Chiefs’ coach­ing records in last 5 sea­sons

Hunt has been ap­pointed to try to re­vive the for­tunes of Amakhosi

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Gavin Hunt has been ap­pointed as the lat­est coach to try to re­vive the for­tunes of Kaizer Chiefs, hop­ing to end the long­est bar­ren run of suc­cess in the club’s il­lus­tri­ous 50-year history.

Since the glory days of Stu­art Bax­ter’s reign, when the Amakhosi won two league ti­tles in three years, it has been a tale of woe for the Chiefs faith­ful, who have had to watch on as Mamelodi Sundowns be­came the dom­i­nant force in the lo­cal game.

Su­per­Sport.com takes a look at the records of the coaches who have been in charge of the team since Bax­ter left with a league ti­tle un­der his belt at the end of the 2014/15 cam­paign.

STEVE KOM­PHELA

P 114, W 47, D 42, L 25, GF 137, GA 98, Win% 41,22

Chiefs owner Kaizer Mo­taung had long said he does not trust lo­cal coaches with his club, but brought in one of his for­mer play­ers in Kom­phela, who had en­joyed suc­cess with Free State Stars and Mar­itzburg United, help­ing those two clubs punch above their weight.

And Mo­taung cer­tainly backed his man even when re­sults were not go­ing to plan, with Kom­phela com­ing close to com­plet­ing his three-year con­tract be­fore fan vi­o­lence af­ter a 2-0 Ned­bank Cup loss to Free State Stars in Dur­ban saw him re­sign.

His win ra­tio is be­low the av­er­age for Chiefs in the en­tire last five sea­sons, and he will point to too many draws as an achilles heel for the team.

PA­TRICK MABEDI

P 3, W 2, D 0, L 1, GF 5, GA 4, Win% 66,67

Mabedi was asked to take the team for the fi­nal three games of the 2017/18 sea­son and, af­ter start­ing with a 3-1 loss to La­montville Golden Ar­rows, recorded wins over Mar­itzburg United and Ajax Cape Town.

GIO­VANNI SOLI­NAS

P 22, W 7, D 8, L 7, GF 29, GA 21, Win% 31,81

For­mer Free State Stars coach Soli­nas was a sur­prise pick by Chiefs, with the Ital­ian hav­ing done rea­son­ably in his two stints with Ea Lla Koto. But he showed noth­ing to sug­gest he was ready for a job as big as the Soweto giants.

Play­ers seemed be­mused at his train­ing meth­ods and it sim­ply never worked out for him, be­com­ing clear within a mat­ter of months that he would strug­gle to get the team to fire.

He was axed af­ter a dis­mal 2-1 loss to tiny Zanz­ibar side Zi­mamoto in the CAF Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup. Though Chiefs had se­cured the tie with a 4-0 win in the first leg, it was still one of the most em­bar­rass­ing de­feats ever for SA on the con­ti­nent.

ERNST MID­DEN­DORP

P 60, W 29, D 15, L 16, GF 80, GA 59, Win% 48,33

Mid­den­dorp was again a sur­prise pick as he re­turned for a sec­ond spell at Na­turena, but the think­ing was that he knew the lo­cal game and could slip eas­ily into the hot seat with­out the need to adapt to the PSL.

It took some time for him to get go­ing and im­ple­ment his long-ball style of football, and it is fair to say the fans never quite took to him.

But when he led the team to 11 wins in their first 13 Absa Pre­mier­ship matches this sea­son, it seemed he could do no wrong as their po­ten­tial ti­tle chal­lengers all stut­tered along.

How­ever, things be­gan to un­wind into the new year as the side ul­ti­mately let a 13-point lead at the top of the table slip and won only two of their eight matches to sur­ren­der the ti­tle on the fi­nal day of the cam­paign.

From that mo­ment on it was in­evitable he would leave, even though his win per­cent­age was bet­ter than the av­er­age for the en­tire pe­riod.

OVER­ALL

P 199, W 85, D 65, L 49, GF 251, GA 182, Win% 42,71

In the 199 matches in all com­pe­ti­tions since the start of the 2015/16 sea­son, Chiefs have a win ra­tio of just 42,71 per­cent, which would amount to 13 wins out of 30 matches in a sin­gle league cam­paign.

That is gen­er­ally a num­ber that sees sides fin­ish in po­si­tions four to six on the league table and that is prob­a­bly a true re­flec­tion of where Chiefs have been — at least three, but some­times more, teams bet­ter than them in ev­ery cam­paign.

Even this past sea­son when they got so close to the ti­tle, they won only six of their fi­nal 17 league games, form that or­di­nar­ily would see them bat­tle to make the top eight.

Pic­ture: DIRK KOTZE/ GALLO IM­AGES

HOPE­LESS: Ernst Mid­den­dorp was fired af­ter yet an­other tro­phy­less sea­son at Kaizer Chiefs.

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