Benni’s success advice to Chiefs, Pirates


Former Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy has offered a word of advice to the PSL big guns on how to build more sustainable success.

Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt recently explained why he rejected a job at one of the Soweto giants after sitting in a meeting with the club’s chairman.

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The four-time Absa Premiership-winning coach said he made it clear that he cannot work at a club where he is not the boss of football matters, specifically relating to the signing of new players.

McCarthy, who began his head coaching career at City in 2017 before lifting his first title with the club in 2018, has weighed in on what needs to be done for the likes of Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates to build more success for themselves.

"I think it's just about making it clear. When you come in as a coach, you've got to let the bosses at clubs know your intentions, what you want to achieve and the way you want to work," McCarthy told the SA Football Journalists' Association.

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"It's not about the coach making every single decision but it's about working together because, at the end of the day, everyone wants the same success.

"I know the big problem at these clubs are [that] coaches majority of the time don't bring in the players; they don't get to choose the players they bring in. They find the players there and then they've got to make the players better.

"I think clubs back home need to understand that the coach or manager – the one who's in charge of the football team on the weekend – is the one that makes the decisions, because he knows what the team needs to progress and become better.

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"So, I think the club general managers or chairmen need to work with the coaches on the kind of players that come in – players that the coach thinks can make a difference to the team, and that's better than what the team already has.

"That's how it has to work and I think if clubs can establish that, I think you'll see there'll be more success for whichever club implements that first.

"Because, let me tell you, coaches can't make players better. Yeah, you can make one, two or three players [better] but you can't make everybody better.

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"So if you've got a pile of rubbish players and then you're expected to do miracles, then good luck. But if you can bring in players that you know, 'Okay, this player will compliment these ones we have there; this one will plug that hole; that's when you'll see a collective difference.

"Asking coaches to take a handful of players that's not been good and now expect them to make them brilliant, good luck with that if there's no working together between club and coach."