Maritzburg United have explained reasons for their decision to sack head coach Eric Tinkler.

The Team of Choice hadn’t won in 11 games, their last win coming way back in March, before the league extension.

They failed to win a match in the bio-bubble in August and September, losing three and drawing three of their six matches, to eventually end in seventh place.

Tinkler has become the first coach to be shown the door, having failed to guide the Blue Army to victory since the season started.

Clinton Larsen has emerged as a favourite to replace Tinkler, but Maritzburg would not confirm if they were looking bring back their one-time coach.

But they are currently in discussions over who will lead the team on an interim basis until a permanent appointment is made.

”Maritzburg United have terminated the contract of Eric Tinkler with immediate effect,” the club confirmed.

”The decision follows a poor run of results that dates back to last season and was carried into the current Premier Soccer League (PSL) term.

“It has been an extremely disappointing start to the season and the results have not been forthcoming,” said Maritzburg chairman Farook Kadodia.

“The Board, therefore, decided to terminate the contract of the coach. We would like to wish him all the best in his future endeavours.”

Maritzburg lost to Baroka FC, Cape Town City, Chippa United and Black Leopards in their four league fixtures this season, the latest setback being a 1-0 loss to Lidoda Duvha on Saturday.

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