time here and worked well with the management and the players.
"It is always difficult to make decisions such as these but I honestly believe I am acting in the best interests of everyone here and I know that there is appreciation for the fact that I have put the interests of the club first.”
Meanwhile, Arrows said, "The club has accepted Mr. Ertugral’s decision and takes this opportunity to wish him well with his future endeavors."
According to Siya crew sources, the Turk’s assistant, Shaun Bartlett, is expected to take over at the helm of Arrows as interim coach for now, however it will only be on a short-term basis.
The crew reported that Arrows' management were keen to bring in a South African coach as Ertugral’s successor, and it is believed that the man currently being eyed up by the club is their former coach Manqoba Mngqithi.
Abafana Bes’thende currently find themselves sat 13th in the PSL log, having picked up only six points from their first seven games, they will now be hoping that a change of head coach can bring about a change in fortunes.