New Black Leopards coach Cavin Johnson is hoping that the football Gods will be on his side as he begins his task of taking the team from the bottom half of the table begins.
Johnson was officially introduced to the players at their training base in Polokwane on Sunday and will officially start taking charge of training the team on Monday.
The 61-year-old’s first official match will be an Absa Premiership match away to Highlands Park on Sunday 5 January.
Speaking to FARPost.co.za in Polokwane Johnson said he would be sitting down with the management to talk about his ambitions.
“There is no real mandate at the moment because it’s just 3 hours since I arrived here (Polokwane) but it’s about getting down speaking to the management of the team especially David Thidiela (chairman) because he is one of the few club owners because other teams are owned by Board of Governers,” he said.
Johnson is also hoping for a smooth working relationship with Thidiela, who is well known to be hard-to-please.
“We need to understand what he is, who he is, how he wants the club to be run or how he wants the club to get better. But like I said earlier he has a good crop of players now from what I can see.
“It is easy to criticize when you are outside but once you are inside now you can see the behavior; the mentality and you can see the will to whether they want to take Black Leopards to the next level. For me personally it’s a nice Challenge and if I can turn it around and hopefully the football Gods are on my side and we will work through that”
Johnson is the 3rd coach for Leopards season after Lionel Soccoia and Luc Eymael.
By Ofhani Munyai