Soli­nas on thin ice, Carteron camp in talks with Chiefs…

Soccer Laduma - - Siyag Bhoza -

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.

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