As anticipated, Kaizer Chiefs on Thursday announced Gavin Hunt as their new coach. Hunt (56) joins the club on a three-year contract after Bidvest Wits was sold.
Hunt, a four-time league winner who has also won four major trophies – Absa Cup (2004), Nedbank Cup (2012), MTN8 (2016) and Telkom Knockout (2017) – will have to hit the ground running.
He will be under pressure to deliver silverware at Amakhosi who have gone a few years without winning any major trophies.
The Cape Town-born tactician replaces Ernst Middendorp who was fired last week after the club blew a 13-point lead in the league and finished as runners up to Mamelodi Sundowns.
Many Chiefs supporters have been calling for Hunt’s appointment as they see him as the man to end their trophy drought.
“We looked at our situation and our needs before deciding on Gavin,” club boss Kaizer Motaung said. “He brings with him an abundance of experience, having coached fives teams in the Premiership. There is success wherever he has coached.
“Given that the Covid-19 epidemic has forced us to finish the season in the bio-bubble and that the squad will only rest for two weeks before the players return for pre-season, we needed a coach who understands the local market and conditions. We believe that with Hunt we have brought in a person with the right experience and energy to do just that.”
Motaung said Chiefs have ambitions of being competitive in the CAF Champions League, which they qualified for after finishing second in the league.
“Playing on the continent is key for us as we haven’t done as well as we should have,” Motaung added. “We have players who have participated in the competition and this experience should certainly be to our advantage.
“The other thing I have always emphasised is the need for coaches to equip themselves with the requisite knowledge. The game has changed and become much more scientific.
“We know Gavin always endeavours to learn more about the game by attending courses both locally and overseas. This knowledge will come in handy to guide our team. We are looking forward to him sharing his experience with the team.”