The knives are out, ready and waiting. Eric Tinkler must check around every corner before advancing. He has officially guided the mighty Orlando Pirates through a trophyless season. The proud supporters are, understandably, furious. Many do not understand the hesitation in firing the former Bafana Bafana star, while others still see value in his services…
Many who argue for Tinkler's stay suggest that changing a coach now may do more harm than good; no matter who is put in place, it will be purely disruptive. Others think they have seen enough.
"To those who say Tinkler must be given another chance, may you please explain why? Is it acceptable for a team like Pirates to finish a season trophyless at position 7, below Chippa and Aces? I mean, (former Bucs coach Julio Cesar) Leal was fired after winning two cups because the team was no longer doing well and at risk of losing the title. So why should a trophyless Tinkler be kept?" – Ruud-Krol (mugabel)
The Bucs camp is split; many think Tinkler's season has not been as bad as some suggest. The team did reach two cup finals, was by far the most convincing team in the Soweto derbies, and beat both Chiefs and Sundowns in the Nedbank Cup.
Interestingly, if one were to make up the league table from just the second half of the season's performances, Pirates would have finished third and Kaizer Chiefs would have finished seventh.
Do you see the reasons for keeping Tinkler? Do you think things will come right with time?