Absa Premiership

McCarthy excited by Jacobs capture

2018-03-12 10:00
Benni McCarthy (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Benni McCarthy has spoken highly of Rayaan Jacobs following his appointment as assistant to the Cape Town City head coach.

Jacobs joins McCarthy from his position as Orlando Pirates MultiChoice Diski Challenge coach, where he led his team to sixth in the recently-completed season.

McCarthy was in need of a new number two, with former assistant Ian Taylor having left for China.

Speaking to KickOff website, the City boss explained the appointment of the former Bucs analyst.

"Obviously Rayaan comes with a lot of expertise – he’s been there [at Pirates] for eight years, and obviously I worked with him when I was at Pirates," said McCarthy.

"He was an analyst when I was there, and I always sat down with him, and went over my games, where I could improve – he was brilliant at that, and I thought it was quite refreshing."

McCarthy added that Jacobs' appointment has no bearing on Vasili Manousakis' position with the team, as he clarified the two coaches' roles.

"I’m very happy with Vasili, he brings the experience – he’s the ‘oupa’ of the group, he keeps us grounded and calm, so he’s unbelievable to have," he said.

"Vasili will stay as my right-hand man and Rayaan will be more on the technical and football side of things, instead of me being so hands on at training, so I can get a bit of a breather.

"His thinking is along the same lines, and he brings that freshness to the team, and that’s good. I am happy to have him here, so our team is sort of complete."

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