Gavin Hunt’s former boss has dismissed claims that the newly appointed Chippa United coach is not suited to coaching any of the Big Three – Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns.
Hunt had an awful stay with Chiefs in the only season that he has spent with any of the PSL Big Three through his coaching career that has elevated him to a 24th consecutive year coaching in topflight football.
"Gavin Hunt remains a top coach in this country up to this day even if he is now at Chippa United," says George Scalcoyannis, formerly a director at Hellenic when they played in the PSL.
"You cannot start to dismiss Gavin’s knowledge in this game now based on what happened at Chiefs. No chance. He wasn’t successful with Chiefs because they didn’t have the players that they had in the 80s and 90s.
"Chiefs is no longer what it used to be back then, and that is because South Africa doesn’t produce players of the calibre that they produced in the 80s and 90s.
"If you are saying Gavin is not good enough for the big teams then show me a guy with better knowledge of domestic football who has won as many league titles as he has done. To think of Gavin as being not good enough for top teams is misinformed.
"The trouble with some of the bigger clubs is that there is way too much interference, yet they expect miracles from the coach. At SuperSport United he was successful because he was left to do his coaching which is what he wants.
"I don’t know how it was done at Chiefs but that appears a different animal to me. What is worrying about Chiefs is the number of coaches that they have had in recent times. People must forget about Chiefs having this monopoly in our football with Chiefs winning every year.
"Chiefs are no longer the kings of football anymore."
Scalcoyannis adds that Hunt will definitely improve Chippa despite the odds being stacked aganst him, given the club's history.
"They will not be fighting relegation like they always do, and they don’t have to interfere in his job. Chippa is what was available for him at that time, and he took it because he knows he will make it good there.
"It doesn’t matter where a good coach goes, he will always do well if he is supported in the right way. I don’t think it was right for Chiefs to sack him considering their circumstances.
"I refuse to believe that Gavin is now a bad coach because of what happened at Chiefs. You need to understand that gone are the years when Chiefs used to be the number one team in the country."
In joining Chippa, Hunt is now at his eighth club of his coaching career in the PSL.