Benni advised against European job


Former Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy has been warned against taking a coaching job in Europe and advised to return to the PSL first.

McCarthy left the Citizens earlier this season after a poor run of form which saw the team flirting with relegation despite having a good first two seasons.

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But his friend and former teammate Delron Buckley believes Bafana Bafana's all-time top scorer did extremely well at City and says new coach Jan Olde Riekerink is struggling to change things.

"I've been with Benni McCarthy and trained with him at Cape Town City. I visited his training sessions and it's very different compared to other local teams if you look at the intensity of the training sessions," Buckley tells

"I see Cape Town City are finding it harder to adapt with the new coach"

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With McCarthy currently in Europe, Buckley is aware that he may look to coach in Europe but would prefer to see him finish what he started in the Absa Premiership.

Buckley believes as much as it would be nice to have a South African coach doing well in Europe, it might be too early for McCarthy to take that step.

"Look, what I know is he is back in Scotland. I think he has applied for a couple of jobs there and it would be nice for one of our guys to get involved there, but European football and here is totally different," Buckley explains.

"The intensity and the way they tolerate you, if you get into a big team and you don't perform you are out. They don't wait for you to adapt for six games, so good luck to Benni in Scotland.

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"He's got experience, he's a very likeable guy to his players because he always shadows his players even if they don't do well. He always gives them the benefit of the doubt.

"I wish him good luck but the European leagues are very different hey. You can see [Jose] Mourinho is having it hard, and that's Benni's idol. So if Jose is finding it hard, it would be harder for him. But you never know."