Ea Lla Koto’s management and the Irishman reportedly did not see eye to eye on the running of the Bethlehem-based outfit, and it later transpired they agreed to go their separate ways.
Nonetheless, the 53-year-old told the Sowetan the side was capable of achieving success if he had been given more time. Belgian Luc Eymael has since been appointed as his replacement.
Troughton told the publication: “I was also not totally happy in Free State because I saw that we did not have enough in common. I am disappointed because I had a plan for this team. We needed additions to the squad.
“There were players who were promoted from the Motsepe League and I think they were thrown in the deep end. I am not against the youngsters but they have to be extraordinary to make the cut. There were seven or eight players who are over 30 years of age.
“I was frustrated at that situation. When you look at our game against Wits (a 2-2 draw last Wednesday in the Premiership), you see that something special was brewing.”