The instability of coaching in the PSL


This week marked 50 games since Josef Zinnbauer took over at Orlando Pirates as Gavin Hunt reached 30 at Kaizer Chiefs, while the duo of Manqoba Mngqithi and Rhulani Mokwena have been calling the shots for 25 at Mamelodi Sundowns.

Just who has been in charge the longest and the shortest period across all 16 PSL clubs?

The answer provides the true reflection of the coaching instability and changes in domestic football, with the men in charge at 10 of the PSL clubs having been at the helm for only six months or less.

Both Chiefs and Sundowns changed coaches at the beginning of the season just like eight of the other clubs that have made changes this term.

View all the PSL coaches ranked from longest to shortest spells at their clubs in the gallery above

Zinnbauer is the longest-serving of the big three though he only took over in December 2019 and has been in charge of only 50 games. 

Stellenbosch coach Steve Barker has been in his job the longest having been in charge since July 1, 2017 when the club was still in the first division.

He is certain to complete four years in charge at the club at the end of this season – the longest that any of the PSL coaches have been in their current jobs.

Three clubs have made coaching changes this year and it is no surprise that Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila and Black Leopards make up two of those three in a trio that also includes TS Galaxy.

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