Locally, ask what’s happening at 2014/15 PSL champs Kaizer Chiefs with talks that winning coach Stuart Baxter could be on his way out.
Earlier in the first season, Baxter was reported to fallen out of favour with Bobby Motaung, Chiefs Footbal Manager, over acquiring of players’.
Baxter was reported to have angrily responded that ‘I was not consulted when buying players’.
Despite the ‘cold war’ the British handed AmaKhosi the sought-after silverware!
On Wednesday a press brief has been penciled by Chiefs’ to iron-out all the issues, including of Baxter, Itu Khune and skipper Tefu Mashamaite, amongst others.
From Inland to Coastal- side things are heating up at newly crowned PSL outfit Golden Arrows, who are purportedly terminating coach Shaun Bartlett’s contract.
Bartlett has been with the team from its unfortunate relegation to promotion but it seems Sis Mato Madlala, club boss is singing from the different tune. How so, you may ask?
Me thought whatever different opinions or issues of contract- that could be resolved amicably.
The former Bafana striker knows his team and Madlala is capable of leadership. Stop this nonsense, asseblief!
Yes, don’t get me started with Chippa United they deserve a medal for ‘cross-titution’.
Now across miles of oceans, things are little different at Madrid.
Real Madrid fans could be forgiven for wondering whether a new president is needed rather than yet another new coach after Carlo Ancelotti was sacked on Monday.
Ancelotti ended 12 years of bitter failure when he led Real to a record-extending 10th European crown in his first term in charge in 2013-14, as well as a King’s Cup triumph.
Despite that historic achievement, the affable 55-year-old has become construction magnate Florentino Perez’s latest scapegoat after he ended his second season in Spain without major silverware.
With the Italian’s dismissal, a year before his three-year contract expires, Perez has now been through nine coaches during two six-year stints at the helm of the world’s richest club by income, including such decorated managers as Vicente del Bosque and Jose Mourinho.
Although Ancelotti delivered the long-awaited ‘Decima’, or 10th continental title, Perez decided he was not the right man for the job after all, despite saying in March “we have the best coach and the best players that Real Madrid could have”.
Many Real supporters may be asking why Ancelotti, a proven winner and hugely admired by his players, was not given at least one more year to get the team back on track.
“The demands are huge and we believe it is the right moment to give fresh impetus that will allow us to win more titles and reach our optimum competitive level in a new phase,” Perez told a news conference at the Bernabeu on Monday.
Real would announce a successor next week, Perez said, with Napoli’s Spanish coach Rafa Benitez the front runner, according to local media.
Perez is known for his policy of cherry picking the world’s most marketable players, dubbed ‘galacticos’, and while he may have transformed Real into a money-making machine, results on the pitch have not always been impressive.
Under his regime, Real have won two Champions Leagues, three La Liga titles and two King’s Cups, adequate at best considering close to one billion euros ($1.1 billion) has been splashed on players.
Perez has broken the transfer fee world record five times since 2000, most recently in 2013 when Real paid 100 million euros to lure Wales winger Gareth Bale from Tottenham Hotspur.
To make matters worse for Real fans, bitter rivals Barcelona, who wrapped up a fifth La Liga title in seven years this month, are on course for a treble of Spanish league and Cup and Champions League titles.
They became the first la Liga club to achieve the feat under Pep Guardiola in 2008-09, while Real have never managed it.
Despite Perez’s apparent inability to stick by a coach for more than a few seasons, his position is unlikely to be challenged anytime soon.
Real are one of four Spanish top-flight clubs owned by their members, or socios, along with Barca, Athletic Bilbao and Pamplona-based Osasuna and in September 2013, Perez won their backing for statute changes that make it harder for outsiders to seize control.
Presidential candidates have to have been club members for at least 20 years, up from 10 years previously, and along with their proposed board must provide a bank guarantee worth 15 percent of the club’s budget – around 90 million euros.
How long Real’s members are prepared to put up with the status quo remains to be seen but if nobody is willing or able to oppose Perez he is unlikely to be forced out.