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Was Gavin Hunt given enough time by Kaizer Chiefs?

Former Bafana Bafana defender Matthew Booth believes that Stuart Baxter's predecessor was never given enough time at Kaizer Chiefs.

Matthew Booth says Gavin Hunt was not really given enough opportunity to work with the players he had during his tenure at Kaizer Chiefs.

Gavin Hunt made his move to Kaizer Chiefs in September 2020 before being shown the door aftet eight months in the job.

The former Bafana Bafana lanky defender says Stuart Baxter’s former holder of the was not afforded a good chance at Amakhosi.

Gavin Hunt took the job while the club were still under FIFA player transfer ban, which meant that Gavin will not have the resources he would need to built a title winning side.

But maybe the Kaizer Chiefs management thought that after inheriting a team that had finished second in the league title race the season before, they expected the coach to not struggle to win the title for the team which last won title in 2015.

Even thought Gavin Hunt struggled domestically with his team he did went in the continental Caf Champions League were the club finished as runner's up to Al Ahly.

“I was a little bit sad that Gavin Hunt was not given an opportunity to utilise the players. I can understand the fans and owners want results,” - Matthew Booth

“That’s life, that’s football. But I think they couldn’t bring a better man than Stuart Baxter who was successful with the team before. They are going to be desperate to get some silverware after a six-season drought. That’s unheard of for a calibre of that club.” - Matthew Booth

Kaizer Chiefs are yet to win a silverware since 2015 when they were crowned with the 2015 Premier Soccer League title, which they won under Baxter during his first time at Naturena.

On his second spell has managed to see Kaizer Chiefs edging closer into second position on the PSL log standings with only eight points less than log leaders Sundowns.

Khama Billiat and Keagan Dolly combination appears to have given Chiefs some fireworks to compete for the league title.

“And the expectations from their fans, it puts pressure on them,” - Matthew Booth.

“I like that Dolly after a bit of a stumble at the beginning of the season has come back extremely strong. That shows the strong mentality of the player that he still has a lot to offer.

“The fact that he has combined with [Khama] Billiat and [Bernard] Parker to such a great extent has been a massive bonus for Chiefs because it has taken a lot of the pressure off the defence." - Matthew Booth

“Baxter realised that his centre-back pairing was their Achilles from last season, hence at times, he has gone for a three-man defensive midfield in Njabulo Ngcobo, Cole Alexander and [Phathutshedzo Nange] who is quite defensive in quality or by nature. That has taken a lot of pressure off his back four.” - Matthew Booth


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