Kaizer Chiefs could look to swoop Bidvest Wits coach, Gavin Hunt, should they decide to make coaching changes at the club.
The Amakhosi have endured a torrid run in recent weeks, losing four games in a row before being eliminated from the CAF Champions League following a goalless draw at ASEC Mimosas, which confirmed many Chiefs fans’ worst nightmares - a trophyless season for South Africa’s ‘Cup Kings.’
Komphela guided the Glamour Boys to the MTN8 and Telkom Knockout finals, but he saw his charges falter at the last hurdle on both occasions.
Since then, the players have also come under scrutiny by the fans, with angry mobs hurling abuse and missiles, after recent losses against Jomo Cosmos in the PSL and ASEC Mimosas in the first-leg of their Champions League first round tie. There were also cries of 'Steve Komphela must fall' as the pressure escalated with every loss.
The Siya crew has discovered that, should Chiefs opt to make coaching changes and again go for a local coach, then Bidvest Wits mentor Gavin Hunt would be high on the list of potential candidates.
Hunt was previously offered the job at Chiefs, but rumour has it that he wanted to completely overhaul the squad and that proved to be the stumbling block.
The experienced coach, who guided SuperSport United to multiple titles during his time in Tshwane, is in the last year of his contract with the Clever Boys.
After big investment and restructuring at Wits, Hunt has managed to turn the team into genuine title challengers, with only Mamelodi Sundowns managing to stay ahead of them.
Regardless of Chiefs' interests, they may hit a brick wall when it comes to trying to acquire Hunt, as he has virtually complete control of the happenings at the Sturrock Park based outfit and he also has a great working relationship with the CEO, Jose Ferreira.
When it comes to money, Hunt is on as good money as any coach in the league, and Wits' owner, Brian Joffe, who is one of the richest men in SA, aims to make Wits the top club in the country.
If all else fails, Chiefs may decide to go back to their strategy of appointing foreign coaches and they were previously linked with the likes of Spaniard Jose Antonio Camacho, as well as Dutch duo Ernie Brandts and Ruud Krol, prior to the appointment of Komphela.
Do you think Hunt would leave Wits to join Chiefs? Is Komphela at fault for the Amakhosi’s disappointing season?