Swallows defend bizarre Truter decision


Swallows FC have defended its decision to place head coach Brandon Truter on "special leave" following a disastrous 4-0 MTN8 semi-final defeat to Cape Town City.

The Dube Birds have now also refused to rule out that Truter may return to his role as soon as for the club's league clash against log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.

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Swallows will look to avoid their third defeat of the season - with the club languishing in 12th position - when they visit Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Sunday.

"We don't regret any decision," Swallows CEO Sipho Xulu tells Kickoff.com.

"Every decision taken by management under all circumstances is taken in the best interests of the club.

"But in this case, the agreement with the head coach going on leave was agreed upon. We don't want to link it in any way to this defeat. So there's no reason for us to doubt why we agreed with the coach to go on leave.

"So I can't say whether assistant coach Simo Dladla is continuing or not because these are different issues, of the leave and of the defeat. Our technical team hasn't changed, our head coach is Brendon Truter. Our acting head coach is Simo Dladla.

"So if any games that come before the head coach is back from his leave, then it would be taken over by the acting head coach. If Sunday's game takes place before the return of the coach, so be it.

"If the coach is back, it won't be because of the previous result, he will be back because his leave is over. The agreement between the coach and the club was that the coach will be away for at least two weeks if all goes according to plan.

So, when are the two weeks completed, that will be around Sunday. If ever the coach is back by Sunday, it will be not because of the result. We are not pressing any panic buttons because of this defeat."

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