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SA SOCCER NEWS
Clubs Without Coaches 23/10/03
This week in South African football has seen five Premier Soccer League clubs lose their head coaches.

SAsoccer365 takes a look at the predicted dismissals and amicable departures of Clemens Westerhof, Roy Barreto, Steve Komphela, Khabo Zondo and Walter Rautmann.

Westerhof has been sacked as the head coach at Hellenic according to various web sites and newspaper reports.

The Dutch native's team only managed one point in seven games and they conceded 14 goals in the Castle Premiership and only scored two goals in the process.

There was also an offer from Bloemfontein Celtic to buy the struggling Cape outfit, but the Greek God's spirited displays on the field saw Elia Hadjidakis, the CEO of Hellenic, refuse the offer temporarily.

Neil Tovey has been tipped to take over the hot seat, a position he was in last season when he saved the club from certain relegation.

Orlando Pirates' performances were not meeting the high expectations of their passionate supporters after they won the league last year.

Barreto's former team could only muster two wins in six games and although the Bucs suffered only one defeat, the Zimbabwean has decided to leave the so-called hottest seat in South African football.

The Mighty Bucs were also beaten in a first round Coke Cup match 2-1 on Sunday by Manning Rangers and Barreto was escorted off the field by security officials after a hail storm of 'objects' were hurled at him by the Ghost.

Barreto has been tipped to be on the list of Hellenic and possibly Manning Rangers.

Steve Komphela and Khabo Zondo represented Rangers and Golden Arrows respectively at the Coke Cup quarter final draw on Monday in Joburg.

The coaches held the Coke Cup high for press pictures as the Durban sides were drawn to play each other, but 24 hours later both the coaches left their clubs.

Komphela did not give any reasons for his sudden departure and is back in Joburg. There is speculation that he could move to Pirates.

Zondo has moved to Sundowns as the coach, despite Luis Oscar Fullone still being the head coach.

Recent reports have said the coaches will be working together, and Fullone was also linked with a move to technical director for the Brazilians.

Rautmann is also back in Joburg after he agreed with the management of Black Leopards to vacate his post as head coach of the Venda-based team.

The Austrian-born coach led Lidoda Duvha to two wins and two draws in six Castle Premiership games.

The reasons for his departure is not known yet but Rautmann is adamant that it was not because of the results.

Arrows, Rangers, Hellenic, Leopards and Pirates are expected to name coaches for the clubs while the assistant coaches will stand in until then.

Zulu Royals were the first PSL club to boot a coach this season. Ramadhan Nsanzurwimo was expelled from duty after only four games.

Royals lost the opening game of the season to Rangers 1-0 in a Durban derby and drew three games under Ramadhan.

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