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Spurs Appoint Deane & Morris

Cape Town Spurs have appointed Dylan Deane as their Head Coach for the remainder of the season, with Nasief Morris appointed as his assistant.

iDiski Times broke the news yesterday that the struggling GladAfrica Championship side parted ways with Ian Taylor and his assistant Nathan Paulse, with five games remaining in the season.

The club are currently 13th, but have for almost the entire season been in the bottom two places. Last week they finally moved out of the relegation spots after a doubly whammy, a victory over Cape Town All Stars, and the awarding of three points for their January game against Cape United, where the opponents were unable to honour the fixture due to positive covid-19 tests.

However on the weekend Cape United beat them, and while Taylor was not on the bench due to a red card in the previous game, he was dismissed on Monday.

Deane and Morris both started the season as Head Coaches in the South African second tier, with Deane in charge at All Stars, while Morris was Head Coach of Steenberg United. Both coaches were sacked in January, from those respective roles.

Deane was previously at the club, when it was still known as Ajax Cape Town, and was an assistant to Andries Ulderink. He and Calvin Marlin, who is currently coaching All Stars, then led Ajax after Ulderink’s departure.

Marlin and Deane managed to put Ajax into a commanding position before lockdown struck, and when football resumed the club, who had looked destined to win the league, surrendered the title to Swallows, and missed out on promotion in the playoffs.

Morris’s time at Steenberg was his first coaching gig in the professional game, but the highly respected former Bafana Bafana defender has also coached teams in the ABC Motsepe League since retiring from the game.