Courtesy of Daily Nation
Gor Mahia coach Zdravko Logarusic isn’t a happy man. He is deeply frustrated at his new club.
Logarusic, who took the reins at K’Ogalo last month, has differences of opinion with the club’s leadership.
Speaking to the Daily Nation in Nakuru at the weekend, the coach said although there’s been a slight improvement in performance, he hasn’t been given a free hand to institute the changes needed to turn around K’Ogalo’s fortunes.
The Croat feels “excessive and inexperienced baggage” in the team must be offloaded immediately, while the club’s leadership insist the coach must work with the current squad because many of the players are “young and talented”.
“I need to clean up the house because I will not work with an inexperienced team who fail to perform despite given time to improve. Gor is not a testing ground where poor players are given an opportunity to sharpen their skills, and still fail,” said Logarusic after his team’s 1-0 loss to Ulinzi Stars at the Afraha Stadium on Saturday.
Gor vice-chairman, David Killo, admitted that they had not given Logarusic “a 100 per cent free hand” to run the team, adding that the Croat should “go slow” on his plan to sack some of the players.
Must be patient
“It’s true we haven’t given him a 100 per cent free hand to run the club, because there are areas he is restricted and must consult us,” said Killo, who is also the club’s Technical Committee Chairman.
“He is a bit impatient with the current Gor playing unit which comprises young and talented players who are still learning,” he added.
Logarusic urged the club’s leadership and fans to refrain from the culture of passing the blame to the referee every time they lose a match.
“We should change this attitude of blaming the referee every time we lose,” Logarusic said.
Gor had a penalty call dismissed by the centre referee Sylvester Kirwa after Ulinzi Stars defender Lawrence Owino had handled in the box.