Benni opens up on Pirates return talks


Former Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy has commented on previous links to the job at Orlando Pirates as he confirms his willingness to return to the PSL.

McCarthy has been on the sidelines in Scotland since being sacked at City in November last year and was quickly linked with a potential return to Pirates, where he made his mark as a player during the club's treble-winning season in 2011/12.

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The former Bafana Bafana striker was then reported to have rejected the opportunity to take over from then interim coach Rhulani Mokwena as he was said to be looking for a job in Europe, closer to where his family is currently based.

However, he has since made it clear that he has not closed the door on prospective jobs in the Absa Premiership, under certain prerequisites, while also setting the record straight on the Bucs reports. 

"A return to South Africa is not off the table, but it must be the right club; it must be a project where I can be able to work with the people," McCarthy told the SA Football Journalists' Association.

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"Like, working on taking the club forward and one that has the same goals as me, the same ambition to see the club grow and that.

"I was linked to Pirates and there was a lot of noise about me joining, but I've never had the conversation with the chairman [Irvin Khoza], unfortunately.

"So, Pirates made their decision and went for a coach [Josef Zinnbauer], which, at this point in time, seems like it was the right decision because that coach has come in and done relatively well with Pirates.

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"He's changed their fortunes, the team is playing much better and he seems like he's getting the best out of a lot of players now. 

"So, I'm happy for Pirates that they seem to be back on track, but I haven't had any conversation with the chairman about taking the job or not taking the job."

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