9 head coaches who became assistants


Veteran tactician Augusto Palacios has shared with KickOff.com what he thinks is the reason head coaches back-track in their careers and become assistant coaches again.

Former SuperSport United coach Pitso Mosimane once ditched his position to become an assistant at Bafana Bafana, while recently Rhulani Mokwena did the same when he returned to Mamelodi Sundowns as a second assistant after being coach at Chippa United.

Check out 9 coaches who have taken the step back in their careers in the gallery above

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‘Njenje’, who has coached the likes of Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs and Moroka Swallows, has weighed in on the trend which has been witnessed particularly in the PSL.

"You know, I always say in coaching you need to take time because sometimes coaches jump directly from being ex-players to being a head coach, when he never passed the process,” Palacios tells KickOff.com.

“And the process obviously, is good to know development – to coach young players, after that you become an assistant coach and then having experience, you jump to be a head coach.

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“Some of the coaches, according to me, have knowledge but they are in a hurry. You need understanding to follow your studies. Studying does not mean you have no knowledge of football; you have knowledge of football but it's a step-by-step [process] to being a coach.

“If you were a good player in the PSL and when you retire you think you can go directly into coaching, you need [to follow] a process.

“Some coaches think the job of an assistant coach is to put markers, but the name says 'assistant coach’, so you need to assist the coach.”

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