- Former Bafana Bafana legend Benni McCarthy has spoken frankly about his successes and failures as a coach
- McCarthy took over the coaching duties of Cape Town City at the start of the 2017/18 season, his first professional coaching role
- McCarthy said he was prepared to fail but he was also determined to learn from each and every failure
Former Bafana Bafana legend Benni McCarthy has spoken frankly about his successes and failure as a coach. McCarthy took over the coaching duties at Cape Town City FC at the start of the 2017/18 season, his first ever professional coaching job.
A brutally honest McCarthy said when he accepted the position he had to prepare himself to fail more times than he would like. McCarthy added that he was determined to learn as much as he could from each new experience, whether it was a good experience or a bad one.
McCarthy said failure was as much a part of life as anything else and it was something which every single person went through at some stage in their life. He added that no one ever goes through life without hitting a brick wall at some stage.
Briefly.co.za gathered that in McCarthy’s first season as Cape Town City coach his side finished a respectable fifth in the PSL standings and managed to progress to the MTN8 final, a feat which the team has replicated.
McCarthy and his players will be hoping the result of this year’s MTN8 final will be in their favour. Sport24.com reported that the match has been dubbed Act 2 by the PSL because the same opponents are playing in the final at the same venue as last year.
McCarthy knew when he accepted the job at Cape Town City that he would need to learn on the go and his honesty about his journey is refreshing. He admits that there are many things about the business of coaching a club that he does not yet understand and those would inevitably lead him to fail more than he wants.
McCarthy doesn’t expect to be fully up to speed and at his best as a coach until at least three or four years into his job and says until then he will accept his own failures as long as he learns from those mistakes.
The former Bafana Bafana legend has already brought his trademark fiery displays and controversial manner from his playing days into the coaching arena.
He was recently quizzed about his weight and simply said that most other PSL coaches had a bit of a tummy so for the first time in his life he felt like he was amongst peers.
McCarthy said he had based his coaching style on what he would have loved to see out of a coach in his playing days. He said his job as coach was to get the best out of his players.
Although he is determined to coach in his own fashion and not become a replica of someone else, McCarthy admits to studying how the best coaches in the league (and the world) go about their business and said he implements the parts which he feels work best for him and his players.
Meanwhile, a fiery McCarthy slammed the quality of the refereeing during his side’s 4-1 thumping at the hands of Kaizer Chiefs. McCarthy said the only good thing about the refs were how they looked in their new uniforms.
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