JOHANNESBURG -STEVE Barker has left the University of Pretoria to join AmaZulu as head coach, AmaZulu announced on Sunday evening.
“AmaZulu have appointed Steve Barker as their new head coach with immediate effect to help the club stabilise their 2014/15 Premiership season,” a statement on the club’s website read.
“Barker could only be officially appointed after he had met with AmaTuks’ representatives on Sunday evening to formalise his departure.”
The 46-year-old coach joins Usuthu having guided University of Pretoria for over six years, in which he helped them gain promotion to the Premiership from the National First Division in 2012.
“Steve has been appointed to the head coach role as someone we believe will add much needed experience and an ability to guide the team to stability from the current situation AmaZulu are in,” the statement said.
“We will also discuss with the current technical team including Wilfred Mugeyi on the way forward regarding how things will take shape in the set up,” said AmaZulu General Manager Peter O’Connor.
AmaZulu are currently rooted to the bottom of the Premiership standings having lost seven of their 11 league matches so far, having managed just four points.
The Durban club is six points adrift of their nearest opponents, Moroka Swallows.
Barker was in charge of Tuks’ come-from-behind 3-2 win over Swallows in Soweto on Saturday evening, in what proved to be his final match in charge.
Tuks are currently 12th on the log, with five defeats, three draws and three victories for a tally of 12 points.
AmaZulu’s assistant coach Wilfred Mugeyi had been in charge of the team as caretaker coach after Craig Rosslee was relieved of his duties as head coach on October 15. -SAPA