Bafana Bafana legend likens Gavin Hunt to Jose Mourinho but questions Chippa United move

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Former Bafana Bafana striker Mark Williams has questioned Gavin Hunt's decision to take on the head coaching role at Chippa United.

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Chilli Boys owner Siviwe "Chippa" Mpengesi, who is known for hiring and firing coaches quickly, shocked the football fraternity as he was seated next to Hunt at Wednesday's official announcement.

During an exclusive interview, the news broke while Williams was chatting to Sport24, and the Bafana Bafana legend was not entirely impressed that Hunt took the job.

"When I am finished [talking] with you, I will phone him personally because we are on speaking terms," said Williams, who is set to release an autobiography titled From Gangster to Soccer Legend.

"We all know the history of Chippa United because the chairman believes that he must win that league every year.

"He has got some bad players, but he also has some good players.

"However, he can't compete with the likes of Orlando Pirates, Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs, even Moroka Swallows and SuperSport United; they got quality players."

Williams added: "And you need to give a coach two years or three years to see if this can work."

The 56-year-old Hunt has been out of work less than three months after Kaizer Chiefs opted to sack the four-time DStv Premiership-winning coach.

Hunt endured a poor domestic run before the Motaungs decided to end his three-year contract after just eight months at the club.

Since tasting topflight football for the first time in 2012, Mpengesi has appointed and fired 19 coaches.

In Chippa's inaugural Premier Soccer League (PSL) campaign - 2012/13 - the club owner hired five different coaches throughout the season.

"Now you're telling me as we're speaking here that Gavin Hunt signed [for Chippa United], it's actually a joke," said Williams.

"If Gavin Hunt had signed, I would probably like to expose him and say I wouldn't have thought that he'd take the job because that tells me how high his quality is.

"Is he desperate, first of all? And I need to say it like that. It's not about friends or what because coaches like [Jose] Mourinho don't just go to any club, and that is just an example that I am making."

Williams shared the advice he offered Hunt after Amakhosi sacked the former SuperSport United and Bidvest Wits coach.

"He mustn't forget, he won the league four times, so he is a highly recognised coach in this country. I am not saying he is going down.

"I wouldn't have thought in his situation that he could be desperate now. After he got sacked at Kaizer Chiefs, I told him what I thought he should do.

"I told him he must stop. He made enough money. Chiefs paid him out the money that they owed him.

"I told him he must take a trip overseas, go and look at some of these coaches, go to England, go to Scotland and ask them if you can watch their training sessions and learn.

"And then when you come back, you would by now forget about how Chiefs sort of treated you, and you would have learned a lot abroad about football."

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