- Gavin Hunt has been named the Kaizer Chiefs' new head coach following the sacking of Ernst Middendorp
- The Chiefs took to social media to announce the news on Thursday
- The former Bidvest Wits coach will be taking over the Amakhosi coaching gig for the next three seasons
A week after news broke that Ernst Middendorp was shown the door at the Kaizer Chiefs, the Amakhosi side finally revealed who would be his replacement.
On Thursday, the Chiefs revealed on Twitter that former Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt will lead the team for the next three seasons.
Part of the tweet read:
"Gavin Hunt has been appointed as the new head coach of Kaizer Chiefs. His contract will see him take charge of Amakhosi’s first team for the next three seasons."
An official press release on the team's website added:
"Hunt brings a wealth of experience since he joined professional football in 1981. The former defender spent most of his playing career at Hellenic FC, for 13 years. He went straight into coaching after hanging up his boots in 1994."
Chairman Kaizer Motaung said they examined the team's situation and found that Hunt has what they need.
"He brings with him an abundance of experience, having coached about fives teams in the Premiership. There is success wherever he has coached."
News of his appointment spread like wildfire online and South Africans were quick to react. Some were more enthusiastic about Hunt's appointment than others.
Twitter user, @Emma_Tsebe, commented:
"Kaizer Chiefs supporters are so excited about Gavin Hunt, you'd think they signed Lionel Messi."
Briefly.co.za previously reported Middendorp was sacked only days after the team was defeated by Sundowns in the ABSA Premiership Championship match.
“We deliberated and considered many aspects related to the team, including our way of playing, our performances and the results, before coming to the decision," said Motaung in an official statement.
Middendorp joined the team in 2018 and has led them to the ninth position in the premiership. A few months later, he also got the team to the Nedbank Cup, which subsequently ended in an embarrassing 1-0 defeat by TS Galaxy.
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