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What A Shocker | Soweto Giant Puts Coach On 'Special Leave'

A fully functional body to look after the interests of coaches is needed in South Africa. One that would regulate the number of coaches a club could employ and sack in the same season.

Brazil is a perfect example, where their federation allows the clubs to use only two coaches a season. Many would certainly agree with a system like that where the coach’s livelihood and dignity are protected.

SunSport can confirm that Brandon Truter has been placed on special leave following Swallows FC's humiliating 3-0 loss to SuperSport United at the weekend. According to a reliable source who requested anonymity, Truter will not be on the bench when the Swallows face Cape Town City at Dobsonville Stadium on Friday.

Truter's return to Swallows is quite doubtful, as the PSL has adopted a new policy of placing coaches on special leave rather than firing them outright. It happened at AmaZulu with Jozef Vukusic, at Cape Town City with Jan Olde Riekerink, and at Chippa United with the late Roger Sikhakhane.

Even in politics, Zweli Mkhize, the Minister of Health, was slain by the same "special leave" ploy. Swallows will face Eric Tinkler's side in the MTN8 second leg on September 29. Swallows have taken a move to ensure the club's integrity, as stated in the Daily Sun Sports-Talk with Mathews Mpete on Monday morning.

In the absence of Truter, Simo Dladla will lead the team. Our birdie said, "Yes, it's true, and Simo will be in charge." The Birds have not won in their previous four games, including an overwhelming loss to SuperSport United, which came after a 1-0 setback to Orlando Pirates a fortnight ago.

Prior to it, the team had drawn two games against Cape Town City and AmaZulu. Last season, the Swallows set a new club record by drawing 20 league games. On Monday night, Truter was not immediately available for comment. Swallows chairman David Mogashoa, as well as official Sipho Xulu, were both unavailable to confirm and authenticate the new developments.

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