Rosslee’s future in the balance

2014-10-07 00:00

THERE was no word coming out of AmaZulu yesterday over the future of their coach Craig Rosslee.

Rosslee was “benched” from his side’s 3-2 extra time Telkom Knockout win over Bloemfontein Celtic on Saturday night in a move that suggested that he was sure to be sacked, but the club made it clear in a statement that was relea-sed on Friday that Rosslee remained their coach.

Assistant Wilfred Mugeyi took charge of Usuthu at Princess Magogo Stadium in what was the club’s first win of the season. Rosslee’s chances of staying on as coach looked even bleaker when he was reportedly nowhere to be seen at training yesterday, with Mugeyi taking the session in his absence.

When The Witness contacted AmaZulu’s PR and communications manager Philani Mabaso yesterday, there was more secrecy. “There is nothing new at the moment and the last statement that the club made [on Friday] is where we stand,” he said.

It looks like it is a matter of “when” and not “if” Rosslee officially gets sacked, though he may be given an extended period of time off with Usuthu only in action again when the league resumes after an international break on October 18 when they host Chippa United.

News also broke yesterday that Celtic coach Ernst Middendorp was on the verge of getting the boot, having also only registered a solitary league win so far this season. Former coach Clinton Larsen was being touted as Middendorp’s potential replacement. But a series of tweets released by the club at around midday quelled that rumour for the time being. “We are behind our coach. We have bought players that he needs and will get additional ones,” Celtic owner Max Tshabalala said.

“The players did not lose the Telkom Knockout intentionally. I’m frustrated that we lost, but we promise our supporters that we will turn things around. We have spoken to the coach about his behaviour and temper and he has promised to be more friendly.”

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