Larsen plotting shock for 'fickle people'


Polokwane City may count themselves lucky compared to other teams fighting relegation if history were to repeat itself under the leadership of Clinton Larsen.

Larsen is one of those coaches who has never relegated any team he has coached and last season he saved Chippa United from the same situation.

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He also stabilised Bloemfontein Celtic and Golden Arrows in previous spells as a head coach in the PSL.

With the current league lockdown, Larsen is a happy man as he will be able to work on his team to help them survive relegation when fixtures resume.

"Whenever there are two- to three-week breaks, as a coach I enjoy it because it gives me time to work with my team. I prefer this time to rectify some mistakes and improve the team," Larsen says.

"I think everybody there in the bottom is nervous and looking for results to get away. It's not easy and the fixtures won't get any easier for any of the club, but these are the challenges we relish and this is what the game is all about."

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Before Larsen joined Rise and Shine, the Limpopo side was struggling and had gone 10 matches without a win.

Many thought they would not bounce back, but Larsen says one or two big results can change things in football.

"Doing the unexpected, achieving what nobody thinks you can... before we played Cape Town City and Black Leopards everybody relegated us, everybody across the county," he recalls.

"The moment you win two games, everybody changes their tune. 'Maybe they will make it now.' So that's how fickle people are. We will continue working hard to get points from the remaining games."