Hunt: I know the nature of the beast, suitcase always at the front door


In South African football, coaches come and go with ruthless club owners pulling the trigger without seemingly thinking twice.

“I know the nature of the beast. The suitcase is always at the front door.

These are the words of the acclaimed coach Gavin Hunt, who has revealed that he hasn’t received any offer regarding a coaching gig for next season despite being linked with a number of Premier Soccer League (PSL) clubs.

Several weeks ago, GladAfrica Championship side TTM acquired the PSL status of Wits and made it public knowledge that they cannot afford the services of Hunt.

“I’ve done every pre-season since 1981. This might be the first time I miss it… already I’m going mad. Obviously, I’m from Cape Town but I have lived in Gauteng for 22 years. I’m now more of a Joburger,” said Hunt on SAFM Sport On programme.

“I don’t like it when my name gets thrown around and gets linked with clubs that have coaches. Obviously, I would still like to be coaching next season,” – Hunt. Picture: Bidvest Wits. 

“I have nothing on the table at the moment. It’s also embarrassing what TTM said about me because they didn’t even talk to me.”

TTM stated that the status of Wits came as a package with the players under the new Limpopo ownership and according to Hunt, a number of his Wits stars will be leaving the club at the end of the current campaign.

“I don’t want to put it in public about the moves some of my players have made. But players have to think about their livelihoods. There are not too many big opportunities in SA when it comes to money and playing. To get the balance right is not easy,” said the Wits mentor.

“But I spoke to every player and wished them well. When you have a guy that’s 28 or 29, obviously he needs to look after his future and those types of things. But he needs to play football as well,” – Hunt.

“I’m not worried about how players will perform after what’s happened over the last few weeks. I always tell the players that you’re in the shop window every day that you play. There’s always somebody watching you. The players that have deals, can help those without deals,” concluded the former SuperSport United coach.

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi

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