Why Hunt can never coach Chiefs or Bucs


Despite being one of the most decorated coaches in the country, Gavin Hunt has explained why he's unlikely to ever work at Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs or Mamelodi Sundowns.

Hunt has earned massive respect in local football circles, having won the Absa Premiership title a record four times with two different clubs – one of which was three in a row with SuperSport United, making it another historic record.

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However, those envisaging the current Bidvest Wits mentor in the dugout wearing Chiefs, Pirates or Sundowns colours may never get to witness this in reality.

This is because he feels less power is given to the head coach at any of these three massive institutions, pertaining in particular to player recruitment.

"The problem – if you go to the top three clubs, you're not the boss. I had a meeting with a big chairman from one of the top three [clubs], and it was a great meeting," Hunt revealed during an online press conference with the South African Football Journalist's Association.

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"'I want you to be the coach'; I said, 'Ja, fantastic!' I said, 'Mr Chairman, there's only one problem here, you've got four to five bosses here, [but] I'm the boss' – 'no, no, no, that will never work.'

"I said, 'I'm the boss. I've got to bring, sell and buy players; obviously you'll sell but, I mean, I've got to say this one can go, that one can stay...' Well, needless to say you know, nothing happened."

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