Larsen reveals Polokwane mandate

Premiership

New Polokwane City head coach Clinton Larsen says the hard work of reviving the once-fearless giant killers has already begun.

KickOff.com broke the news of Larsen's move to Rise and Shine on Thursday and the former Chippa United mentor has now confirmed his appointment by the Limpopo side on a one-and-a-half-year deal.

He replaces Serbian tactician Zlatko Krmpotic, who was sacked early in November.

"You know it's unfair for my family, I was in the process of booking a holiday overseas and then [laughs]... and the call came," Larsen tells KickOff.com.

"So ja I think it was an easy decision to make. You know I've worked with the goalkeeper coach before, and I know him very well the fitness coach you know so ja.

"I think you've heard this time and time again, you cannot become a bad team overnight. Finishing sixth and then starting the season well, you know eight bad results I don't think it makes you a bad team.

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"And that's why the job interested me because I believe that we can turn things around. I've watched some games where the team has been very unlucky in front goal, games where they've played well.

"So I understand the situation but I do believe that we will turn things around. I know what I can bring to the party, you know I said it even to the chairman."

What is his mandate given to him by the Rise and Shine management for this season?

"What is a mandate [laughs]? No, no, no, I think as coaches we don't need a mandate, or us coaches we put a mandate on ourselves to win every game we go into, so we try to win every single game you know... unfortunately football doesn't work that way, you will lose and draw some of them.

"But yeah there's no mandate. I just had this long discussion with the chairman and you know he feels that we just need to turn things around. The club is in a predicament at the moment and we believe that it's a situation that can be resolved.

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"There is quality in this team. Yes the wheels have come off in some form but we believe we've identified areas where the team has lacked, and we are working on those areas to improve the team. We believe we will turn things around. I have signed for a season-and-a-half."

Larsen says he will definitely visit the transfer market in January to see if he can add one or two players in defence and attack.

"Like I said to you we have identified, we discussed yesterday and today, we've already worked on them at training. There are areas defensively or offensively we feel that we could improve," he adds.

"Ja I'm sure you will see some new additions, we've got a lot of injuries at the moment, and so as a result of that we probably might bring in one or two. That's the discussion I already had with the chairman.

"So yes there's a strong possibility for us to make a few additions. Like I said we've been hit hard by injuries and that has forced us to consider going into the market."

Larsen will be in charge of Rise and Shine when they face Maritzburg United on Sunday afternoon at Old Peter Mokaba Stadium (15h30).

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