Timbe was interviewed for the AFC Leopards (Kenya) job last week but missed out to British coach Stewart Hall
Veteran coach Sam Timbe has resigned as Police Football Club head coach after becoming increasingly frustrated by a lack of motivation and character at the struggling Uganda Premier League side.
With the season only a few weeks on, his departure has provoked chaos and unrest at the Kibuli Police Training School. Timbe is understood to have left on Saturday with a heavy heart but felt his position had become untenable and that his much-soured relationship with his Uganda Police Force superiors and the lack of spirit among the players, was irretrievable.
The outgoing coach, who had expressed doubts about his future before and after Police’s embarrassing 3-0 defeat to defending champions KCCA less than 24 hours ago, was interviewed for the AFC Leopards (Kenya) job this week but missed out to British coach Stewart Hall formerly at Tanzanian giants Azam FC.
Police FC are currently fifteenth on the log with seven points out of sixteen teams. Timbe also wondered how much further he could take Police and was in the dark as to whether any new signings would would be made in January to bolster his team.
Timbe, whose result-oriented approach will have him walk away if the club he has been assigned to loses focus. His clubs-coached CV reads Coffee, Lyantonde, Masaka and Mbale Heroes. Others are Simba, Police, SC Villa, Atraco (Rwanda), Yanga (Tanzania), Sofapaka (Kenya) and most recently Uganda Police.
Moreover the former Uganda Cranes assistant coach has long felt in need of recharging his batteries by taking a sabbatical.
East Africa’s most decorated coach
Timbe guided Lyantonde to the Kakungulu Cup final before moving to Masaka, Mbale Heroes and later Simba.
The sixty-one-year-old then succeeded Micho Sredojevic at Villa a few months to the end of the 2004 season, guiding Uganda’s most successful club to their 16th Super League title.
Timbe also won with Villa his maiden Cecafa Cup before crossing to Police in 2006, after a couple of games with the Jogoos. He went on to win the force the 2006-2007 league title and the 2007 Cecafa Cup.
When he parted ways with Police mid 2008, he joined Atraco, clinching his third Cecafa Cup a year later with victory over Sudan’s El Mereikh, a side they had lost to 6-1 in the group stage in Khartoum
Timbe got his first assignment with the Cranes when he was appointed assistant to Leo Adraa for the 2006 World /Africa Nations Cup qualifying campaign.
The father of four boys and four girls was recalled to the national team set-up in 2008 to assist Laszlo Csaba for the 2010 Nations/World Cup qualifiers.