Jeremy Brockie of Supersport United tackled by Oupa Manyisa of Mamelodi Sundowns during the 201/18 Absa Premiership football match between Supersport United and Sundowns at Lucas Moripe Stadium, Pretoria on 19 August 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix
Thursday Jan 18, 2018. 11:00
SuperSport United coach Eric Tinkler has denied that he and striker Jeremy Brockie had a falling out over the latter’s move to Mamelodi Sundowns.
The New Zealand striker wrapped up a transfer to United’s Tshwane rivals earlier this week, having long wanted to join the Brazilians.
It has been reported that there is bad blood between Tinkler and Brockie over the move, but the SuperSport coach has revealed that he was aware of the striker’s situation and has wished him well for the future.
“There were never any issues between him [Brockie] and I. Obviously, as a footballer, you want to play 90 minutes, but I’m the head coach, I make the decisions, whether the player likes it or not,” Tinkler is quoted by Kick-Off.
“He might have felt that he needed to play 90 but, at the time, I would have felt I needed to make that change [involving Brockie]. But he understood that, and we never had any issues.
“Obviously, he’s a player who has done exceptionally well for the club. Right at the beginning of the season, I spoke to him about the deal taking place in December, if we achieved our goals.
“I think, he served the club very, very well in the time that he was here, and as a club we wish him all the best now, because this is more than likely his last opportunity…
“You mustn’t forget, he’s not a youngster anymore. It’s probably his last opportunity to really cash in.”