Another PSL coach's job on the line

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KickOff.com understands that another PSL coach could be fired this weekend if he doesn't come up with three points.

The 2019/20 season is only six games old but already three coaches have been shown the door: Lionel Soccoia (Black Leopards), Cavin Johnson (AmaZulu) and Clinton Larsen (Chippa United).

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According to reliable sources at Stellenbosch FC, head coach Steve Barker – who arrived at the club in July 2017 and promoted them to the Absa Premiership last season – is a "dead man walking" due to the team's poor start.

Stellies are without a win in the six games played so far and sit 14th on the log with only three points in the bag.

Former Zimbabwe national team and FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza and recently-fired Chippa United coach Clinton Larsen have been linked with the job.

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Mapeza won back-to-back Zimbabwe Premier League titles, the Chibuku Super Cup, was named Coach of the Year twice and won the Castle Cup Challenge. He also managed to reach the group stages of the CAF Champions League in 2018 with Platinum.

Larsen, meanwhile, said he was not aware of any interest from Stellies and has left everything to his agent Mike Makaab.

"Is that so?" replied Larsen. "As soon as there's contact from any club to my agent he calls me. So I will wait and hear. For me there's no rush.

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"It's early in the season, some teams haven't even played five, six games so it's very early, there's no rush on my side."

Stellenbosch's next game is away at Golden Arrows and according to the source, Barker has been given until Saturday to get the club's first three points.

Both Barker and team manager Garth Le Roux could not be reached for comment.

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