Orlando Pirates legend Joseph Makhanya believes Rhulani Mokwena will have to be stronger now as the club's new head coach if he wants to survive.
'Duku Duku' believes only the job title has changed for Mokwena as he's been active and vocal as an assistant coach throughout his career.
"I wouldn't say he's new on the job, just the title has changed," Makhanya said on Durban Youth Radio.
"He's been doing that for a while because he's been a vocal assistant who is active and involved in the team. It means it's continuity of what he's been doing, it's not nothing new.
"Now it's going to be a testing time for him but with Fadlu Davids with him, I believe they will do well together. I don't think it will be that hard for him. He has to face the bullets that will be coming for him as a coach."
Makhanya feels the timing of Milutin Sredojevic's resignation has not helped the team, especially since they were already in a poor patch of form.
"The morale of the team has taken a big knock... they are on a difficult run at the moment."
The Sea Robbers have a chance to turn things around if they can get a positive result against Green Eagles in the CAF Champions League and overturn a 1-0 deficit. Kick-off at Orlando Stadium is at 21h00.