Manqoba: Why hire Hunt in the first place?


Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi believes that coach Gavin Hunt deserved better treatment at Kaizer Chiefs.

Hunt was last month shown the door at Chiefs after only nine months with the club, where he had penned a three-year deal.

The former Bidvest Wits mentor has since been replaced by Stuart Baxter, who returns for a second spell following his success between 2012 and 2015 with Amakhosi.

Mngqithi has blamed local football bosses for taking emotional decisions when firing coaches, and believes the 56-year-old deserved more respect given his historic achievement of leading the club to their first ever CAF Champions League semi-final.

"All I want to say is Gavin Hunt achieved something that Chiefs has never achieved before [reaching the CAF Champions League semi-final] and he is now out of his job,” Mngqithi told the media.

"It is the story of our [South African] football – we change because we are emotional at times. Gavin Hunt has won four [league] trophies. 

"You can't say you didn't know the type of football he plays – he plays a certain type of football and he wins trophies with that type of football, stick with it.

"But if suddenly you say 'No, no, we are not happy with the style of football,' then why did you bring this coach in the first place? Because you could not change him from what he has been doing over the years.

"And worse, he could not even sign the players he wants, to play the type of football that he wants, so for me the less said the better."

Hunt was the only coach to beat Sundowns in a league match this season after Amakhosi defeated The Brazilians 2-1 at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in April this year.

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