Speaking on the “On the Whistle” Podcast, PSL manager Clinton Larsen opened up on what he finds to be the real challenges facing South African clubs.
Larsen, 49, began his managerial career in 2010 with Bloemfontein Celtic. A decade later, he reflects on what he learned and how he thinks the PSL can improve.
“A lot of the challenges for cultures at small-medium sized clubs would firstly be the lack of facilities. We don’t talk about the struggles we go through,” Larsen said.
The former midfielder currently manages Polokwane City. He managed Chippa United before taking over at the Limpopo club.
“At my last club we trained on a rugby field with holes all over it. We could only get two good sessions a week, which isn’t enough at this level.”
Aside from facilities, Larsen called out the lack of staff at some clubs.
“We don’t have analysts. I have to record and edit all the footage on our opponents.”
“It’s 2020 and some clubs don’t have fitness trainers! Can you believe it?”
Larsen concluded by saying that the top 5 or 6 clubs in the league don’t lack any resources, “which is why they’re always in the running for the title.”
Polokwane City were relegated to the second division this past season.