Orlando Pirates chairman Irvin Khoza accepted coach Muhsin Ertugral’s resignation yesterday following the 6-1 drubbing at the hands of SuperSport United.
After Tuesday night’s, Ertugral told a TV interviewer that he would quit shortly after the Buccaneers slumped to their worst ever defeat in the PSL era.
Pirates had gone into the half-time break of the clash leading 1-0, only to concede six goals in the second half, a result which the coach felt was embarrassing enough to want to walk away from the club immediately.
At an emergency press conference, Khoza said: “I got an email from Muhsin at 3.30am and he expressed his desire to resign.
“He said the team needs new impulse because the results in Nelspruit were shameful,” “Remember that the coach joined us on a three-year-contract even though he initially wanted one. But this is how we do things at Pirates.
“Unfortunately he did not give them an opportunity to engage him, so I can’t say anything else beyond that.”
Khoza adds they will look internally for someone to take over the reins with No.2 Bradley Carnell or Zipho Dlangalala both candidates to prepare the team for Saturday’s the Telkom Knockout quarterfinal encounter against Highlands Park.
The Iron Duke says: “We wish the coach the best of luck. And we will look to engage [development coach] Augusto Palacios on his availability to take over the rest of the season.”