Benni hints at next move in Europe

English Premier League

Bafana Bafana legend Benni McCarthy has revealed he may return to coaching in the Premier League with a potential link-up with a former manager.

McCarthy, 42, recently confirmed plans to visit Tottenham Hotspur to further his coaching education by learning from Jose Mourinho, the iconic manager he lifted the UEFA Champions League under at FC Porto.

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However, South Africa's all-time record goal scorer concedes a planned meeting with former Manchester City boss Mark Hughes', whom he starred under during his stint with Blackburn Rovers will be prioritised.

It's been suggested Hughes is keen on returning to the Premier League after a two-year hiatus since being sacked by Southampton in December 2018 - and is seeking a new technical team for his latest project.

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"The first thing is to speak to Mark Hughes, that's more important than visiting and touring training grounds and training sessions and seeing how Mourinho works at close hand," McCarthy tells KickOff.com.

"I spoke to him and yeah we just going to have a meeting when I'm back in England, to see his plans because he's recruiting a new coaching staff, technical team because the two guys he's always been with Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwiecki have taken up posts at Reading.

"So he's lost two valuable members of his staff, now we gotta see how that plans out, it might work, it might not work."

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McCarthy, who holds the experience of an assistant role with Sint-Truidense in Belgium when he worked with Chris O’Loughlin in 2015 - admits his relationship with the Manchester United icon could be crucial.

"He's been out of management for two seasons now, since leaving Southampton, so yeah, he's reinventing himself and I think for me it's also a good opportunity because I know him very well, played under him.

"So I know personalty wise how he is, I know a lot of strengths that he has and his ability as a manager. And him knowing me as a player also but now looking going into management or joining up as management staff might work for both us."

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