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AmaZulu coach Pablo Franco Martin under fire after poor start to season

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AmaZulu’s newly appointed coach, Pablo Franco Martin, is under fire after a poor start to the season.

With no win from four matches in charge of AmaZulu, Martin has come under so much pressure to deliver results.

Prominent pundit Junior Khanye went as far as saying that AmaZulu president Sandile Zungu “must fire Martin”.

Of the four matches overseen by Martin, three have been goalless draws, and the club has lost one. 

Despite having one of the strongest squads in the DStv Premiership, he has collected three points. 

Usuthu are 14th on the PSL log standings following their 3-0 loss against Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday evening. 

With the next match for AmaZulu scheduled for September 17 against Cape Town City, indications are that the club’s progress will be evaluated under the former Simba SC mentor and that there could be consequences. 

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AmaZulu management have publicly said that they will be backing Pablo Martin and his technical team to turn things around.

But a club source said management was running out of patience as the club is yet to score a goal this season.

“The club is running out of patience, but the pressure they have now is that it’s too early into his tenure. But a review of the performances will be done, and there will be consequences,” said the source.

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AmaZulu confirmed the appointment of Martin as their head coach in June this year. The Spaniard inked a three-year deal. 

The vacancy arose when Ayanda Dlamini was relieved of his duties toward the conclusion of the previous season. 

Before the appointment of Martin, several coaches were rumoured to be in the running for the position. Luc Eymael and Alfons Groenendijk emerged as strong contenders. 

The 43-year-old is the second Spanish coach in the DStv Premiership, along with Orlando Pirates mentor Jose Riveiro. 

He has previously worked at Real Madrid and Getafe in Spain, while his resume also includes stints in China and Kuwait in head coach and assistant roles. 

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