Jose Ferreira plays down Gavin Hunt's contract issue at Bidvest Wits
Posted: 19 May 2017 Time: 17:15
Bidvest Wits CEO Jose Ferreira says there is no rush to renew Gavin Hunt's contract with the club, and would give his blessing should the coach wish to leave.
The Clever Boys bagged their first ever Absa Premiership title after a 96-year wait, as Hunt lead his chargers to a historic double in his fourth season at the club.
Having joined Wits on an intial three-year deal from SuperSport United in 2013, the four-time league-winning tactician signed only a one-year extention at the beginning of the season.
However, with his contract set to run out next month, Ferreira is confident Hunt will stay on and has explained that retaining the coach would not be dependant on formal contract negotiations, but rather on his wishes to continue or find a new challenge elsewhere.
"I don't worry about things like that. I don't have a contract with Bidvest to be the CEO of Bidvest Wits – I don't need a contract, when they want me to go I will go. For as long as they want me to I'll stay," explained Ferreira.
"The same goes for our coach. The relationship I have with Gavin Hunt is a unique one. The day Gavin wants to leave is because he's got something better, and I'll wish him well the day he wants to leave.
"I said it to him, when so much was said about him going to the national team, he would go with my blessing because that is a unique opportunity. if it presented itself.
"But Gavin will always be here for as long as he wants to be here, and the same goes for us and everybody else at this club. We don't need to tie our people up with contracts. Contracts are mainly for players because you need to protect your interests in those players."
Ferreira also confidently confessed his belief in his players, stating that, if he was permitted, he would revoke player contracts and retain players purely based on their desire to be at the club.
"If I could do away with contracts for players, I would even do that. I know what we've got here; I know what they [players] want. They see it, even the ones who aren't playing, they don't want to leave. That's what makes this club so very, very special. I'm immensely proud of them [players]," he conlcuded.