Duncan Crowie, the former Santos legend who was recently roped in to take over as a care-taker manager at Santos FC, is hoping that he can inject new life into the stuttering side.
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The Peoples’ Team, currently third from bottom, face AmaZulu in a Absa Premiership encounter at Athlone on Friday night (8pm kick off).
Following a run of poor results, club management recently announced that for the final two games of 2011, head coach Boebie Solomons will stand down and be replaced by the club’s Head of Youth, Crowie.
Crowie, formerly striker at Santos, is excited to steer the team – the last time he did so as a manager was in the late 90’s.
“It’s my first game as a coach in many years for Santos and one I’m looking forward to. I have been asked if I will be making changes, and yes I will be making changes.
“There will be a slight change in the formation, with the idea to whoever plays behind the striker to get up and join me as much as possible. Numbers in the box will create opportunities,” he said at a press conference at Athlone this morning.
Crowie feels it should be easy to slot in, given his long association with the club and his familiarity with all staff.
“The good thing for me is that since rejoining Santos four or five years back, I have always been part of the technical team, in the team talks, and for the last year on the bench, and this has enabled me to keep up with the team and the coaching trends.
“I know what the players are about, the players’ behaviour on the field, off the field.
“What I feel is very important is the mindset of the squad. Because they are quality players. They need to find that confidence they had in pre-season, because at that stage they showed a lot of promise.
“In most of our games we have had short periods where we have been on top of the game – we showed it against Chiefs, we showed against Sundowns that we can come back – now we need to do it for longer periods of time.
“I know teams will go through a dip in a 90 minutes, but the important thing is to make sure that dip is not too steep, we will have to keep our eye on that.”
Crowie went on to clarify the role Solomons will play, adding that at this stage he is not thinking beyond the two games ahead.
Boebie’s role is now more within the advisory capacity. He won’t interfere with what is being done, but I will go up to him, or he will come to me and say ‘this is what I think is wrong’ – standing on the outside looking in from an advisory capacity.
“I haven’t thought that far ahead (to after the final two games of the year), that’s for the management to decide – I want to give my full attention to the AmaZulu game, I want to stay focussed.”
Captain Tyren Arendse echoed Crowie’s.
“The change has been smooth because the coach (Crowie) has been part of the club for a long time, and has even taken some sessions, so we know him well.
“Like he said, we have the players, now we need to go out there and perform, starting with tomorrow night. Everyone is hungry, with the new coach we start afresh and everyone in the squad wants to prove himself and get into the starting line-up.”