Swallows Explain Truter Situation
Swallows FC chairman David Mogashoa has explained why coach Brandon Truter went on ‘special leave’ but insisted he will be back after two weeks.
The DStv Premiership side have failed to win any of their last four games and reportedly met for crisis talks after their latest 3-0 defeat to SuperSport United.
While the club are yet make an announcement on their social channels, chairman Mogashoa went on PSL Now to explain the situation.
Mogashoa insisted that although Truter has basically been placed on leave, he will return to the dugout after two weeks.
“I can tell you there is no Jan Olde Riekerink* story happening that’s going to happen at Swallows. The coach is one leave and he will be returning,” David Mogashoa told SuperSport’s PSL Now.
(*Olde Riekerink was placed on administrative leave at Cape Town City last season, before ultimately leaving the club a few weeks later.)
“We were embarrassed over the weekend by SuperSport, so we had to look how we were embarrassed and how we are going forward.
“So the best way of dealing with that was then to go back and analyse the results of the past games that we’ve had, including the 20 draws that we’ve had as well to see what was wrong and what could be done and what led to the embarrassment over the weekend.
“So the decision was taken the coach must go on leave and Simo Dladla must take over the team while the coach is on leave. The leave is only two weeks and it won’t be extended, the coach will be back.
“It is a ‘special leave’ meaning there is a ‘special condition’ on the leave that he is not allowed to interfere with the team while coach Simo is in charge because we don’t want coach Simo to say ‘I was not given the freedom because coach Truter selected the players’.
“Coach Simo is in charge of the team, 100% and when coach Brandon comes back he’ll take over.”
Mogashoa also insisted that Truter is in good spirits despite the situation and the rumours around his position.
“The coach is in a good mood, he is in a happy spirit. I spoke to him just before I came on, he’s going to join me for some Nandos later. So we are good,” he added.
“He is also taking it positively to take some time off and reflect, watch some games on SuperSport and see what could be done to improve the team.”
Swallows take on Cape Town City on Friday when Dladla will guide the team in Truter’s absence.
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