Palmgren on the block
AMAZULU coach Roger Palmgren's job is safe - for now.
The club's general manager, Peter O'Connor, said that, though he had stern words with the team on Monday following the 1-0 defeat to Ajax Cape Town, Palmgren would be given more time to turn the results around.
However, the axe hangs ominously over Palmgren's head. O'Connor revealed that 11 coaches' CVs landed in his in-box after the 2-1 loss to Platinum Stars two weeks ago and if the results continued the way they were going, a suitable replacement would be sought.
"The first quarter has been poor; we're not near where we should be and we are obviously frustrated by the results. The coach is under pressure and so are the directors and the chairman," O'Connor assessed.
"We had a harsh discussion on Monday and in the short term we're going forward as normal - but we made it very clear to the players and the technical team: 'Boys, we need to turn the results around'.
"We said to the guys we gave them a top four target and we need to win silverware. So the first thing is to get off that bottom of the log and get into that top eight and put our heads down and aim higher than that."
AmaZulu are at the bottom of the Absa Premiership after gathering one win in seven league games. That victory, a shock 2-1 win over Moroka Swallows two weeks ago, looked like a fluke as it was followed up by poor losses to Platinum Stars and Ajax.
"If we've got someone waiting in the wings who is a good replacement, we'll seriously consider it. There are coaches who are available but the thing is, is there a right coach for AmaZulu? That's a decision the directors have to take," said O'Connor.
The Usuthu boss would not reveal how much time Palmgren had to start gathering wins before being told to pack his bags.
"The problem is we've drawn Platinum Stars at home for the first round of the Telkom [Knockout] and in two weeks time we play Pirates away, so that doesn't give us much time. "