McCarthy wants to be a ‘spe­cial man­ager’

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“The team has reached a top level in such a short space of time.

“Now, I want the team to stay at that level. We are not a Mickey Mouse team. We are not an av­er­age team. We are a re­spected team. We want to keep it that way.”

McCarthy is ex­pected to meet with his staff and the City board to­mor­row. The play­ers re­turn to train­ing on July 1.

McCarthy’s first or­der of busi­ness will be to meet and get to know the squad, “so I can start in­still­ing my be­liefs and phi­los­o­phy on how I want to do things and start build­ing the trust with the team”.

He wants to be­come “one of those spe­cial man­agers that ev­ery sin­gle player wants to play for”.

“I’m priv­i­leged and hon­oured, af­ter 20-odd years that I’ve been away, that my first coach­ing job is back where it all started for me, where life be­gan – Cape Town,” he said.

There’s been talk of City’s plans to build its own sta­dium. McCarthy, who first played at Hart­ley­vale Sta­dium in Ob­ser­va­tory, said that venue would be per­fect.

“It would be nice if that place can be re­vived again, so the club can have its own sta­dium, its own fan base, its own fa­cil­i­ties… it’s just a step in the right di­rec­tion to be­com­ing more like a European-run foot- ball club,” he added.

His fam­ily will re­main over­seas and com­mute.

PIC­TURE: ANA

New Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy, right, with chair­man John Comi­tis. McCarthy couldn’t re­sist the chal­lenge of re­turn­ing home to take charge of the PSL club.

Ford Mo­tor Com­pany of SA has re­called cer­tain Figo and Ikon mod­els.

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