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Former Kaizer Chiefs striker Patrick Mayo has explained why he does not blame the club for changing coaches more often than usual in the last few years. 

Since the departure of Stuart Baxter in 2015, Amakhosi have had Steve Komphela, Giovanni Solinas, Ernst Middendorp and they have now terminated the contract of Gavin Hunt, who was appointed before the start of the current season.

It's the second time Chiefs fire a coach who was in charge for less than a season. Solinas did not last half a season as Amakhosi coach in 2018, getting replaced by Middendorp in December of that year.

Chiefs are known to be patient with their coaches, but that has not been the case in recent years, as frustrations grow over the fact that they have not added any major trophies to the cabinet since Stuart Baxer's league and cup double of 2014/15. 

Patrick Mabedi was appointed interim coach after Chiefs parted ways with Komphela in 2018 and now Arthur Zwane and Dillon Sheppard have been announced as the men to take charge while Hunt's replacement is being found. The Siya crew has reported that Amakhosi are looking at bringing in Stuart Baxter and Molefi Ntseki as his assistant. 

"I don't blame them for changing coaches because I am sure they were under pressure and they want silverware. As the chairman of the board of the club, you need results from the coaches. If they don't give you results, then you terminate their contracts or you part ways mutually," Mayo tells the Siya crew.

Chiefs, who are currently in 11th place, can still finish in the top eight, but would need to win their last two matches of the season against Golden Arrows and TS Galaxy.

"I don't see any problem with Arthur Zwane and Dillon Sheppard. I am sure both of them have learnt a lot from the coaches they have worked with before, so they can handle the remaining two games,' Mayo says. 

"And Zwane has been doing well with the Chiefs Diski team, so I don't see any problem with that." 

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