Cape Town City Boss John Comitis has admitted that he would employ former Champions League winner Benni McCarthy as coach again in the future once he has gained experience elsewhere.
“I would hire McCarthy again but perhaps he’s got to go through an entire cycle of his own growth, let him try his hand at something different,” Comitis told Marawa Sports Worldwide.
McCarthy is aware of Comitis’ offer of returning to the Mother City side, though the 42-year-old revealed that he does not see himself in the dugout as City’s coach ever again.
“When the shoe doesn’t fit my friend, you don’t put them on no more. I’ve outgrown the shoe. It was a great time (as coach of Cape Town City) but my destiny is taking me elsewhere. That’s a chapter closed in my book.”
“I appreciate the chairman being optimistic (on returning as coach) but for me, thanks, but no thank you.” McCarthy said.
“When you work for a passionate chairman – I’m passionate myself because I played, that’s how I’ve always been as a player – and now that I’m coaching, there is no difference – and John is exactly the same.
“The downside is when you have such a passionate chairman he then takes that passion into his job and he employs a coach to take the team to the next level… but then you have a chairman who also becomes a sporting director and brings in the players that he feels that is right for the club and there becomes a clash.”
Under the former FC Porto and Celta Vigo forward, City clinched the MTN8 in the 2018/19 season but a poor start into the current PSL season saw his tenure come to an end.
Cape Town City are now flirting with relegation after being in the bottom half of the table as the club hierachy decided to fire Benni McCarthy and replace him with Jan Olde Riekerink, who hasn’t really done anything better than what the former Bafana Bafana striker was doing for the club.
When Rierkerink arrived, City were expected to rise from the ashes and play the type of football their fans have become accustomed to, but this hasn’t been the case.
In the 8 games the Dutch mentor has overseen, City have played to four defeats, three draws and a single win which is really appalling and does not justify or warrant the sack and embarassment Benni had to go through.
By Gerald Dandah