Tolerance and personal interests are what look to be determinant factors as clubs have become impatience with coaches even for slightest of slip ups.
If ever proof was needed that coaches are expected to make an instant impact in the Mainland premier league, it’s this – half of the 16 head coaches stepped down during the first half of this season.
Eight clubs parted ways with their head coaches as the attained first half way stage.
This confirms the trend of coaches being hired and fired within a short time. A number of reasons such as the teams’ performance and pressure from club management account for the continued trend.
Remarkably only two clubs can boast to have maintained the same coach with which they have had for over two seasons. Mtibwa Sugar and JKT Mgambo have kept their faith in Mecky Mexime and Bakari Shime, respectively.
Sticking by a coach for a long time is no guarantee that success will follow – both Mtibwa and Mgambo JKT have not won anything but that is not the whole story.
Mtibwa Sugar came close to board relegation bandwagon last season but their faith on Mexime seems to be paying off this season.
Though they are unlikely to win the title, Mexime has managed to shape up a competitive team that has an outside chance of causing shockwaves in the title race.
Shime who took the team in 2013/14 season and helped it to avoid relegation has transformed Mgambo into a respectable mid-table team.
Mtibwa and Mgambo are exception. Eight clubs have had to replace their coaches for various reasons but mainly poor results posted in the early rounds. But still some were just too impatient and had flimsy grounds to do so in the earliest possible time.
Simba, known for changing their coaches with regularity in the past four seasons, has parted ways with Dylan Kerr by mutual consent.
Kerr managed to register eight wins, three draws and two losses in thirteen league outings but he was constantly under pressure from Simba leadership over his unwillingness to be influenced on team selection. His fate after Mapinduzi Cup semi-final exit, in keeping with recent theme at Simba, came as no surprise.
Last season, Simba hired and fired three coaches; Zdravko Logarusic, Patrick Phiri and Goran Kopunovic.
Logarusic was in charge of the pre-season in August before he was dismissed a few days before the league kicked off. He was replaced by Patrick Phiri. In December, the Zambian experienced gaffer was gone. In came Kopunovic, who lasted until June.
Interestingly, two coaches were fired with just under seven matches played. Fred Felix Minziro of JKT Ruvu who had overseen a four-match winless run was the first to face the chop.
Last season’s coach of the year, Mbwana Makata was not spared from the scourge. He was dismissed at Kagera Sugar. Adolf Rishard who replaced him is not safe as results have not improved.
Bottom of the table, African Sports parted ways with Joseph Lazaro with little change in their fortunes. Coastal Union also changed their coach with no success. More coaches are likely to be sacked by the time the league comes to an end.
Since they have hardly be no improvement in the fortune of teams that have changed their coaches, maybe the solution to a club’s poor form is not in the culture of hiring and firing coaches, but rather trying other means.