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Chiefs Legend – The Main Problem At Naturena

After another below-par season without silverware and a low 10th-place finish in the DStv Premiership, Kaizer Chiefs legend Shane McGregor has advised his former club to stop blaming coaches for the team’s failure.

Amakhosi released several players at the beginning of the 2023/24 campaign and signed nine new ones, as Molefi Ntseki looked to steer the Naturena ship towards cup glory.

The former Bafana Bafana coach, however, lasted just 114 days into his head coach tenure, which saw the club’s performances take a nose dive under interim coach Cavin Johnson.

Speaking to iDiski Times senior writer Velile Mnyandu in edition 158 of the newspaper, McGregor, who amassed close to 120 appearances for the gold and black between 1987 and 1994, scoring 64 goals, says the club needs to allow coaches to bring in their own players and technical staff.

“If you look at how many coaches they’ve had, what do they do?,” he said.

“They’re blaming the coaches. ‘Here’s my question, who bought those players for the coaches?’ This is where it all starts, so the right start is where the coaches have never gone in and said ‘I want this player, I want that player’. They have never done that.

“It’s always been you’ve got these players and that’s what you got to work with. For me, if you want to give a coach an opportunity, you give him a two-to-three-year contract, and you say ‘okay, an R10 million or R100 million [budget]’ or whatever, ‘buy your players’, and if after a year-and-a-half or two years, you can see he’s failing, then I’ll say, ‘fine, it’s the coach’s fault’.

“Because a coach comes in, and he’s got players there that he just inherited, how is he supposed to work with that? I mean, it’s so difficult.

“Anywhere else in the world, that would never happen. And then you look at when they want to bring their technical team in, why are they stopping coaches from bringing in their own technical teams because they want their people there and to see what’s going on and to influence, and that’s the problem.”

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