Gavin Hunt explains simple solution to Bidvest Wits slump
Posted: 3 November 2017 Time: 08:45
Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt says the solution to their ongoing challenges this season is simple – they need to go back to basics and make up "a yard or two".
The current Absa Premiership champions find themselves in a rather precarious position this season, having struggled for consistency in their games and results – their latest being a 2-0 defeat at home to Chippa United on Wednesday night.
Wits are in 15th place on the log with just eight points from nine games. At the same stage last season they were in third place with 20 points, which would have been enough to see them leading the standings at present.
However, Hunt insists the best thing to do is to remain calm and return to the basics amid the storm that has seen them manage just three wins so far this season.
"In football there's no use getting mad or disappointed, you've just got to get even – [that's what] I always say," said Hunt.
"Don't throw your toys out the cot and... Just get even, make sure you put it right. You've got to understand that and the players have to as well.
"I think you've got to go back to basics, pretty much, in every position, so what is my functional job, whatever I do and wherever I play?
"Last year I thought we were the best team without the ball. This year we're not very good without the ball. If you want to do anything you need to be good without the ball."
With poor results understandably having a negative psychological effect on players, the four-time league-winning coach refuses to entertain suggestions that they might be lacking in motivation, as he pin-points one of their problems.
"If a player needs motivation at this level then [there's a problem]. The worst anyone can say is, 'He's a good motivator.' Call me a good motivator then I'm a bad coach, I'm no motivator," he added.
"You get paid, you're playing for your life so you don't need to be motivated. Yes, we motivate the players, obviously, but if it's all about motivation then how long is that going to last? It's got to be about preparing the team.
"I'll tell you what the difference is: the difference is a yard or two. You know what a yard or two is? The left-back is giving the right-winger five yards instead of three yards.
"Does that make sense? If he does that, the centre-half goes [back] five yards instead of three, and it [filters] through the team. The next minute they're out [in space] and having a shot at goal – like what happened last night.
"So, were we bad? Yes, we're just two yards away from where we should be," Hunt concluded.