Santos expect coach Mart Nooij to remain in charge for next season, despite the club’s relegation to the National First Division.
Santos lost 4-3 to fellow Cape Town side Chippa United on Saturday to seal their relegation, the first time they have dropped out of the Premier League since it started in 1996/97.
Nooij only arrived at the team in April and although he seemed unclear about his future after Saturday’s defeat, the club seem keen for him to stay on.
Santos team manager Yusuf Gester says they are expecting Nooij to remain in Cape Town and guide the team back to the Premier League.
“He has a contract with us and so we expect him back for when we start pre-season on Monday,” Gester told SuperSport.com. “The chairman addressed everybody after Saturday’s game and all the players said they were committed to helping the team back into the top-flight. The same goes for the coach.”
Nooij, who will turn 58 on Tuesday, was a school physical education teacher before taking up a role as a development trainer with the Royal Dutch Football Association.
He has also previously worked in the USA, Kazakhstan and most notably with the Mozambique national team, who he led to the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations finals after an absence of 12 years.