Serbian coach Vladislav Heric has opened up about his shock departure at relegation threatened side Chippa United.
Heric was shown the door by Chippa boss Siviwe Mpengesi after just five matches in charge. He was in charge of four league matches, collecting seven out of a possible 12 points.
The 54-year-old was also in charge when Chippa were beaten 1-0 in the final of the Nedbank Cup in Mangaung.
This is also the third time that Heric finds himself in the firing line at the Eastern Cape side. Speaking to FARPost on Thursday, the well-travelled coach insisted that he holds no grudges against his former boss.
“Yes it came as a shock,” said Heric.
“Look I did have good results but the last two results were not on my side. In our last two home games we only had one point instead of six or four so that probably made the Chairman pull the trigger.
“I don’t know a little bit of panic, a little bit over reaction and stuff like that. I just spoke with the Chairman this morning so we are okay. There are no hard feelings or anything like that, life goes on and becomes normal so that’s the way it is.
“Probably it was not easy for him to do that, it was not easy if you take the fact that the number of points we collected and my knowledge of NFD teams if we go to the playoffs but I didn’t believe that we will go to the playoffs,” he said.
Heric who was in charge when the Chilli Boys were promoted to the premiership division in 2014 remains confident that the club will still survive the chop.
“Yes, I am confident that Chippa will survive relegation. But my message is that I did my best but it was not enough. Sorry for losing the final and sorry for not being here during the crucial time but it was beyond my control and there was nothing I could have done,” he added.
Meanwhile, this publication has it on good authority that Chippa are finalising a deal with former Black Leopards coach Lehlohonolo Seema to take over for the remainder of the season.
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By Ofhani Munyai