The new ABSA Premiership Season is just two and a half weeks old and already the first coach has lost his job.

Chippa United has sacked Dan Malesela and appointed Eric Tinkler as the new coach of the Port Elizabeth-based side.

Tinkler will need to right the ship.

Chippa United has just one point from three league matches this season.

This will be Tinkler’s fourth club in five years in his coaching tenure, experiencing domestic cup success at Cape Town City and Supersport United.

He left Supersport United abruptly in March of this year.

Playing personnel changes at Chippa are also rumoured, with senior players butting heads with certain members of management.