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Swallows give no credence to cup wins as league success is what matters

Moroka Swallows coach Zeca Marques must be odds-on for the next PSL coach to get the sack after the club slumped to a fourth straight league defeat on Friday night.

The dismal showing in the 3-1 loss to SuperSport United, part of a run of seven matches without a win, will have set off alarm bells at the Dobsonville Stadium.

Just two months ago Marques was hailed as a hero after leading the side to the 2012 MTN8 title, beating the selfsame SuperSport 2-1 in the decider.

At the time it seemed inconceivable that Marques would be facing the axe, but Swallows have a history of favouring league results over cup win and as they slide towards the relegation zone, CEO Leon Prince will be getting twitchy once more.

Prins fired former coach Julio Leal in 2009, just a few weeks after he had led Swallows to the Nedbank Cup trophy.

But Swallows finished 11th in the league that year and at the time Prins was quoted as saying that the club judged the success of a season on where they finished in the league, not how many cup competitions they had won.

That leaves Marques in a vulnerable position, especially as Swallows finished runners up in the Absa Premiership under former coach Gordon Igesund last season, setting the bench high.

He will not have been helped by the chanting of Swallows fans at the end of Friday’s dismal showing, calling for his sacking as he was conducting the post-match interview with SuperSport.

"The players make the mistakes [and] the coaches get the blame, where do you draw the line?" Marques said.

"That's how football goes. When things don't go well the coach gets the blame, when you win things players get the credit.

"I'd feel the same as them [the fans] to be honest ... they want the best for the club, and so do I. They don't see the game we do, they don't analyse the game like we do. It's all about results, at the end of the day we lost 3-1 and the result wasn't there."