Benni McCarthy has reportedly joined Manchester United as a first team coach.
The former AmaZulu and Cape Town City coach was without a job but joined Erik Ten Hag’s coaching staff at Old Trafford.
It has been reported that McCarthy will be the first team’s striker coach, according to Robert Marawa, while The Athletic also reported about the move of the “lifelong United fan”.
🔴 BREAKING NEWS 🔴
Benni McCarthy signs for Manchester United as the First Team Strikers Coach!!
— robertmarawa (@robertmarawa) July 30, 2022
McCarthy, who is still Bafana Bafana’s record goalscorer, is no stranger to the English Premier League having played for Blackburn Rovers and West Ham. During his time at Rovers, he had been linked to a possible move to the club he supported, United (and Chelsea).
Benni McCarthy will become a first-team coach for Manchester United.
— The Athletic UK (@TheAthleticUK) July 30, 2022
He began his playing career at Seven Stars in Cape Town, and after a short stint at Cape Town Spurs, he moved to Ajax Amsterdam, before playing in La Liga with Celta Vigo. From Celta he went to Portugal where he became a UEFA Champions League winner with Porto and Jose Mourinho, before the move to Rovers.
He finished his playing career with Orlando Pirates back in South Africa, before becoming a coach, starting with a stint as an assistant at Belgian club Sint-Truidense.
His first head coach role was at Cape Town City, where he also won his first silverware, winning the MTN8 trophy in his second season.
His last role was at AmaZulu also in the DStv Premiership, but despite leading the club to a second-place finish, and taking the club to the group stages of the CAF Champions League on their debut, he was dismissed earlier this year.
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