PSL

Igesund braces himself for relegation battle

2016-12-05 16:26
Gordan Igesund (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Highlands Park head coach Gordon Igesund admits that avoiding relegation this season is going to be a long and hard battle for the club.

The newly-promoted side hired Igesund following the sacking of Alan Freese, but things have not gone to plan for the five-time Premiership winning manager.

With a single win from their opening 11 games, the Lions of the North remain rooted to the foot of the table and the former Bafana Bafana head coach has yet to oversee a win after a 2-2 draw with Orlando Pirates on Saturday.

"It is a tough battle we got," he said after the Pirates clash. "There is no doubt about that and no one is trying to kid anybody here that it is going to be an easy walk in the park.

"I haven't got a magic wand that says everybody is now going to be a great player now. Sometimes the players are what they are and like I have said I have got to strengthen the team in certain areas but this team has a long history and it is going to be a tough battle for us, there is no doubt about that.

"What is important for us as a club is to try and get past this stage between now and the time when the window opens. Just like other teams we need to strengthen this team," Igesund added. "In the next four games I would like to get six to seven points.

"I am going away to Cape Town for a little pre-season because I want to improve their anaerobic endurance, they have a lot of good endurance but anaerobic endurance is with the way I want to play, pressing and closing, I haven't got that.

"When I come back from the pre-season we should be a better team."

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