Nikola Kavazovic has pulled no punches on former Free State Stars coach Luc Eymael, accusing him of leaving the club in a dirty mess.
Eymael left Free State Stars in November 2018 after winning the Nedbank Cup last season and was replaced by Kavazovic, who came with lots of expectations after his successful spell with Botswana side Township Rollers.
Kavazovic accused the man he replaced at Ea Lla Koto for creating a mess that may take time to be sorted.
"Even though I'm trying to improve this club, players individually, it's not easy because I found a dirty, rubbish side which was left by the former coach, players are struggling mentally," he said.
"You know who made this mess, I had to clean that mess first then compete. To be honest right now we can't threaten anyone, it's a reality, the only positive result we can get now is avoiding automatic relegation."
Kavazovic went on to praise Eric Tinkler, whom he believes came to a club that was in a mess and changed it quickly, and tipped Maritzburg United to avoid relegation.
"If you look at Eric Tinkler at Maritzburg United, he had a similar situation. He found a team in a mess but fortunately for him things changed quickly, they are now three points behind us and play good football," he added.
Stars will face Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday in a must-win match then wrap up the season with Mamelodi Sundowns on 11 May.