PSL: Unemployed coaching queue filled with experience and quality


With the 2020/2021 PSL campaign well underway, we take a look at some of South Africa’s top coaches who have been forced to follow the action from their television screens due to unemployment.

The PSL is synonymous with coaching changes and as usual, it might not be long before we see a coaching shuffle with Orlando Pirates head coach Josef Zinnbauer forced to return home due to a family emergency.

We may only be heading into matchday three in the PSL however the pressure is already mounting on Black Leopards head coach Patrick Aussems who lost both of his two opening games, in a rather disappointing manner it must be said.

Maritzburg United head coach Eric Tinkler also finds himself under some early pressure in KwaZulu-Natal after losing all three of his opening 2020/2021 fixtures. Tinkler might benefit from his previous season heroics however as Benni McCarthy will know, the past remains the past in South African football.

PSL unemployed coaching gang waiting in line

Owen Da Gama

Former Highlands Park head coach Owen Da Gama found himself without a job after the Lions of The North sold their top flight status to TS Galaxy. Da Gama had formed a solid team that could create problems for just about any opposition in the league and will undoubtedly find his cv at the top of the pile for any PSL vacancy.

Benni McCarthy

The former Cape Town City manager left a lasting impression in his first professional head coach gig out in Cape Town. Though his tenure ended on a sour note, his MTN8 winning side produced some of the most enterprising football the league has seen in recent years which will definitely earn him a spot atop the cv list for a PSL vacancy.

Clinton Larsen

After failing to save Polokwane City from the dreaded drop at the end of last season, the former PSL coach will be eyeing up a top flight vacancy. Larsen The 2012 Telkom Knockout winner has shown his pedigree at the likes of Bloemfontein Celtic, Chippa United, Maritzburg United and Golden Arrows.

Gordon Igesund: The big PSL return looms

After taking a break from professional coaching for the past three years, Gordon Igesund is on the lookout for vacancies in the PSL. The four-time league winner is ready to return to the top flight after successfully establishing his academy during his sabbatical.

“I’ll be back next year hey, I’ll be coaching again,” Igesund told Kick-Off last season.

“I just gave it a break for my academy, but now my academy is up and running I can go back now.”

Shaun Bartlett

The former TUKS head coach spent the last two years at Kaizer Chiefs acting as an assistant coach. He will undoubtedly be keen on taking a head coach position in the PSL after parting ways with the Amakhosi at the end of last season.

Wedson Nyirenda, Ruud Krol, Norman Mapeza, Kosta Papic and Luc Eymael will also be keeping a close eye on the happenings in the PSL from across our borders with the hope of earning a job. Protection Status


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