Both Clive Barker of Maritzburg United and Serame Letsoaka of Golden Arrows will no longer be coaching in KwaZulu-Natal for contrasting reasons.
Barker has been relieved of his duties after a poor start, while Letsoaka is tipped to move to greener pastures at Bloemfontein Celtic.
After five games in charge at the Team of Choice, veteran Coach Clive Barker will no longer be shouting instructions from the United’s bench.
This after the club and the coach decided to go their separate ways today. Maritzburg United are currently sitting at the bottom of the Premier Soccer League with five points from eleven matches, with Barker having been in charge of five games and having secured four points out of a possible fifteen.
The Chairman of Maritzburg United, Farook Kadodia had this to say: “I want to thank Clive for making himself available under very challenging circumstances. We had a meeting with the Coach and together felt that the task ahead is very difficult and therefore a strategic decision regarding the club retaining its Premier Soccer League Status had to be made.”
He continued and said “Clive has left a career legacy, but we believe that our current position only dictates that we need to grind results to take ourselves out of the dreaded position we find ourselves in. In his short stay we admired the coach in that he had a vision and saw the need to give a guy like Mphakamiseni Nene an opportunity which he has grabbed with both hands. I wish the coach all the best for the future.”
Clive Barker said he decided to resign to put the interests of the club ahead of his own. “I think the club is on track to turn things around. A special thanks to Fadlu Davids, he is one of the finest assistant coaches I have worked with. Thanks to everybody for a pleasant stay. I wish the club well for the rest of the season.”
Regarding the appointment of a new coach, the Chairman said he will begin discussions immediately to seek a replacement.
Lamontville Golden Arrows are the latest club to lose their coach after Serame Letsoaka announced his shock resignation on Tuesday.
The 52-year-old, who has done a sterling job since taking charge at the start of the season, cited family reasons for his decision.
“Working in Durban has put a lot of strain on my family life,” Letsoaka said.
“They are finding it difficult to cope with my absence from them, which has led to my decision to resign.”
The former SuperSport United and Bafana Bafana assistant has lead Abafana Bes’thende to seventh on the Absa Premiership table after a third of the season.
He masterminded wins over the likes of Mamelodi Sundowns, Orlando Pirates and SuperSport United during his brief stint in Durban.
Letsoaka added: “The timing of my resignation comes as a consideration to afford the club ample time to find my replacement.”