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Jingles’ 12 Predecessors & Their Downs Records  

With Pitso Mosimane having now completed a full seven years at Mamelodi Sundowns, his achievements of nine trophies during this period makes him the most successful coach to ever be in charge of the Chloorkop outfit.

But just how have his predecessors fared under pressure? According to all the records of the club’s previous 12 mentors before ‘Jingles’, only the late Ted Dumitru comes close with his two league titles in the late 90s.

For a list of the 12 coaches before Mosimane, see the gallery above 

The Romanian, who was very much South African at heart and with his style of play at Sundowns, enjoyed two stints there and his first was the most notable given the championship achievement in 1998 and 1999.

He was then replaced by Frenchman Paul Dolezar, and he, too, became a league winner the following season in 2000 as Downs made it three in a row. But there would be a six-year title drought, which contributed to the chopping and changing of coaches.

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That’s when Clemens Westerhof arrived to try turn the tide, but his stint was very short – and there was no trophy for the Dutchman to show for his brief spell in 2000.

Between that time and 2006, the Brazilians played musical chairs in the dugout: Neil Tovey, the former Bafana Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs skipper, and Dumitru exchanged notes as interim coaches before Àngel Cappa came in highly recommended despite very little in terms of honours from previous clubs in Argentina.

His spell at Chloorkop was forgettable, with Tovey and Miguel Gamondi turning his disastrous stint around to win the 2006 league trophy as co-coaches.

But owner Patrice Motsepe is hard to please, and wanted a big name coach to lead the club forward – in comes Gordon Igesund, a championship winner with Manning Rangers, Santos and Orlando Pirates prior.

And he did it again at Sundowns in 2007, but it wasn’t enough to guarantee that he would stay in the hot seat. Motsepe wanted more, and he went French when the late Henri Michel, a chain-smoker who’d built a solid reputation in Africa by coaching Raja Casablanca, Zamalek and the Cameroon, Tunisia, Ivory Coast as well as Morocco national teams stepped in three months into the 2008/09 campaign.

Four months later, Michel was booted out and his place taken by Trott Moloto in the interim, while high level discussions were being held to rope in former Barcelona and Bulgarian great, Hristo Stoichkov to Sundowns.

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Moloto won the 2008 Nedbank Cup trophy, but Stoichkov was waiting in the wings and he arrived this big, intimidating figure that earned the respect of the players.

But he quit after finishing in second place on the table and claimed Motsepe had not offered him a contract extension!

His assistant Antonio Lopez Habas stepped into his big boots, but he, too, resigned before the end of the 2010/11 season following death threats from Sundowns fans, paving the way for another Dutchman and a close friend of the late great Johan Cruyff in Johan Neeskens.

After more than 50 matches in charge of the Chloorkop outfit, the ex-Barcelona midfielder won no trophy and almost relegated Sundowns.

Mosimane took his place in December 2012 and the rest, as they say, is history.

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