Bartlett and Da Gama are no strangers to each other. Owen Da Gama coached Bartlett at the South African u/23’s and at Bloemfontein Celtic after the former striker returned from overseas.
“I recommended Shaun because I’ve worked with him in the past. I coached him at Bloemfontein Celtic when he came back from overseas.” Da Gama told the club website.
“I also worked with him as an assistant in the Under-23. I know his talent and his commitment to the game. Most importantly I admire his work ethic.
“I know almost all his characteristics. We have to work very hard now. He understands the South African game very well,” the coach explained.
Bartlett’s experience is what Da Gama is hoping to hone out of him. The former Bafana Bafana striker promoted Lamontville Golden Arrows into the PSL.
He has also worked as the head coach of the University of Pretoria.
“I’m happy that he is on board. Now, it is all systems goes.
“Together with coach, Essau Mtsweni, Ashley Makhanya and Phuphu Mohlaba, I believe that we will steer this team in to greater heights. It might take time but we will eventually get there,” Da Gama said.
Naturally, Shaun Bartlett is very happy to return to coaching and this new chapter in his life.
“I’m delighted to join the club. I’m looking forward to the opportunity and to the prospect of getting the club higher on the league table” Bartlett said.
“It is good to reunite with coach, Owen Da Gama. TS Galaxy is a good club in a sense that you can grow as a coach. B
“Being new on the league means that whatever that you do get recognized. We have to get the club as high as possible on the log,” he concluded.
Shaun Bartlett faces a baptism of fire as his first game on the bench as assistant coach is against Maritzburg United. He will come up against Ernst Middendorp, who he worked with at Kaizer Chiefs.
He will also face former national team teammate Delron Buckley in the process. Shaun Bartlett Joins TS Galaxy as Assistant Coach to Owen Da Gama