Outspoken former Bafana Bafana striker now turned coach, Benni McCarthy, has questioned the approach taken by SA’s Big Three clubs in signing players.
The 42-year-old all-time national team goal scorer was asked what he thinks it takes to be a coach at Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns.
“It’s about making it clear. When you come in as a coach, you’ve got to let your bosses and club owners know the intentions and what you want to achieve and the way you want to work. It’s not about the coach making every single decision for the club – it’s about working together,” McCarthy told the SA Football Journalists’ Association from his home in Scotland.
“At the end of the day, everyone wants the same success when the team does well, the club gets the recognition. I know the big problem at these clubs is that coaches – majority of the time – don’t bring in the players. They don’t get to choose the players they bring in, they find the players there and they’ve got to make them better.”
This is indeed a known phenomenon not just with the Big Three, but the Premier Soccer League in general. McCarthy argued it’s the wrong approach.
“What clubs at home need to understand is that the coach is the one who is in charge of the team, he knows what the team needs to progress to be better when they go out there. The football managers and chairmen need to work with the coach on the kind of players that come in and make a difference to the team and are better than what the club already has,” explained the ex-Cape Town City coach.
“If they can establish that, you will see that there will be more success for a club that implements that first. I don’t think coaches should have 100 percent free rein, that’s abusing the system, especially because there are so many you hear take back handers. That’s why there needs to be a working together.”
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Check the gallery to see the players being linked to one of the Big Three