‘How do you start pre-season with no coach?’ – Kaizer Chiefs legend slams club for not emulating Liverpool

Former Kaizer Chiefs striker Shane McGregor is not impressed that the Glamour Boys have taken long to replace Molefi Ntseki who was fired after just 13 games in the 2023/24 season.

Cavin Johnson – who is the Head of Youth Development, was appointed on an interim basis but he failed to steer the team to a respectable position, finishing 10th in the Premier Soccer League which is their worst-ever finish. 

Amakhosi legend is now questioning why the club management has taken so long to fill the vacant post, arguing the Soweto giants could have borrowed a leaf from English heavyweights Liverpool who had a plan in place to replace Jurgen Klopp who announced early his intention to quit the Merseysiders at the end of the concluded campaign.

The club acted swiftly and got his replacement to ensure nothing fell out of place.

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How do you start the pre-season without a coach? 

Clubs in the PSL have already started restructuring ahead of the 2024/25 season, but the same cannot be said about Amakhosi.

It is an extraordinary situation that McGregor insists should not happen at a team like Chiefs since it might negatively impact the planning for the forthcoming campaign. 

“[Delay in coach appointment] affects everything. As you say, it is June, and there is no coach, so how do you start preparing for a season when you don’t have a coach? What does the coach want, how does he want to play, how does he want to change things? Does he want the players he’s got? Does he not want the players? Things like that,” he told iDiski Times.

I know they are talking to a lot of people but you are so right they haven’t done it. I mean, Liverpool knew they were losing Klopp. They already had the guy a long time ago. Obviously, they’ve got to wait for his work permit, but that’s not going to stop him from being at the club and arranging things and doing what he wants to do pre-season because that’s the biggest thing.

“If you don’t have a good pre-season you are gone, you are history, you are already on the back foot straight away. So yeah, they’ve got to get their act together, simple. The management needs to wake up,” the 60-year-old concluded.

Reports have it AS Far Rabat coach Nasreddine Nabi will be confirmed once he concludes the Throne Cup and might be confirmed after the outcome of the semi-final scheduled for June 23.

‘How do you start pre-season with no coach?’ – Kaizer Chiefs legend slams club for not emulating Liverpool
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