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Clinton Larsen explains bucking the trend for coaches at Golden Arrows

Posted: 8 November 2017 Time: 15:15

Golden Arrows coach Clinton Larsen is unsurprised he has outlasted a number of his predecessors at the club.

Arrows chairperson Mato Madlala swiftly interchanged Zoran Filipovic, Ernst Middendorp, Muhsin Ertugral, Manqoba Mnqgithi and Mark Harrison before Larsen took over the reins 23 months ago.

Larsen oversaw the side's ninth-placed finish in 2015/16 after arriving midway through the campaign, while he guided the club to a top-eight finish last term for the first time since 2009.

Abafana Bes'thende are currently second on the standings with 15 points from 10 games - two points behind Baroka.

Larsen was recognised for his efforts when he was named the Premiership Coach of the Month for August/September. The former Bloemfontein Celtic mentor belatedly received the award today after the initial handover on October 10 was postponed due to bad weather in KwaZulu-Natal.

"If you look at my previous stay at Bloemfontein Celtic, I stayed there for in excess of five years... I'm not somebody who lasts short periods at a club," said Larsen, who has supervised 80 games in all competitions for Arrows.

"Maritzburg United was the one exception where I had a short stay but my stays generally have been long. What has helped me is that I develop very strong relationships with the people I work with, strong relationships with my players. So I'm not surprised that I've been at the helm for this period. Hopefully there's more success to come."

Meanwhile, Larsen said it was inevitable the Durban-based outfit would suffer a loss following their first league defeat of the season to SuperSport United. Larsen's men were humbled 3-0 by SuperSport at Mbombela Stadium on October 31.

"I said at the beginning of this season that there's no team that is invincible.

"Baroka probably are going to have their day to lose. We knew we were going to lose at some point and we know we are going to lose again, that is the nature of the game. But, like I said, we just want to try and remain as competitive as possible and be amongst good company.

"I think we've been in the top now for a while and that is our continuous fight to try and stay in that company."

Arrows will next visit Orlando Pirates at Orlando Stadium on November 21.

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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