Zimmer resigns as Ramblers coach

10 Feb 2014 14:40pm
WINDHOEK, 10 FEB (NAMPA) - Ramblers Football Club (FC) coach Jerry Zimmer has resigned after serving the team for half-a-season only.
Zimmer recently told Nampa that he resigned from the team on 22 January after some of the senior players allegedly complained to the team’s management that he was hard on them during a meeting they had after a training session.
He said he delivered a motivational speech during the meeting, and focused mainly on discipline.
Zimmer started coaching the team when the 2013/2014 Mobile Telecommunications Limited/Namibia Premier League (NPL)’s first half started in September last year.
He said Ramblers has good players, but the biggest concern is discipline within the team.
“I personally have no issue with anyone from the management or the players, but the management should just stop protecting the players only, and start protecting the technical team as well,” he noted.
Zimmer stated that the team’s management had a meeting with the players the day after he spoke to them about their discipline, and that was when he took the decision to resign.
“I did not see the use of me staying with Ramblers if the management keeps protecting the players only,” he stressed.
Ramblers can move up from its position on the NPL log standings if only the management could let the players play, and the coaches do their work.
Ramblers are currently in 10th position with a mere 11 points.
Zimmer said although he has resigned from coaching the local football club, the sport remains close to his heart and he is ready to assist wherever his coaching skills are needed, including at schools.
Ramblers’ chairperson Nelson da Purificacao on Monday confirmed the resignation, and said they have not yet found any replacement.
Da Purificacao said the team’s management have accepted Zimmer's resignation.
“The team needed a bit of a change, and I think he was also failing to get the players motivated,” he claimed in return.