Safa, this is my plea: Put a coach in charge who knows how to win matches at all costs.
The time for a coach with a grand plan for the long-term development of our football is gone. It’s too late now.
It’s results the South Africa team needs and it’s results the South African public deserve. The days of talking strategy, development and life beyond 2010 are over. Safa has failed badly here.
In my opinion, South African football’s leadership need to hire and support a coach who knows how to win matches! Simple as that.
Top international coaches who fit the bill are mostly employed already. So go local. Gavin Hunt and Ruud Krol are the best choices … over the past two seasons, they’ve shown they can work with talented players and get them winning. It doesn’t take rocket science to see that they are the best candidates.
Off the record chats with senior Bafana players back up my statement. They’d enjoy working with either man. Krol and Hunt know the conditions, they know South African players and they know how to win. Simple criteria for the top job!
It’s almost November, the World Cup is upon us and no plan or strategy is in place to secure the future of the sport. Meaningful development is still broken, school soccer is not what it should be, amateur structures are diabolical and proper continuation between junior national teams and Bafana is non-existent.
Carlos Alberto Parreira highlighted these issues from late 2007 onwards, Stuart Baxter gave Safa a plan in 2004/05 and Carlos Queiroz did the same before Baxter. The plans are collecting dust. Nothing was done.
So bringing back one of these gentlemen or any coach with ‘beyond 2010’ on his lips, is not the answer.
Baxter and Queiroz won’t be brought back. That leaves Parreira. But how much competitive football has the Brazilian won recently?
I respect the man, but Safa did not support his long-term ideas two years ago, why would they do it now, when it’s too late?
So he’d have to be hired for different reasons and that would be to make Bafana a winning side immediately. Can he do that? I am not so certain.
Come on Safa, you know what to do. You owe it to the players, the fans and the general public to do the right thing and hire a man who will turn this team into winners. And quickly!