Mgosi 29.9.2015 01:08 pm

5 PSL coaches likely to get the chop

FILE PICTURE: Gordon Igesund. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

FILE PICTURE: Gordon Igesund. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

The 2015/16 season is just six games old yet several teams have already undergone coaching changes.

Kinnah Phiri was the first to get the chop at Free State Stars and was replaced by Ernst Middendorp.

Then Mandla Ncikazi found himself without a job at Maritzburg United. Ncikazi was replaced by veteran coach Clive Barker.

We take a look at coaches who are likely to get the chop before the end of the season.

1. Pitso Mosimane
After starting the season on a poor note, things are starting to look up for Sundowns. The Brazilians have registered two wins in their last two matches to move up to sixth on the log. But that has not stopped some Sundowns supporters from calling for Mosimane’s head. Another bad patch could lead to Mosimane coming under tremendous pressure from the unruly supporters who don’t want him at Sundowns and that could force Patrice Motsepe hand in the end.

Phakaaathi gauge: Luke warm

2. Gordon Igesund
After delivering the Telkom Knockout in his first season with the club last season, things are not going well for the former Bafana Bafana mentor this season. With only one win and two draws from their first six league games, Matsatsantsa a Pitori are languishing at the bottom half of the table, territory that they’re not familiar with, and that could get Igesund fired. Former Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter is said to be on the wings should Igesund get fired before the end of the season.

Phakaaathi gauge: Warm

3. Eric Tinkler
Pirates might be on the verge of qualifying for the Caf Confederation Cup final, but their domestic form could lead to Tinkler finding himself without a job before the end of the season. Bucs are currently 11th in the league standings after registering only one win and two draws in their opening five matches. Word is that the good Confederation Cup run is what is keeping Tinkler in his job. But with the competition in its closing stages, Tinkler will have to improve Pirates’ fortunes on the domestic front or he could get fired.

Phakaaathi gauge: Warm

4. Kosta Papic
Rise and Shine started the season on a high note by beating Bloemfontein Celtic 3-2 in an exciting game at Old Peter Mokaba Stadium back in August. But after this win, City have gone five games without a win. However, they have managed to hold Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates to draws in the process. Papic will have to try and find a way to end City’s winless streak otherwise he could find name on the unemployed list.

Phakaaathi gauge: Hot

5. Sammy Troughton
After four loses in six opening league matches, Tuks find themselves on position 14 on the log. Of the four loses they suffered, two defeats were at home against Bloemfontein Celtic and Bidvest Wits. Word is that Tuks’ poor start to the season has not gone down well with the club’s management and it’s considering finding a replacement for him.

Phakaaathi gauge: Hot

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