Stiga defends Ertugral coaching style

Former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Stanton Fredericks admits Muhsin Ergugral is not the easiest coach to work under, but believes it is up to players to be professional and adapt to his techniques.

Ertugral resigned as Orlando Pirates coach on Tuesday night, after a 6-1 hammering at the hands of SuperSport United, with rumours flying that some Buccaneers players have not been able to deal with his disciplinary, temperamental style of coaching.

“Even at Chiefs he wasn’t the easiest to work with,” said Fredericks, who played under Ertugral at Amakhosi from 2001 to 2003.

“But as a professional player you have to go out and do a job. Just because someone is strict it doesn’t mean you mustn’t do your job, you have to adapt and work under those conditions. The first time I worked under Muhsin it was a bit difficult but I learned something and it made me a better player.

“I learned to focus more, and to understand where I should be on the pitch without the ball. The average player touches the ball for three or four minutes in a game, for the rest of the game they have to play without the ball.

“The way he (Ertugral) puts himself across might not be easy, in South African culture you always have to be nice. But no, you are playing for one of the best teams in the country and you need to focus and listen to what your mistakes are. His record speaks for itself, he has done great at Chiefs, at Ajax Cape Town and at Aces. It is about whether the players have the attitude to adapt.”

Fredericks believes Ertugral’s departure is “too early. They are six points off the top, I think it will kill Pirates this season.”

“It (a heavy defeat) happens in football. Arsenal once lost 8-2 to Man Utd, this is a team consistently in the Champions League. That is why we call it the beautiful game.”

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