KickOff.com has been informed that Gavin Hunt will settle for Ian Taylor as his assistant at Chippa United after failing to lure Dillon Sheppard away from Kaizer Chiefs.
Hunt was appointed as the new man in charge of Chippa last week and he immediately made attempts to entice Sheppard with a view of having him as first assistant.
Since hanging his boots at Bidvest Wits four years ago, Sheppard worked with Hunt at the club and then moved with him again to Chiefs at the beginning of last season.
However, Sheppard has chosen to stay on at Chiefs, where he will double-up with the club’s DStv Diski Challenge team and the first team.
Since Hunt’s sacking, Sheppard has held hands with Arthur Zwane in taking care of the matchday duties, and on Wednesday travelled with Chiefs to Casablanca for this Saturday's Champions League final against Al Ahly.
The multiple title-winning gaffer will now have Taylor as second in command in Gqeberha, while it remains to be seen what will happen with Daine Klate, who was earlier tipped for an assistant position.
Taylor’s deal is now being ironed out and he will move on after being shown the door at GladAfrica Championship club Cape Town Spurs back in April.
The 44-year-old cited a lack of support from the club's bosses after having led the club for the bulk of the 2020/21 campaign.
A coach who has armed himself with high level qualifications, most of his working experience has been in Cape Town where he has previously been with Cape Town City, Ajax Cape Town and Cape Town All Stars.
He has also worked with Chinese club Guangzhou City’s academy.
In wanting to have trusted personnel around him at Chippa, Hunt has already brought in former Wits colleague Roy Limongelli as technical director.