Eric Tinkler’s future as the head coach of Orlando Pirates hangs by a thread, but the former Bafana Bafana man is grateful to have the backing of his players.
With his contract having ended, Tinkler is yet to know whether the board will keep him for another season or another coach will be appointed.
“I have seen a couple of articles in the papers with players like Edwin Gyimah, Happy Jele and Thabo Matlaba backing me to stay on,” said Tinkler.
“But the decision lies with the club, we just have to wait and see what the decision will be. I am not sure when I will be meeting with the club, but right now we are all on holiday. I will be going away with my wife for two weeks on Friday just to clear my mind and we will see when I come back what is in store for me.
“I have enjoyed my time at the club and I have a good communication with the players, I love this club and of course I want to stay on as the coach.”
The Buccaneers suffered a trophy drought for a second consecutive season, something that doesn’t sit well with Tinkler, but he hopes to have next season to redeem himself. This past season, the Soweto giants reached two cup finals (Caf Confederation Cup and Nedbank Cup), but failed to live up to expectations and couldn’t take home the silverware.
With the club yet to announce the future of Tinkler, there have been a couple of reports that he is likely to be replaced, with the names of former Free State Stars coach Giovanni Solinnas and Pirates’ former assistant coach Chris O’Loughlin both linked to the top job at the Buccaneers.