Cape Town City boss Jan Olde Riekerink is in danger of losing his job after being placed on “administrative leave” on Monday.
The Dutch coach, 58, has been under pressure with the club winning just five of their 19 PSL games since the turn of the year after leading the team to sixth place at the end of last season, having replaced Benni McCarthy in November 2019.
That problem has been compounded by last week’s 5-1 defeat to McCarthy’s AmaZulu.
Following that defeat there was a meeting with defender Taariq Fielies, who apparently offended Riekerink by hugging Benni after the pak at Cape Town Stadium.
Fielies, who also recently spoke about his desire to join one of the Gauteng giants, was then left out of the squad for the 1-0 defeat to TS Galaxy on Saturday, leaving seventh-placed City with only a four-point cushion for a lucrative top-eight finish with four games to play.
Other rumours have linked the ex-Ajax youth coach with a return to former club Galatasaray.
And with City only playing next week again, the club on Monday released a statement on their Twitter account that says: “The club can confirm that it has placed coach Jan Olde Riekerink on administrative leave, with immediate effect.
“Club assistant coach Diogo Peral will take charge of the team until further notice.”
The club can confirm that it has placed coach Jan Olde Riekerink on administrative leave, with immediate effect.— Cape Town City FC (@CapeTownCityFC) May 3, 2021
Club assistant coach Diogo Peral will take charge of the team until further notice. pic.twitter.com/A4LYgR4OdK
Since then reports have emerged that City chairman John Comitis has been spotted with another former coach, Eric Tinkler, who may be lined up to replace Riekerink.
Dutchman Riekerink has coached City in 50 games – 19 wins, 13 draws and 18 defeats – in all competitions.