Pitso Mosimane says Benni McCarthy achieved more at Cape Town City than many other coaches have in their entire careers.
McCarthy was shown the door by the Citizens following a spell of two wins in 18 matches, despite winning the MTN8 last season and at one stage looking like contenders for the league title.
The Bafana Bafana all-time leading scorer preached patience back then, insisting the team needed time before they could be considered title challengers.
But McCarthy himself could not be given more time after a poor run of results this season, a fact that saddens his "biggest fan" Mosimane.
"It's a sad one, I never saw that one coming. It's sad and unbelievable," Mosimane said.
"I never thought Benni would ever take coaching this seriously to be honest. He really came out and took it to another level.
"His team was playing very well. Of course they were not winning many games this year but they were playing well, a good team.
"I mean a guy is two years [as a head coach], he's already won a cup. I mean two years he's won a cup.
"Do you want to do research and see coaches in this country who have been coaching for more than 10 years and haven't won a cup?
"I talk on the side of coaches because team owners will say 'hey we haven't won for the last seven games' but he didn't lose those seven games, he drew four or three.
"I mean two years with a guy who gave you a cup, give him a chance hey, and he's playing good football. But who am I?"