Saturday Nov 09, 2019. 08:00
Zlatko Krmpotic became the latest in a growing list of Absa Premiership coaching casualties after he was sacked as Polokwane City boss a mere 24 hours before the club’s match against Limpopo rivals Baroka FC on Saturday.
Krmpotic lost his last five games in charge of the club, with a 5-3 defeat away to Cape Town City on Wednesday the straw which broke the camels back.
Rise and Shine made a positive start to the season under his watchful eye and were top of the table in the early parts of the season, while they also eliminated defending MTN8 champions – Cape Town City – from this season’s tournament.
“It is with regret that we announce the departure of Zlatko Krmpotic as the head coach of Polokwane City Football Club,” the club said in a statement on Friday.
“Despite the best efforts of the club, the head coach and all parties involved with the club, recent results on the field of play, have, unfortunately, not gone in our favour.
“This has prompted the club and the head coach to reconsider the position of Zlatko as the head coach of the club.
“In the circumstances, pursuant to a meeting between the club chairman, Mr. Johnny Mogaladi and the head coach it was agreed, in the best interests of the club, that the club and head coach part ways in an amicable manner.
“Accordingly, the parties have signed a mutual termination of their contract of employment with immediate effect. As of this morning, Zlatko has been relieved of his duties and is no longer the head coach of Polokwane City FC.”
Bernard Molekwa, who is no stranger to stepping in when things go pear-shaped, has been appointed as interim boss.
Krmpotic is the sixth coach to lose his job this season following: Cavin Johnson (AmaZulu), Clinton Larsen (Chippa United), Lionel Soccoia (Black Leopards), Duran Francis (Chippa United)* and Benni McCarthy (Cape Town City). *Francis was sacked as interim coach.