Muhsin Ertugral outlines his personal objectives at Orlando Pirates


The Bucs squad returned for preseason training on Monday as the former Mpumalanga Black Aces mentor took the squad through their paces for the first time since replacing Eric Tinkler at the helm.

Speaking to his new club’s website after the session, Ertugral compared his position to that of a CEO of a company.

“Today’s coaching job is no longer about just being on the field which was the case 20 years ago,” he said. “Today the job of the coach is more like that of a CEO and I see the players as individual companies. My task is to bring all these companies together like you would in the stock exchange with the intention of creating one joint venture.”

The 56-year-old believes his vast experience in South Africa makes his job as head coach a little easier.

“Another factor to consider is that this is a multi-cultural environment,” he continued. “The good thing is that I have been around South Africa long enough to understand that one has to consider not only the football background but also the different cultural and social backgrounds, as well as the different regional and social aspects of the players which will help my judgement and decision making.”

Apart from the obvious task of bringing silverware to Mayfair, Ertugral has outlined what he hopes to achieve in his role with the Soweto giants.

“As a coach you have to know that at a massive club like Orlando Pirates you have to play for silverware and anything else doesn’t matter,” he said. “However what we need to look into, is how we can achieve sustaining the challenge of competing for everything that is on offer in a season. I think the quality of the players from the material we have makes it clear that we have a team that has potential.

“Secondly today’s football is not about individual brilliance but rather about how quickly you understand your patterns and organisation. These are the details we need to look into because we also have players who want to achieve which is part of the big club temperament.

“We need to also look at what is Orlando Pirates, the style of football that is associated with the club like for instance total football for Ajax Amsterdam. We therefore need to play our style because although it is important to be result orientated but it is equally important to play the type of football our people will be happy with.

“If I achieve these two things I will be happy.”