This comes amid signs that his relationship with Chiefs chairman Kaizer Motaung has hit rock bottom following strong criticism levelled at Ertugral by his boss last Friday, and this past weekend¹s lacklustre 0-0 draw with bottom-of-the-log Jomo Cosmos.
Motaung, in his column on the club’s website, lashed out at the technical team for resorting to what he called ‘counter-productive gambling’ by using a lone striker, the ill-equipped Thuso Phala, against Thanda Royal Zulu on the Wednesday.
Chiefs lost 1-0, and the draw against Cosmos on Sunday could be the last straw.
_quote Chiefs were their usual wasteful selves up-front, and were poor at the back too, relying on young goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune to keep the scoresheet blank.
The Glamour Boys have managed just three wins in 17 League matches this season, leaving the side lying in an unfamiliar 12th position.
Ertugral, speaking exclusively to snl24.com/kickoff’s Luthando Zibeko reveals his “shock and pain” at learning of his chairman’s strongly-worded opinions.
“Kaizer Chiefs is one of the biggest club in the continent, and I have a lot of respect for the Chairman, Mr Motaung. But I was shocked by the way he had a go at me and the technical team.
“I would have hoped that he would speak to me first. I never went outside the family to criticize Kaizer Chiefs because of the respect I have for the club, the chairman and its supporters,” a distressed Ertugral says.
“I am not sure what the future holds for me now. I am waiting to hear at any minute that I am released from my duties.”
Despite this Muhsin says preparations for the BidVest Wits game are underway,
“I am not happy at this point in time but we have had to prepare for the game on Wednesday. If the Chairman criticizes you as a coach, it makes your job difficult. But I love this team. I have had a good relationship with the fans. I am happy with the job I have done in this club since I joined in 1999; I brought youngsters into the team. I continued to do that this season. I am proud of my record and my overall contribution to South African football,” Ertugral says.
In his first spell at Chiefs, Ertugral won numerous knockout cups, including the African Cup Winners’ Cup, but failed to land the League trophy.
After an impressive showing with a young Ajax Cape Town side that finished fourth last season and won the Absa Cup, he returned to Chiefs but has struggled to get the best out of a misfiring team.
He did, however, guide Amakhosi to victory over League champions Mamelodi Sundowns in the Telkom Knockout Cup final in December.