As previously reported by the Siya crew, Maritzburg United have parted ways with coach Clinton Larsen, after what the club management call a ‘string of poor results’.
The Siya crew caught up with the coach's business manager, Mike Makaab, and the former Orlando Pirates coach told the Siya crew that he respects the team’s decision to terminate the contract but feels it wasn’t going to be easy for the young mentor due to certain issues.
“Well, it’s something we cannot change, it’s a club’s choice as to who they employ and keep a coach. We respect their decision and we must now move on. It is unfortunate due to the fact that in the case of Clinton, he wasn’t given enough time to implement his plan, he faced a lot of issues at Maritzburg, issues with injuries but we can’t complain. If you look at the players who were on the injury list when he arrived and during his short spell, it was going to be difficult for him to make changes. He came within a whisker to beat Sundowns away and that for me, speaks volumes about his abilities as a coach.
“Whilst we have to respect Maritzburg United’s decision, I personally believe that Clinton is a top class coach, a reliable professional and he’s still young with a lot to offer in the game of football. I believe his career will soon be back on track, so we must move on,” said Makaab.
When asked about negotiating for at least 15 games in order to ensure Larsen had enough time to change the Team of Choices’ fortunes, Makaab said both him and Larsen do not believe in that.
“Either me or Clinton, we don’t believe in that, at the end of the day, one has to have a situation where if a coach is not happy or the club is not happy about the coach or performance, then there must be a mutual understanding and terminate the contract. That’s how we structured Clinton’s contract at Maritzburg United. We can’t criticize them, the owners have the right to choose a coach they like but I believe Clinton has a bright future, he’s a very honest coach and a great professional,” said the former Orlando Pirates coach.
Makaab also revealed that there’s nothing for the former Bloemfontein Celtic coach at the moment as they will meet in the next few days to discuss his future.
The Siya crew will continue to monitor any develpoments in this regard and keep you, our readers, up to speed.