The Premier Soccer League topflight could have its first coaching casualty in the coming days if word reaching the Siya crew is anything to go by.
It has emerged that Black Leopards are flirting with the idea of replacing coach Lionel Soccoia just two games into the new season and a little under two months since he was appointed to replace Dylan Kerr.
According to Siya sources, the club – more so chairman David Thidiela – is understood to be unhappy with the overall style of play, and the back-to-back defeats to Polokwane City as well as Kaizer Chiefs in their opening Absa Premiership matches have not helped the coach gain the backing of management.
Another insider suggested the dressing room was already divided over his approach. While some players have been somewhat impressed with his philosophy, others haven't quite bought into his methods.
Soccoia was sent off in his first game in charge, meaning he was not able to sit in the dugout when Leopards travelled to Durban to play Chiefs at the weekend.
But the Frenchman was not even at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, which further raised suspicion about his future at the club.
When approached for comment by the Siya crew, Leopards team manager Elijah Mulaudzi referred all questions to the club’s spokesperson, Berry Ramunenyiwa. But the media officer was not available at the time of going to print.
It is not clear for now who would take over should Leopards sack Soccoia, but assistant coach Patrick Mabedi is likely to assume the role in the interim.