Kaizer Chiefs supporters have grown increasingly frustrated by the sort of coaching and player acquisitions in recent times, with Bobby Motaung often coming under fire.
The club’s ongoing trophy drought dating back to 2015, which is unprecedented in their 49-year history, is one that leaves a bitter taste in the mouths of the Amakhosi faithful.
Chiefs have a track record of having introduced some of the best and most enterprising talents in South African football in years gone by but seem to have gotten in wrong more often than not over the past four seasons, judging by their annual squad overhauls.
It is no secret that the quality has not been appreciated by the club’s fans, who were often seen remonstrating towards the VIP suites at FNB Stadium when things were not going well.
But Motaung is confident these are gestures of love both for himself and the Kaizer Chiefs brand, while the performances of the new signings such as Samir Nurkovic and Kearyn Baccus have so far been “making it” according to the football manager.
"The fans love me. For the mere fact that they criticise what I do, or the job that I do, it encourages me,” said Motaung.
“It’s not that they don’t like me, but they love the club and they want the club to succeed. When they are happy, it pleases me and makes me a better person every day.
“It’s for the sake of the club, I mean if there’s no performance in the team, somebody must take the stick and unfortunately, with my responsibility, I take the stick.
“The players that have been acquired, I always say, some players you bring in with high pedigree would come to the club and the jersey and badge is too big for them.
“But some players make it, which is a good thing now with these players – they’re making it. It’s still early days to judge but I think they’re coming in very well.
“Like I said, there’s no excitement, it’s more of an ongoing process and let’s see how far it takes us.”