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Benni: Players Look At You Like King Kong

Benni McCarthy Reveals What Has Been The Toughest Challenge In Coaching

By Soccer Laduma - May 03, 2018 02:06 PM

Cape Town City’s Benni McCarthy has shared what the most challenging thing he has come up against during his first season as a head coach.

Chairman John Comitis gave McCarthy his first break at professional coaching after appointing him at the helm of the team last year. 

McCarthy managed to take the Mother City-based side all the way to the final of the MTN8 competition, while also challenging for the league in the most part of the season.   

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However, the 40-year-old has admitted that he has faced many challenges during his first coaching stint, adding that his biggest hurdle is trying to deal with the personalities of players. 

“Dealing with players personalities I think, because you’ve got so many and the thing that you find the hardest is that you can't please everyone, as nice as you are trying to be with players and as much as you are trying to satisfy and making players happy and comfortable, at the end of the day you’ve got a squad of 26 and you can only play 11 of them. The 12, the 13th man, that’s not in that 11, he is going to look at you like King Kong - I am just waiting for him to fail,” McCarthy told the media.

“So it’s that, it’s trying to keep everyone happy at the same time has been the hardest. At times you make mistakes because you try and do what you see and you can’t see everything and maybe a once or twice occasion you let a player get away with not having the best of games, but he finds himself still in the starting line-up and you find players who aren’t happy with that. So yeah it is dealing with that and learning how to manage it and not have players drifting apart,” he added. 


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Pep G junior Joined: 26 Dec 2017
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Pep G junior May 04, 2018 06:47 AM
You did a good job on your first season Benni. Next season you must command more and demand more better results. Get a top keeper and defender
SiyaVToni Joined: 10 Oct 2010
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SiyaVToni May 04, 2018 06:17 AM
So far you're doing great boi, keep on keeping on and I'm certain you're going to win big things very soon
scoreman99 Joined: 25 May 2017
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scoreman99 May 03, 2018 07:46 PM
@FIFA behind chiefs hehe lol
Pirates_999 Joined: 08 Nov 2017
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Pirates_999 May 03, 2018 03:44 PM
I would say lack of experience from Benni is costing him, He wants to make friends with his players instead of coaching them he shouldn't be worried about players who are not satisfied he must just make his team play good football because every player wants to play. He should make decisions without favours
Chicharito07 Joined: 27 Nov 2015
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Chicharito07 May 03, 2018 03:31 PM
Sounds like coaching is not an easy task to do, it requires a lot from personal perspective
roger-fetumba Joined: 12 Nov 2013
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roger-fetumba May 03, 2018 03:26 PM
You don't give your players attitude but bear in mind that management is a skill that not everybody possess
setlaboswana Joined: 20 Mar 2012
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setlaboswana May 03, 2018 02:49 PM
Man management is a skill.
FIFA behind chiefs Joined: 24 Jan 2018
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FIFA behind chiefs May 03, 2018 02:32 PM
I hope u mean rats players when they look at u because u traap them

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