Tinkler: Why I Left City For SuperSport…
Eric Tinkler says that it was his ambition and not the financial benefits that attracted him to SuperSport United but admitted that it was a tough choice to leave Cape Town City.
The 46-year-old was unveiled as the new Matsatsantsa head coach on Thursday afternoon after it was announced that the buyout clause in his City contract had been matched, with Tinkler tendering his resignation.
His decision has been questioned by some people in the football fraternity after City finished above SuperSport in the 2016/17 campaign, although he says that he’s an ambitious coach joining an ambitious club.
He told the media, “I’m a very ambitious coach… They are the club who have finished within the top eight bracket for the last 17 years and we will try to keep that record going.”
Meanwhile, on the actual decision itself, the former Bafana Bafana midfielder explained his reasoning, saying, “The decision to join SuperSport United came about a few days ago. It was a difficult one because I just had a fantastic season with Cape Town City this past campaign. And secondly, I had already moved my family down there to the Mother City as well.
"But when SuperSport came to me with their offer, I listened and thought it was definitely a no-brainer. And that’s because they are a very successful football club which is very ambitious. They have a fantastic youth development system as well.
Tinkler also drew confidence from the progression of some of his colleagues, saying, “There are coaches who came here like Gavin (Hunt) and Pitso (Mosimane) who’ve done extremely well for the club before they moved up to bigger and better things in their careers… Hopefully, that will happen for me as well as I continue progressing in my coaching career. I believe that there’s no better place to try and do exactly that than here at SuperSport.”
The former Orlando Pirates coach signed a three-year deal with SuperSport and will officially begin work on July 1st.