Tuesday Jul 04, 2017. 15:00
New Free State Stars coach Sammy Troughton has explained that he is delighted to be back in the PSL after being appointed as Ea Lla Koto’s manager.
Troughton, who last worked in the PSL while at the helm of University of Pretoria, was confirmed as Stars’ new manager on Monday, succeeding Serame Letsoaka.
One of the 53-year-old’s first challenges with Stars will be the 2017 Maize Cup later this month, with Ea Lla Koto facing hosts Platinum Stars in the semifinals.
"I was very happy when I received a phone call from Rantsie [Stars general manager, Mokoena]. They wanted a coach and I wanted a job [laughing]," Troughton told KickOff.com.
"We are looking at two seasons and a half. I know the Mokoenas are a very supportive family, that's why I didn't hesitate when approached.
“I know every job is different, we need to build our own fortress in Bethlehem. I'm actually on my way there now. We will discuss the squad and the player movements in two days."
Troughton added, "It's great to be back in the PSL, I spent a season-and-a-half in the NFD [with Vasco da Gama and Stellenbosch FC].
“Now I'm back in the PSL and our target is to stay out of the relegation zone, because that's the unfortunate situation we've been facing in recent seasons."