Decorated Hunt reveals key to success


As Gavin Hunt celebrates his 56th birthday, the decorated PSL coach shares some insight into how he goes about picking the right players for success.

The Bidvest Wits head coach is one of the most successful South African tacticians of the PSL era having led the likes of SuperSport United and Bidvest Wits to league glory in incredible fashion.

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He is one of only three local coaches who has accumulated four league trophies in their careers, and has won four domestic cups with three different clubs, while he also remains in the running for the 2019/20 Absa Premiership and Nedbank Cup.

Sadly, the long-serving Clever Boys mentor may find himself without a job for the first time after the club sold its top-flight status for next season to Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila, who have already indicated they cannot afford to retain him.

Nonetheless, the 56-year-old, who celebrates his birthday today, has shared how he goes about assembling a winning team with the right type of players – often those he brings in on a free transfer.

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"If you go positionally, there's certain criteria that I want in a certain position, where somebody else might want something different," explained Hunt in a press conference with the SA Football Journalists' Association.

"That said, we try to stick to a formula that is and has been successful, so when we look for a player – for example, a left or right-wing, he's got to be able to do one of two things.

"It's not about 'he's a good player' but it's about 'can he deliver the ball, can he score?' All those types of things. With any good player, you should be able to get him into your team to make your team tick.

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"It's like playing without a striker now. There are no [good] strikers around, so maybe play without a striker, and just play 'mixed masala' football and let it go.

"Maybe that's the way to go, I don't know. I just know over a period of time, you need a little bit more than that.

"It's only my opinion, and football is all about opinions, there's no facts. If there were facts, everybody would have had a formula and everybody would be winning.

"But I certainly look for certain criteria in certain players, that's the bottom line. It's not about my type of player but about what fits into the formula of the whole group."

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