Ajax Cape Town chairperson Ari Efstathiou
says the club landed on their feet in appointing Calvin Marlin despite
initially setting their sights on Benni McCarthy.
The Urban Warriors recently lost the services of former head coach
Andries Ulderink, who resigned following a disagreement the club had wth
The Dutch coach had steered the side to top spot on the GladAfrica
Championship and on course for promotion back to the Absa Premiership.
Marlin's transition has since been seamless, as Ajax headed into the
enforced break, as a result of the coronavirus, seven points clear on
top of the First Division summit.
McCarthy, meanwhile, remains without a club following his sacking from Cape Town City.
Efstathiou told IOL: "Yes, we had a chat with Benni. We engaged him when our coach left.
"There were a few coaches that we thought might fit the bill and we did speak to Benni but unfortunately it didn't work out.
He added: "I think the decision that we made to put Calvin in that position has worked. We’ve had great results since."
Regarding the club's stance on cutting wages during the coronavirus
pandemic, Efstathiou added: "At Ajax, we are trying not to implement
these salary cuts.
"We are going to be in a situation where players will be going back
to try and win the league. We have to make sure that they are well
motivated. They are aware of what is going (on) but mentally it affects
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