Pitso takes lessons from Ole, Mourinho


Pitso Mosimane has explained how the managerial issues at Manchester United with Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have given him valuable lessons.

Asked what it takes to be a top coach in the PSL, the Mamelodi Sundowns coach referenced the situation at United, which saw the club parting ways with Mourinho after a difficult period where the club's fans called for him to be sacked.

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Solskjaer took over and United immediately started winning games, but things have not quite been the same with inconsistent results, leading Mosimane to question whether Mourinho shouldn't have been given more time.

Mosimane says, as a coach, you need to have players who trust and believe in what you are doing, no matter what the situation.

The former Bafana Bafana coach is without a doubt the most successful coach in South African football history, with four league titles, the CAF Champions League and Super Cup as his major titles in an incredible career.

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"As a coach you need luck also. It takes a lot, you need to work hard, have guts, you need to select the right team because the right team is the one that wins and keeps results," the former SuperSport United mentor said.

"You need to be brave as a coach and do what you think is right. The players must trust you and believe in you. If you don’t have players who will go through the window for you, then you are in trouble. You need soldiers and they must go with you no matter what, but that you get over time. It’s tough.

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"The Mourinho issue was a big lesson for me, where everybody said he is not the right one and then Solskjaer came on and got a few wins and then everybody says Mourinho is not the one. And now Solskjaer is not winning as he is supposed to, so do we say Mourinho should have been kept longer for the team to gel and keep going?

"That’s the lesson I learnt from the Man United story, that sometimes you jump the gun too early, because Mourinho maybe needed time to get the team right.

"To be a good coach takes a lot. You need the support from the board and you need the players to trust you. It’s a funny game and a difficult profession." 

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