Craig Rosslee's first interview sets out his plans for struggling Durban club, who are bottom of the log
New AmaZulu coach Craig Rosslee says scoring goals and defending better will be his top priority as he began work at the bottom of the log club.
With just five goals this season, AmaZulu have the worst attack in the Premier Soccer League while they have let in 18 goals, which is the fourth worst among all 16 top flight clubs.
“There's a lot of areas that need improving, but the initial task is to defend better and score more goals. That is the priority,” he said in his first interview since taking over at the Durban-based club.
“The club has obviously been in a bit of turmoil,” Rosslee said. “It is my job now to change their fortunes. Yes, they are in dire straits, but the picture can change.
“There was a sign I saw when I arrived at the club, which said ‘Home of the Brave', so it's important that the players, staff, coaching staff, supporters and everyone involved with the club all get on board to revitalise and reinvigorate the club.
“We need to get it back to where it needs to be, which is further up the log table. My mandate is to do that.”
Rosslee will start his new job – his third club after spells at Ajax Cape Town and Mpumalanga Black Aces – on Wednesday with a tough game against Black Leopards in Polokwane.
He will then have three matches more before the league stops for almost two months to accommodate the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations finals.
“A long break is not good for anyone because it's like a new pre-season, but I will look at it as a positive," he said.
"It will be a blessing in disguise as it will give me time to reassess and work on things.”
The 42-year-old Rosslee has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal. He replaces the Swede Roger Palmgren, who was fired on Monday.
As part of his contract agreement, Rosslee must meet a target of 35 points in the league campaign, a clause that has been drawn into his deal and one that could help the club achieve a solid mid-table finish.
“There are these performance clauses and we will visit them on an ongoing basis,” said general manager Peter O'Connor.