Possibly the only person going through a tougher time than Shakes Mashaba right now is Muhsin Ertugral and the only club going through a tougher time than him is Orlando Pirates as they head into their 80th year coachless. Now it is time to move on and see who will guide the Ghost Ship.
There have been many names put forward, although none officially by Irvin “The Iron Duke” Khoza. Since nobody in Mzansi saw the 6-1 drubbing of Pirates at the hands of SuperSport United coming, nor did anyone see Ertugral’s subsequent resignation, it remains anyones guess as to who the next contender should be.
One of the names put forward has been former Bafana Bafana and Buccaneer legend Benni McCarthy. He has been completing his coaching badges and has expressed intent to coach in SA. Here is what the supporters think.
“Those that think or are suggesting Pirates hire Benny or Dan Dance clearly don't have a lot of knowledge when it comes to soccer related issues....The only reason Tinkler was given a chance at Pirates is because Khoza couldn't find a better alternative after Rogers departure....Now you have people suggesting we hire interns who have little( Dan Dance) or no coaching experience( Benny McCarthy) at one of the biggest clubs in Africa....We just have to be thankful that none of these people have a say in matters that involve hiring coaches at Orlando Pirates, otherwise the club would have been long gone by now....These are probably the same people who wanted Krol out during his first two seasons and are now praising him as the best coach after winning the domestic treble....Some Pirates fans are clueless beyond belief.” - Vasilios
“I see a lot of people backing Benni to coach Pirates, where have you guys seen Benni coaching and what did he achieve? If he is such a good coach why doesn't he have a team to coach at the moment? Personally I think Pirates need a well established coach not another intern trying to build his CV.” – Ruud-Krol(mugabel)
“I still see Benni McCarthy is the best candidate for the Job. Let's give him a chance to prove himself Buccaneers #ezimnyama ngenkani.” - Chinoman
It seems that the big question for Pirates is whether the team can bank on experimenting with inexperience yet again and hoping it pays off. Then again, time is running out to find a seasoned coach, and many are still employed.
Could Benni McCarthy work as the coach of Orlando Pirates?