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Life with the world on your shoulders

30 April 2015 - 09:25 By MAZOLA MOLEFE

As the fight for Premier Soccer League survival mounts, Craig Rosslee has spoken out about the frustrations of being a coach. The Moroka Swallows mentor faces an uphill battle in rescuing the Dube Birds from relegation with only three matches remaining - and admitted that his playing days as a no-nonsense defender were easier.Swallows are second from bottom after Rosslee's team drew 1-1 with Tuks on Tuesday."Wherever I go there seems to be a struggle," said Rosslee, perhaps referring to his time at AmaZulu, where he was sacked in October after a winless streak."What I have come to realise after being in this game for some time now is that when you are a player there's no pressure, really," he lamented."You are on your own. But when you are a coach you're responsible for everyone. The pressure is massive because you are alone."When you are winning then everyone is your mate and you are their hero until the next game. This is a lonely place to be."Rosslee replaced Fani Madida at Swallows nearly two months ago and is yet to guide the club to victory, following a defeat and two draws so far.He takes charge of his first home game tomorrow night, with Swallows welcoming Maritzburg United to Dobsonville.Rosslee said he would only see th e remaining matches as potential points if they weren't against sides that still had a lot to play for in what's left of the PSL campaign."You would rather play Sundowns or Chiefs because the league is done and dusted for them. But these guys are all fighting for Top 8 positions and jostling for places."Rosslee said the draw with Tuks felt like a "massive loss"."I heard their coach complaining, which means we made them look a bit ordinary," he said...

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