Marques recalls 'seven months of hell'


Marques has turned down an offer to join Mpumalanga Black Aces, while he also declined an offer to link up with Santos towards the end of last year.

Though he was once linked with the vacant assistant coaching job at Orlando Pirates, Marques admits that all talk has since died down.

“I was offered a job by Aces in Witbank, but couldn’t take it up because there was no way that I would have managed to drive everyday to Witbank and back.

_quote“Whatever coaching job I get, it must not take me away from Johannesburg because I have no choice but to stay here.

“Peter Koutroulis (Aces’ CEO) did try to convince me, but I just couldn’t take the job. I have had offers from Santos and Bloemfontein Celtic in the past that I couldn’t take because I want to remain in Gauteng.

The former assistant coach at BidVest Wits also speaks on his recent exit from the Lusitano camp.

“I parted ways with Lusitano because, in truth, they were just too amateur in their way of operating. The major issue was down to one of the directors who thought he knew football better than me just because he has money, but money doesn’t buy the knowledge in this game.

“I was not prepared to have team selection matters dictated to me, thus my decision to leave,” Marques tells

“Frankly speaking, I think they are a glorified amateur team and that has made me vow never ever to go back to the Vodacom League. It was seven months of hell.

“I am monitoring the situation closely and should there be interest I will make a move to either the First Division or Premiership. Coaching jobs can pop up at anytime and anything is possible.”