Should Gavin Hunt take the bullet?

Editors Column

Kaizer Chiefs fans are virtually guaranteed another trophyless season so the question has to be asked... how much blame must be put on coach Gavin Hunt?

Chiefs could complete a sixth consecutive season without a trophy after being knocked out in the first round of the Nedbank Cup for the second time in five years.

Firstly, should Hunt bite the bullet for their poor season so far, which was aggravated by being booted out of the country's premier knockout tournament last weekend by a lower division team?

Just seven wins from 23 games to date means Hunt’s numbers are just like those of Giovanni Solinas, who was sacked having also won just seven in 20 games, while Ernst Middendorp, Steve Komphela, Stuart Baxter and Vladimir Vermezovic all had better winning percentages of all the coaches that have been in charge through the last decade.

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The obvious argument for Hunt will be that he hasn’t been able to sign players of his choice due to the transfer ban, but then he took the job well aware of that and this is the same squad that came within minutes of lifting the league title last season.

But to the naked eye, Chiefs have gone backwards based on results under Hunt, whom many thought came in carrying a CV written 'perfect fit for Chiefs'.

Instead of being a team that was cruising last term and challenging for the league, they will now just be content with playing for a mere top-eight place.

Having already failed in the two cup competitions this season, their chances of lifting the league are already not just slim but closer to being impossible.

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For Chiefs to win the league they will need to miraculously close the 15-point gap on Mamelodi Sundowns in the remaining 15 games.

That will mean Sundowns have to drop 15 points – the equivalent of five defeats – while Chiefs are collecting maximum points throughout that time. The Brazilians are yet to lose a match this term.

Then there is the issue of the age factor in their squad with Itumeleng Khune, Daniel Akpeyi, Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Mulomowandau Mathoho, Daniel Cardoso, Kgotso Moleko, Lebogang Manyama, Khama Billiat, Willard Katsande, Leonardo Castro and Bernard Parker all past their 30th birthdays.

Though age is just a number, it is always a factor in this game which is why so many tend to cheat on this continent.

It is up to Chiefs to validate what they are getting from all these players and what they can still get in the foreseeable future.

Then, are players such as Yagan Sasman, Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya, Anthony Akumu, Philani Zulu and Lazarous Kambole of the kind of quality needed to be a success at Chiefs?

Seeing that they will not win anything this season planning for next season should have already started and Chiefs' football manager Bobby Motaung must already be aware who to bring in and who to let go come the next transfer window.

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