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Former Golden Arrows coach Clinton Larsen feels they underachieved during his time there

Posted: 28 December 2018 Time: 16:30

Clinton Larsen says one of the reasons he agreed to part ways with Golden Arrows is because he felt the club underachieved during his three years at the helm. 

Arrows confirmed the end of their relationship with Larsen on Thursday, a surprise considering the club is currently in 11th place on the Absa Premiership standings, on 16 points after 15 matches. 

They have since appointed Steve Komphela as their new coach. 

Larsen inspired Arrows to top-eight finishes on two occasions in the past.

“We basically decided to part ways. I think it's time, three years at the club. It's time maybe for them to take a new direction, new leadership, new ideas,” Larsen said.

“I don't think we've achieved what I wanted to or what the chairlady [Mato Madlala] wanted to, so we sat down and decided maybe the timing is right to bring someone new with fresh ideas, with maybe a different approach. But I've only got good memories, three good years with the team.

“I can't say anything went wrong, just one or two results. In my last nine games we only lost twice. So it's a lot of draws, but we can't say anything went wrong.” 

Larsen did not have a big budget at the club, so he had to rely on promoting youngsters from the team’s development and the team’s Multichoice Diski Challenge (MDC) side. Over the years he gave young players an opportunity to shine in the big league. 

“We've got a very young team. We were number one in terms of promoting players from the Diski and right up until I left we had young boys. So for me I don't think anything went wrong. Like I said, we both felt maybe the full potential of the team is not being reached, and I understand it's time for somebody else.”

Larsen, meanwhile, said he has not been approached by any clubs. 

“No, I only parted ways yesterday, so you know my agent is handling everything. I will wait and see if anything comes up, but I'm in no rush. I will wait and play it by ear.”

Article by: Sipho Mlotha
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