Rosslee says he has backing of AmaZulu board after dismal start

2014-10-01 00:00

CRAIG Rosslee says that he has the full backing of the AmaZulu board, amid speculation that his job as head coach is on the line following a woeful start to the 2014/15 season.

Usuthu are bottom of the PSL after seven rounds of fixtures and remain the only side yet to register a league win — a 2-0 loss at Wits on Saturday the latest disappointment.

But Rosslee said yesterday that while his discussions with the board have highlighted the seriousness of the situation, he still has the club’s support.

“What has been re-iterated is that they [the board] believe that I have done a good job for them over the last two years,” Rosslee said yesterday. “They said that they have made the mistake in the past of changing coaches and they want a bit of continuity.”

Rosslee has seen his side leak 11 goals, while only finding the back of the net on four occasions, and he puts his side’s poor defensive record down to “poor mistakes”.

“At the end of the day, I’m the coach — I don’t make the mistakes on the field, but none of the players get the boot,” he said. “Everybody has to take responsibility. We all know what the situation is.”

These are dark days for Rosslee, considering that this time last season AmaZulu were mingling with the country’s best as they sat near the top of the PSL table. They would go on to finish in ninth place, and as a result, Rosslee was given a mandate of a top-four finish at the start of this season.

But despite the adversity facing the former Ajax Cape Town mentor, Rosslee says that he has never once considered stepping down as coach.

“A coward resigns. So you’re asking me to go into battle and then, when the firing starts, I must run?” said the coach. “If I had to resign, what would that say about me? In a time of adversity your true character is shown. One never runs away from a fight. If things don’t go my way, whether it be in life or in football, I don’t run away.”

AmaZulu have a break from their nightmarish league run this weekend as cup football returns in the form of the Telkom Knockout. Usuthu are at home to Ernst Middendorp’s Bloemfontein Celtic on Saturday night at Princess Magogo Stadium. Celtic beat AmaZulu 2-0 in the league at Moses Mabhida Stadium on August 27.

The pressure is well and truly on Rosslee to deliver, but he says that he has not been given any ultimatums from the board. “There is an understanding of what needs to be done,” he said. “We’re not here to lose games. The whole point is to build the club in an organised and methodical fashion.”

Saturday night’s match starts at 8.15 pm and will be televised on SABC 1.

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