Poor run of form sees AmaZulu officially give head coach Craig Rosslee the boot

2014-10-16 00:00

THERE were no surprises yesterday when AmaZulu officially sacked Craig Rosslee as head coach.

Rosslee had been temporarily relieved of his duties on October 3 ahead of his side’s Telkom Knockout clash at home to Bloemfontein Celtic the following day. That week an angry mob of Usuthu fans had descended on the club’s People’s Park training complex to demand his sacking. It would be Rosslee’s last training session with the team.

Since then the Usuthu board have been mum on Rosslee’s future, reiterating that he remained their head coach despite assistant Wilfred Mugeyi taking the reins in what was billed as a leave of absence for Rosslee.

But yesterday the club confirmed what the football community knew was coming — that the 44-year-old had played his last hand at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

“Craig has been notified of the decision to terminate his contract and we wish him well with his future plans,” was AmaZulu general manager Peter O’Connor’s only contribution in a statement released by the club yesterday.

“A poor run of form over the past couple of months” was cited as the reason for the termination.

Mugeyi, along with his technical team, would continue in a caretaker coach capacity.

AmaZulu’s public relations and communications officer Philani Mabaso told The Witness yesterday that there was no expiry date on Mugeyi’s stint as coach.

“There are a lot of things to consider,” said Mabaso.

“There is no time frame in place. It could be that the directors are still looking for another coach or it could be that they are giving him [Mugeyi] a chance and then it will be results-based.”

Rosslee endured a torrid start to the 2014/15 PSL campaign that has seen Usuthu rooted to the bottom of the PSL log as the only winless franchise after seven rounds of fixtures.

AmaZulu are next in action on Saturday evening when they host Chippa United at Princess Magogo Stadium.

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