Larsen quits as Celtic’s coach

Clinton Larsen of Bloemfontein Celtic. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Clinton Larsen had been considering resigning from Bloemfontein Celtic for a few weeks as the team struggled to get good results.

Now that he has taken the plunge and handed in his resignation. He said he would be picky about his next coaching assignment after taking a deserved holiday. In what was his first senior team coaching assignment, Larsen had been Phunya Sele Sele’s coach for the past three years, guiding the club to their first trophy in seven years when he won the Telkom Knockout last year.

At the end of the season the club finished fifth, their highest position in the PSL era and repeated that finish last season. “I felt that I should leave early so that the new guy can come in with time to change things around,” Larsen said.

“I could have stuck with the team, won against Moroka Swallows and moved up six or seven positions depending on the other results, but I think it’s time the team had a new coach.

“There is nothing sinister about my resignation. I left on a good relationship with the club. This had nothing to do with our last game.”

In his last game in charge, Celtic were thrashed 4-0 by Mamelodi Sundowns, who they pipped for the Telkom Knockout title last year, in the opening match of this season’s tournament.

“I will go on holiday to rest and after that I will be very choosy about the next team I coach,” Larsen said. “I want a project that I will love like the one I started with Celtic.”

Meanwhile, Mark Harrison started a new project of his own when he joined Golden Arrows to replace Manqoba Mngqithi, who resigned on Saturday.

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