Another PSL club hires new coach

Ian Palmer and assistants Urban de Kock and Ashwin Sutton.
Ian Palmer and assistants Urban de Kock and Ashwin Sutton.

Another Premier Soccer League side has made changes to their coaching staff by demoting their head coach to an assistant coach position.

Motsepe Foundation Championship side NB La Masia Football Club have appointed Ashwin Sutton as their new head coach and demoted Delano Hendricks to the assistant coach position.

"I'm replacing him but they are not firing him, he will work closely with me as an assistant, and I will bring in Edward Williams, the guy who was my assistant at Mbombela," Sutton tells

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"I'm also bringing in a physical trainer Madoda Moyo, his last team was Sekhukhune United."

La Masia who were promoted together with Magesi FC are currently in position 15 on the log table after 15 matches.

"The chairman called me, telling me the team is not doing well the results are not forthcoming and he wanted a meeting with me." Sutton added.

Surprisingly, though the club has confirmed Sutton's appointment, no contract has been signed by the two parties yet.

"The meeting took place yesterday [Sunday], the chairman today wasn't available, we still need to discuss the duration of the contract, and obviously a way forward.

"But yes I've started, it was my first [training] session today [Monday] and ja I've met the players.

"They've assembled a good team to get themselves out of the drop zone.

"I think I'm capable I've done this in numerous teams you know, Mbombela United, Sivutsa Stars, Batau, most of the teams that I've joined were in this situation and we managed to get them out.

"Obviously with the support of the chairman and with the right players it's possible you know.

"What I picked up in my first session today, they got quality players La Masia, I must give credit to the chairman and the guys who have assembled the team.

"Look the mandate for now as I say we still need to conclude [contract negotiations] but the short-term mandate would be to get the team out of the drop zone.

"There's 45 points to play for, if you look at the last three seasons the teams that competed in the play-offs they finished around 45 and 49 points to finish in third spot, that's the long term goal.

"Even if I win nine out of the 15 remaining games I'd be happy."

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