Larsen back to rescue desperate Roses side

2014-03-12 00:00

FORMER Maritzburg United and Bloemfontein Celtic coach Clinton Larsen has gone back to where he began his promising coaching career by joining relegation-threatened National First Division side Roses United.

Yesterday Larsen confirmed the move, saying, “I am merely answering to an SOS call from Roses boss Max Mtshali, who I know very well from my time in the Free State when I was working at Celtic. The boss wants me to save his team from drowning.”

The Durban-born coach added, “I am living permanently in the Free State, hence it was easy for me to take up the job because I own a house here.”

Larsen, a two-time League winner with Manning Rangers and Orlando Pirates during his playing days, had been out of work since January when Maritzburg terminated his contract following a string of poor results.

Prior to earning respect among his peers in the Premiership, Larsen had started at the now-defunct Nathi Lions in Durban before being taken under the wing of Gordon Igesund at Maritzburg United as assistant.

Larsen did remarkably well in four years as Siwelele head coach, ensuring they finished inside the top eight and earned them the Telkom Knock-out in 2012.

Speaking about the challenges at Roses, he said, “I just had my first session with the boys this morning and they enjoyed it and the spirit is fantastic.

“It was good to bump into familiar faces I worked with before like James Madidilane and Lebo Ramasela and four young players from Celtic development structures.”

He admitted it would be tough to survive the dreaded axe.

“We are left with only eight games and it takes minor miracles to make it and stranger things have happened in football.

“I can’t tell how many points will save us because it’s not in our hands. We will pray that teams above us do us favours and we will take one game at a time.”

Larsen will be on the bench when Roses host Witbank Spurs at Kaizer Sebothelo on Saturday.

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