- Kaizer Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung said his club will not be rushed into appointing a new coach
- Motaung said the club was not under pressure to make the long-awaited appointment and would wait for the right person
- The club urged its legion of supporters to remain calm as the search continues into its third month
Kaizer Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung said the club would not be rushed into appointing a new coach and insists there is no rush or sense of panic over the vacancy. Motaung said the club would bide its time and appoint the right person.
Motaung urged the legions of loyal Kaizer Chiefs supporters who have grown frustrated, weary and worried about the lack of news to remain calm even as the search for a new coach enters its third month.
The club has been without a coach since Steve Komphela quit in April after Kaizer Chiefs lost in the semi-final of the Nedbank Cup in Durban.
Briefly.co.za gathered that when Chiefs crashed out of the tournament it meant the team would go a third year without winning any silverware, the worst run in the club’s long and illustrious history.
Motaung said because of this bad run of form and because the club was one of the big three in South Africa the coaching job was very important and could not be made in an instant.
Sport24.com reported that Motaung said the coaching role was currently taking top priority at the club and noted that the club’s chairman Kaizer Motaung himself is involved in the process.
He said the club’s management was determined to appoint the right person for the massive job of turning the fortunes of the club around.
Motaung said unlike some of the smaller clubs Kaizer Chiefs had to take many factors into account when appointing a coach, he said player management, change room management, tactical awareness, leadership ability, media presence and even how to deal with fans were some of the factors to take into account.
Another often forgetten aspect of the Kaizer Chiefs coaching role is the added pressure any coach feels when joining the club. This was seen by many as what led to Komphela’s downfall.
Current Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter has been heavily linked with a return to the Naturena. Some reports indicate that Kaizer Motaung and South African Football Association (SAFA) president Danny Jordaan are personally engaged in talks to make the deal happen.
Some officials at SAFA have been less than impressed with Baxter’s performance as coach since taking over at Bafana Bafana.
SAFA is understood to be willing to release Baxter from his contract if it is done on mutual grounds and the association can avoid paying the severe financial penalties which it would incur if it ended Baxter’s contract early.
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