Cape Town City have announced the return of Eric Tinkler as new head coach, making this his second spell at the Citizens. Tinkler returns to Cape Town following the departure of Dutch man, Jan Olde Riekerink.
City confirmed the exit of Riekerink on Friday after placing him under administrative leave due to a string of poor results. The club said Riekerink would be returning to Europe to continue his coaching career there.
A statement released by Cape Town City on Monday said Tinkler will be coach for the next four years.
“Cape Town City is delighted to confirm the appointment of Eric Tinkler as new first team head coach on a four-year contract. The history maker, officially returns to the Mother City,” said the club in a statement.
This will be Tinkler’s second stint at the Cape Town based club. He was the first coach when Cape Town City was re-formed in 2016, after club Chairman, John Comitis, bought the status of Mpumalanga Black Aces and then renamed and relocated the club to Cape Town.
“The History Maker” - as Tinkler is popularly known - coached the Citizens between 2016 and 2017 and went on to win the club’s first major piece of silverware in 2016, the Telkom Knockout Cup.
Tinkler then left Cape Town City for Supersport United in 2017, where he won the MTN8.
The 50-year-old tactician also previously coached Chippa United and Maritzburg United.
City have got two matches remaining this season, a home match to face Black Leopards on 2 June and an away game against title favourites Mamelodi Sundowns, on the final day of the Premier Soccer League campaign on 6 June.
Tinkler will be in charge of both games.