Clinton Larsen resigns

Former Golden Arrows coach Manqoba Mngqithi has been linked to a possible move to Celtic. Picture:

JOHANNESBURG - Bloemfontein Celtic have confirmed that manager Clinton Larsen has resigned with immediate effect.

His resignation follows his side’s 4-0 loss to Mamelodi Sundowns in the Telkom Knockout Cup.

Celtic is also struggling in the Premier Soccer League (PSL).

The team’s Sello Nduna confirmed Larsen's departure.

“Let me confirm that our coach Clinton Larsen resigned today. We had a meeting with him around 10:30 and he indicated that he wanted to resign, even though we tried to convince him to stay. Unfortunately, he already took the decision. I can confirm that he’s no longer the coach.”

Larsen claimed personal reasons for his resignation.

But rumours over the weekend claimed that newly unemployed Manqoba Mngqithi was wanted by the club following his departure from Golden Arrows.

Nduna denied the claim, stating the club had no plans to part ways with Larson.

“This thing only happened today, we never thought about it. As for [the] Manqoba Mngqithi story, that’s news to me.”

Assistant coach Bobbie Solomons will take over as caretaker coach.

Larsen’s resignation from Celtics means he’s the third coach to leave the PSL this season, following Duncan Lechesa’s departure from Polokwane City and Mngqithi from Golden Arrows on Friday.