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De Sa: Tinkler deserves to be Pirates coach

Roger de Sa says he is disappointed that Eric Tinkler was not appointed as Orlando Pirates head coach.

FILE: Roger de Sa says he is disappointed that Eric Tinkler was not appointed as Orlando Pirates head coach. Picture: Alicia Pillay/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Ajax Cape Town coach, Roger de SA has told EWN Sport he is disappointed that his former assistant, Eric Tinkler didn't get the head coach job at Orlando Pirates.

The Buccaneers unveiled Vladimir Vermezovic as De Sa's successor last month.

Vermezovic took over from Tinkler, who was Pirates' interim coach after De Sa's resignation in January.

He said Tinkler would have been a perfect man for the job and a great replacement.

"I was disappointed and I really felt that he could have done it because I thought he was starting to do well. He deserves a break. I think he's very knowledgeable, a great leader and as an assistant coach he was outstanding."

De Sa said Tinkler is destined for great things and he had thought Pirates would appoint him given the contribution he has made to the team.

"I was really hoping he'd get it, but obviously they have made their own decisions. But it's not the end for him, he's got a lot to contribute to the game."

He said Vermezovic has a lot to offer with the experience he brings.

"Well I'm sure he'll come with his own ideas and his own strategy. He did well at Chiefs when he was here. He didn't win the league, but he did make a difference and I'm sure he's got a lot of experience."