Coach Larsen resigns

2015-11-25 06:23
CLINTON LARSEN has parted ways with Bloemfontein Celtic.

CLINTON LARSEN has parted ways with Bloemfontein Celtic.

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THE struggling Bloemfontein Celtic has parted ways with its under-performing coach, Clinton Larsen.

Larsen’s last match in charge of the team was when Celtic was humbled by Mpumalanga Black Aces at the Dr Rantlai Molemela Stadium this Sunday (22/11).

Ironically, the unemployed Larsen faced the very same Aces team when he rejoined the club last year, after he had previously resigned from Siwelele following a string of poor results in 2013.

According to the club’s official website, the two parties parted ways after Larsen had tendered his resignation on Monday (23/11).

This followed after a “heart-to-heart” discussion between the team’s senior management and the technical team.

During this discussion, the performance of the team was analysed and the coach felt it appropriate to resign with immediate effect.

Phunya Sele Sele is currently sitting sixth on the Absa Premiership log and has completed six matches without a single win.

“Honestly speaking, we are still stunned by Clinton’s decision to resign as this was never anticipated.

“We had our usual technical meeting this morning to assess our performance and to find solutions in support of the coaches to improve the results.

“He unexpectedly dropped a bombshell by announcing his departure,” said Khumbulani Konco, Celtic CEO.

“As management, we had a cordial and healthy relationship with our head coach, cohesively working with him and his team in making sure we not only assemble the best squad, but also in giving moral support for the progress of the team.

“We appreciate his massive contribution towards the team and wish him all of the best with his future endeavours,” he added.

Assistant coaches Lehlohonolo Seema and Duncan Lechesa will be in charge of the team until the club makes an announcement of a replacement.

It means the duo will take charge of the team that will host Chippa United at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on 18 December.

Of course, that is if the new coach would not have been appointed by then.

Under Larsen, Celtic have collected a paltry 16 points out of a possible 33 in 11 matches.

Larsen said the club gave him an ultimatum to either rope in Duncan Lechesa as his assistant coach or resign.

“I chose to resign,” he said.

Honestly speaking, we are still stunned by Clinton’s decision to resign as this was never anticipated.’

– Khumbulani Konco

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