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Thu Apr 24 09:00:21 SAST 2014

Monday coaches lack respect, says Ertugral

MARK GLEESON | 17 September, 2012 08:151 Comments
Absa Premiership: Pirates v Golden Arrows
Muhsin Ertugral of Arrows reacts during the PSL match between Orlando Pirates and Golden Arrows at Orlando Stadium on August 10, 2012 in Soweto, South Africa
Image by: Duif du Toit / Gallo Images

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."

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I agree with Muhsin and as a result I have stopped watching the Monday football programmes because of the so-called "experts." I like the term - "Monday coaches." Personally I would not pay attention or take seriously any "expert" who has never played or coached football. These so-called "experts" are taking advantage of the privilege to be on TV but most never even kicked football. When I see some of the model C football experts on Supersports, I wonder which team/s they ever played for, or if they ever kicked football on the streets.
If you need advice on footbal in this country or generally, would you call Bareng-Batho Kortjaas (which team did he play for or coached?) or Ted Dimitru? He spit bile as usual on Sunday attacking Ted for expressing a professional opinion on the 1-0 loss by Bafana Bafana in Brasil. The team lost against a weak Brasil team, but people like Kortjass want the whole country to celebrate. If you want some of us to take you seriously show us your proven experience in football either as a player or coach. Otherwise shut-up!