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Will Tinkler step in for Ertugral?

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Maritzburg find themselves languishing at the bottom of the PSL standings and have only collected 11 points from 18 games

Maritzburg parted ways with Muhsin Ertugral yesterday after the Turkish coach failed to register a single victory in five games at the club.

MARITZBURG United parted ways with Muhsin Ertugral yesterday, with Eric Tinkler the favourite to replace him.

Ertugral joined the Team of Choice last month after the club fired Fadlu Davids following a slow start to the season. Ertugral had at the time signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with the club.

The Turkish coach failed to register a victory in five games during his short stint with Maritzburg suffering defeats to Golden Arrows, Free State Stars, Mamelodi Sundowns, Chippa United and Witbank Spurs.

His last game, that was probably the last straw, saw him in charge of the club in Sunday’s loss against NFD outfit Spurs on penalties in the Nedbank Cup.

“We’ve parted ways with our coach. We are now searching for his replacement. We were not happy with the results and the position in which our club find themselves in. This morning (yesterday) we had a meeting where we decided to part ways,” Maritzburg chairman Farook Kadodia said.

Maritzburg find themselves languishing at the bottom of the PSL standings and have only collected 11 points from 18 games.

Rumour has it that Tinkler is the favourite to take over the reins at the club. He is currently jobless after leaving his post at Chippa, and he has worked with the likes of Judas Moseamedi, Mpho Matsi and Miguel Timm in the past. Co-incidentally, the trio were all signed by Maritzburg this month.

“The coach is the only one leaving at this stage. We will continue to fight. I believe we can still get out of this situation,” Kadodia said.

In the meanwhile, Mabhudi Khenyeza is expected to take the reins until the club officially finds a permanent replacement for Ertugral.

Maritzburg face Wits at Bidvest Stadium on Friday in their next assignment, still searching for their first league win since September when they beat Bloemfontein Celtic away.

The team has been struggling in front of goal netting only six times in 18 matches.