Supersport United CEO Stan Matthews says they will be taking their time to find a full-time coach. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
DURBAN 
 SuperSport United have earned themselves a good reputation of keeping coaches at the helm for long periods of time in the past and they want to revert back to that culture.

Things haven’t been smooth sailing for Amatsatsantsa A Pitori since the departure of Gavin Hunt in 2013.

They’ve chopped and changed coaches like underwear in the last couple of seasons.

The likes of Gordon Igesund, Cavin Johnson, Stuart Baxter and Eric Tinker have all come and left.

So in five seasons they’ve had four coaches and that is the main reason why the club's CEO, Stan Matthews, wants to ensure stability.

“I’ve had a lot of CV’s on my desk. I still have to sit down with Kaitano (Tembo, the club's assistant coach). I have to find out if he is really interested in the job because he is a top candidate for me. We are not going to rush. We’ve changed a lot of coaches in the past. We want stability now. We simply can’t be changing coaches every season," Matthews stressed.

Hunt spent six years at the club, joining Amatsatsantsa in 2007 from Moroka Swallows.

He replaced Pitso 'Jingles' Mosimane, after the current Mamelodi Sundowns boss had enjoyed a very successful six-year stint at SuperSport between 2001 and 2006. He then joined Bafana Bafana as an assistant coach.

“We will have a shortlist of five candidates and we will take it from there. We normally do it that way. There’s only one coach which we head-hunted, that was Gordon Igesund. There’s a lot that we need to go through. At this stage I can’t reveal the names of the coaches that have applied for the job. I can’t also comment about any rumours doing the rounds because some of the coaches applying are still contracted to their current clubs,” Matthews said, refusing to be drawn on any speculation.

United parted ways with Tinkler in the middle of the season following a run of poor results.

“ We’ve learned a lot from this season. At least we don’t have Caf activities this upcoming season. The team will be able to recover. We’ve never been in a dodgy situation that we've found ourselves in, and not survived.

"I mean, during my time at the club we’ve never been outside the Top 8,” said Matthews.

This season, though, it was a close call. SuperSport finished just outside the Top 8 but were handed a lifeline by the Premier Soccer League after Ajax Cape Town were docked three points for fielding defaulter Tendai Ndoro. That put them back in the Top 8.

“We can’t celebrate now. We still have to hear from the PSL. Obviously we would love to win soccer matches on the field of play but like I say we will wait and see.”


Sunday Independent

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