GSV Dugout; The Eclectic Eric Tinkler

In his playing days, Tinkler went about doing his job in the shadows, while more technically skilled players rightfully took most of the spotlight; as an assistant coach, he often formed the link between the Head Coach and the dressing room, the jury is still out on whether he can lead the ship as the skipper and head honcho in charge of the team though.Click To Tweet

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A great gaffer is a leader who inspires athletes to perform at their optimal levels, and allows them to receive the due plaudits for their impressive performances and achievements, while also providing a shield from criticism and ridicule during the less joyful times; football, like many sports, is a beautiful game with its own set of unwritten laws, and any gaffer worth his salt knows that great performances are often credited to the players, while poor showings can often lead to the hot seat feeling more uncomfortable than usual. At GSV, we take our self allotted duty to help balance the imbalances in our sport dreadfully seriously, and we earnestly hope that this GSV Dugout feature helps to shine a light on those that plan the great shocks, thrilling comebacks, goose bump causing thrashings and clinical smash & grab results that leave us confabulating for eons to differing degrees.

Eric Tinkler

Bio

DoB: July 30th, 1970 (46)

PoB: Roodepoort, Gauteng; South Africa

Playing Role: Ball-Winning Midfielder

Height: 1, 88m

Playing Experience: Wits University (BidVest Wits), 1990 – 1992 | Vitória de Setúbal, 1992 – 1996 | Cagliari, 1996 – 1997 | Barnsley, 1997 – 2002 | União de Tomar, 2002 – 2005 | BidVest Wits, 2005 – 2007

Highest Coaching Accreditation: UEFA A Licence

Previous Coaching Experience: BidVest Wits Assistant Coach, 2008 – September 2012 | Orlando Pirates Assistant Coach, September 2012 – December 2014 | Orlando Pirates Head Coach, December 2014 – June 2016

Current Coaching Role: Cape Town City Football Club Head Coach (July 2016 – )

Preferred Formation: 4-2-3-1 (Double Pivot/ Double 6) {Attacking}

Playing Philosophy: Expansive Passing Football | Prefers To Work With More Seasoned Players

Achievements: Nedbank Cup, 2010 (BidVest Wits) & 2014 (Orlando Pirates) | Carling Black Label Cup, 2012, 2014 & 2015 (Orlando Pirates)

The Grand Stand View

A tough as teak defensive midfielder in his heyday, Eric Tinkler used his determination and tenacity to craft an illustrious career for himself as a professional footballer; the Roodepoort-born enforcer is one of the few players who managed to sustain a career in Europe, while playing regularly for club and country, something that allowed him to grow in stature and has reinforced his reputation learned football mind. Acclimatising to life and football in a foreign country requires strength of conviction and a dedicated approach to the bigger picture, Eric Tinkler has translated those characteristics into his managerial persona, wearing his heart on his sleeve, and showing that the football fire still burns bright in his belly. In his playing days, Tinkler went about doing his job in the shadows, while more technically skilled players rightfully took most of the spotlight; as an assistant coach, he often formed the link between the Head Coach and the dressing room, the jury is still out on whether he can lead the ship as the skipper and head honcho in charge of the team though.

Eric Tinkler divided opinion at Orlando Pirates; while few bothered to note that it was his first head coaching role, Tinkler often seemed overwhelmed by the expectation to win and win beautifully in every single encounter, friendly or competitive. The lack of tangible success, despite leading Orlando Pirates to some cup finals, including the 2015 CAF Confederations Cup, combined to cost him his job as head coach of the Bucs; moving to a less pressurised situation in Cape Town will allow Tinkler to knuckle down and get on with building his name as a coach that is judged by how well he manages a team and imprints his ideology upon it. The level of ambition at Cape Town City is very high, but Eric will be judged on factors like consistency and success in meeting those expectations, in relation to the resources made available and the strength of their rivals in the league and cup competitions, something that should free Tinkler up to show just what he is made of as a coach.

GSV HotSeat Thermometer Reading: Warm (50% Chance Of Sacking In 2016/17)

Written By Mallele Chidi Petje III (@MCPeTjeIII)

GSV Dugout; The Sagacious Serame Letsoaka

The well spoken minder has spent 2 decades working with footballers at differing levels, assisting him to further develop a holistic approach to coaching as a modern science that one needs to grasp to succeed in sports as a whole today. Serame is a member of a club that contains a dying breed of coaches, gaffers that pay attention to the art of man-management; the man knows how to tap into the mind of individual players, getting them to perform at their optimal levels, often translating into a more spirited collective performance.Click To Tweet

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A great gaffer is a leader who inspires athletes to perform at their optimal levels, and allows them to receive the due plaudits for their impressive performances and achievements, while also providing a shield from criticism and ridicule during the less joyful times; football, like many sports, is a beautiful game with its own set of unwritten laws, and any gaffer worth his salt knows that great performances are often credited to the players, while poor showings can often lead to the hot seat feeling more uncomfortable than usual. At GSV, we take our self allotted duty to help balance the imbalances in our sport dreadfully seriously, and we earnestly hope that this GSV Dugout feature helps to shine a light on those that plan the great shocks, thrilling comebacks, goose bump causing thrashings and clinical smash & grab results that leave us confabulating for eons to differing degrees.

Serame Letsoaka

Bio

Full Name: Serame Ezekiel Letsoaka

DoB: July 22nd, 1963 (53)

PoB: Senekal, Free State; South Africa

Playing Role: Attacking Midfielder/ Trequartista

Playing Experience: Free State Stars (1984 – 1995)

Highest Coaching Accreditation: CAF A Licence

Previous Coaching Experience: Free State Stars Assistant Coach (1996 – 1997) | Bloemfontein Celtic Assistant Coach (1998 – 2000) | South Africa u/17 Head Coach (2001 – 2006) | South Africa u/12 Head Coach (2004) | South Africa u/23 Assistant Coach (2006 – 2008) | South Africa u/20 Head Coach (2007 – 2009) | SAFA Technical Director (2009 – 2012) | South Africa Assistant Coach (2005 & 2012 – 2014) | SuperSport United Assistant Coach (2014 – 2015) | Golden Arrows Head Coach (2015)

Current Coaching Role: Bloemfontein Celtic Head Coach (December 2015 – )

Preferred Formation: 4-2-3-1 (Double Pivot/ Double 6) {Contain}

Playing Philosophy: Expansive Passing Football | Invests In Players With A High Potential Ceiling

Achievements: Telkom Knockout | 2014

The Grand Stand View

Serame Letsoaka enjoyed a great 11 year career as a professional for Free State Stars, in an era where one-club-men were rightly lauded, Serame served Ea Lla Koto with distinction,  and even skippered them to their momentous 1994 Coca-Cola Cup triumph. The midfield schemer, turned thoughtful tactician, played alongside fellow former Stars’ skippers in Steve Komphela & David Vilakazi in his heyday; retiring at 32, and using his great football acumen to nurture the stars of the future, Letsoaka has continued to grow as a football man since. The well spoken minder has spent 2 decades working with footballers at differing levels, assisting him to further develop a holistic approach to coaching as a modern science that one needs to grasp to succeed in sports as a whole today. Serame is a member of a club that contains a dying breed of coaches, gaffers that pay attention to the art of man-management; the man knows how to tap into the mind of individual players, getting them to perform at their optimal levels, often translating into a more spirited collective performance.

A qualified teacher, like most graduates of the Free State Stars golden era, Serame Letsoaka will be looking to finally establish himself as a head coach at the domestic level; having devoted years to developing the youth prospects of Mzansi, Bloemfontein Celtic are a good fit for him to nurture unknown quantities into stars, while playing some attractive football as well. Returning to his home province, Free State, will surely have reinvigorated Serame and his appetite to succeed in his current role, now he can concentrate on building a competitive outfit that returns some joy to the passionate Siwelele supporters. The experienced tactician has come a long way from playing football, while teaching maths classes at Moteka Secondary School back in the days, yet Serame Letsoaka will need to call upon all his years of experience & knowhow to pass the test of turning this Bloemfontein Celtic side back into a major-role player in Mzansi Diski.

GSV HotSeat Thermometer Reading: Warm (50% Chance Of Sacking In 2016/17)

Written By Mallele Chidi Petje III (@MCPeTjeIII)

GSV Dugout; The Gallant Gavin Hunt

The 4-time League Coach of the Season is a man with a proven pedigree and a firm ideology that he has refined under differing circumstances over the years, while he has been criticised for being too conservative in his team’s playing outlook in the past, Gavin Hunt has continually made a career out of proving detractors wrong; building his team’s on a solid defensive foundation, and relying on an effusive team spirit & work ethic to bring out the best in his players.Click To Tweet

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A great gaffer is a leader who inspires athletes to perform at their optimal levels, and allows them to receive the due plaudits for their impressive performances and achievements, while also providing a shield from criticism and ridicule during the less joyful times; football, like many sports, is a beautiful game with its own set of unwritten laws, and any gaffer worth his salt knows that great performances are often credited to the players, while poor showings can often lead to the hot seat feeling more uncomfortable than usual. At GSV, we take our self allotted duty to help balance the imbalances in our sport dreadfully seriously, and we earnestly hope that this GSV Dugout feature helps to shine a light on those that plan the great shocks, thrilling comebacks, goose bump causing thrashings and clinical smash & grab results that leave us confabulating for eons to differing degrees.

Gavin Hunt

Bio

Full Name: Gavin John Hunt

DoB: July 11th, 1964 (52)

PoB: Cape Town, Western Cape; South Africa

Playing Role: Right-Back

Playing Experience: Seven Stars (1981 – 1994) | Cape Town Spurs (1993) {Loan} (313 Games; 6 Goals)

Highest Coaching Accreditation: UEFA A Licence

Previous Coaching Experience: Seven Stars (1995 – 1998) | Hellenic (July 1998 – June 2001) | Black Leopards (July 2001 – June 2002) | Moroka Swallows (July 2002 – June 2007) | SuperSport United (July 2007 – May 2013)

Current Coaching Role: BidVest Wits (May 2013 – )

Preferred Formation: 4-2-3-1 (Double Pivot/ Double 6) {Contain}

Playing Philosophy: Direct Transition Football | Prefers To Blend Experienced Players With Potential Laden Youths

Achievements: National First Division Coastal Stream (1997/98, Seven Stars) | ABSA/ Nedbank Cup (2004, Moroka Swallows) | Premier Soccer League (2007-08, 2008-09 & 2009-10, SuperSport United) | Nedbank Cup: (2012, SuperSport United)

The Grand Stand View

Gavin Hunt begun his football odyssey as a tenacious right-back who cemented himself as a fixture in the Seven Stars side, his playing career was curtailed at its summit when he retired due to an Achilles tendon injury. Overcoming that adversity to trade in his boots and playing kit for trainers and a clipboard, Gavin Hunt worked his way up the rungs of South African football to become the successful gaffer he is today. The 4-time League Coach of the Season is a man with a proven pedigree and a firm ideology that he has refined under differing circumstances over the years, while he has been criticised for being too conservative in his team’s playing outlook in the past, Gavin Hunt has continually made a career out of proving detractors wrong; building his team’s on a solid defensive foundation, and relying on an effusive team spirit & work ethic to bring out the best in his players.

The move to BidVest Wits was seen as a change that was much welcomed by Gavin and his current employers; while he had offers and interest from clubs outside of Mzansi, Gavin chose to take on the challenge of turning BidVest Wits into a powerhouse club in the league. The pressure has begun to mount on Gavin and the board to show some ROI for the outlay on transfers and remuneration for players and staff; since the arrival of the decorated Gavin Hunt, BidVest Wits have invested far more than they are accustomed to into trying to keep up with the Motaung’s, Khoza’s, Motsepe’s and Sibiya’s. The time has come for the club to reap some of the dividends of their labour at first-team level; silverware will be a prerequisite for Gavin Hunt’s side this season, anything less than that could see questions raised regarding where the club is headed and just how far they truly can go in their quest to become the powerhouse club the envisioned.

GSV HotSeat Thermometer Reading: Cool (25% Chance Of Sacking In 2016/17)

Written By Mallele Chidi Petje III (@MCPeTjeIII)