Chippa United are closing in on appointing a new coach, the club's fourth man in charge of the technical team for the 2018/19 season.
After the club's decision in December to part ways with Eric Tinkler, who had been Dan Malesela's replacement, Chippa put Joel Masutha in charge on an interim basis.
Masutha, who is still in search of his first win as Chippa coach after five matches, could be nearing an exit as the Port Elizabeth outfit is believed to have upped the search of a new coach.
The Chilli Boys lost 4-2 against Orlando Pirates in their most recent match on Tuesday evening, and the Eastern Cape club’s newly appointed CEO Morgan Mammila has confirmed to the Siya crew that a search for a new coach to replace Masutha is underway.
As reported by the Siya crew, former Golden Arrows coach Clinton Larsen has emerged as the coach linked with the Chippa role.
“No, I can’t confirm that (about Larsen). I have spoken to the chairman (Sivive ‘Chippa’ Mpengesi) and I gave him my recommendations. We will decide very soon on what’s going to happen,” Mammila told the Siya crew.
“There’s going to be a lot of changes and we are going to roll. (The changes will be in the) playing personnel, technical team and staff. We have to make those changes as soon as possible so that we can roll. I want winners around the team. The football loving people of the Eastern Cape, the supporters, don’t deserve the treatment that they got from the team. The priority is the team and then the supporters,” added the former Baroka FC CEO.
Under Masutha’s guidance, Chippa drew 1-1 with Cape Town City, drew 2-2 with Polokwane City, lost 2-0 against Bidvest Wits and lost 1-0 against Bloemfontein Celtic before losing to Pirates.
“From next week I will be in charge and I’m promising the supporters free entry (to the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium) for the Maritzburg United game. Let’s fill up the stadium. We will make a certain number of tickets available for the supporters to collect because we can’t just issue tickets without a certain process,” said Mammila.
Asked if Masutha will still be in charge for the Team of Choice game, Mammila would not confirm the position of the former Black Leopards coach in the team.
“As I have said, I have given my recommendations to the chairman and that’s an urgent one. I am happy because I have been given those powers to do everything. I’m not going to abuse my powers, that’s for sure, but stats don’t lie (referring to Baroka FC cup success under his leadership). But I can’t do this all by myself. I need people who have expertise when it comes to that (club management). I think Eastern Cape had been robbed of happiness all along. I’m not saying that I’m going to do things in one day, but one thing is for sure that I am going to make people of the Eastern Cape happy,” added the official.
Pressed for the names of the coaches he has recommended to Mpengesi, Mammila told the Siya crew, “I’ve got one foreigner and one South African. Both coaches have been in the PSL and have done well with their PSL teams.”
According to Mammila, one of the coaches is currently attached to a club while the other is available.