Bafana Bafana legend, Mark Fish, has thrown his backing behind Orlando Pirates coach, Eric Tinkler, ahead of the upcoming Soweto Derby.
Fish enjoyed arguably the best spell of football in his career at Pirates from 1993 to 1996, helping them win the league title, 1994 BP Top Eight Cup, 1995 African Champions League and the 1995 Bobsave Super Bowl.
He then went on to help the national team lift the 1996 African Cup of Nations, and played alongside Tinkler in the tournament. The duo spent almost a decade playing together in the Bafana Bafana setup, amassing over 100 caps between them.
The former Bucs defender has moved to throw his weight behind the current Pirates mentor, indicating that he cannot fathom the criticism that has been levelled at the coach despite him reaching the final of the CAF Confederation Cup.
“It’s a massive achievement (to reach the final) and I don’t understand the criticism of Eric Tinkler. In countries like Germany you think long-term and you don’t just chop and change,” Fish told Soccer Laduma.
“Yes, the players can all play the game and it’s your knowledge of the game. ‘Tinks’ was born to be a coach and, yes, he probably has one of the toughest jobs in the business, but I have full faith in my ex-teammate.”
Are you as confident about Tinkler’s abilities as Fish? Do you think that the results of the upcoming derbies will have an influence on Tinkler’s Bucs future?