Monday coaches lack respect, says Ertugral
MUHSIN Ertugral took a swipe at armchair television critics after his side's narrow win over Mamelodi Sundowns at the weekend, calling them "Monday coaches who lack respect".
He is the second Premier Soccer League personality to have a go at the pundits in the last few days, following Chippa United owner Siviwe Mpengesi.
Ertugral says comments made by panelists on the weekly PSL review shows add unnecessary pressure on coaches and players.
"There are too many critics who do not respect the work of people who have been in the South African game for a long time," he said.
Ertugral insisted he was building a new team at Arrows with young KwaZulu-Natal players, although the evidence was of a side with vast experience, including five internationals.
At the back Musa Bilankulu is in his eighth season at Arrows, Siyanda Zwane in his seventh, and Mzivukile Tom in his sixth. Captain and midfield general Thanduyise Khuboni was a Bafana Bafana regular and striker Thamsanqa Gabuza has just returned from his first call-up with the national team.
But Ertugral insisted: "Our aim is to give the youngsters a chance. We need time. This team has a future."
The former Kaizer Chiefs, Santos and Ajax Cape Town coach admitted there had been concerns going into Saturday's game at a rain-soaked Moses Mabhida stadium after Arrows had failed to win in their first three league outings of the new season.
"We need some stability and the three points [won against Sundowns] will show the boys they can believe in themselves. But we have a difficult game next against Free State Stars."