Siviwe Mpengesi makes Clinton Larsen another former Chippa coach
Club boss claims coach was not sacked, instead opted to walk away
Chippa United boss Siviwe Mpengesi says Clinton Larsen’s inability to meet targets resulted in him being shown the door at the club.
Larsen was sent packing on Monday after the club’s 2-1 loss away to Orlando Pirates in Soweto at the weekend.
Mpengesi took to the airwaves on Monday to break the news on Umhlobo Wenene FM.
“The target we had set for the coach was seven points from five games‚ but he struggled to even get half of the required points and ended up only getting three‚” Mpengesi said on air.
Larsen‚ who was employed in January replacing Joel Masutha‚ has become the latest in a string of coaches to be sacked by the Chilli Boys.
Chippa had endured a slow start to the season failing to win any of their five matches.
Larsen presided over three draws and two losses. The latest defeat to the Buccaneers was enough to push the notoriously trigger-happy Mpengesi over the edge. But when asked if he had fired Larsen‚ Mpengesi insisted it was the coach who had opted to leave the club.
“No‚ as a student‚ when you write an examination at school and do not get the correct answers‚ you fail.
“In the PSL (Premier Soccer League) there’s this thing called relegation. Looking at the pace we are going at of getting three points in five games‚ that means when the season ends we would have collected 18 points.
“So‚ we sat down with the coach and he [Larsen] also admitted that he has been trying to get results but things are not going his way.
“He said to me, ‘chairman, I am working under a lot of pressure‚ because every game I do not know what will happen’. In our meeting on Sunday he asked to be released from the club‚ so officially we agreed to part ways.”
Mpengesi said former professional player Duran Francis‚ who coaches Chippa’s ABC Motsepe League side‚ would take over as caretaker coach.