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Spurs Sack Ian Taylor

News reaching iDiski Times is that Cape Town Spurs have parted ways with Ian Taylor, with five games remaining in the GladAfrica Championship season.

Taylor had joined Spurs at the start of the season, as assistant to Vladislav Heric but took over in February when the club parted ways with Heric.

The club, formerly known as Ajax Cape Town, and who were almost promoted last season, have been in a relegation battle in the GladAfrica Championship since the start of the season.

Taylor and assistant Nathan Paulse, have been in charge for the past four months, and while there were improvements, Spurs are still very much in danger. They actually took over in January, as Heric was unavailable due to Covid, and would never officially return to the team.

It has been confirmed that Paulse will also be leaving the club, after announcing his resignation.

Taylor was of course an assistant at Ajax Cape Town, and also served as interim coach for a time. But he left the club to join Cape Town All Stars as a Head Coach, before joining Cape Town City as an assistant to Eric Tinkler, and then Benni McCarthy.

At the end of 2017 he left City to go work in China at a project set up by Ajax Amsterdam at Guangzhou R&F. He would stay there for three years before returning back to South Africa last year.

Spurs are currently 13th in the GladAfrica, just ahead of neighbours Cape Town All Stars and Steenberg United, and whoever takes over faces a stiff challenge in the remaining five games as they look to maintain their professional status.

This position however takes into account three points they were awarded last week by the PSL DC after Cape United were unable to honour a fixture due to positive covid-19 tests in January. Cape United are reportedly continuing to appeal the decision.

Update:

The club confirmed the news on their website.

“Ian was integral in instilling a positive mindset at Ikamva and everyone at Spurs would like to thank him for his contribution to the club,” Cape Town Spurs CEO Alexi Efstathiou told the club’s website.

“Unfortunately the desired results have not been forthcoming on the field of play in recent weeks.”

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