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Benni McCarthy hoping for coaching job in Portugal or Scotland

Bafana Bafana and FC Porto legend Benni McCarthy is hoping for a coaching opportunity in Portugal, but has also not given up hope of coaching Scotland’s Hearts of Midlothian.


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Former Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy is hoping for a big coaching break in Portugal, where he once led the line with distinction for FC Porto.

Bafana Bafana’s all-time record goalscorer won the 2003-04 UEFA Champions League with Porto under the tutelage of José Mourinho.

Putting out feelers in Portugal

In a Tuesday press conference with the South African Football Journalists’ Association, McCarthy said: “My agent, Rob [Moore] has been putting out the feelers [to see] what’s out there for me. Something came up.

“During these crazy times, you can’t react to what’s happening, but in Portugal, he spoke to one of my old, old teammates that was still a youngster [André Vilas Boas, not to be confused with former Chelsea boss André Villas-Boas]… He is now the sporting director at a club called Rio Ave.

“My agent was with him and he actually gave my agent a few good tips on what to do, and what might be on the horizon, and what might be a good opportunity for me. I think once the dust settles and things go back to normal, I think I will definitely be following up. I think it’s something that could be really valuable and good for me, because [Portugal] is a place that I know exceptionally well and where I’m very much loved.”

McCarthy hinted that he even still harbours hope of a sensational return to former club Porto.

He said: “Porto has got elections coming up soon. The president that’s there, Pinto da Costa, is running for presidency again… He’s looking to bring in Vítor Baia as his vice-president.

“With that said, I think Vítor Baia did mention something about recruiting players from our generation to get back into the academy… I had a conversation with him, but obviously once the election is over and we know who has won and who has been brought in, then that decision will be made.”

Home is where Hearts are

Six months ago, McCarthy reportedly came close to landing the head coach role at Scottish club Hearts. This would have been an ideal job for his family, as they are near to his home.

Ultimately, Hearts opted for Daniel Stendel instead of McCarthy, but they have since been relegated.

“We’re monitoring that to see if the guy that took over — the German — is going to stay,” McCarthy revealed.

“It’s a club that’s just down the road from where I live, so it would be ideal for me, as well, to stay close to the family.

“A return to South Africa is not off the table, but it must be the right club… I must be able to work with the people taking the club forward, and it must have the same goals and ambitions as me.”