South Africa’s most successful PSL coach Gordon Igesund received the sack by SuperSport United on Wednesday.
“It is a sad day for me as I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at SuperSport United, working with an incredibly professional club and group of people,” Igesund told the media.
“But I honestly felt that it was in the best interests of the football club that I move on prior to the end of my contract to afford a new coach the opportunity to work with this group of players as soon as possible.
“I am not content, as I would have liked to achieve more but I am pleased to have been able to win a trophy for the club in my relatively short time in charge.
“This is the reality of football worldwide and I wish SuperSport and the players all the best in their future endeavours.”
Igesund won the Telkom Knockout shortly after joining the club, but the team’s amibition was to challenge for the PSL title and this is where he fell short over two seasons.
United signed Dean Furman at the beginning of the season, an ambitious move that was thought to strengthen their resolve but the Bafana midfielder has struggled to adapt.
Igesund had also made reference to the climate of coaching changes with legendary coaches such as Jose Mourinho and Rafa Benitez sacked by Chelsea and Real Madrid respectively earlier this season already.
SuperSport CEO Stan Matthews expressed his gratitude for Igesund’s Telkom KO triumph and time at the club.
“Gordon turned our fortunes around last season and ensured his legacy at the club because by winning the Telkom [Knockout] Cup we became one of the few clubs in history to win a clean sweep of domestic trophies,” Matthews said.
“We will remain appreciative of that as well as for the way he has been as a coach and an ambassador with our stakeholders and sponsors. He is a thorough professional.
“Unfortunately the results and player performances have not matched our expectations and we felt it fair to tell Gordon early that we are looking to the future for next season and beyond.”