'Give Arthur the Kaizer Chiefs job'

Premiership

Kaizer Chiefs have been urged to retain Arthur Zwane as head coach for the sake of continuity after having invested heavily in his managerial development.

Zwane is in his third stint as interim manager, this time alongside Dillon Sheppard, until the end of the season following the sacking of Stuart Baxter. Having previously already been part of an interim technical team twice before.

Nicknamed '10111' during his playing days, Zwane has now been at Chiefs for 22 years while spending the last dozen years as a coach since retiring.

"Arthur has been there at the club for 20 plus years and they have already given him the caretaker position before so why not give it to him permanently?" Former player Robert Nauseb queries.

"Why do we have to doubt him when the club has already invested so much into his coaching career? Why should Arthur always have to be the guy who waits on the side to come in when someone is fired?

"Give the man the job and if he fails let him do so having gotten the opportunity which will also make him grow in his coaching career.

"Let Arthur fail having been supported by the club. Give the man a chance and what is encouraging is that I can see that Kaizer Junior is supportive of Arthur.

"So, bring the players in for him and let us forget that local black guys cannot coach big teams. 

"If the guy has the qualifications, give him the chance and if he fails, he will be the first to raise his hand," says Nauseb.

"I’m Namibian so I don't want to get my opinion mixed into this sensitive local versus foreign debate when someone is deserving of the job.

"At times the matter is more about blacks trusting each other regardless of whether you are local or foreign, that is the bigger battle that we are faced with in our battle to break barriers and reach new heights.

"Arthur has been watching coaches come and go at the club and then come again like Ernst Middendorp, Muhsin Ertugral and Stuart Baxter and I'm sure he has learnt enough to stand on his own.

"If Arthur is taking over it is helping with regards to continuation because a new guy will be starting afresh.

"Arthur has already been in the Bafana Bafana technical team, so he has gained enough to stand on his own. Chiefs needs results so let us see if he can deliver them.

"I think Chiefs should have already informed Arthur about the job by now so that if players are being signed, he is also at least be consulted.

"That way he will know that for instance, Dillon Sheppard is my man as an assistant, Itumeleng Khune as goalkeeper coach and so on.

"In this coaching space, it is all about trust because you don’t want to be in a space where you feel someone is backstabbing you.

"Without trust, you will fail. If Arthur is on the bench and Dillon stands up to talk it would be the same message that Arthur would have wanted to get across to the players," Nauseb added.

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