The 48-year-old has signed a two-year deal, with the option of a third year.
Coach Eric initially arrived at the Team of Choice on a six-month short term contract at the start of February, and was tasked with helping the club maintain its Absa Premiership status.
The former Bafana Bafana midfielder joined with Maritzburg rooted to the foot of the table, and immediately identified the need to uplift the players.
“Working with the players, specifically on the psychological side of things will be key,” he said a few days into the job. “I think the players are mentally drained. I don’t think they are physically drained, but they are mentally drained.
“On the field of play, let’s not look to make massive changes, because I think that’s just going to confuse everyone. I want to try and rebuild what was good, what they know, and bring a positive vibe to training and to the club.”
A turnaround in the mindset of the players was always going to be a big challenge, but as the weeks went by, it was clear that the Team of Choice mentor was succeeding as gradually results improved.
There were some ups and downs, indeed it was a rollercoaster of a ride at times, but in the end, coach Eric delivered on his mandate against the odds as he took United to a 15th place finish, thanks to some superb form right at the back end of the season which resulted in wins over Bloemfontein Celtic, Black Leopards and SuperSport United.
A final day 1-1 draw away to Baroka FC was enough for the club to avoid automatic relegation and instead they took their place in the PSL Promotion-Relegation Play-Offs, where four wins out of four games secured Maritzburg’s top-flight status for another season.
Now looking to the future, Maritzburg United are very pleased that coach Eric has agreed to remain with the KwaZulu-Natal Capital City outfit.
“The club is delighted to announce that head coach Eric Tinkler has signed a two year deal, with the option of a further year,” said Chairman Farook Kadodia.
“There seems to be a real synergy between the coach and Maritzburg United, and we are confident that he is the right man to take us forward and get us back where we want to be, challenging for a position in the top eight as a minimum.
“Based on the success he had on the field with us, as well as the chemistry he has enjoyed with the players, management, and the supporters, this was the obvious decision to make.
“We are happy that we can now put last season behind us, focus on pre-season preparations for the 2019/ 20 campaign, and look to move positively into the future with coach Eric at the helm.”