Black Leopards have commented on the sudden departure of their coach Alan Clark, hardly 10 days before they go into the Biological Safe Environment (BSE).
Clark officially resigned at Lidoda Duvha on Tuesday, to take up an opportunity to be an assistant coach of an unnamed Kosovan Super League club.
He is set to jet out of the country on Monday, August 3.
“It’s something that shocked us a lot because it happened so quickly in such a way that some of us still don’t understand even now, because I have not got an opportunity to talk to him,” General Manager at Leopards Tshifhiwa Thidiela told PhalaPhala FM on Wednesday night.
“But he did talk to the Chairman of the club (David Thidiela) and explained so it’s something that we can confirm has happened. To be honest there was never a hint that he could be leaving us because even on Monday we were together at training without any indication that there is anything to worry about.
“What really gave us hope as the club is the unity shown by the players (post Clark’s departure). Before we could even address them, they are the ones who spoke through the players’ committee and took responsibility that we are in the current situation because of them and to move away from the current position depends on them. So that gave us hope that they are not distracted too much,” continued Thidiela.
Assistant coach Morgan Shivambu, MDC coach Mongezi Bobe and Goalkeeper coach Samuel Banda will take over the reins, while the club decides on whether to employ a new coach for the last 6 matches or not.
“We have agreed to wait a bit and not make an emotional decision… we are still in a shock but we also need to weigh a lot of things when we sit down. We are leaving for the BSE next week, so the coach who would come now can he make any change on our log position?
“Is there a person who can come within a week and understand the players or visa versa? So those are some of the things we will need to look at. But so far, the coach left on Tuesday, but the training session continued the way it has always been. That’s why I was saying the training sessions were done by all the technical team members, even our programme has been scheduled until we go to the BSE,” He said.
This will not be the first time Clark gets the opportunity to work in the Southeast European country. He was a technical advisor for the U/17 and U/21 national teams.
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By Ofhani Munyai