Eric Tinkler wants to ‘replicate’ 2016 success upon Cape Town City return
Newly appointed Cape Town City coach says that he wants to “replicate” the success in 2016 when he first joined the club in their inaugural Premiership campaign.
Club owner John Comitis bought the Premier Soccer League (PSL) status of Mpumalanga Black Aces in early 2016 before relocating the club to the Western region of South Africa and changing the name to Cape Town City.
Tinkler was the club’s first official head coach earning many plaudits to push the Citizens to a third-place finish in the league and win the Telkom Knockout.
On Monday morning, Tinkler was announced as the City’s mentor for the second time around as he returned to the Mother City to replace Jan Olde Riekerink, who was placed on “administrative leave” but later sacked.
In a beaming interview with City’s media, Tinkler wants to turn back the clock and continue where he left off as he inked a four-year contract with the club.
“I am extremely excited to be back at Cape Town City. I had a very successful season in 2016 with Cape Town City and a lot of fond memories,” Tinkler said.
“To be able to come back here, and hopefully replicate what we achieved in 2016 and obviously improve on that will be the main target.
“What I have seen with this club is a club that was, yes, successful under me, then had a good season under Benni McCarthy by winning the MTN8, but hasn’t achieved much after that and obviously we’ll like to see that change.
“We need to change the mentality in particular of the players that come to Cape Town City. They need to understand that Cape Town City is no longer, or never was, in my opinion, a team that is a stepping stone to something bigger or better.
“They need to see this as a club that is also ambitious, that wants to win things and the players that come and play for Cape Town City need to show that, and that becomes very important.
“I have come here because that is what I want to do. I want to win things. I want to achieve things, and I think Cape Town City has all the elements that is required to achieve that.”
Tinkler’s first order of business will be to secure a top-eight finish with two games remaining before the 2020/21 season concludes.
Next week, they are back in action against relegation-threatened Black Leopards on Wednesday, 2 June (kick-off is at 17:00) before travelling to Tshwane for a clash against champions-elect Mamelodi Sundowns (kick-off is at 15:00) on Saturday, 5 June.