Solinas on thin ice, Carteron camp in talks with Chiefs…
Word reaching the Siya crew is that Patrice Carteron’s camp is in contact with Kaizer Chiefs’ management, and that the Frenchman is keen on landing the job, should it become available.
Giovanni Solinas was appointed as the new Chiefs head coach ahead of the 2018/19 season, although the appointment came late and the Italian had very little time to work with the team during pre-season.
The Chiefs chairman, Kaizer Motaung, subsequently confirmed that Solinas was not the club’s first choice as the Italian took charge of the bench on the back of a three-year baron run, following Steve Komphela’s tenure, in what was the club’s worst run in their history.
Chiefs are now facing the prospect of a fourth trophy-less season. Under Solinas, Chiefs have already missed out on the MTN8 and Telkom Knockout and lost twice to their bitter rivals, Orlando Pirates, and are some way off the pace in the Absa Premiership.
Solinas’ win in their CAF Confederation Cup game against Zimamoto of Zanzibar last week has done very little ease the pressure. The continental win was overshadowed by the 2-1 loss to Golden Arrows on the weekend.
Sources have indicated to the Siya crew that Solinas has this month, December, to turn the club’s fortunes around, and could be facing the exit door in the new year if the results do not improve.
With that in mind, it appears that the club’s management is already making contingency plans, with Siya sources explaining that Carteron’s camp in Mzansi has held tentative discussions with the club regarding the possibility of the former Al Ahly head coach coming on board.
Carteron was linked with Chiefs prior to Solinas’ appointment, however, he instead joined Ahly as they made a push for the CAF Champions League. Recently, after losing in the CCL final, the former Phoenix Rising head coach left his position in Egypt and is on the lookout for the next chapter in his career.
The 48-year-old did confirm with Soccer Laduma that he was approached by people mandated by Chiefs earlier this year, and was keen on the job. Prior to the confirmation, however, sources had indicated that the coach’s salary demands were a stumbling block.
Now, with indications that the club and Carteron’s camp are in tentative talks, it t remains to be seen if they can agree on terms, which will be dependent on Solinas’ future at the club,
ThThe crew contacted t t d ChiefsChif ffor comment on the matter, however, received no response by the time of publishing.