There are only two doors - in and out
The word “safe” doesn’t really exist in the coaching landscape due to the fickle nature of the industry.
Komphela put it better when he said that the job only has two doors – entrance and exit. But there are some men who are firmly inside and aren’t anywhere near the exit. Pitso Mosimane and Gavin Hunt are two such coaches
The pair, who fought over the Absa Premiership in recent campaigns, have been at their current jobs longer than the other 14 coaches. Mosimane and Hunt could form dynasties at Mamelodi Sundowns and Bidvest Wits due to their drive and the quality squads they have at their disposal.
Mosimane wants to help the Brazilians take their league titles in the PSL-era to 10, adding three to the record seven they currently have. Hunt is looking to ensure that Wits’ success from the last campaign, winning their first league title in 96 years, is sustained and they stay at the summit.
SuperSport United’s Eric Tinkler and Benni McCarthy of Cape Town City are also on the safe side despite their employer’s ambitions. The pair will be given time to stamp their authority in a bid for these clubs to finish better than they did in the last campaign.
Maritzburg United’s Fadlu Davids is also among those on the safe side. Davids has already done what no “Team of Choice coach” has done before – take the club to the semi-finals of the MTN8. At the rate the Midlands club is going, this could be the best season in their history.
Prediction: Butler to be the next to get the axe. Luc Eymael will not finish the season at Free State Stars and Komphela will be lucky if he is still at Chiefs by the end of the year.