Heric explains footballing philosophy
Posted: 7 March 2018 Time: 08:36
Chippa United returnee Vladislav Heric feels he has inherited the best squad the young club has ever had.
Heric returned to the Chippa hotseat on the weekend following the sacking of Teboho Moloi, who registered six wins, 12 draws and four losses in his first head coaching assignment.
With seven league games left, Heric has been mandated to secure a top-eight finish for 11th-placed United and challenge for Nedbank Cup honours.
The Serbian, who left a technical director role at Real Eagles, previously oversaw the Chilli Boys' promotion to the topflight in 2011/12.
Heric plans to instil an attacking philosophy at the Port Elizabeth-based outfit, which was formed in 2009 with the acquisition of Mbekweni Cosmos' Second Division franchise and renamed the following year.
"My football is attacking football and aggressive defending, I never changed my philosophy," Heric told the club's website.
"I will need to look at the profile of the players we have and I believe this is a strongest squad Chippa United has assembled since the club's inception.
"I am willing to work with the technical team and everyone at the club to bring the best out of the players. I will be getting as much information before our next game."
Heric says he decided to take over the reins after the club's chairman Siviwe Mpengesi called him following the side's 2-0 loss at Cape Town City on Friday night.
"The chairman called me following the defeat away in Cape Town. I was okay in Durban but he told me that he felt I could make a contribution following my departure prior to 2014/2015 season.
"I came back because I know the people here, I know the players. This is a very good team and I believe that I belong in the Premiership."
Heric's first assignment is a Nedbank Cup last-16 clash with high-flying Free State Stars at Goble Park on Saturday (15h30).
"It is a very strong opponent, difficult game but we believe it is not impossible to beat them and proceed to the next round in the competition," Heric added. "We will try our best to win the game on Saturday.
"I am still busy trying to sort out my papers but all the systems are in place to make sure that we prepare well for the game."