Sowetan

BENNI HAS PLANS TO BE A BETTER COACH

- Tshepang Mailwane

BENNI McCarthy holds no grudges for being axed by Belgian club Sint Truiden, where he was an assistant coach last season.

Instead, he’ll forever be grateful for what he managed to get out of the whole experience.

For one, it taught him how important player management is. He also got to see how vital it is to plan and be organised as a coach.

Now back in Scotland where he lives, McCarthy will shadow Neil Lennon at Scottish Premier League club Hibernian FC to continue learning the traits of coaching. The former Bafana Bafana striker spent time with Lennon at Glasgow Celtic in 2013, learning from the manager while he studied for his coaching badges.

“For now I will probably go to Hibs and work with a coach and a friend I worked with at Celtic a few years ago.

“I will go there and keep learning. The club is in Edinburgh, where I am currently staying,” said McCarthy.

“I enjoyed my time in Belgium. It was refreshing and nice to learn the trade of being an assistant manager. What I learnt most is player management. It’s all about how you manage players and focusing on making sure that they play for you. If players listen and work, then you can win things. You also have to make sure that they are in perfect condition every week.

“If you are organised as a coach and have a plan and direction, then things should work out for you. I enjoyed learning all the things I did not know before. You deal with a lot of things and I believe I will benefit. Hopefully it does not end here for me.”

McCarthy plans to do his Uefa pro licence, the highest coaching qualificat­ion, towards the end of the year.

“I live this side now and if an opportunit­y to coach in Europe comes, then I will take it. But I am not saying no to ever coming to coach in South Africa. I think every person would tell you that coaching Pirates, Chiefs or Sundowns is what they want,” said Bafana’s all-time top scorer.

“It’s much tougher to win the league with Chippa United or Golden Arrows or AmaTuks. So I would love to manage one of the big three one day. I am a champion and I want to win at all costs.”

It was refreshing and nice to learn the trade of being an assistant manager

 ?? PHOTO: SUPPLIED ?? LEARNING CURVE: Benni McCarthy was an assistant coach at Belgian club Sint Truiden last season until he was sacked. He says he will seek to improve as a coach
PHOTO: SUPPLIED LEARNING CURVE: Benni McCarthy was an assistant coach at Belgian club Sint Truiden last season until he was sacked. He says he will seek to improve as a coach

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