Benni – How Snakes Broke CT City Unity
AmaZulu Head Coach Benni McCarthy has not held back when speaking about his time at Cape Town City, revealing how “snakes” broke the unity during his first coaching stint.
The former Bafana Bafana striker was speaking exclusively to Rob Delport (@FMSouthAfrica) in the latest edition of iDiski Times, out now.
In a candid and entertaining interview, McCarthy touches on a number of subjects, including how the biggest lesson he learnt during his first Head Coach job, was that a successful technical team must have trust.
“Because I saw what happened in my first punt at Cape Town City,” McCarthy told iDiski Times.
“There was trust, there was honestly, there was belief in each other, and everyone just worked towards their goals, improving themselves, improving the players, improving the group that we have, and that’s how we worked.
“And then, you know, we started getting a little bit successful, and things were going good. And now, the stronger the bond became, the more problematic it also became for people within the club structure.
“And then we got rid of one snake, and then we brought in another cobra!
“And everything, like everything that we worked for, team spirit, harmony, and togetherness and unity – the team wins, the coach is the face of the team, but the technical team, and everybody gets the credit.
“I wasn’t there for credit, you know, and now you get certain people coming into the team, and then they wanted to make it about the individuals and people having their own agendas, and slowly it started to chip away on the values of the team unity, the team spirit, and the togetherness, and the trust and the honesty; because now people are doing behind the scenes, they doing their own things, speaking to players individually, what they think players should do instead of what the overall coaching structure was.
“When we talk to the players, we all talk the same language, we all go in the same direction. But no, people wanted to be the protagonist. ‘No, no, no, no, I would do this’ and ‘I would do that’ and ‘I think this would serve you good’. And then it’s more I, I, I, where with me it’s about us, we, we, we and that was the problem.
“And then it escalated, escalated, escalated and obviously then the owner, the chairman of the club and his surroundings also started to pull apart from what we trying to build and where we tried to put Cape Town City as a team on the map, and what we thought we could achieve as a tight unit, but they wanted to become more individuals, and everything went to shit and in the end Benni loses his job.
“Why I’m Forever Linked With Bafana” – South Africa’s favourite football son, and now AmaZulu Head Coach, Benni McCarthy speaks exclusively to Rob Delport in the 20th Edition of iDiski Times about the whirlwind past eight months that he seen him take AmaZulu to second on the DStv Premiership table, the real issues during his time at Cape Town City, and why his name is always brought up when the Bafana Bafana coaching role is vacant. Read the full interview in the latest iDiski Times – available in English and Zulu.