I'm gone, Leopards will be OK - Clark

Alan Clark.
Alan Clark.
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After resigning from his post as Black Leopards coach just two weeks before the resumption of the league, Alan Clark is positive Lidoda Duvha will avoid relegation without him.

Speaking to Sowetan a day after Premier Soccer League (PSL) chair Irvin Khoza had announced the Absa Premiership will restart on August 11, Clark disclosed he'd left Leopards to take up an "exciting job" in Europe, without revealing any further detail.

"Yes, I have resigned with immediate effect. I had to see what was going to happen with regards to the resumption of play. I got an exciting coaching opportunity in Europe and I have accepted it," said Clark.

"I will be leaving SA in the next few days with my family. However, I must say that Leopards are ready and I am optimistic that they'll beat the chop, even without me.

"I have been training the team for the past two weeks and all the players are eager to give their best."

Leopards are bottom of the table on 20 points from 24 games. Clark won just one of the five league games he oversaw, with four defeats and a draw, having taken the reigns as a caretaker mentor in January after the club sacked Calvin Johnson, whom he was his deputy.

The outgoing Lidoda Duvha tactician suggested his next gig is a lifetime opportunity. Clark also hinted he'd be coaching a team that has ambitions of competing in the continental club competitions in Europe.

"It's unfortunate about the timing of my departure, but I am grateful for the opportunity the club gave me.

"I just want to be the first SA coach to work in Europe," Clark stated.

"The club that I am joining want to compete in the Europa League and the Champions League and I want to be part of that. I don't know any SA coach who got that opportunity. For now I can't tell you which country or team I am going to."

Interestingly, Leopards general manager Tshifhiwa "Chief" Thidiela insisted the club hadn't received Clark's resignation letter.

"I only see it in the media that he's resigned. We have not received anything from him, so we can't comment further," said Thidiela.

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