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Benni set for stint at Spurs to 'learn from Mourinho'

Benni McCarthy (Gallo Images)
Benni McCarthy (Gallo Images)

Cape Town – Former Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy has revealed that he intends to spend time with Jose Mourinho at Tottenham Hotspurs.

The former Bafana Bafana striker was sacked from the Citizens late last year after just two wins from 18 games and now is on the lookout for new employment.

In an interview with BBC Africa, McCarthy says that he is in contact with Mourinho and when he retains to the United Kingdom, he’ll spend some time at Spurs with his former boss.

"I am in regular contact with Jose so I'm going spend some time at Spurs to see how he operates and what I can learn from him," McCarthy said, who played under Mourinho during the Portuguese's spell at FC Porto.

McCarthy also says that he could end up working alongside his former Blackburn Rovers manager Mark Hughes.

"Mark has asked to meet with me when I return home. I think he may have something lined up," McCarthy said.

"Hopefully he gets back into management and if things work out there might be a possible opportunity. He's someone I admire and working alongside him could be an interesting possibility for me."

The 42-year-old admits that he might consider an assistant coach role if an opportunity arises.

"Working in an assistant's role provides a great opportunity to work with experienced managers. You get to learn firsthand what it's like." he said.

"Look at Kolo Toure, he played under a great manager like Arsene Wenger for such a long time, I don't think you could have worked under a better manager.

"He also went to play under Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool and Glasgow Celtic and then joined Brendan's coaching staff after retiring.

"Once you think you've learnt enough you can then go on your own when the opportunity arises."

- Compiled by Tashreeq Vardien