Cape Town City Football Club have axed their coach Benni McCarthy after a poor run of results that saw them win only 2 of their last 18 matches in all competitions.
City announced its decision to terminate McCarthy’s employment with immediate effect.
Shortly after midnight on Sunday, the club issued a statement through its social media channels, announcing McCarthy’s dismissal.
In an interview last month, McCarthy had forecasted his firing acknowledging that despite his best of efforts, the team’s fortunes were really failing to really turn around as they remained in the relegation zone.
“Of course I’m worried, I’ve never been in this situation before. The longer it goes on, the more desperate it all becomes. There are going to have to be changes and it will probably start with me, and rightfully so. Maybe it needs someone else to come and change things around,” he said.
Assistant coach Vasili Manousakis is set to take over as caretaker coach as the club prepares to appoint a new head coach.
The club statement read:
Cape Town City Football Club has terminated the employment of coach Benni McCarthy, with immediate effect following a run of performance that saw the club win 2 in the last 18 games. The club thanks Benni for his service over the last three seasons and wishes him well in his next endeavour. He now becomes an integral part of the club’s history and are proud of the successes we shared together.
The club has appointed assistant coach Vasili Manousakis as caretaker coach, as the club prepares to announce the next chapter and new Head Coach.
The future represents very exciting times for Cape Town City on and off the field, as we remain dedicated to our big plans and aspirations.
By Gerald Dandah