“Obviously with Supersport’s relationship with Spurs around youth development, there are big opportunities for the juniors these days,” Hunt says.
“I met with the various coaches at Spurs, from the juniors right to the first team, to see how their structures work. I always enjoy seeing what I can learn and it was a good trip, although there was not a great deal that was new in terms of how they trained.”
What was interesting to Hunt was the emphasis being placed on technical skills at youth level. Spurs have employed a Dutch skills coach who works across all the teams including the first team.
“The Dutch coach (Ricardo Moniz) and what he does, is something new and very interesting. If you remember years back there was a Coerver coaching method. This is similar to that,” Hunt says.
Moniz actually learnt from the great pioneer and fellow Dutchman Wiel Coerver. He joined Spurs in this capacity from PSV Eindhoven a few years back.
Hunt went on to say that Supersport would be bringing Moniz out to South Africa in future.
The visit is not Hunt’s first to the English Premiership as he has done most of his coaching education in the UK. He has a Uefa A license.
Hunt has also visited West Ham United on many occasions where his late father-in-law, Budgie Byrne, is held in hero status following his exploits for The Hammers and England in the 1960’s.