Black Leopards caretaker coach Alan Clark has paid tribute to his close friend and former head coach Cavin Johnson who is currently suspended by Lidoda Duvha.
Clark was brought to Leopards by Johnson to work as his assistant following the latter’s appointment in December last year. But things did not go well for Johnson at the club and was told to step aside until further notice.
The club has now appointed Clark who has worked with Johnson as an assistant coach at various clubs such as SuperSport United, Platinum Stars and AmaZulu, since 2013
“It’s a bitter-sweet moment and everything that I do in football from this point forward is what Sir Isaac Newton once said is ‘he achieved because he was standing on the shoulder of giants’ and I think for me anything that I achieve from here onwards it’s because I have stood on the shoulders of someone that I think is a giant of SA football, Cavin Johnson,” Clark told FARPost.co.za.
“It’s true he did bring me here and the intention was to help coach Cavin like I did at AmaZulu, Platinum Stars and SuperSport he is someone that I respect greatly in football and the decision wasn’t mine to be the head coach or an interim coach at this stage,” he said.
“It’s a fickle world but we have to focus on what we have ahead of us and it’s Sunday against Stellenbosch so we have to get our heads down and work as clever as we can.”
Morgan Shivambu retains his position as assistant coach while goalkeeper coach Sam Banda also remain at his post.
Clark’s first task will be an Absa Premiership match against Stellenbosch FC at Thohoyandou Stadium on Sunday at 15:30.
By Ofhani Munyai