Heric: The return of Mr 'Fix-it'

Vladislav Heric, the man who has curved a reputation for being a Mr Fix-it for clubs struggling for form, is back with Black Leopards.

His primary mandate is to tailor and implement a quick turn-around strategy for the struggling Polokwane-based outfit. He says it all begins with belief: in oneself and in the players.

The Serbian is under no illusion regarding the mammoth task ahead in saving Black Leopards from relegation. Leopards are doing two training sessions a day; working on fitness, unity, defence and their game plan during this FIFA international break.

“This break came at the right time and we are working hard at getting ourselves ready, this is a good bunch of players but obviously their confidence is knocked, we are working on that,” the Serb said.

“Our defence is something we are working hard on because to me that was the biggest problem. There was no goalkeeper coach but now we have one, and I believe once the defence is strong then we won’t lose, the defence is our foundation.”

Against Mamelodi Sundowns they were handed a 5-1 defeat, something that Heric does not want to see happen again. He is confident that they will start turning things around against AmaZulu whom they face this Sunday.

“We will take it one game at a time and this is our chance to make things happen for us. AmaZulu is a good side, but we are fighting for our lives here. We are very determined and hungry, it is a must win game for us.”

Fellow relegation candidates Jomo Cosmos is amongst the teams they will face before the season comes to a halt for the Christmas break but Heric wants to take it one game at a time.

“Right now we are focused on AmaZulu only. It is no use talking about Swallows or Ajax, those games are coming. It’s not easy and it does not matter who we play or where, it will be tough.”

“We know our strengths and weaknesses and we are working on it. It’s been tough this past few weeks but the players know my ways and have responded well. I don’t see us struggling for long.”

The 15th placed Leopards have six points from 10 clashes while rock-bottom Cosmos has four and Heric did not want to divulge his target ahead of the Christmas break.

“I can’t say how much points I want, I have never played the game that way and won’t start now. I plan for each game and every team is different. Also, just think if there are injuries or suspensions, so it’s not possible to think so far ahead. One game at a time is how we will do this.”