- Kaizer Chiefs football manager Bobby ‘Bobsteak’ Motaung has backed the club’s new coach Giovanni Solinas and said the club was working around the clock to secure a work permit for Solinas
- Supporters and pundits have questioned whether Solinas is the right man to lead the Amakhosi back to winning ways and cited a lack of winning credentials as a major concern
- Motaung pointed out that the club had a history of hiring unproven coaches
Kaizer Chiefs football manager Bobby ‘Bobsteak’ Motaung has backed the club’s new Italian head coach Giovanni Solinas and said he was the right man to lead the Amakhosi back to winning ways.
The appointment of Solinas raised eyebrows among pundits and supports alike all who questioned whether Solinas is the right man to lead the Amakhosi back to winning ways and cited a lack of winning credentials as a major concern.
Motaung pointed out that Kaizer Chiefs had a history of hiring unproven coaches who all started winning once they joined the club.
Briefly.co.za gathered that another point of concern for supporters is the late appointment of Solinas which will hamper his ability to influence the direction of the team. The situation is exacerbated by Solinas not yet having a work permit.
Goal.com reported that Motaung said his team was working around the clock to secure the correct paperwork for Solinas. He added that he was sure Solinas would have a work permit before the PSL season starts on Saturday 4 August.
Motaung said Solinas was appointed after a proven internal process had been completed and this process had been successfully used to appoint unknown coaches in the past.
Kickoff.co.za reported that Motaung said that Jeff Butler and Ted Dumitru were completely unknown to fans and experts when they were appointed and are now remembered as legendary coaches.
He said Stuart Baxter was only appointed as Bafana Bafana coach because of the success he achieved with Kaizer Chiefs.
Motaung said soccer could be a fickle business and sometimes people came in and performed better than expected and other times things just did not work out.
On the issue of buying or selling players, Motaung said the club would give Solinas time to assess all the players in the squad before asking him to make recommendations on how best to strengthen the side.
Kaizer Chiefs will face defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns in what is likely to be a tough opening match of the new PSL season on Saturday 4 August.
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