McCarthy wants to be a ‘special manager’
“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.
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.
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