Benni criticises PSL clubs' Euro bias


Bafana Bafana legend Benni McCarthy has questioned the policies of South African football bosses who prefer "foreign mercenaries" over upcoming local coaches.

McCarthy has advocated for more South African coaches to be given preference ahead of unproven foreigners looking to cash in with clubs in the PSL, as is the case for African coaches looking to make it in Europe.

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Of the 'big three' local clubs, Pitso Mosimane is the only homegrown tactician currently at the helm of Mamelodi Sundowns, while Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates both have German mentors in Ernst Middendorp and Josef Zinnbauer.

Though he assures he has no agenda against anyone, the former Cape Town City coach has expressed his disapproval of clubs constantly turning to foreign coaches with potentially cooked-up CVs, while local coaches are being denied such opportunities.

"We've got fantastic upcoming coaches that aren't being given opportunities, and we expect to succeed but we don't want to give [local] coaches opportunities to excel or make something," McCarthy told the SA Football Journalists' Association.

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"We prefer to go for foreign mercenaries who come to get their pay cheque, and a lot of them don't even achieve f*** all; and I've got nothing against anyone but I'm just saying.

"In Europe, they don't go for foreigners unless they know you're going to make a massive difference. If you're going to make a difference more than an English coach [in the Premier League] then you'll get the job ahead of them.

"But if you're just as good or even slightly better, they'll go for the English coach before they give the job to you, and I think that's what SA should also do. 

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"We just takes coaches based on where they say they've been on their CVs, and that can be tweaked also, but because we don't follow up, it looks nice on paper and we take coaches.

"And then they come, don't even have half-decent seasons and boom, take half the money the club has invested in them, and the players are the ones who suffer.

"So why not go for your own when they can probably do the same job or maybe even slightly better than what came in? That depends on our bosses and whether they believe in giving an opportunity to our coaches."

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