Mart Nooij: Santos have to survive relegation
Posted: 19 April 2012 Time: 1:46 pm
New coach Mart Nooij says Santos' next matches are 'cup finals' – starting with Kaizer Chiefs on Sunday.
The former Mozambique coach has five matches to get Santos out of the relegation zone, and says he sees the situation as a challenge. Nooij has made it clear that he is not here just for the remaining five games – his contract expires in 2014 and if Santos go down, he will go with them. Click HERE for Santos' remaining fixtures.
"The position with the club is not the most easy … I see it as challenge and a difficult job. Easy jobs can be done by anyone or by everyone and difficult can be done by certain people, I'm glad to take the challenge.
"In our first meeting with the chairman we agreed that I'm not here only for six or five matches. We'll have to survive, like I said that we'll have to play five cup finals from now on."
Nooij's first game is against Kaizer Chiefs on Sunday, and the team from Soweto need maximum points to stay in the title race. Santos, meanwhile, will be looking to stay in touch with Black Leopards, who are just four points behind them on the log.
The game will be played at Athlone Stadium, kick-off at 3pm.