Coaching Chippa United is not for the fainthearted and Clinton Larsen found out the hard way that a day is a long time at the Port Elizabeth club.
Larsen was confident that he would keep his job after United’s 2-1 league defeat to Orlando Pirates at the weekend‚ but notoriously trigger-happy club boss Siviwe “Chippa” Mpengesi had other ideas and fired the coach on Monday morning.
‘‘Not at all‚ none whatsoever‚” said Larsen when he was told that Mpengesi has never been one to remain patient in the face of indifferent results.
“I don’t know if you read the comments I made last week but if you did you’ll know that for me there is absolutely no pressure.
“Nobody thought I would last a month. I’m here eight months now‚ I’m breaking records‚ aren’t I?”
At the beginning of last season Mpengesi fired Dan Malesela after two games and replaced him with Eric Tinkler‚ who was replaced by Joel Masutha before the end of the same season.
Larsen had claimed at the weekend that the key to his longevity at United was largely due to his decision to play open cards with everyone at the club.
“It’s just the way I work with people‚” he said.
“There’s transparency in everything I do‚ how I deal with my players‚ my back room staff‚ my management you know. “When I was at Celtic the same was said‚ Arrows the same was said. A month into my Chippa tenure I was told not to unpack my bags.
“I have unpacked them by