Absa Premiership

Benni reveals toughest managerial challenge

2018-05-04 13:47
Kyle Lakay and Benni McCarthy (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy has spoken of the challenges of keeping happy those players who are not getting regular game-time.

McCarthy is in his first season a head coach and currently has his team sitting in fifth position on the standings, having also made it to the final of the 2017 MTN8 competition.

It has not all been plain sailing though for the former UEFA Champions League winner as the Citizens have struggled for consistency over the past few months, while McCarthy has regularly bemoaned his team's lack of finishing prowess.

And he says that keeping his entire squad happy has been the biggest challenge of his fledgling managerial career.

"Dealing with players personalities, because you've got so many and the thing that you find the hardest is that you can't please everyone," said the 40-year-old.

"As nice as you are trying to be with players and as much as you are trying to satisfy and making players happy and comfortable, at the end of the day you've got a squad of 26 and you can only play 11 of them.

"The 12th, the 13th man, [who is] not in the [starting] 11, he is going to look at you like King Kong - 'I am just waiting for him to fail'," he continued. "Trying to keep everyone happy at the same time has been the hardest. At times you make mistakes because you try and do what you see and you can't see everything.

"And maybe a once or twice you let a player get away with not having the best of games, but he finds himself still in the starting line-up and you find players who aren't happy with that.

"So yeah it is dealing with that and learning how to manage it and not have players drifting apart," the former Bafana strker concluded.

City conclude their season when they travel to the King Zwelithini Stadium to face AmaZulu on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 15:00.

NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Do you think SAFA made the right choice in appointing Stuart Baxter as head coach of Bafana Bafana?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season has wrapped up. For all the season highlights - and lowlights - be sure to visit Sport24!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.