Pirates' top three new coach options

Despite showing confidence in coach Rhulani Mokwena, it is not rocket science that Orlando Pirates will be casting their net far and wide in their search for a new coach.

Pirates chairman Irvin Khoza has exercised patience and confidence in the young Mokwena to lead the Buccaneers for at least a year depending on results, despite some criticism from certain quarters in the football corridors.

The former Mamelodi Sundowns assistant coach took over coaching reins from Milutin Sredojovic in August and despite playing good football, Mokwena has found the going tough in the PSL with no convincing results to show.

READ: Mokwena: Big clubs judged by results

KickOff.com looks at some of coaches who will be at the top of Khoza's list in the event that he decides another change is in order.

Pitso Mosimane

There is no secret that both Khoza and Mosimane enjoy a good relationship. Khoza always speaks fondly of Mosimane, of how he started his coaching career.

There is no doubt that the Iron Duke would not want to upset the good work that Mokwena has done to build the club's style of play and game model, and he would want to bring in someone who will be able to adapt and continue with a good relationship with the current technical team.

READ: Pitso: I can't go coach in Germany

Mosimane's contract with Sundowns is believed to be expiring in June next year, with rumours already doing the rounds that this could be his last season at Chloorkop.

Gavin Hunt

Khoza is a big fan of Gavin Hunt and at one stage tried to lure him to the Mighty Buccaneers following his success at SuperSport United, where he won the league three times in succession.

Wits have not been shy to spend money in the transfer market in the past few years but judging on their budget this season it could be difficult for the Students to continue to attract big-name players in the coming season. Wits have dismissed some of their backroom staff in a bid to cut the budget.

READ: Pitso predicts Wits as PSL's next CAF achievers

This could become an issue for Hunt, who is a man with big ambitions to win the league again.

Hunt is not a coach for carpet football but the Pirates management have probably started to realise that big teams are judged by results and not by good football.

Benni McCarthy

McCarthy is currently with his family in Scotland after parting ways with Cape Town City recently. The former Bafana Bafana striker has assured local football fraternity that he will return to the country in future.

They always say 'Once a Pirate, always a Pirate' and Benni won a treble with Pirates before retiring from football. Can the slogan follow McCarthy and bring him back to Pirates?

READ: McCarthy promises to come back

There is no secret that Bucs fans still love Benni and they have expressed their wish on social media for Khoza to bring him back to the club.

No matter what the Sea Robbers are going through at the moment, Khoza is studying the situation and keeping his cards close to his chest. He is a man of firm decisions and surprises.

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