Absa Premiership

Comitis backs Benni to improve Citizens

2017-11-01 21:55
Benni McCarthy (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Cape Town City owner John Comitis says there's no cause for concern within the Citizens' camp as Benni McCarthy encounters his first blip as a senior head coach.

McCarthy started his managerial career with five wins from five after taking over the Blue and Gold Army, who performed well beyond their expectations, under Eric Tinkler last season.

However, four losses in their last four games, which includes the MTN8 final and the Telkom Knock Out last-16, has caused critics to question the tactics and rotation policy of the rookie manager.

While the former Blackburn Rovers striker came out to explain how the final loss to SuperSport killed morale in the dressing room, Comitis has now reaffirmed his belief in his successor to Tinkler.

"It's far too early to be pushing panic buttons or say the wheels are falling off for Benni. It's not even on the radar," he told reporters.

"The way that I have to look at it is that come Thursday I'll be looking back and, with no Lebogang Manyama and no Aubrey Ngoma, and with a young coach, we'll be second on the log and unfortunately did not win the Telkom Knockout final.

"And I would have to be extremely happy with that," Comitis added.

"When I sit in meetings with Benni in the boardroom and he reports back on matches and details where the club is going, then I remain very optimistic about having Benni as our head coach."


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