What the Siya crew has been told…

Soccer Laduma - - Siyag Bhoza -

Ac­cord­ing to Siya sources, Gio­vanni Soli­nas cur­rently has got the back­ing of Chiefs’ man­age­ment, de­spite his hot-and-cold start, though the club has had in­for­mal dis­cus­sions on pos­si­ble re­place­ments, should Soli­nas be shown the exit door

Sev­eral high-pro­file coaches are be­lieved to be ea­ger to take on the op­por­tu­nity to coach at one of Africa’s big­gest clubs, in what is one of the con­ti­nent’s hottest seats.

The Siya crew has been led to be­lieve that Chiefs will as­sess mat­ters more closely dur­ing the mid­sea­son break, be­fore the 2018/19 cam­paign re­sumes in the new year, and if their sit­u­a­tion does not im­prove then they may be forced to take ac­tion.

It has pre­vi­ously been re­ported that the Ital­ian men­tor is strug­gling with re­gards to his au­thor­ity with the se­nior play­ers in the first team, and that he may have lost parts of the chang­ing room as re­sults con­tinue to go against him in both the league and the cup.

In con­text, the Siya crew has been in­formed that se­nior man­age­ment is as­sess­ing po­ten­tial op­tions. Af­ter a Siya source in­formed the crew that a high-pro­file meet­ing took place with a prospec­tive coach at Na­turena in re­cent weeks, the Siya crew sought to get com­ment from the club’s Chief’s Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Man­ager, Vina Maphosa. The Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Man­ager, how­ever, did not re­ply at the time of go­ing to print.

In ad­di­tion, the Siya crew has been in­formed that Chiefs have been in con­tact with an in­ter­me­di­ary that looks af­ter coaches and play­ers, although noth­ing con­clu­sive has ma­te­ri­alised from the dis­cus­sions.

One name that does seem to have resur­faced is that of Sven- Go­ran Eriks­son, the for­mer Eng­land head coach who has been reg­u­larly linked with a switch to the Absa Premier­ship in re­cent years, and who matches most of the club’s cri­te­ria when it comes to ap­point­ing a coach.

Mean­while, for­mer Amakhosi tar­get, Patrice Carteron, is back on the mar­ket af­ter leav­ing Al Ahly in Egypt. The French­man guided the Egyp­tian gi­ants to the CAF Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal, but bit the bul­let when they were beaten to the tro­phy by Esper­ance de Tu­nis. It now re­mains to be seen if Chiefs do reignite their in­ter­est in Carteron – the tim­ing may just suit Chiefs.

In ad­di­tion, Muhsin Er­tu­gral’s name has been linked to the job at Chiefs in re­cent weeks, and there is talk that he could re­turn to the club given the op­por­tu­nity. Er­tu­gral re­signed from Ajax Cape Town ear­lier this month and sub­se­quently jet­ted out to Turkey. He is, how­ever, back in South Africa.

Siya sources have in­di­cated that there’s been no dis­cus­sion about bring­ing Stu­art Bax­ter back to the club of late, how­ever he was linked with a re­turn only five months ago, and with in­di­ca­tions that not all is well at Safa, a re­turn for Bax­ter to Na­turena can­not be ruled out.

Dwight Yorke’s name has also been mooted around, with in­di­ca­tions that the Manch­ester United le­gend has put his hand up for the role. Early in­di­ca­tions are that Yorke’s salary de­mands could be an ob­sta­cle, should the two par­ties of­fi­cially en­gage in talks.

The crew has been told, though, that noth­ing will be hap­pen­ing this year with Soli­nas or the tech­ni­cal team at Chiefs, with changes – if any are to be made – only likely to hap­pen early in Jan­uary of 2019.

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