SANDOR Posta has denied he’s an imposter after claims he had coached Hungarian champions DVSC had turned out to be fabricated.
align=justify>Since the Hungarian was named as Motor Action coach on July 14, the media had reported Posta as having led “DVSC to two league championships in 2003 and 2005”.
IndependentSport this week established that DVSC — whose full name is Debreceni Vasutas Sports Club — only won their first Hungarian championship in the 2004-05 season under coach Supka Atilla.
DVSC, based in Hungary’s second city of Debrecen in the Hajdu-Bihar county, also won the first division title in 2005-06 and last season.
A Hungarian sports reporter, Pincési László, confirmed after checking with DVSC that Posta had never been in charge of the Hungarian champions.
“It is not true, he wasn’t coach at ‘top clubs’ in Hungary, Never!” said László.
“I think he is a coach, but he didn’t work at top clubs. I know so. He was coach at some little teams in the Hajdu-Bihar county in Hungary . . . must be third, fourth division — but he wasn’t with Hungarian champions Debreceni.”
Posta, who had not made any effort to correct the reports that he coached DVSC to the championship, yesterday said the newspapers had got it wrong.
“I never said that. I don’t know how the newspapers got it wrong and I told Mr (Eric) Rosen that the bit about DVSC was not true,” Posta said in an interview with IndependentSport.
The 49-year-old said instead he had coached DVSC’s Under-14s and other lower division sides.
“I didn’t coach the Debreceni adult team but their U-14 side. Before that I coached DFSE in the second division and D Kinizsi in third division,” Posta said.
He said he holds a Uefa B coaching
licence which does not make him eligible for a job with teams in the Hungarian first division — equivalent to Zimbabwe’s Premiership.
“In Europe a B licence is not enough to coach a first division team, but five years ago it was possible,” he said. “I even had a coaching diploma from university in Hungary and that time I could coach the likes of DVSC but not now.”
Meanwhile Posta has admitted he failed to turn the fortunes of Motor Action around after a two-and-half-month stint.
“I had a lot of ambition and knew I had a big challenge, but I could not make an impact,” Posta said. “To build a team it takes at least six months and I could have changed things around if I had more time. But there’s a lot that needs to be sorted out . . . professionalism and the spirit.”
He is no longer sure of his future at the Harare club after he was “promoted” to technical director in an apparent demotion to pave the way for Jostein Mathuthu.
Mathuthu last weekend led Motor Action to a 6-0 win against Lengthens — their seventh win of the season. The Mighty Bulls are second from bottom on the 16-team Premiership standings.
“I was not successful in terms of results, but the 6-0 win was not a result of last week’s training under Jostein. He’s a good coach and played a big part but I think the win was also a result of what we had done in the last two months,” Posta said.
“I’m not sure of my future now. I’m happy the change in coaching brought a result, but I would have been more happy as head coach.”
Motor Action owner Rosen appeared to confirm Posta’s days at Motor Action were numbered.
“Whether he duped us or not, I’m still not happy with him. If you look at how he treated players, you could conclude the guy had not coached at the top level,” Rosen said in a separate interview.
“It’s unfortunate because when we appointed him we thought we were doing the right thing. What he tried was to make the team play like Manchester United, which didn’t work. We went on to lose four matches on the trot, but as soon as we brought a new guy we won.”