'Hunt must influence signings and egos'

Premiership

Former Kaizer Chiefs striker Shane McGregor believes Gavin Hunt needs to be provided with the power to influence signings going into next season if he is to sort out the issue of egos in his squad.

Chiefs have been disappointing this term on the domestic coming stuck in both the MTN8 and Nedbank Cup while they have stuttered so bad in the league that they have won just five league games from the 20 played to date.

Consolation is that they have squeezed into the last eight of the CAF Champions League in Hunt’s debut campaign at Naturena which has also coincided with the club falling under a two-window transfer ban.  

"I am not making excuses for Gavin, but he went there and found players deflated after coming out of losing the league the way they did," says McGregor.

"There are also a lot of players there whose egos are bigger than them. The problem for the past few years has been egos. Too many players earning big money with egos but not doing enough and he [Hunt] has realised that this is time to change it. When you put on that jersey you want to be playing for that jersey and not the money.

"There are a lot of players that shouldn’t be putting on that Chiefs jersey to be very honest. There are of things going wrong there plus they couldn’t buy players this year, so it has been very difficult for him there.

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"I would like to see what will happen once they are able to get players in and I would like to see if he will also have input with regards to which players are coming in because that is a big thing.

"I can see that he is trying to stamp his style on the way they play…getting them to play with a lot more tenacity. If you can still play for a win when you are nine man down it just shows you. A couple of months ago that wouldn’t have been happening because a lot of their players would have just given up.

"You need to have players that can play for the club and not players that are earning big money and not caring about the club. I do think given time he can turn it around there and do very well for them,” says the yesteryear goal poacher adding his support to Hunt.

"The one thing about Gavin is that he pushes the players to the extreme and gets them to play for him in a way that they get to give the best of what they can," adds McGregor. 

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