KickOff.com details Gavin Hunt's glittering coaching career in the PSL
Posted: 19 May 2017 Time: 12:31
The true measure of Gavin Hunt’s success in domestic football is proven by the fact that he has not only won a record four Absa Premiership titles, but has also finished in the top eight with all the clubs that he has overseen for a full season.
KickOff.com’s Lovemore Moyo details just how well Hunt has done in the PSL through the 573 league games and six top-flight clubs that he has been in charge of.
Besides the four league titles Hunt has won, the coach’s trophy cabinet also boasts the 1997/98 First Division coastal championship, 2004 ABSA Cup, 2012 Nedbank Cup and 2016 MTN8, while he has been the PSL coach of the Year on four occasions.
The 52-year-old is also the only coach to have taken charge of over 500 league games, having surpassed that mark in December 2014, which also elevates him to being the longest-surviving coach in the PSL.
He has been an ever-present in the PSL since June 2001 when he took over at Black Leopards, and has had uninterrupted spells at Moroka Swallows, SuperSport United and Bidvest Wits since then.
During that unbroken stay in the PSL, he has never led a team to a position outside of the top eight.
Such has been his influence that he even took unfashionable Hellenic to eighth in his first full season as a head coach in the PSL during the 1999/2000 season.
His first game in charge in the PSL was as head coach of Seven Stars in a 1-0 win over Moroka Swallows on August 1, 1998 with Nelson Dubazana scoring on that afternoon at the now derelict George Goch Stadium.
Hunt was, unfortunately, then sacked halfway through his first season in charge in the PSL, after which he immediately moved to take charge of boyhood club Hellenic.
Two years later he was again shown the door at the Greek Gods, being pushed out during the 2000/01 season as the Cape Town club eventually finished 14th.
He then took over at Leopards at the start of the next season.
Gavin Hunt PSL career fact file:
2016/17 – 1st (Bidvest Wits)
2015/16 – 2nd (Bidvest Wits)
2014/15 – 3rd (Bidvest Wits)
2013/14 – 3rd (Bidvest Wits)
2012/13 – 6th (SuperSport United)
2011/12 – 3rd (SuperSport United)
2010/11 – 7th (SuperSport United)
2009/10 – 1st (SuperSport United)
2008/09 – 1st (SuperSport United)
2007/08 – 1st (SuperSport United)
2006/07 – 3rd (Moroka Swallows)
2005/06 – 4th (Moroka Swallows)
2004/05 – 5th (Moroka Swallows)
2003/04 – 7th (Moroka Swallows)
2002/03 – 4th (Moroka Swallows)
2001/02 – 8th (Black Leopards)
2000/01 – 14th (Hellenic but was sacked midway through that season)
1999/00 – 8th (Hellenic)
1998/99 – 5th (Seven Stars but was fired during the season)
1997/98 – First division head coach at Seven Stars